The Wonderful World of Chocolate.

August 30, 2023
Hosted by Allen Weiner

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Episode Description

In the latest episode of "Food Forward: Nourishing the World," we embark on a delectable journey into the heart of one of the world's most cherished indulgences: chocolate. This episode promises to be a treat for both your ears and your taste buds as we delve deep into the art, science, and innovation behind chocolate-making. Our first stop is sunny Florida, where we meet a pair of artisan chocolate makers who are keeping the age-old traditions of chocolate-making alive. With a passion for quality and authenticity, these chocolatiers take us through the meticulous process of crafting chocolate from bean to bar. They share the secrets behind selecting the finest cocoa beans, the art of roasting to perfection, and the delicate balance of ingredients that go into making a bar of chocolate that's nothing short of a masterpiece. As we explore their workshop, we gain insights into the dedication and craftsmanship that goes into every batch, ensuring that each piece offers a taste of pure, unadulterated bliss. But the world of chocolate isn't just about tradition. It's also about innovation and pushing boundaries. And that's precisely where our next segment takes us. Crossing the Atlantic, we land in the bustling city of London to meet two trailblazing entrepreneurs who are redefining the very essence of chocolate. Their mission? Creating delectable chocolate without using cocoa beans. At first, it might sound like an impossible feat, but as we delve into their story, we discover the magic of science, sustainability, and sheer ingenuity. These innovators walk us through their groundbreaking process, revealing how they've managed to capture the essence and flavor of chocolate without relying on its primary ingredient. It's a testament to the endless possibilities that arise when passion meets innovation. "The Wonderful World of Chocolate" is more than just an exploration of a beloved treat. It's a celebration of the people behind the scenes who pour their heart and soul into creating moments of joy for chocolate lovers worldwide. Whether it's honoring age-old traditions or pioneering new methods, this episode shines a spotlight on the dedication, creativity, and resilience of those in the chocolate industry. So, whether you're a die-hard chocophile or just someone with a sweet tooth, this episode promises to offer a fresh perspective on a familiar favorite. Join us as we journey through cocoa plantations, bustling workshops, and state-of-the-art labs, unraveling the stories, processes, and people that make the world of chocolate so wonderfully diverse and delightful.

Food Forward: Nourishing the World

Wednesdays at 10AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Food Forward: Nourishing the World is a captivating and thought-provoking show dedicated to exploring the fascinating and ever-evolving world of food and its future. Each week, we delve into various aspects of the food industry, culinary trends, cutting-edge technologies, sustainable practices, and innovative solutions that are shaping the way we produce, consume, and interact with food. Our goal is to inspire and inform listeners about the advancements, challenges, and possibilities in the realm of food, fostering a deeper understanding of the impacts and opportunities that lie ahead. Join us on this journey as we uncover the stories, insights, and visions that will shape the future of our plates.

Allen Weiner

Allen Weiner is a writer and technology analyst known for his expertise in areas ranging from sports, publishing technology, and digital media, to cooking, travel, art, music, and the future of food. As an analyst, Allen has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and on CNN, Good Morning America, Bloomberg News, and the BBC. Allen’s career as a multimedia journalist includes his work as a reporter and columnist at daily newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, and digital publications such as The Daily Dot and He was also a digital media executive who led the team that launched the first newspaper on the Web—SFgate. ( Allen is the author of The Max Rosen Mystery series. The three-book trilogy follows the path of a newspaper reporter over the course of his life and career. Allen also is a freelance writer for The Spoon, a publication that looks at the future of all things food related.

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