The beloved bar has come a long way in quality and complexity. Here's a primer on how it's made, and how to choose the best and most ethically produced.

You probably think you already know


How is chocolate made?

What is bean-to-bar chocolate?


Who started the bean-to-bar craze?

Is a bean-to-bar chocolate maker the same as a chocolatier?

What is single-origin chocolate?

What does the cacao percentage on the label mean?

What is direct-trade cacao?

What about the ethics and environmental impact of chocolate production?

RECIPE: Chocolate tahini mousse

RECIPE: Cocoa nib sablés with flaky sea salt

RECIPE: Bittersweet brownie shortbread

And to drink ...