- Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

Science has created a fourth type of chocolate

There's a new kid on the block and it's pink, sweet, and fruity. Yum!

Rejoice, sweet-toothers! There is a new chocolate in town. No, not just some fancy mixing of a pre-existing chocolate rearranged like some delicious Rubik’s cube - this is the first brand-new variety of chocolate since white chocolate was introduced to the world 80 years ago. As you can tell from the photos, it’s fairly pink, but that’s not due to any colourings or dye of any kind. Ruby chocolate is manufactured from the Ruby cocoa bean, which contains such pigments.

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

It tastes quite fruity, and a little sour. Barry Callebaut, the Zurich-based company that spent 17 long years developing the new sweet treat, describes it in a press release as "an intense sensorial delight", adding that it’s "a tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness". It’s currently being sold off in huge batches to various chocolatiers and confectionary sellers around the world though, so don’t expect to wait too long before this new delight is available to chow down on.

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

At present, the chocolate composition remains a mystery. Dark chocolate is high on the cocoa, low on the milk; white chocolate is the opposite, and milk chocolate falls somewhere in-between. Where exactly does Ruby chocolate fall on this spectrum? Was it all made using just the bean, as some have claimed? One thing's clear at this pointΒ - this aesthetically pleasing chocolate is an Instagram dream. Hopefully, it tastes as good as it looks!

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

Credit: Ruby Chocolate Image Gallery

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