Discovering Ruby Chocolate

This new chocolatey creation is an exciting addition to the confectionery industry. A delightfully, natural, colorful sweet, ruby chocolate will be the hottest dessert ingredient for years to come. 

What is Ruby Chocolate 

Ruby chocolate is a relatively new development, created by the chocolatiers at Barry Callebaut, a Belgian-Swiss cocoa company. Properly introduced to the public in 2017, ruby chocolate has been in development for over 12 years. And, although the creators are holding the exact recipe close to the chest, this chocolate’s naturally pink coloring is creating quite a stir. Rumors are swirling that this unusual and unique hue must come from a similarly colored cacao bean. 

Ruby chocolate has a surprisingly berry-like flavor with slightly sweet-tart notes, falling somewhere between milk and white chocolate in relative sweetness. It is the color of ruby chocolate, however, that really dazzles consumers with its beautiful mauve-pink color.  

Sampling Ruby Chocolate 

Ruby chocolate has been steadily making its way into the confection, dessert, and beverage markets. Once ruby chocolate was introduced, it was first used in creating a special (and surprisingly expensive) Kit Kat bar, exclusively for Japanese and South Korean consumers. Now, ruby chocolate is making inroads with ice cream companies (Haagen Dazs and Magnum), global coffee shops (Insomnia Coffee, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks), and adventurous homecooks or professional chefs.  

If you’re interested in playing with this modern chocolate, we love classic applications and recipes that highlight this new ingredient. Like in this recipe for Ruby Chocolate Cake, a contemporary take on the classic chocolate cake with beautiful ruby results. Or, for frozen treat fans, this recipe for Ruby Chocolate Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream Bars, making mouth watering and visual ice cream pops. If you can not make it to one of the above mentioned coffee shops to try a beverage made using ruby chocolate, making your own beverage at-home if easy with this recipe for Ruby Chocolate Latte.  

Sourcing Ruby Chocolate 

As this ingredient is so new, it may not be available in all grocery stores. We recommend using the Ruby Chocolate website to find retailers near you. Many of the retailers listed may also provide shipping information. 

Feature Image: By Zacharie Grossen – Own work (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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