"When I was a trainee with Bernachon, it suddenly dawned on me that I could make my own chocolate from cocoa beans ".
François Pralus is an exceptional Master Chocolate Maker because he is one of the few in France to manufacture his own chocolate. Today almost 100 tons of Pralus chocolate are manufactured and sold each year.
François Pralus works with dried cocoa beans that he receives from the very best cocoa plantations all over the world, especially from South American and Indonesia.
From these exceptional beans he produces around fifteen pure varieties and 4 blends..
"I do everything myself says François Pralus, rather than buying from specialised suppliers."
And he has gone even further since he now has his own cocoa bean plantation in Madagascar .
François Pralus gives away one of his little secrets to give us a more precise idea of how he obtains the right flavour before he starts to manufacture:
"I brew the cocoa in water, rather like making herbal tea and sweeten it slightly with sugar, then I leave it to settle. This gives me a precise idea of what the flavour will be like before I launch the manufacturing process."