Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide for Informed Indulgers

Bars and bonbons, dark and milk, single-origin and small-batch, Mexican and Vietnamese: The world of chocolate is vast and fascinating. With this A-to-Z survey, explore it in all its delicious variety

WE LOVE chocolate, and we think we know it well. But our understanding is undergoing an evolutionary leap, keeping pace with innovations in the way this edible luxury is sourced and sold worldwide. These changes have the potential to bring us more delicious chocolate and to improve the lives of the people who produce it.

Grown in a narrow band around the equator, cacao is a pod-shaped tropical fruit containing bitter seeds that, once processed, become cocoa and chocolate. The crop is the basis of a global industry currently...