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Ruby Chocolate is here. It's pink. It's delicious!

By Lynette C August 24, 2018

And, no, it’s not just white chocolate with food colouring in it. It’s a whole new type of chocolate, the first to be launched in 80 years in fact. So what is it?

Ruby is the first chocolate to hit the market in 80 years, since its brother White was the third type of chocolate announced after Dark & Milk. Made from the Ruby cocoa bean, it offers a totally new taste experience. Not bitter, or milky, or sweet, but a tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness. And yet, no berries, berry flavour, or colour is added to the finished product. The Ruby bean is unique because the fresh berry-fruitiness and colour are naturally present. The cocoa beans are sourced from different regions of the world. The bean has a specific set of attributes, which Barry Callebaut managed to unlock through an innovative process that took years to refine.

We’re thrilled that Callebaut Fine Belgian Chocolate have chosen the smooth Festival of Chocolate to give you your first taste of RB1, a ruby chocolate variety dedicated to chocolatiers and pastry chefs, launching the line with Australia’s Queen of Chocolate, Kirsten Tibballs from Savour School in Melbourne, in The Callebaut Test Kitchen, proudly built & designed by Knebel Kitchens.

Tibballs says ruby RB1 "opens up a whole new world of ideas and makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about chocolate.”

Ruby Tart 2

You can see and taste Kirsten’s newest creation, a chocolate tart, peanut shortbread, peanut butter and raspberry jelly cream and a whipped ruby chocolate ganache, at 1pm on Saturday 1 September, in The Callebaut Test Kitchen at The smooth Festival of Chocolate – tickets for this session are selling fast, so buy yours now to get a taste of this gorgeous, and unique, creation!

You can also get a taste of the newest chocolate variety at the smooth Festival of Chocolate, from Josophan’s Fine Chocolate, helmed by Callebaut Hero, Jodie Van Der Velden. Van Der Velden’s truly spectacular chocolate store Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, is nestled in the historic village of Leura in the Blue Mountains, but you don’t need to go that far to get your first taste of Callebaut’s Ruby RB1 Chocolate – she’ll be selling everything from tasting squares, to bars, blocks and slabs, mingled with flavours like macadamia, berry, honeycomb and pistachio. A self taught chocolatier with a natural gift for creating fine chocolates, Jodie’s creativity is lovingly poured into each bite.

A new flavour profile awaits on September 1 & 2 at The smooth Festival of Chocolate, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park – get your tickets now.