May 2018 Issue Preview


NOTE: We publish multiple blog posts previews for each issue, to give you an idea of what you’ll find inside. Scroll down below to see which posts we’ve already published for the May 2018 Issue.


The Healthy Bean: Chocolate, Cadmium, and Lead?

Terroir's Chocolate Sauce Recipe

Chocolate One-on-One with Victoria Cooksey: NearyNogs

Chocolate Channel -- Firefly,, and more...

Chocolate News: Cadbury and the Royal Wedding, a major chocolate spill in Poland, and shade-grown cacao gets some love

Editor’s Corner - Local for the Summer

Chocolate Calendar

Terroir Chocolate Collections

On the Cover / Credits


Chocolate, Cadmium, and Lead?

Chocolate, Cadmium, and Lead?

Chocolate cadmium? We always love diving into the positive health effects stemming from our favorite food, but we’d also be remiss to not mention any health concerns in the chocolate world as well. Ironically, as chocolate connoisseurs, the possible health danger we’re discussing today actually puts us more at risk, not less, so it’s very important that you pay attention to this article…

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Firefly Chocolate – Chocolate One-on-One with Victoria Cooksey

Firefly Chocolate – Chocolate One-on-One with Victoria Cooksey

Victoria Cooksey returns to interview Jonas Ketterle of Firefly Chocolate and Ceremonial Cacao. Follow Jonas’ chocolate journey through his brief tech startup days… to a fateful trip to Mexico… to the outstanding, transformative chocolate and drinking cacao of Firefly. Get an inside look at how one of the most transparent chocolate companies today came to be.

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Terroir Chocolate Collections

Terroir Chocolate Collections

Terroir Chocolate delivers two distinct collections — Single Origin and Dark Milk — to satisfy your bean-to-bar chocolate cravings one last time before the summer no-shipping season sets in. From Belize, to Haiti, to the Dominican Republic, it’s time to taste the Terroir…

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About The Author

Eric Battersby

Experienced writer, indie filmmaker (Hollywood 27 and Change The World Films), and best-selling Kindle author, Eric has this to say about Chocolate Connoisseur: “Our goal is to not only help create a strong community of enlightened chocolate lovers, connecting them with passionate chocolatiers and chocolate makers, it’s to also help the chocolate industry rise up and do the right thing by its cacao farmers and everyone else. Just like what I do as a filmmaker, I want us to do our part here to change the world. We’re not just building a magazine -- I think that’s part of being a responsible media company, and I think our readers completely embrace the concept as well..” For Eric's other life as an activist filmmaker, visit, to learn how his nonprofit is currently tackling the controversy surrounding GMOs (genetically modified organisms in our food supply).

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