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Tastes of the Region: Fine Chocolate by Ludwig

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If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, let me introduce you to some of the finest chocolate I have ever tasted: Fine Chocolate by Ludwig (http://finechocolate.ca), and its created right here in Lanark County.

I’ve never been a fan of dark chocolate. I’ve always found it too bitter, too strong, and sometimes with a grainy texture.  In short, nothing I would ever reach for as a treat.

That changed a couple of years ago, thanks to a client who left me a Christmas gift of a chocolate bar made by Ludwig Ratzinger.  I had never heard of it before, and again, not being a fan of dark chocolate, brought it home and it left it to sit on the counter for a few weeks.  In a moment of desperation, with no other chocolate around, I decided I would break open the gift from my client.   

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather.  This was the most flavourful, yet delicate and smooth dark chocolate I had ever tasted. I was hooked.   

I had the opportunity to meet Ludwig earlier this year and get a tour of his chocolate making studio, located in Maberly, Ont., just west of Perth. As a professionally trained pastry chef and former employee of both the Chateau Laurier and the Governor General, Ludwig’s talent and experience shines through in his finished product.

Walking into the studio, the scent of chocolate was nothing short of extraordinary.  Ludwig walked me through his chocolate-making process, including everything from the packaging he designed, to how he selects his cacao beans, the custom molds he uses and the process he follows for turning cacao beans into the delectable bars of goodness found at various specialty shops around Eastern Ontario.  

Ludwig produces a wide selection of chocolate, including large bars ranging from 38% cacao to 80% cacao as well as milk chocolate, white chocolate and smaller flavoured chocolate bars.  A definite favourite of mine is the lime chocolate bar; a subtle hint of lime does nothing but enhance the chocolate. His packaging allows for customization for weddings and other special events.  

For more information about Ludwig, the chocolate he creates and locations where you can purchase it, check out Ludwig’s website at www.finechocolate.ca

 

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Tastes of the Region: Fine Chocolate by Ludwig

***needs an author**

If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, let me introduce you to some of the finest chocolate I have ever tasted: Fine Chocolate by Ludwig (http://finechocolate.ca), and its created right here in Lanark County.

I’ve never been a fan of dark chocolate. I’ve always found it too bitter, too strong, and sometimes with a grainy texture.  In short, nothing I would ever reach for as a treat.

That changed a couple of years ago, thanks to a client who left me a Christmas gift of a chocolate bar made by Ludwig Ratzinger.  I had never heard of it before, and again, not being a fan of dark chocolate, brought it home and it left it to sit on the counter for a few weeks.  In a moment of desperation, with no other chocolate around, I decided I would break open the gift from my client.   

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather.  This was the most flavourful, yet delicate and smooth dark chocolate I had ever tasted. I was hooked.   

I had the opportunity to meet Ludwig earlier this year and get a tour of his chocolate making studio, located in Maberly, Ont., just west of Perth. As a professionally trained pastry chef and former employee of both the Chateau Laurier and the Governor General, Ludwig’s talent and experience shines through in his finished product.

Walking into the studio, the scent of chocolate was nothing short of extraordinary.  Ludwig walked me through his chocolate-making process, including everything from the packaging he designed, to how he selects his cacao beans, the custom molds he uses and the process he follows for turning cacao beans into the delectable bars of goodness found at various specialty shops around Eastern Ontario.  

Ludwig produces a wide selection of chocolate, including large bars ranging from 38% cacao to 80% cacao as well as milk chocolate, white chocolate and smaller flavoured chocolate bars.  A definite favourite of mine is the lime chocolate bar; a subtle hint of lime does nothing but enhance the chocolate. His packaging allows for customization for weddings and other special events.  

For more information about Ludwig, the chocolate he creates and locations where you can purchase it, check out Ludwig’s website at www.finechocolate.ca

 

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