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April 2008 Blog Posts (8)

Aloha, Hawaiian Chocolate.

Here's a post from my chocolate blog (www.chocolateallthetime.com/blogspot). Comments?



You don't get to see cacao pods in the USA unless you go to Hawaii, and even there they a rare sight. Cacao trees (from whence, of course, chocolate) are cultivated only sporadically around the Hawaiian Islands. But Tony Lydgate of Steel Grass Farm on Kauai hopes to change that. His botanical garden (www.steelgrass.org) specializes in cultivating organic plants that bring value to the islanders and… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on April 28, 2008 at 12:04am — 12 Comments

Decoding those pesky PLUs

From over at Serious Eats, an article on decoding PLU stickers.



It turns out that there is more there, there, then you might immediately infer. For example:



Conventional produce gets a four-digit number. Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9. Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on April 20, 2008 at 11:49am — No Comments

Sometimes It's *Not* About The Chocolate

Just when you think you've pretty much seen it all, something comes along to let you know that you just can't make these things up.



A Swiss company is selling a box of four chocolates for $620. That's not a typo - six hundred and twenty dollars. What makes these chocolates special is not the chocolate, that's plain old Felchlin Maracaibo Clasificado 65% or the Cru Sauvage 68%. No, what makes these chocolates special is that they are decorated with gold or silver leaf or "edible… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on April 15, 2008 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Hello, I am happy to have joined The Chocolate Life

I am just really starting to awaken my senses to the chocolate world around me. It is one thing to eat chocolate, but to actually open your self up to the flavor notes and textures, is another thing entirely. As a child I knew that certain chocolate tasted better , or had a smoother texture than others, but I would never have imagined the extent at which chocolate is reviewed and revered.



I am surprised at all the notes --- to have tasted a… Continue

Added by Amber on April 10, 2008 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Chocolates in Alaska

A couple of years ago I experimented with some of our local wild berries and made some jellies for people to taste. I added them to my chocolate collection that I had put together. There is a berry here that the locals call "laughing berries". They are salal berries and are extremely flavorful. People use them to make jams and jellies and pancake syrup.

I made jellies out of the salal berries and they were very well received. They had ten times the flavor of the other jellies I had made… Continue

Added by Nina on April 8, 2008 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Megan's "Profiles In Chocolate"

Well today April 4th ,2008 I have decided to join the blog by sharing with The Chocolate Life members my story of taking historical figures from American History/culture and transforming these historical people famous faces(profiles) into what I call "Profiles in Chocolate"



Back in 2004 I started to think about a ways to combine my Passion for American History and Chocolate ! and after a few weeks the concept of our first "Profiles In Chocolate " was Choosen it was to be our 16th… Continue

Added by Megan Hardgrave on April 4, 2008 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Brownie Shotz, adventures in starting a chocolate business, con't.

Thanks guys for reading and commenting on my posts. It means a lot to me.



I heard this morning on the news that the US lost another 80,000 jobs in March. That’s added to the 50,000 lost in February. Wow! That’s a lot of jobs. So now it’s more important than ever to start a new business. Any business is good. The food business is good but tricky. But if you hit a winning formula, you have a block buster. It seems you might have a bit… Continue

Added by Jim Sanders on April 4, 2008 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Live Video Chats for Chocolate Life members

I have found a service that enables me to 'cast - in real-time over the web while simultaneously hosting a chat session. I am interested in knowing if holding regular, say every two weeks or so, video chats would be interesting to members. If a reasonable number are, I will set things up, get the equipment working, and schedule the first chat for sometime after Tax Day.



One thing that I thought might be cool to try is a sort of quasi-interactive chocolate tasting. We could agree on… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on April 3, 2008 at 6:11pm — No Comments

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