Aspiring chocolate makers can explore a variety of texts:

The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao with Recipes
by Maricel Presilla

The True History of Chocolate
by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe

The Science of Chocolate
by Stephen T. Beckett


Kings of Pastry

Nothing Like Chocolate

The Slow Melt: A Podcast About Chocolate

Unwrapped: A Conversation About Chocolate & Coffee


Taste lots of chocolate! Several authors have written about the practice of tasting. See our book list for texts that offer tips on how to explore.


Visit a local chocolatier or retailer to find chocolate and learn from them. Many chocolatiers offer tours or classes; some are even available for consulting or apprenticeship opportunities. See our map to locate one near you.


Shop online or at a local chocolate shop. See our map for ideas.

The Academy of Chocolate, Good Food Awards, and International Chocolate Awards all provide starting points for exploring fine chocolate. Each awards program has different criteria and judging protocol if you want to get geeky and explore the variety. Judge the products for yourself by tasting through a sampling of the finalists or winners.




The Chocolate Life and the Well Tempered Facebook group provide online forums for discussion and are frequented by chocolatiers.