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#1 Chocolate Trend for 2012: Craft Chocolates

Big flavor in small batches

This is one of The Food Channel's Top 10 Chocolate Trends for 2012, based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves® and the International Food Futurists® . For the full list, click here.

Craft Chocolates. This trend combines all the worries of the world and solves them with chocolate. Locally sourced. Green. Pure. Healthy. Artisan. Premium. DIY. When you make your own craft chocolates, you can, well, craft anything you want out of anything you want. You can mix flavors, make it savory or sweet, and mold it to any shape you want. There are professional craft chocolate makers—usually small batch companies that have award-winning (and deserving) chocolates. But making craft chocolates at home in even smaller batches is doable and a growing hobby. Blame it on the craft beer craze, but people have realized that they can create something premium at home and become an expert in something they love.

For more evidence read:

Chocolate Maker Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Craftchocolatemakers.org

Basic Guidelines for Making Chocolate Candy

Making Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Recipe evidence: 

Dark Chocolate Caramel Almond Candy with Sea Salt

Chocolate Orange Truffles