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May 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Help needed: Contract chocolate manufacturers in the US and Colombia?

Hello, fellow chocolate lovers and all those reading The Chocolate Life!

I am relatively new to the world of chocolate and would appreciate any advice you were willing to give me.

May I please ask a favor?

I am looking for a contract chocolate manufacturer in either the US or Colombia who can produce 85 % plus cocoa, gluten-free and allergen-free batches (certified).

Can anyone suggest someone?

Thank you!


James Swanwick



Added by James Swanwick on May 23, 2011 at 5:28pm — 8 Comments

Going, Going, Gone

The world is supposed to end today and I have no idea what to fix for supper, much less who to invite.  The prospect of having to prepare my last meal on earth is entirely too overwhelming.  All I can say is, just about the time Doomsday hits, no matter how grand the plans or big the roast I’ve marinated, I just know I’m  going to decide that we’d might as well order pizza.  Making chocolates is pretty much like that.  I sketch out half a dozen varieties in my head that I know I can whip out…


Added by Janice Harper on May 21, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Chocolate Attacks Woman and Daughter, Neighbors Fear They Are Next

I’d never entered a contest before, unless you count the lottery where all I’m judged on is my ability to select random numbers (a skill, by the way, I appear to be miserable at), but when I heard that my favorite chocolate boutique,…


Added by Janice Harper on May 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

May 19-22 Salon de Chocolate Ecuador at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Ecuador

Just got the schedule for the Salon de Chocolate, which is held now for the third year and sponsored by the Franco-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce. I was invited to participate as I was last year, but had to decline since we are too busy. Also, just was not convinced that spending a couple of hundred dollars (since it's not really an invitation but a paid chance to participate), with a "successful" turnout of maybe 700 people, would be good for business. Unfortunately, there's just not that…


Added by Jeff Stern on May 17, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Duffy's 'Panama Tierra Oscura'

Some days ago we got two new chocolate bars from Duffy's:
The ‘Nicaragua Nicaliso’ 71% – made of the Xoco Criollo and the ‘Panama Tierra Oscura’ 72%, which became our favourite! The beans are from the beautiful Colón island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. What we liked most of this dark chocolate was the unexpected spicy flavour. Well done Duffy!

Added by Pimm van der Donk on May 17, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

My visit to De Bondt in Pisa

About 12 years ago I bought the Dutch translation of Chantal Coady’s book “The Chocolate Companion”. One of the chocolatiers that got very high rates was Paul de Bondt. I had never heard of him but I became very curious after reading her review. Although he is Dutch his shop is not in The Netherlands but in Pisa, Italy. But I knew then: one day I will visit Pisa!

A few years later I discovered a few of his bars at Le Salon du Chocolat in Paris. They were excellent!

In September…


Added by Vera Hofman on May 14, 2011 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments


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Added by sarah joy on May 10, 2011 at 1:33am — No Comments

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