Craft Chocolate Book Club

In collaboration with our friends at Cocoa Encounters, we are delighted to present the Craft Chocolate Book Club.

It’s a compelling new format for pairing the world’s best chocolate with the some of the greatest writing around.

How does it work? How do you get involved?

Read on to find out!

Our Current Pairings

Here are the pairings that we’ve already collaborated on.

Follow the links to get the chocolate, and the accompanying tasting videos.

And stay tuned for more pairings to come!

‘The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle’ by Matt Cain

This life affirming novel by Matt Cain paired beautifully with a selection of bars which helped give a sense of place and meaning.

The tasting kit includes a diverse range of chocolate types and flavour experiences, and will help you have an even deeper connection with the colour characters of the novel.

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

This beloved classic novel gives us a story we’re all familiar with, but by tasting chocolate paired with its themes, we can learn even more about it.

The tasting kit includes a diverse range of chocolate types, connecting us with the past, present, and future.

Pairing Craft Chocolate with Books

On the surface, you might wonder how on Earth books and chocolate could have a relationship.

Sure, we might enjoy a nibble of our favourite chocolate while curled up with a good book – but what else is there to it? Well, it turns out the relationship can be much deeper and more rewarding than you might expect.

The key themes of a story, its setting, the attributes of its characters; all of these present routes for connecting to chocolate. And craft chocolate, with its myriad of flavour and texture dimensions, provides a diverse world within which to make those connections.

With a good book and chocolate pairing, you read and talk about the book, you taste and talk about the chocolate. Crucially, by bringing the two together, you can explore the intricacies of each, furthering your discussion and understanding of both.

Kathryn Laverack

In our new book club, our hosts, Kathryn and Cat, will read a book with you each month, and pick a selection of superb craft chocolate from our library to form these unexpected literary pairings. Let them explain more:

Meet the Hosts

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Meet Kathryn Laverack

Kathryn is a chocolate educator, certified chocolate taster and judge for the International Chocolate Awards.
Kathryn discovered craft chocolate over 10 years ago and after studying with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cocoa Tasting (IICCT), set up a community chocolate tasting club and began pairing chocolate with literature. The rewards of sharing the experience and knowledge of craft chocolate gained through these initiatives, combined with a passion for teaching and education provided Kathryn with the inspiration for setting up Cocoa Encounters.
Kathryn now delivers workshops, curates tastings, pairs chocolate to literature and designs chocolate educational materials.

Click below to hear Kathryn talk about her passion for chocolate and literature in one of our ‘Chocolate Chats’.

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Meet Cat Black

Cat is a member of The Guild of Food Writers, Grand Jury member of The International Chocolate Awards and tutor at The International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting.
She has an all-consuming passion for all that is finest in the world of chocolate. She gives talks about chocolate to private and corporate clients, introducing people to chocolate tasting and the complexity of this divine food. Acting as a chocolate consultant has allowed Cat to work with top chefs, keeping them up to date on the latest chocolates and collaborating in the development of interesting chocolate dishes for their menus.
She is also author several books, including ‘The Great British Bake Off, Bake it Better – Chocolate’ (Hodder & Stoughton 2016).

Click below to hear Cat talk about her passion for the world of fine chocolate in one of our ‘Chocolate Chats’.

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How does it work?

– Sign up to our book club mailing list.

– We’ll keep you informed with the upcoming book, and which bars we’ll be tasting.

– Once it’s available, buy the carefully curated box.

– We’ll send you the link to the monthly discussion video, where you can taste and read along with the hosts.

Ready to get started on this adventure?

If you want more information about the Craft Chocolate Book Club, and want to keep up-to-date with new pairings and tastings, register your interest by clicking below and joining our mailing list (register your interest in “books”).

We’ll let you know when the next book is coming up, and share the link to the bars, and the tasting videos.