The Slow Melt: A Podcast About Chocolate

Series produced by Slow Melt Productions

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The Slow Melt is a biweekly program that uses chocolate as the thick, delicious lens through which to explore the world—from flavor and physiology to chemistry and conservation, from global markets and gender to climate change, social justice and beyond—highlighting the people, places and processes behind this $100 billion industry. It is hosted and written by journalist and author Simran Sethi.

The first eight-episode season of The Slow Melt will feature interviews with farmers, conservationists, manufacturers, tasting experts, scientists, social justice advocates, chocolate purveyors and, of course, award-winning chocolate makers. By better understanding chocolate, we can better appreciate it, more easily identify what we love, and support the makers and producers that create those kinds of bars.


17 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Fruition Chocolate was founded in 2011 by Bryan Graham and is based in Woodstock, USA. The company is known for stone-grinding cocoa beans as a mea...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 26:24
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Theo Chocolate was founded in 2006 by Joe Whinney and Debra Music and is based in Seattle, USA. The company is known as being the first organic, fa...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 33:16
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Cailo Chocolate was founded in 2016 by the Castillo and Carniello families and is based in Perth, Australia. The bean-to-bar producer sources its c...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 26:56
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Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat, was founded in 2011 by Vincent Mourou and Samuel Maruta and is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company is the ...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 39:58
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Ritual Chocolate was founded in 2010 by Robbie Stout and Anna Davies and is based in Park City, USA. The company makes small-batch, bean-to-bar cho...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 33:48
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Valrhona was founded in 1922 by Albéric Guironnet in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France, and is now also based in Brooklyn, USA. The com...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 20:40
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Askinosie Chocolate was founded in 2007 in Springfield, USA, by Shawn Askinosie, who left his job as a criminal defense lawyer to pursue his love o...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 44:35
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SOMA Chocolatemaker was founded in 2003 by David Castellan and Cynthia Leung and is based in Toronto, Canada. The company has since grown to two st...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 37:48
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There is no chocolate industry without Africa. African cocoa is bountiful and painful, cyclical and dynamic. In this episode, we get two snapshots ...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 42:08
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Cacao was born in a bean-shaped area in the upper Amazon and is believed to have been grown and used—first, as a drink—in countries that now encomp...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 24:01
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What is craft chocolate? The short answer is: It’s complicated. This episode might not give you all the answers, but you will most definitely learn...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 24:00
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Discover the diverse flavors of cocoa from Vietnam, Trinidad and Dominican Republic and learn how we can save these flavors by savoring them.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2017
  • Length: 24:00
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Episode 5 — Sensory overload! We explore how taste, touch, sight, smell and sound influence how we experience chocolate. With a soundtrack designed...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Mar 22, 2017
  • Length: 24:00
  • Purchases: 1
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“Hey everyone, our chocolate is getting cheaper!” On the surface, that sounds great. But the story behind the low costs is not good news. And a hig...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 24:00
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Many of us have been eating chocolate since childhood, but could you recognize it in nature? In this episode, we start at the farm with the pod-sha...

  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 24:00
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Chocolate: food of the gods, balm of our hearts, and, at one point in time, a symbol of sacrifice and stand-in for human blood. In this episode, we...

Bought by KMXT and KRZA


  • Added: Feb 10, 2017
  • Length: 23:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Cacao
Chocolate, like love and truth, is multiple. This pilot episode gives an overview of the different people, places and processes involved in creatin...

Bought by Prairie Public and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 27, 2017
  • Length: 23:58
  • Purchases: 2