How ruby chocolate
is made

Cocoa beans are the most complex product in nature after crude oil. Cocoa beans contain more than 20 000 components. Within the existing range of cocoa beans, we discovered a unique bean with specific properties.

How ruby chocolate was discovered

When discovering the unique ruby cocoa beans, we learned about one of the many secrets Mother Nature keeps. But discovering the secret is not enough,  it’s also about being capable of unlocking the flavor and color tone of the particular bean and creating chocolate with an exclusive taste. To make this happen we use advanced R&D techniques and a unique process.

Ruby cocoa pod
Ruby cocoa pods harvested in Ecuador, Brazil and Ivory Coast

The ruby cocoa beans

Like grapes for fine wines, cocoa beans are influenced by the terroir in which they grow. Ruby cocoa beans are grown in Ecuador, Brazil and Ivory Coast as they have similar environments. To find the right beans we developed a test that can identify if the sourced beans meet the required specifications to produce the 4th type of chocolate, ruby chocolate.

The ruby chocolate production process

To unlock the properties of the ruby bean and create ruby chocolate, the full production process from the cocoa bean to the ruby chocolate is carefully managed. Fermentation, temperature, conching time and the acidity level are key process parameters. 

A natural process

Like for any dark, milk and white chocolate, the unique processing is key. Chocolate does not grow by itself, it’s the processing of the ingredients that unlocks the colors and flavors that are naturally present in the beans. The same is true for ruby chocolate. We don't use any additives, all is included in the bean itself. This means the pink ruby color and fruity flavor of ruby chocolate is 100% natural.

The production of ruby chocolate cannot be called 'natural', simply because it’s not happening spontaneously in nature. This is the same for any other chocolate production. So to create ruby chocolate with its characteristic flavor and color, we bring natural ingredients together. No berry flavor, nor pink color or any other color is added!

Ruby cocoa fermentation
Cocoa farmers preparing the ruby cocoa beans for fermentation
ruby chocolate production process
Reviewing the chocolate production process and recipe

Adding citric acid to ruby chocolate

To create ruby chocolate we use citric acid that is abundantly found in nature, in a variety of fruits and vegetables, like citrus fruits. Lemons and limes have particularly high concentrations of the acid.

Adding citric acid is happening all around us, in our own kitchens at home and in the food industry. At home, we add lemon juice, cream, vinegar to our recipes and applications to pronounce flavors and/or colors of the ingredients used during cooking.

Other process details are part of our trade secret which we cannot disclose. We prefer to treat these confidential.

Discover Ruby products

Ruby Chocolate (high viscosity)

Ruby Chocolate the biggest innovation in the chocolate industry in 80 years. Ruby offers an intense sensorial delight, a totally new taste experience: neither bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension of fresh berry fruitiness and luscious smoothness.

  • Range
  • Fluidity
    Low fluidity
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    40.3%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    23.5%

Ruby chocolate, a true gift from mother nature, is now available in an Ice Cream Coating.  Its fresh and tangy flavor delivers a new taste experience that consumers will love, with the novel ice cream coating crack of texture. 
Ruby provides new pairing horizons for the ice cream market and new tasting experiences in ice cream consumption.

  • Range
  • Min. % Dry cocoa solids
    37.5%
  • Min. % Dry milk solids
    24.6%
Ruby

Ruby Transfer sheet with red "Ruby Chocolate" print based on sugar for chocolate and other confectionery. Dimensions are 300x400mm. Each pack contains 30 transfer sheets. Also available on rolls for industrial use.

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