What Is Ruby Chocolate?

Ruby chocolate is one of the four types of chocolate and is made from ruby cacao beans. Belgian chocolate company Barry Callebaut developed ruby chocolate in 2004 and launched it in its market-perfected form in 2017. Ruby chocolate’s unique color and taste are beloved by pastry chefs everywhere who want to bring a new element to their confectionaries.

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Ruby Chocolate Taste

Ruby chocolate’s flavor profile has an intense fruitiness, specifically with a fresh berry taste and a hint of sour smoothness.

white bowl filled with ruby chocolates

Where to Buy Ruby Chocolate

You can buy ruby chocolate from online stores, select grocery stores, or pre-made recipes using ruby chocolate from chocolate shops!

How Is Ruby Chocolate Made?

Ruby chocolate goes through an extensive bean-to-bar process:

  1. The ruby cacao beans are grown and harvested in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Ecuador.
  2. Once harvested, ruby cacao beans are fermented, sun-dried, selected, and are shipped to the Barry Callebaut facility in Belgium.
  3. Once they arrive at the facility, the ruby cacao beans undergo quality checks and begin the process of becoming couverture (high-quality chocolate).
  4. The beans now undergo whole bean roasting, which means they are roasted in the shell. This practice helps to preserve and develop the delicate flavors and aromas of cocoa beans.
  5. After roasting, the cocoa nibs are separated from the shell. They are then ground into a fine cocoa liquor, where it is then mixed with the other ingredients to create a couverture dough.
  6. The dough is refined and then conched (agitated by surface scraping) to develop the dough into a liquid as well as unify and balance the flavors.
  7. Finally, the couverture is tempered and molded into the Callets™ and ready for packaging.

Ruby Chocolate Ingredients

Below are the ingredients in ruby chocolate:

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa butter
  • Non-fat dry milk
  • Whole milk powder
  • Unsweetened chocolate
  • Soy lecithin
  • Citric acid
  • Natural vanilla flavor

How to Use Ruby Chocolate

decorated ruby chocolate on gray background

Because ruby chocolate has a medium flow and viscosity, it can be used in a ton of different recipes. Here are some ways you can use ruby chocolate:

  • Chocolate work
  • Mousses
  • Pastry cream
  • Ice cream
  • Cheesecakes
  • Dessert sauces
  • Frostings
  • Icings

It’s recommended to use ruby chocolate as purely as possible to really let the chocolate shine on its own, meaning that tempering and using it for chocolate work is best. Something to note: when baking with ruby chocolate, the vibrant pink color tends to fade a bit, but you can use natural food colorings like beetroot powder to bring back the pink hue.

For ruby chocolate recipes, check out Callebaut’s website for traditional and unique ruby chocolate recipes to make.

What to Pair with Ruby Chocolate

Because ruby chocolate’s taste is so unique yet universal, ingredient pairing can range from traditional flavors like different types of vanilla to unexpected flavors like global cheeses or different tropical fruits. Here are ingredient pairing ideas for ruby chocolate:

  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Stone fruits
  • Passion fruit
  • Currants
  • Cherries
  • Matcha
  • Rose
  • Dessert wines
  • Champagne
  • Beers
  • Bourbon
  • Caviar
  • Goat cheese
  • Camembert
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Edible flowers

How to Store Ruby Chocolate

Chocolate is sensitive to air, light, humidity, and can soak up other strong smells that are nearby. To avoid all of these mishaps, store your ruby chocolate in an air-tight container that is not see-through, or at the very least opaque. The chocolates should be kept in a cool, dark corner away from light. Never store chocolate in the refrigerator. If not stored properly, ruby chocolate can turn to a grayish color.

melted ruby chocolate in dish

Is Ruby Chocolate Vegan?

No, ruby chocolate is not vegan. However, ruby chocolate is vegetarian-friendly!

Is Ruby Chocolate Gluten-Free?

Yes, ruby chocolate is gluten-free. It is processed in a facility that does not have gluten or wheat present.


As the fourth type of chocolate after dark, milk, and white, ruby chocolate has a lot to live up to. Between its brilliant color and unique flavor, ruby chocolate creates a whole new confectionary experience for pastry chefs. It also makes a great gift for bakers who want to try this chocolate for the first time, or simply can’t get enough!

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