Bonjour and welcome to my chocolate blog! I’m Estelle Tracy, a food writer and chocolate sommelier based in Chester County, in the Philadelphia area. You may already know me from the 37 Chocolates challenge: in June of 2015, I committed to sample 37 US-made chocolates by my 37th birthday on Halloween of that year. What started as a delicious excuse to eat a lot of chocolate turned out to be a life-changing journey that revealed my passion for craft chocolate and the people behind these bars. As I reviewed my 10th bar, I realized that micro-batch, handcrafted chocolate carried the personality of a maker. This was a complete revelation for me and, from then on, I became obsessed with finding the maker in each bar.
The challenge was originally documented on my YouTube channel then promoted on Facebook and Instagram (check #37chocolates.) My 2016 resolution was to gather all my reviews on this blog, as well as sharing interviews with chocolate-makers, feature new artisans, share my thoughts on the perfect chocolate bar size, and what makes a good chocolate-wrapper. In addition to leading tastings in the Kennett Square area, I organize private tastings for bridal showers and team building events. Please email me at estelle(at) 37chocolates.com for more information.
Until then, enjoy my introductory video dated June 2015 – I swear I have learned to smile since. You can also find the list of each of the 37 bars on this post.