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Use your sweet tooth for a business with pointers from Blyss chocolate founder Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl

Use your sweet tooth for a business with pointers from Blyss chocolate founder Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl

In time for Valentines’ the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA, Manila) in collaboration with Blyss, a global chocolate business that makes “single bean virgin chocolate,” is holding a training series titled, “The Chocolate Business as a Social Enterprise.”

Composed of four courses which aim to take learners from starter to master connoisseur level, the chocolate appreciation series seeks to impart to participants—from student enthusiasts, foodie gourmands, start-ups to trade leaders—a profound learning experience and various global perspectives about the thriving industry and future of chocolate making from a top social entrepreneur, Blyss chocolate founder Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl.

McDonald-Bartl is known for her distinctive livewire “edutainment style.” Growing up in a family of social entrepreneurs, she created Blyss chocolate that harvests pure arriba nacionale cacao with 450 families in Ecuador.

Blyss has been labelled by culinary chefs and sommeliers from Europe to the Gulf as ‘the most pure chocolate in the world’

Blyss has been labelled by culinary chefs and sommeliers from Europe to the Gulf as ‘the most pure chocolate in the world’

The enterprise works on the principles of agroecology and carries it with the traditions from 100 years of working with evolving communities that she learned from her family. Her single bean virgin chocolate creation has been labelled by culinary chefs and sommeliers from Europe to the Gulf as “the most pure chocolate in the world.”


Apart from learning trade secrets behind fine chocolate making for pleasure and for business, satiate your hunger for cacao knowledge further by participating in CCA, Manila’s four highly engaging sessions.

The chocolate expert is known for her distinctive livewire ‘edutainment style’

The chocolate expert is known for her distinctive livewire ‘edutainment style’

The courses are as follows “Aphrodisia & Euphoria” on February 14 at C3 Events Place in Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City; “Wild Pairing of Chocolate and Cheese” (February 15at Epicurious, East Wing, Shangri-La Mall; “The 6 Hot Topics That Really Melt Chocolate” on February 16 at Lucia Ristorante in Hotel Celeste in San Lorenzo Village, Makati City; and “Fall in Love with Chocolate Again” on February 17, at CCA Katipunan, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

For more information, email talktoccamanila@gmail.com or call 426-4831.

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