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Soma chocolate in pictures

Lovely dark chocs!

Just some pics of the packaging and goodies we bought.

They had their machinery behind a glass partition with an micromini amphitheater seating so you could watch them smooshing beans.

And the box - loved the design!

And the cookies (which… Continue

Added by SU on October 23, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Soma chocolate in Toronto

My husband and I spent an afternoon in Toronto (we live in Buffalo) and we stopped by Soma Chocolates while we were there. I'd been dying to try them and as we only had time for one chocolatier (of the three possible) Soma was the winner. Let's start with some pictures of the store:





I'll post pics of the actual chocolates later. We just got back… Continue

Added by SU on October 22, 2009 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

COCOA ARRIBA ECUADOR



Héctor Velásquez
I manage in Quality and Commercialization
HECDAVE
Guayaquil - Ecuador
e-mail: hecdave123@yahoo.com
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Added by Hector Velásquez on October 22, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

CHOCOLATE BLISS TODAY

Hey, it’s today! My new book, CHOCOLATE BLISS: Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments and Other Divine Indulgences hits bookstores today (Barnes & Noble, Borders, your local independent). It’s a celebration of how chocolate touches the culinary heart of the world. Lots of info on tasting, health benefits, sustainable farming, gifting, plus recipes for brownies, cookies, marbled pound cake, cocoa chili, fondue; AND shopping tips on how to find great… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on October 20, 2009 at 12:10pm — 5 Comments

October Tour: Saint-Germain’s rich and dreamy chocolate trail

In honor of the Salon de Chocolat (which I didn’t go to this year) this month’s walking tour takes you to some of Saint-Germain’s best chocolatiers. After all, you can toss an M&M in any direction in the sixth arrondisement and hit a world-class chocolatier—especially now that Patrick Roger has opened two new boutiques there.



Start at one of them, 91 rue de Rennes, and see what magical window displays the creative chocolate genius has whipped up. After admiring the fantasies and… Continue

Added by Sweet Freak on October 18, 2009 at 4:32am — 2 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Day 3 and Sophisticated Pairings

Today is the official first day of Chocolate Week and now that Chocolate Unwrapped is over there is no official “center” for the event. For the next seven days Chocolate Week goes virtual with events scattered throughout the city at various locations including the shops of participating chocolatiers. My main chocolate-related goal for the day is to prepare for a pairing event hosted at the Westbourne Grove shop of Arisan du Chocolat.



The event is called Sophisticated Pairings… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 17, 2009 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

History of Sweetest Day thanks to Wiki

These photos of the Founders of Cleveland's Sweetest Day were first published on page two of the Sweetest Day Section in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on October 8, 1922.



The images show the photos of the 12 Candymakers who "Arranged the Details of The Sweetest Day in the Year and Planned It's Success." The Candymakers' names are (from left to right) C.R. Canter, A.E. Barton, R.T. Fuller, J.J. Wilsdon, R.H. Sheehan, W.A. Katzenmeyer, A.A.…
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Added by Gwen Borders on October 16, 2009 at 6:36am — No Comments

Off to Paris and the Salon du Chocolat

Tuesday, October 13



The weather in London finally lived down to its reputation on the Tuesday I am scheduled to take a late-morning Eurostar from St Pancras London to the Gare du Nord in Paris for the Salon du Chocolat. After the hotel's quaint excuse for a breakfast (brown toast except there was no brown toast – again), brown (bran) flakes, orange "juice," and instant "coffee," I shouldered my bags and descended into the London Underground during the height of rush… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 14, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

2nd Paderborn Chocolate Festival

For those in Germany, or within drving distance, the 2nd Paderborn Chocolate Festival opens Thursday night Oct 22 with a VIP reception in the town hall. The show runs then from Friday through Sunday. Last year's event welcomed over 20 000 visitors. This event is a showcase of german chocolate and this year features musical performances, chocolate sculpture, photography and fashion. I will be in attendance and will report "von ort" as we say in… Continue

Added by Warren Laine-Naida on October 14, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Day 2

There is a lot to like about London – but hotels are not one of those things.



The hotel that is hosting Chocolate Unwrapped – The May Fair – has a very nice lobby with a happening lobby bar scene at night. I suppose you could call it a boutique hotel. And I am sure that the rooms are very nice, but I am equally sure that they are quite small for what they cost. And that's the dilemma of hotels in London. In the US in most cities I can go to a budget hotel brand and even for a modest… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 13, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - London Chocolate Unwrapped

The whole Idea of Chocolate Week in the UK has been to build awareness for the growing artisan and high-end chocolate world in the UK (not just London) and drive foot traffic into the stores rather than taking people out of their workshops during the busy holiday production season and gathering them all together in one place for the public to parade in front of.



This year the organizers decided to add a small trade show component to Chocolate Week – Chocolate Unwrapped - as a way to… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 12, 2009 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Euro Chocolate Road Trip - Off to London

Day 1 - October 9, 2009



It's 6:00pm and I am finally in the air en-route to London via Toronto. I left for the airport earlier than I normally would have because it's the Friday of a holiday weekend (Columbus Day here in the US; the connection to chocolate is that Columbus was the first known European to see cacao off the coast of the island of Guanaja on his third voyage to the New World in 1503 – it's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada) and I expected traffic out to La Guardia airport… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on October 12, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Chocolate Festival Today SF Peninsula!

There is a Chocolate Festival Event today in Belmont on Alameda de las Pulgas - north of Ralston - looking forward to hearing reports about it!

Added by Marilyn on October 11, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Saturday in San Francisco: a visit to Tcho

It took me a whole week to find the time to get to this blog — and I'm still waiting for Tom to email me the pictures (he's in Indonesia again) — but our tour of Tcho last week was so special that I want to share it.



John Kehoe is Tcho's sourcing director. He and Tom met about 5 years at a Fair Trade conference, and in the year and a half that he's been with Tcho, we've… Continue

Added by Eve on October 10, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Chocolate and Wine Festival Pre Sale Tickets are now available

The Chocolate and Wine Festival takes place on October 10th and 11th in Oakhurst CA. The festival will feature Chocolatiers from all over the state, Madera and Mariposa Wine Companies and seven local restaurants including the five star, Erna's Elderberry House.



Pre Sale Tickets are only $30.00 and Include 2 Adult Admissions, 2 Souvenir Wine Glasses and 20 Tasting Tickets - Good for Wine, Food and Chocolate Tasting. You save $8.00 by purchasing your tickets prior to the show dates. To… Continue

Added by Kathy McCorry on September 26, 2009 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

retail outlets and web information

PremRoseEdibles chocolates are now available not only from the Eugene Oregon Farmers Markets and special events, but through the following Oregon markets:

Eugene:

Capella Market

Imagine Gallery

Sundance Natural Foods- mid October 09

Friendly Street Market

Coffee for Canines

Bookmine - (Cottage Grove, Oregon)



Coming this fall:



Corvallis Holiday Artisans Market - downtown Corvallis

Eugene Holiday Market - Lane County Fairgrounds in… Continue

Added by Linda Shumate on September 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Chocolate sauces

I have found that my chocolate sauce is stable. I am not adding dairy products but am actually flavoring the chocolates and wrapping them to look like a butter block. The instructions on the wrapper tell how to properly add the butter/cream.

This packaging works well because many people around here use soy based products and this allows them the opportunity make the sauce to their needs (without totally altering the taste).

Added by Maren Muter on September 24, 2009 at 1:02am — No Comments

Drinking chocolate

This afternoon I surprised my guests with a pot full of drinking chocolate. It was fun to watch the reactions as they slowly sipped their cups.



Chocolate is one of my favorite things to treat people with. I used to walk around with a little chocolate confection in my bag to treat at least one person with a day. But this winter I will carry a little drinking chocolate mix with me!



Harvest spice is our flavor for… Continue

Added by Maren Muter on September 24, 2009 at 12:55am — No Comments

Price and perfection

How much are we willing to pay to enjoy the perfect pralines and chocolates that we soooo love?

How do we set limits? Luxury things should cost more, but how much more before we say - no thank you?

How much do we need and at what price are we willing to pay to fulfill our chocolate desires?



How are pralines / filled chocolates sold on average: per piece, per gram, per pound...



QUESTIONS, questions filling my head...I am working on a project together with a… Continue

Added by Sonja on September 22, 2009 at 6:09am — 3 Comments

Fruit Puree

Does anyone know how to make fruit puree to make ganache fillings with? Or is it better to buy them in the grocery store? Do grocery stores carry quality fruit purees? Thanks a bunch!

Added by Kate Z on September 21, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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