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April 2011 Blog Posts (12)


Chocolate-loving friends, in Ecuador, South America, we have the best cocoa in the world for its good taste and quality, we are the leading…


Added by Iván Andrade on April 29, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Chocolate Festival at South Bank, London

Two weeks ago, April 8-10th, I visited The Chocolate Festival in London. The first day I helped out in the Original Beans stall. Besides the delicious bars, we sold beautiful chocolates made by the Belgian chocolatier Geert Vercruysse (of course with our couverture!).
My other favourites at the festival: Paul Wayne Gregory's salted caramel lollipops with popping candy, Damian Allsops waterbased ganaches and the…

Added by Vera Hofman on April 24, 2011 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Experience The 2011 San Francisco International Chocolate Salon


 "Fine chocolate is expensive, but less expensive than therapy" - a visitor's T-shirt


The long-awaited San Francisco International Chocolate Salon finally arrived on April 17th at Fort Mason, a beautiful waterfront structure overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. There were over forty chocolatiers who attended the salon, bringing with them chocolates with dozens of exotic flavors.  There was everything to please your eyes and satisfy your taste buds, including fine…


Added by Emay Wang on April 21, 2011 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Absence of Chocolate....Not!

 Absence of chocolate is just not happening, just my absence while making some real transitions in my life, mostly that of moving part-time to Ecuador related not to cacao, but coffee....and cacao.


Now that may seem strange as a combination, but I have long had a passion for coffee and have developed one for dark chocolate as well, knowing the health benefits offered from this incredible food. So following my heart back to Ecuador, fully immersed in coffee, cacao trees are in…


Added by Alan Jarrett on April 21, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

New Chocolate Boutique Opening

My newest Sweet Paradise Chocolatier chocolate boutique is  soft opening May 1st at the Wailea Gateway Center in Wailea, Maui.  The official "Grand Opening" will be June 16th. This has been a 9 month process to get permits and open a store here and it doesn't even have a kitchen! Talk about island time. The store features my own truffle/confection collection focused on Tropical flavors but also bars from various Hawaii chocolate-makers- Original Hawaiian, Malie Kai, Waialua Estate, Madre…


Added by Melanie Boudar on April 21, 2011 at 4:34am — 3 Comments

Duffy's Honduras Indio Rojo 72% won the Golden Bean!

Exciting news today: one of my favourite chocolate bars, the Duffy's Honduras Indio Rojo 72%, won the 'Golden Bean', the chocolate '

Oscar' from the Academy of Chocolate in London!

And not only that, Duffy Sheardown also won the 'Best Newcomer Award'. So, again Duffy, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Marcel and I are very proud as well as we were the first Chocolatiers in the Netherlands having Duffy's in our shop in Amsterdam.

Added by Pimm van der Donk on April 20, 2011 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment


Hello my friends who love chocolate…


Added by Iván Andrade on April 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Bittersweet Cafe

Bittersweet Cafe              4/9/2011 Sunny Saturday…


Added by Emay Wang on April 12, 2011 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Easter chocolate animation by Patisserie Hamon

Discover the animation video of our…


Added by emmanuel hamon on April 10, 2011 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Would you like to attend a chocolate festival near your home

Hello to all my chocolate loving friends that I haven't met before,

I believe that we are blessed to live in America and to beable to have so many free choices in our lives.

Well that said, lets talk chocolate and…


Added by Dennis Davis on April 8, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Spreading the word like a smooth ganache...

It takes time, it's an art, it's strategy. The business of Chocolate.

Whether it's about calling people to encourage them to enter the 'Cool Chocolate' contest or reaching people with postcards, attending Fundraisers and supporting Community efforts, 'Bringing The World of Chocolate to You' with the 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show is happening on April 30th in New Hope, PA. The latest news went out connecting…


Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on April 7, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

You would never tell what they are made of, unless you see them here.


Yes, they made of chocolate!

Chocolate history in China may trace back to Emperor Kangxi period of Qing Dynasty.  In 1705, Roman Pope Clement XI dispatched envoys to China as missionary. In 1706, Emperor Kangxi interviewed the missionaries, during the interview,  they presented 150 chocolates to the Emperor Kangxi. Kangxi gave it a big approval after tasting.This was the first record of chocolate in China's history.

In January 18th, 2010, The world chocolate wonderland…


Added by Emay Wang on April 1, 2011 at 2:01am — No Comments

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