Bushwick, Brooklyn chocolate shop Fine & Raw stands out among the city’s confectioners for its zeroed-in focus on raw ingredients. In the case of chocolate, or rather cacao, the beans are never roasted, and instead are dried then heated.
This episode of The Process unveils exactly what goes into making the 2,500 chocolate truffles Fine & Raw turns out daily. For the shop’s lavender truffle, it all starts with raw ingredients like cacao butter, lavender, and agave, a mixture that is then coated in raw chocolate. According to Fine & Raw’s chocolatiers, the trick is to press the chocolate at low temperatures which yields a deeper flavor of chocolate, and one with actual health benefits.