Easily the most delicious word in the English language, ‘chocolate’ is a nearly universal obsession! Chocolate has enthralled culinary experts, foodies, adults and children alike for centuries and some would even say it is the best medicine for a broken heart. There are numerous varieties of chocolate and countless creations that are made from it. What is it about this sweet treat that mesmerizes us? If anyone can answer, it’s these top ten chocolate experts.
1. @divinechocolate: Divine Chocolate Limited makes Fairtrade chocolate products in the US and UK and is the only Fairtrade chocolate company where 45% is owned by cocoa farmers. Rosanna Mayhew manages the company Twitter page and shares updates on offers, sales, new products and food festivals. She also interacts with other chocolate addicts on Twitter. The company blog, Divine Delights is also a great place for chocolate related information.
Tweets: 3,237 | Followers: 8,709 | MMI Rank: 10,333 | Stars: 4
2. @ScharffenBerger: Sharffen Berger Chocolates has the distinction of being the first American company founded in the past 50 years to make chocolate “from bean to bar.” While the Twitter page provides a forum for conversation for chocolate lovers as well as the sharing of unique chocolate recipes and product updates, the company blog, the Scharffen Berger journal, shares experiences and insights into their unique chocolate-making process.
Tweets: 2,757 | Followers: 2,252 | MMI Rank: 15,528 | Stars: 4
3. @DylansCandyBar: Owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a chain of candy shops that claims to be the “largest unique candy store in the world.” Their New York store, located on 60th Street and 3rd Avenue, has become a tourist destination, and has been used as a setting for television and movies. Their twitter page is chock full of updates on events, products and stores around the world.
Tweets: 704 | Followers: 10,642 | MMI Rank: 15,705 | Stars: 4
4. @AnnmarieKostyk: Annmarie Kostyk is a professional chocolatier and expert who reviews and writes about chocolate on her website Annamariekostyk.com. Her interest in chocolate runs deep and has fueled her to write four books on the subject. She has tasted and reviewed chocolate from all over the world and shares her experience on a number of websites. Her twitter page focuses on discussion about various types of chocolate, and she shares her expert knowledge on finding, tasting and cooking with chocolate.
Tweets: 2,804 | Followers: 422 | MMI Rank: 17,598 | Stars: 4
5. @MaxBrenner: Anyone familiar with the name ‘Max Brenner’ knows of the restaurant chain’s decadent chocolate creations. They have even had their chocolate pizza featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. With the bald man as their iconic image, Max Brenner shares chocolate recipes, advice on how to take chocolate in moderation without increasing the waistline and other interesting chocolate know-how with its followers.
Tweets: 1,768 | Followers: 2,762 | MMI Rank: 17,975 | Stars: 4
6. @UliMana: Uli Mana is short for Uli Mana Mana, which, roughly translated, means ‘having a lot of health and vibrancy’. Uli Mana creates wholesome, organic chocolate products like Cacaoiente, Chocolate Chai, Cacao Menta, Cacao Kava and Goji Manna. The Twitter feed is full of product updates and is updated regularly.
Tweets: 791 | Followers: 5,610 | MMI Rank: 18,004 | Stars: 4
7. @TChocolateC: This is the Twitter page of The Chocolate Consultant, a company which aims to promote knowledge about chocolate worldwide. It was created by ex-pastry chef, Louise Thomas, and offers tastings, pairings, workshops and demonstrations as well as chocolate consultancy. The Chocolate Consultant also shares its expertise on their blog.
Tweets: 2,024 | Followers: 1,125 | MMI Rank: 19,255 | Stars: 3
8. @trufflewerks: The chocolate expert behind @trufflewerks is Jennifer Nandlal, whose twitter profile describes her as a “Houston-based, handcrafted, gourmet chocolatier.” She owns Truffle Werks, which creates handcrafted and unique truffles, with unusual combinations and flavors. Jennifer shares her recipes, events updates and more on her blog and her twitter feed. She also talks about charitable organizations and movements that other chocolate lovers could support.
Tweets: 1,929 | Followers: 285 | MMI Rank: 20,966 | Stars: 3
9. @choctruffleco: Christine Moss is the chief chocolate truffle and bar maker at The Chocolate Truffle Company. The company makes truffles by hand and imports chocolate from Venezuela, Peru and Costa Rica to create their unique recipes. On her blog, The World of Chocolate, Christine reviews chocolate and talks about Rainforest Alliance, an NGO that works towards biodiversity and promotes green movements.
Tweets: 1,163 | Followers: 1,158 | MMI Rank: 22,652 | Stars: 3
10. @andrewshotts: Andrew Shotts owns Garrison Confections, creators of gourmet chocolate, specializing in chocolate bonbons. Shotts is a pastry chef has worked in renowned Manhattan restaurants and has received a number of accolades included being named one of the “Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America”. His twitter page, with its mouth watering background, is where he interacts with customers and chocolate lovers, and provides updates about products and the company.
Tweets: 921 | Followers: 1,711 | MMI Rank: 22,712 | Stars: 3
* All number of tweets and followers are based on facts collected while the article was written.
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