Bittersweet: A Memoir: The Life and Times of the World's Leading Chocolate Taster

Bittersweet: A Memoir: The Life and Times of the World's Leading Chocolate Taster

by Angus Kennedy


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The world’s leading chocolate taster shares his wild ride to attain the most envied job, and explains his warning heard around the world: that we might soon run out of chocolate.

Angus Kennedy has the best job of all time. But his journey to becoming the world’s leading chocolate taster has followed a rocky road. Kennedy spent his childhood learning his way around the chocolate industry despite an alcoholic mother, a father dying of cancer, and multiple brushes with death. Now in Bittersweet , he reveals how he became the king of cocoa and also gives a fascinating tour of the industry, answering questions such as: are we really going to run out of chocolate; is chocolate good for you; what are the most surprising kinds of chocolate; can chocolate be low calorie; and should we be eating organic or fair trade chocolate. He also includes an enlightening guide to knowing if you’re eating high-quality chocolate.

Doused in Kennedy’s signature British humor, sprinkled with tear-jerking moments, and baked to engaging, can’t-put-down perfection, this humorous and memorable memoir is a tale of dysfunction, but also redemption. The account begins during Kennedy’s childhood, when his mother managed the family magazine, a chocolate review, and candy samples were his meals, essential for his survival. Later, under his leadership, the family magazine became the world’s leading chocolate review publication. Kennedy also opened the industry’s main trade show: the World Chocolate Forum. Today, mouthwatering chocolates of all flavors and shapes arrive daily! But with this sweet life, there was also a sobering realization: that the cocoa bean is in grave danger. When Kennedy first publicly shared this, hysterics ensued. Here he tells the full story. This book reveals the secrets of the chocolate world and its king, the bitter and the sweet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948062046
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Angus Kennedy is the world’s leading expert on chocolate and has been dubbed by the media as the “real life Willy Wonka.” Kennedy is the owner of Kennedy’s Confection , a chocolate review magazine his family has owned for forty years, and the founder of the World Chocolate Forum, the world’s largest chocolate industry conference. He’s been a guest on a variety of TV and radio programs, including Fox, NBC, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Hallmark, and Bloomberg TV, and featured in a wealth of print and digital media. Kennedy’s provocative assertion in 2011 that the world might be running out of chocolate received international media coverage and was a source of much concern by chocolate lovers around the world. He is a father of five and lives with his family in Kent, England.

Table of Contents



  1. Mad Dogs, Vodka, and Candy
  2. Candy to the Rescue
  3. My Father's Death
  4. Strange Visitors to Number 22
  5. Welcome to the World of Confectionery
  6. The Candy Kid Goes Back to School
  7. Finishing School
  8. Murder?
  9. Working in a Mint Factory
  10. How to Get the Best Job in the World
  11. Goods to Congess
  12. Weight Control
  13. What You Might Not Know About Your Chocolate Bar
  14. Will We Run Out of Chocolate?
  15. The Chocolate of the Future
  16. Cohocolate Just for the Moment

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