For internationally-acclaimed chocolatier Thomas Haas from Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, National Chocolate Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate his lifelong love affair with cacao.

As an artisan chocolatier, Thomas strives to source the best quality product possible from plantations in South America and the Caribbean, that focus on environmental conscientiousness, ethical trade and organic farming practices.

“When it comes to chocolate, several factors are crucial: the quality of the beans, the fermentation process, the roasting and the conching,” says Thomas. “But even if all of this is done properly, the most important factor is still freshness.”

In the spirit of National Chocolate Day, here are two of Thomas’ favourite chocolate recipes:

Chocolate Sparkle Cookies

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Chocolate Martini with Variations

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