“Next Steps”

“Next Steps”

With this 4 bite-concept, I wanted to explore the transformation of flavor with each bite. The idea came by realizing that the chocolate delights of Tomorrow should be healthy for body and mind, but also playful. I thought of a concept with which there is an evolution of flavor with each bite, starting from one and ending to another. And it is also an idea that is easy to be adapted to many audiences and many flavors/textures. In these elaborations, there is an evolution from fruit to chocolate, in respect to the needs of each individual audience.  The design was developed as an organic, molecular shape, which can intuitively be enjoyed in steps.   1st Audience: The Explorer This concept features a true journey, with the discovery of true cacao and a new type of chocolate, the WholeFruit Chocolate. Step by step, bite by bite, starting from a tropical spiced fruit compote “The Explorer” ends up discovering the flavor of Evocao 72% with an exotic accent. It is really a unique experience.    2nd Audience: The Elderly With more traditional flavors that feel familiar to this type of audience, this elaboration starts with a sweet-spiced fruit compote and ends with a high cocoa content dark chocolate cremeux. The flavors and textures here aim to stimulate the less sensitive palate of a senior customer, they are familiar, easy to chew and digest, but are also enriched in fiber and high in antioxidants. Maple syrup is used to increase sweetness but with a lower glycemic index.   3rd Audience: The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free) When adopting a Vegan or Dairy free diet, most people often find they lack the same pleasurable choices. But just because of that diet restriction, it doesn’t mean that someone  has to be deprived of a good indulgent chocolate moment of bliss. Therefore with this elaboration, the Hedonist can start from an intense banana compote and step by step, discover the pleasure of a NXT Milk Dairy Free Chocolate cremeux with peanuts.

The Explorer

Used products: The Explorer

  • 60 g
    pineapple puree
  • 50 g
    Cacao juice
  • 140 g
  • 16 g
    lime juice
  • 2 g
    lime zest
  • 4 g
    pectin NH
  • 0.5 g
    carob gum
  • 52 g
    palm sugar
  • 0.24 g
    timut powder

Preparation: The Explorer

Pineapple - Cacao Pulp - Timut Compote


Mix pectin NH and carob gum with palm sugar.

Bring all the ingredients to a boil.

Let it set.


Used products: The Explorer

Preparation: The Explorer

Explorer WholeFruit Cremeux


Mix pectin X58 with coconut sugar.

Bring all the ingredients to a boil except for Evocao 72%.

Strain, make ganache with the couverture and mix with a stick blender.

The Elderly

Used products: The Elderly

  • 110 g
    golden apple
  • 40 g
  • 75 g
    Water #1
  • 16 g
    lemon juice
  • 15 g
    Water #2
  • 7 g
    corn starch
  • 35 g
    Maple syrup
  • 10 g
  • 7 g
    82% butter
  • 20 g
    Corinthian raisins PDO
  • 1 g
    carob gum
  • 1 g
    Four spices mix
  • 0.2 g

Preparation: The Elderly

Apple Pumpkin Compote


Mix water #2 with the corn starch.

Cook all the ingredients until they become soft, except for the corn starch mix, raisins and carob gum.

Add corn starch mix and carob gum and bring to a boil.

Add raisins and let it set.

Used products: The Elderly

Preparation: The Elderly

Cinnamon Saint Domingue 70% Cremeux


Mix pectin X58 with coconut sugar.

Bring all ingredients to a boil  except for Saint Domingue 70%.

Strain, make ganache with the couverture and mix with a stick blender.

The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free)

Used products: The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free)

  • 210 g
  • 5 g
    yuzu puree
  • 14 g
    Banana purée
  • 1 g
    Liquorice powder
  • 0.49 g
    Vitamin C
  • 3 g
    demerara sugar (1)
  • 4 g
    pectin NH
  • 11 g
    lemon juice
  • 14 g
  • 14 g
    demerara sugar (2)
  • 14 g
  • 14 g
    vegan butter
  • 31 g
    Metaxa 7* spirit

Preparation: The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free)

Banana Compote


Mix pectin NH with demerara sugar (1).

Mix bananas with yuzu puree, banana puree, liquorice powder, vitamin C and lemon juice.

Slightly caramelize water, demerara sugar (2), trehalose and vegan butter, then add half of the banana mixture.

Flambé with Metaxa spirit and add the rest of the bananas and pectin NH mix.

Bring to a boil, let it cool and set.

Used products: The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free)

Preparation: The Hedonist (Vegan/Lactose Free)

NXT Dairy free Milk Chocolate - Peanut cremeux


Bring almond milk, banana puree, vanilla pods, salt and Iota carrageenan previously mixed with coconut sugar to a boil.

Make ganache with the couvertures and peanut paste and mix with a stick blender.


Plant Based - High Fiber Cocoa Sablee

Used products: Plant Based - High Fiber Cocoa Sablee

Preparation: Plant Based - High Fiber Cocoa Sablee

Make sablee with all the ingredients.

Spread between two baking sheets, cut and bake.


Nutty Crunch brittles

Used products: Nutty Crunch brittles

Preparation: Nutty Crunch brittles

Mix all ingredients together.

Divide by 3 and add pistachios, walnuts and peanuts in each part individually.
Bake at  180oC until golden and break in shards.

Assembly and finishing

Paint and cast chocolate molds with Guayaquil 64%.

Fill cavities with the respective compote - cremeux combination, crunchy brittle and serve on the chocolate sable.