MAY 2019 Issue Preview


Cover photo by Dominique 

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 2019 Issue.


Chocolate University - Stevia, Is It a "Natural" Sweetener?

Inside Chocolate: Dandelion Chocolate Trips - Belize

Lily's Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate News: Can chocolate cause acid reflux... the ruby chocolate hype train kicks into high gear in the US... Rococo Chocolates struggles in the UK... and, yet again, more cannabis chocolate.

CACOCO Chocolate Offer

Editor's Corner: A New Addition Delays the May Issue + A Tribute to Mott Green

Chocolate Calendar

On the Cover / Credits




Dandelion Chocolate Trips: Belize – Inside Chocolate

Dandelion Chocolate Trips: Belize – Inside Chocolate

Our new Associate Writer, Karen Fienberg, delivers a beautiful re-telling of her journey to Belize over the winter, attending one of Dandelion Chocolate’s fabled Chocolate Trips with a group of fellow chocolate lovers. Follow Karen and Co. through every step of the chocolate process, and deepen your connection with the world of cacao.

Stevia, A Natural Sweetener?

Stevia, A Natural Sweetener?

Dive deep into the alternative, “natural(?)” sweetener known as stevia, a boon to sugar-sensitive individuals, even in the chocolate world, thanks to companies like Lily’s Sweets and Coco Polo. Learn where it comes from, how the FDA appears to have hurt, not helped, its natural status, and much more…

CACOCO Drinking Chocolate Trio

CACOCO Drinking Chocolate Trio

Earlier this year, CACOCO basked in the glory of not one, but two, Chocolate Connoisseur Independent Favorites Awards, winning GOLD in a landslide for their 80% Extra Dark Drinking Chocolate, while also taking home the BRONZE award for their 60% Rich Dark Drinking Chocolate. In honor of CACOCO’s accomplishments, we’ve brought them back for an encore chocolate offer to close out the Spring.

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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