cioccolato_modicaThanks to the work of the Consorzio di Tutela del Cioccolato di Modica – safeguard consortium for the chocolate of Modica –, the prestigious product it promotes is close to become the first PGI chocolate in Europe. Meanwhile, one of the artisan that produces it, Donna Elvira, has managed to fulfill her dream of becoming the first one to go from “bean to bar”, that is from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar. Elvira Roccasalva, “Donna Elvira”, stated that “a chocolatier can be said to be a complete artisan only when he/she can follow the process from beginning to end. Now we can work on the selection of the best beans in the world, including the most rare ones.”

During the last edition of Pitti Taste “Duet”, La Via del Tè presented a package containing a can of Imperial Earl Grey tea next to Venchi’s dark chocolate pralines filled with Earl Grey ganache. While Domori and Masi Agricola have come together to celebrate the achievements of the excellent wine and gastronomy section of Vente Privee proposing original combinations of wine and chocolate.

The best chocolate producers from Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and United Arab Emirates are competing in the “Italian/Mediterranean” section of the International Chocolate Awards hosted at the Cordon Bleu in Florence until March 20. Last year maitre chocolatier and Cordon Bleu teacher Andrea Bianchini won the gold medal with Ichinen, a creation made with milk chocolate, caramel, Amarelli licorice and Maldon salt; he also won a silver medal with Myoho, a ganache of Ivoire white chocolate, soft raspberry jelly and fresh pepper with Sarawak pepper.

March 20 will also be International Day of Happiness of which cocoa, thanks to its tryptophan content, is the official mascot.

Franco Del Panta 

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