Bean-to-bar chocolate

A wind-powered schooner glides into New York harbour transporting Dominican Republic cacao beans to a small chocolate company in NYC’s too-hip Williamsburg. It’s an alluring image that along with the company’s singular ethical vision, the exquisite chocolate wrappers, and the owners’ Civil War-era beards, shapes the Mast Brothers story – one of contemporary urban artisanship…

Vanilla

With cheap imitation vanilla essence providing the ultimate non-flavour, in the late 20th century ‘vanilla’ had become a synonym for ‘banal’. It was the ice cream that went with everything because it tasted of nothing. But over the last two decades tastebuds have been reawakened to real vanilla, “the Chanel No. 5 of the spice…

Campbell’s Soup

Andy Warhol had been eating Campbells Tomato Soup for 20 years when he immortalised the soup can design in pop art in 1962. Now Campbells is releasing limited edition Warhol-inspired soup cans on the work’s 50th anniversary (and providing its ailing sales with some much needed brand buzz). Warhol had a deprived child’s lifelong preoccupation…