Preview of Makers Series 3: Valrhona

Jul 07, 2017, 05:25 PM

Valrhona was founded in 1922 by Albéric Guironnet in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France, and is now also based in Brooklyn, USA. The company is dedicated to enhancing the flavors of rare cocoa beans, highlighting the land where the cocoa beans come from, and offers artisan tasting bars and baking products. It also operates its own four pastry and chocolate schools (two in France, one in Tokyo and one in Brooklyn), L’École Valrhona—for which our guest, chef Sarah Tibbetts, serves as the North American Pastry Chef—and cocoa plantations in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Hear from chef Sarah about the history of Valrhona, how they let the flavor of the beans determine the end products, and the difference between tasting and eating chocolate.

Launching July 14, 2017. Please join us in tasting the Manjari 64% bar. Learn more at For more information on Valrhona, head to their website (, and use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount on all products, including the Manjari 64% bar, from now through October 15, 2017. You can also purchase an exclusive bar bundle, including all nine bars featured in the Makers Series, at (in the U.S.; use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount), and find most of the bars in a subscription box by (in Australia).

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Soundtrack: "Soldier" by The Slackers. Hear more at