The Chocolate Life

Discover Chocolate and Live La Vida Cocoa!

Sandra Andrews-Strasko
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Is Chocovic really going out of production?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Mar 3, 2011. 5 Replies

Flavinols being removed from dark chocolate

Started this discussion. Last reply by cybele Feb 21, 2008. 1 Reply

When did Campbells buy Godiva?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Feb 18, 2008. 1 Reply


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International Chocolate Awards

The International Chocolate Awards  highlights excellence in fine chocolate to consumers by awarding prizes for plain/origin bars, flavoured bars, filled chocolates (bonbons, pralines, ganaches) and spreads in national and regional rounds, culminating in our yearly World Final.Competitions are held in an expanding range of countries and World regions, including Scandinavia, Italy, European Semi-final, Canada, Germany/Austria/Switzerland and in the USA for the Americas.The Awards are overseen by…See More
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"Got to meet Claudio Corallo and go to a tasting led by him. Awesome."
Feb 21, 2012
Clay Gordon replied to Sandra Andrews-Strasko's discussion Is Chocovic really going out of production?
"Callebaut has a lot of experience making these kinds of acquisitions work, and they have a lot more experience in the market segment than Hershey did (and still does not have). So - Callebaut are far more likely to be able to make it work, given the…"
Mar 3, 2011
Sandra Andrews-Strasko replied to Sandra Andrews-Strasko's discussion Is Chocovic really going out of production?
"ok so Chocovic is like Scharffen Berger, bought by a big one but still sold under the same label with the same manufacturing process.  Does that usually work?"
Mar 3, 2011
Masur replied to Sandra Andrews-Strasko's discussion Is Chocovic really going out of production?
"Chocovic still has an independent distributor in Sweden (sama as before BC bought the company)."
Feb 25, 2011

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Dark, Milk, White?
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Probably the first time I had a "Brut de Claudio Corallo" bar from Pralus. It was the first time I spent $16 for a bar of chocolate, but so worth it.
My favorite chocolate is:
Renee Chocolates--a small Israeli brand
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Sandra Andrews-Strasko's Blog

My Chocolate Life is a bit neglected...

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 11:00am 1 Comment

That´s why I popped on here the other day and invited all of the chocolatiers I know to join. I miss focusing on chocolate, like I was in Jerusalem. Now I´m working on getting my English Coaching and Translating business started, which pushed chocolate to the back burner.

My big excitement is that I finally splurged and bought myself Valrhona cacao at KaDeWe (Kaufhof des Westens, the Harrods of Berlin) and it is so marvelous to be able to drink the dregs and not have that sandy stuff… Continue

Chocolate in Berlin

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 4:42am 1 Comment

Now I´m in Berlin and writing about chocolate has taken on a slower pace, but I´m still doing it. Now I´m even posting on in German and English.

Chocolate in Israel

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 6:46am 4 Comments

I am spending the year in Israel with the goal of interviewing every chocolatier in the country. So far I'm about halfway through. If you have questions about choc in Israel or kosher chocolate, I'm your woman. My blog, Chocolatespeakis also a great resource.

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At 2:45pm on September 2, 2009, Dominic Beschle said…
We are working on it. Season 2009 XMAS should be fun and we should be available in more places.
At 11:54am on September 2, 2009, Cokolado Florado said…
Hello Sandra, thanks much for helping me focus again on the art of real chocolate tasting! It was a dense yet reviving premium chocolate tasting experience. Looking forward to many more! Did you check my newsletter info on whisky and chocolate tasting? We have two dates now: Sept 18 and 19. See you soon!
At 6:08pm on February 6, 2008, Chocoflyer said…
Hi Sandra- are there many chocolatiers in Israel? Do you have any wrappers of Israeli choc or photos of shops you can post here for us all to enjoy?
At 10:27am on February 6, 2008, Clay Gordon said…

Welcome to The Chocolate Life. All anyone here in the US knows about chocolate from Israel is Max Brenner. It's sort of like the rest of the world thinking that the only chocolate in the US is Hershey. I look forward to learning more about your goal to visit every chocolate shop in Israel while you are there.

I totally agree about the Claudio Carallo bar. Mr Pralus himself was in New York about 15 months ago and gave me a tasting that featured this bar. Worth every penny.

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