November 2017 Issue Preview


NOTE: We publish multiple blog posts previews for each issue, to give you an idea of what you’ll find inside. Scroll down below to see which posts we’ve already published for the November 2017 Issue.


Corruption in the Chocolate Chain: Deadly Deforestation and Cacao – Part Two

In Focus: Lillie Belle Farms

In Focus: Fresco Chocolates

Cocktail of the Month: The Lillie Belle Manhattan

Recipe of the Month: Fresco's Hot Chocolate

Ask a Chocolate Expert with David Menkes

Editor's Corner -- New Subscription Rates, Three Free Issues, a LetterPress Giveaway, and Holiday Chocolate!

Chocolate News

Chocolate Calendar

On the Cover / Credits


Holiday Chocolate Shop 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Chocolate Shop, a one-stop shop for holiday chocolate and chocolate-related items, where we bring back earlier participants over the past year, give you great holiday season deals (with your 10% or 25% off discounts), and we donate up to 10% to Enliven Cacao, a nonprofit…

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Fresco – In Focus Preview

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” — General George Patton Fresco’s Steady Pace There’s more than one way to chase down your dreams. Inspirational movies out of Hollywood often focus on the “go big or go home” storyline, where the hero…

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In Focus: Lillie Belle Farms – Preview

Dive down a rabbit hole with us into the crazy world of Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates. What ties together Wolfgang Puck, Cal Arts, Hawaiian hurricanes, tuna fishing, organic raspberries, smokey bleu cheese truffles, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and oh yes… chocolate? Why Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms of course!

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The Ethical Bean: Deforestation and Cacao – Part Two

In the final part of our two-part series covering the chocolate industry’s devastating effects on Africa’s rainforests, we look at the human costs, a path forward to a more sustainable model, and most importantly, how you can very easily help…

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Elements Truffles Chocolate Offer

Elements Truffles showcases their ayurveda-inspired artisan chocolates in this month’s outstanding chocolate offer. Make sure you read May’s In Focus article on Elements and its founder, Alak Vasa, to see exactly why you do not want to miss the Elements Truffles Chocolate Offer!

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About The Author

Eric Battersby

Experienced writer, indie filmmaker (Hollywood 27 and Change The World Films), and best-selling Kindle author, Eric has this to say about Chocolate Connoisseur: “Our goal is to not only help create a strong community of enlightened chocolate lovers, connecting them with passionate chocolatiers and chocolate makers, it’s to also help the chocolate industry rise up and do the right thing by its cacao farmers and everyone else. Just like what I do as a filmmaker, I want us to do our part here to change the world. We’re not just building a magazine -- I think that’s part of being a responsible media company, and I think our readers completely embrace the concept as well..” For Eric's other life as an activist filmmaker, visit, to learn how his nonprofit is currently tackling the controversy surrounding GMOs (genetically modified organisms in our food supply).

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