FCIA Fine Chocolate Glossary

Chocolate, Fine

Fine chocolate is defined in terms of its flavor, texture, and appearance, as well as how its limited ingredients, high cocoa and low sugar content, are sourced and processed.

  • Sensory: Fine chocolate makers are committed to coaxing the unique flavors from each bean, allowing the consumer to experience complex flavors from the terroir of various regions and countries. Textures should be smooth and creamy, unless purposely creating unrefined chocolate.
  • Visual: Fine chocolate professionals are committed to creating stunning visual experiences through perfectly finished products which are often artfully designed.
  • Processed: Fine chocolate makers and chocolatiers use artisan methods to create minimally processed chocolate with flavor complexity.
  • Sourcing: With a commitment to the farmer, fine chocolate makers use ethical practices to source the highest quality flavor beans and cocoa, often from single countries of origin and individual growers.
  • Market Size: Fine chocolate is a small but growing segment of the chocolate industry representing 5% or less of chocolate market sales.

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Entry added: November 28, 2022
Verified on: September 14, 2023

Authored by

Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) Board
NGO Professionals


Learn About Cocoa,” Make Mine Fine

Ingredients of Fine Chocolate,” Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA)

About Fine Chocolate,” Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA)

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