You know your grapes. You know your coffee beans. But do you know your cacao beans? With small-batch makers popping up all over the US, chocolate is changing from candy into an artisan food with tasting notes (proof: the array of $11 bars at your local Whole Foods).
On those pretty labels, you’ll find a key to decoding what’s inside: the cacao’s country of origin. Each country produces chocolate with distinct flavors. In other words, there’s more to choose than just dark or milk.