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August 2014 Blog Posts (11)

Cacao Sampaka

Cacao Sampaka

I've become a chocolate snob. Actually, I knew that, but I didn't realize how much of one I have become. Maybe I have always been one; I'm not sure. I was born into a family of chocolate aficionados after all, and my…
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Added by Ggirl Bldr on August 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Clay Gordon on living the chocolate life

“You never know when a small decision will have a profound impact on your life.” – Clay Gordon, the world’s first international chocolate critic

Read more on today's blog post, part one of a two-part series with The Chocolate Life's own Clay Gordon!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/28/clay-gordon-on-living-the-chocolate-life/

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 28, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Chocolate Ganache-Topped Chocolate-Cherry CUP-PAKENs

Chocolate and cherry is always a delicious combination, and this recipe is no exception. These 'cup-pakens' have mini cherry pies hidden inside of moist chocolate cupcakes.  Best of all, they are topped with a rich, real-cream chocolate ganache.  Try it!  I guarantee you will impress all…

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Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Premier Wonder Grinder

A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below:

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/25/premier_wonder_grinder/

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 25, 2014 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Winnowing Woes

Hi chocolate-making community,

A new post is up on the blog about winnowing. Help me figure out a smart solution for winnowing at home that doesn't break the bank or require expert engineering skills!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/23/winnowing-woes/

Looking forward to your advice!

Landen

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 24, 2014 at 1:31am — No Comments

Flourless White Chocolate Cake

I do a lot of experimenting with Flourless Chocolate Cake, and lately I have worked on recipes for white and milk chocolate (instead of the same ol' dark chocolate cake). Here is result of my white chocolate experiments with fresh Ontario peaches: http://ultimatelychocolatecakes.blogspot.ca/2014/08/flourless-white-chocolate-cake-with.html  I'd love to see your flourless chocolate cake…

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Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

What's your favourite 85%

I have tried all the commercial brands and some craft brands....but what are your favourite craft, bean-to-bar 85% dark chocolate bars?  Please tell me in the comments section on my blog page: http://www.ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2014/08/whats-your-favourite-85-chocolate-bar.html

Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolate is probably one food that is not only sinfully delicious but nutritious at the same time. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains a good amount of soluble fiber and essential minerals. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 70-85% of cocoa extract. If you further breakdown the contents, you get fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Of course, we can’t afford to forget that it also contains a considerable…

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Added by Freddy Falck on August 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Transgenic theobroma cacao

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.

Here's some extract from the document : 

"A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the…

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Added by José Crespo on August 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Growing Cacao in Costa Rica

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Added by Michael Petti on August 14, 2014 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

Root Chocolate

Dear chocolate makers and chocolate lovers,

I wanted to share my blog, where I'm writing about my chocolate-making endeavors and experiences. Please feel free to comment. If you'd like me to highlight your business or your ideas, shoot me a private message and I'll reach out to do an informational interview.

www.rootchocolate.com

Thanks for being such a great community!

Best,

Landen

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 13, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

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