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Candy Contents: Name That Ingredient!

Chocolate was first enjoyed as a drink. Mash up some cocoa beans, add water and some other exciting ingredients (sugar, spices, corn) and yum, it’s dessert for kings and queens.

But now we usually eat chocolate in a bar. Did you ever wonder how that came to be? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Read all about it.

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 25, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Middlebury Chocolates in Vermont

I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.

Good stuff!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Amsterdam Chocolatiers - Metropolitan

It took me a while to go through Amsterdam's chocolatiers with detailed blog posts. There's always personal favorites... and I knew from the beginning which was my number one chocolatier in town (although I like some other places quite a lot, too!). Anyway, when it comes to pralines/bonbons/chocolates, my favorite is:…

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Cacao Sense Dingayan Cacao Farm Story

Cacao sense is common sense

Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big grasses served also as…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on April 22, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.

Read all about it!

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Chocolate Chase - looking for chocolate in all the wrong places

...and finding it (eventually).

A morning in Georgetown leads us on a wild goose chase! But chocolate always comes through in the end.

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 2, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Monday Mug: Magic Chocolate Elixir (Zero Calories!)

Ahhh, Monday! The first day of a new week. The first week of a new month.

The first opportunity for hot chocolate. And joke recipes!

 

Find the …

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 1, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

How we make Mámor's Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea

mamor-koko-samoa-tea Mámor own Koko Samoa Tea One of the most popular hot drinks at the High Tea Szalón is “Mámor Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea”. We have been serving this innovative new "tea" to Australians for three years now and finally we’d like to reveal…

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Added by Howard & Hanna Frederick on March 30, 2014 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Chocolate-scouting in San Diego, CA

San Diego is so cute.

Between the sunshine, the water, the palm trees, and the colorful little neighborhoods dotting the landscape, San Diego beckons to visitors and makes you want to explore. Since I was there for the race last weekend, I went in search of chocolate.

And I found Caxao Artisan Chocolates in Little Italy, as…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 26, 2014 at 8:21pm — No Comments

The Birth of Turtle Monkey's Chocolates & Confections

Hello everyone,

I am doing a Booster.com campaign to help me raise funds to get started in a commercial kitchen and increase my chocolate productions. I have been trying to get up and running for over 7 years. My passion has really turned into a great business. As a single mother, I want my children to know that dreams do come true if you work hard, give it your best shot and never give up. I want my chocolates to inspire others to dream big and success is possible. Please…

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Added by Jennifer Cooper on March 26, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Being a Tourist in Amsterdam

Tomorrow is the first day of the CHOCOA conference on sustainability in cacao and chocolate in Holland and this is the first time I have been to Amsterdam - this is my third visit - where I have had a free day. I am going to be slamming busy from tomorrow (Thursday) through Monday, so I have decided to enjoy the day: get a late start and be a tourist and enjoy the city by walking around.



Amsterdam is often called the most bicycle-friendly city in the world. The same cannot be said… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on March 26, 2014 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

A Visit with Andrea Slitti

As I hinted to many, my March trip to Europe was going to start with a special visit. I did not want to jinx the visit by mentioning it and then not being able to make it. But it happened!



Following the path of my Chocolate Life has led me to interesting places and to make interesting decisions. For some reason, many of those decisions seem to involve travel. For example, on my first trip to Bolivia I flew to La Paz then scrambled to catch a flight to Santa Cruz to be met by Volker… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on March 26, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Personalized Chocolate Messages and Chocolate Posts

Chocolate messages and Chocolate posts

Increasing trend of Chocolate Greetings and Personalized Chocolate Gifts

 

Chocolate presented as gifts develops an emotional connection between people. One can find chocolates in various forms,…

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Added by Pooja Seth on March 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tifa Chocolate in Agoura Hills, CA

Drinking chocolate, gelato, killer cappuccino, and handmade chocolates with striking ingredients like whiskey, or red peppers. All packaged in a southern California smile.

Is Tifa the ideal chocolate shop? Probably. But we won’t say that until we’ve tried all of them.

Blue cheese and honey? Basil and white chocolate? Surprise your taste buds with warm atmosphere and innovative flavors of Tifa Chocolates in Agoura Hills, CA | The Chocolate Tourist blog

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 19, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

Monday Mug: Bailey's Irish Chocolate

Get your fresh hot chocolate recipe on Mondays! Courtesy of The Chocolate Tourist.

I may not be Irish, but I can still appreciate a country that brings us Guinness, sheep farmers and Chris O’Dowd. And Saint Patrick’s Day is for everyone, right? Today we raise a glass to himself, full of chocolate and touched with Irish cream.

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 17, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Experiencing Kollar Chocolates in the Napa Valley

Wine and chocolate, anyone? In today's tour, The Chocolate Tourist producer Leanne Westphal invites you to brave the rain and taste Kollar's red wine truffles, milk chocolate ganache, and dark chocolate with Grand Marnier.

It doesn't hurt that Chef Kollar himself came out to offer a sample! What service.

Read more onThe Chocolate Tourist…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on March 12, 2014 at 6:22pm — No Comments

John Kelly Chocolates in Hollywood, California

In Hollywood, the air is thick with Oscar prep so I got downtown earlier this week to scope out the chocolate situation.

JKC signature truffle fudge is basically fudge covered in Callebaut and topped with sea salt. Unique, decadent, and delicious! Take a look at the full post for pictures, tasting, and the full story:

John Kelly Chocolates in…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on February 26, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Spraying Toxins on our food: Is your food being contaminated by a Paint Gun?

Plastics play a part in every phase of food production and preparation so they couldn’t possibly be harmful right?  You might be surprised. Recent health controversies have spawned new discussions about the safety of plastics in the food industry, especially linked to the potential health risks from Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in food packaging. Environmental scientists (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health) warn that non-food grade plastics may be transmitting…

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Added by Christian Berke on February 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Amsterdam Chocolatiers - part 2

In a previous post I wrote about the two most famous chocolatiers in Amsterdam. Yesterday I focused on a far less known chocoholic place in this city on my blog: Van Velze's. The chocolaterie and patisserie was founded by Robbert van Velze and Deborah Kilroy more than 5 years ago, but remains one of the less known chocolate place in Amsterdam. This might be due to its location in Amsterdam Oost, which…

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on February 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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