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 —
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 —
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.… Continue
Added by Gwen Borders on October 16, 2009 at 6:36am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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.
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 —
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 —
PremRoseEdibles chocolates are now available not only from the Eugene Oregon Farmers Markets and special events, but through the following Oregon markets:
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
I just posted some unused chocolate boxes, bags etc. over in Classifieds. Will be very reasonable on price...I want my storage back.
Added by Brendan on September 20, 2009 at 8:46pm —
Does anyone know a U.S. manufacturer who makes candy pads (cushion pads) and can do hot stamping of logos and different colors? Thanks in advance!
Added by Kate Z on September 15, 2009 at 3:15pm —
I am at a loss to understand the rational and legitimacy of the creation of special names for cacau beans. I frequently see the use of Arriba, Porcelana, Chuao, Cuyagua, Dom Homero, etc. Although I am in the business of producing cacau beans I am struggling to understand which of the three types of cacau are being referenced. Is there someone out there able to provide a chart or document that identifies the "advertised name" with one of the three recognized types. I've almost concluded that it… Continue
Added by Jim on September 14, 2009 at 7:44pm —
Hey Chocolate Life Gang,
I need to store one ton of chocolate pellets that come in eighty 25lbs bags which stack about 5' high on a pallet. Ideally the storage area would be in Southern Westchester County, NY (New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye, or Port Chester.)
Added by John M Rossini on September 12, 2009 at 11:57am —