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Food52 Baking Chocolate Is Here! Organic, Fair Trade & 100% Pure

January 14, 2017

Baking chocolate is a staple around here—playing a starring role in a Genius vegan frosting, Amanda Hesser’s much-lauded Dump-It Cake, or a not-too-sweet but crazy moist Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread.

But we kept hitting a snag. Namely, where to find high-quality—not to mention ethical, organic, great-tasting—baking chocolate. Being enterprising folk, we took it upon ourselves to find a chocolate that hit all those check boxes, something that we could be proud of, and share it with you (and your cakes).

The new Food52 Unsweetened Baking Chocolate is finally here in our Shop, and we couldn't be more delighted.

The baking chocolate is our first launch in Food52 Pantry—a line of baking staples we believe in. Our founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, explain it best:

Home cooks need to be able to depend on an arsenal of high-quality staples. These are the building blocks—like vivid, consistent pigments for a painter—that make their lives easier and help them get great food on the table. We've always wanted a line of foundational pantry goods, and we thought chocolate was a sensible place to start!

Here’s what you can expect from our unsweetened baking chocolate:

  • 100% dark chocolate with no sugar or additives
  • Single-sourced from a farm in Peru, nestled between the Andes and the Amazon. (Did you know Peru is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world? All those varied soils, species, and climates show up in the chocolate—its terroir, so to speak.)
  • Produced with fair trade practices. In an industry that historically has been plagued with poor working conditions, underpaid farmers, and child labor, this is especially important. In 2011, the Peruvian government announced a multi-faceted project called Proyecto Semilla that conducts in-depth research around farming practices, assists in drafting labor laws and policies, provides services to support school attendance, and gives small cocoa farmers access to supplies, training, and technical assistance to improve production. Although this chocolate might be more expensive than what you'd find on the grocery store shelf, it guarantees the people behind it are being compensated fairly.
  • Made in small batches, allowing for a razor-sharp attention to detail (and excellence!) throughout the whole production process
  • Organic and made with the environment in mind
  • A velvety, creamy texture and complex, robust flavor

Sold yet?

Photo by James Ransom
Home cooks need to be able to depend on an arsenal of high-quality staples. These are the building blocks... that make their lives easier and help them get great food on the table.
Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs

Our resident baker crush, Erin McDowell, tested the chocolate out in brownies and a ganache, and declared it a hit. The brownies came out of the oven with a rich color and 5 out of 5 of the lucky taste testers agreed they were top-notch. Used in a ganache, you may notice a tad more separation than you might be used to—not to worry: This indicates that the chocolate is free of any stabilizers, so just the pure, chocolatiest chocolate taste remains.

Join The Conversation

Top Comment:
“These look pretty amazing! But...are they also Gluten Free? Very important for this Home Cook! Thank you!”
— kpeck

Shop for the baking chocolate here, and try it out in recipes like these:

Ready to get baking? What're you going to make?

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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  • Olivia Bloom
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Written by: Olivia Bloom

Has a soft spot for string cheese.


H M. January 16, 2017
awesome that they are vegan too.
Marni W. January 15, 2017
Do you have nutrition information? I am glad it is unsweetened, but I am especially interested in knowing about the fiber content, since baking chocolates vary so much.
Author Comment
Olivia B. January 17, 2017
Hi Marni—We're working on getting that information to you ASAP. Stay tuned!
Author Comment
Olivia B. January 17, 2017
I'm back! The fiber content is as follows: 4g of Dietary Fiber (16% Daily Value based on 2,000 Calorie Diet). You can find all further nutrition information on the product page, under the Care & Notes tab. Let me know if you have any more questions!
Stephanie S. January 14, 2017
Is this chocolate processed on equipment with nuts, so is it safe for nut allergies?
Author Comment
Olivia B. January 17, 2017
Hi Stephanie,

Unfortunately, because the chocolate is manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and soy, the maker cannot guarantee that the product is nut-free, due to airborne particles.
Stephanie S. January 17, 2017
Thank you for the information,Olivia!
kpeck January 14, 2017
These look pretty amazing! But...are they also Gluten Free? Very important for this Home Cook! Thank you!
Author Comment
Olivia B. January 14, 2017
Hi kpeck! Yes, the baking chocolate is Gluten Free—we'll add to the product page as well, so other GF folks have the information, too. Thank you!
kpeck January 14, 2017