Dan asked: “What is ruby chocolate?”
Just when you think there are enough kinds of chocolate, the large manufacturer Barry Callebaut introduces another: not dark , not white, but what they call ruby chocolate. Callebaut patented the manufacturing process for the specialty chocolate in 2009, brought it to market in 2017, and now sells the product to many chocolatiers, who turn it into bars, bonbons, and other treats. True to the name, it’s a startling mauve, and it’s made with no added coloring. How does that work?
Callebaut capitalizes on the fact that, like other fruits, fresh cacao beans can naturally produce brilliant pigments: in particular, flavonoid polyphenols that can create a vivid violet color.