Everyone loves chocolate, but for various reasons we’re increasingly heading away from the bargain-priced family bars in our droves, and turning instead towards luxury, more thoughtful creations.
Here are just six of the trends predicted for this year.
Quality not Quantity
A rise in the price of coca worldwide plus other economical worries such as possible issues following Brexit, have meant an inevitable hike in the cost of most chocolate products.
According to The Financial Times, the industry is having to reduce the size of bars or raise prices.
This has led in part to an increased focus on the quality rather than the quantity of chocolate, with a greater interest in smaller, more luxurious chocolate brands.
The trend towards more healthy foods, plus talk of the government’s so-called sugar tax, has meant manufacturers are looking at different ways of decreasing the amount of sugar in their products. Even chocolate manufacturers are waking up to the fact people are conscious of the amount of sugar they eat.
Chocolate with a higher cocoa content has less sugar, and many consumers are now looking for this when they get their chocolate fix rather than the sweet hit of yesteryear.
Blonde chocolate is a relatively new concept – made by caramelising the butter in the chocolate making process, blonde is a rich and creamy chocolate, similar to white chocolate but less sweet and with a caramel flavour and colour. It pairs well with subtle, fruity flavours. Look out for it.
Unusual, exotic flavours such as Japanese lychee, miso and rose apple are increasingly being used in chocolate recipes. These subtle flavourings are great with the more luxurious chocolate creations.
Hot flavourings including chilli are also getting in on the act.
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The popularity of social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has led to more sharing of ideas, enabling unusual creations to get a wider audience than ever before.
Linked to this, there is a greater interest in knowing the back story of the products we use and eat – and that includes chocolate. Manufacturers are therefore putting out more information about how their chocolate is made, and where.