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Amazing Trail to the World's Finest Chocolate with Clay Gordon

Clay Gordon is leading a small group of us throughout Europe upon a 5-star quest for the best chocolate in Switzerland, France & Belgium in July.



CALLING ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS to join us inside the salons, factories and kitchens of Felchlin, Bonnat, Pralus and Bernachon. We will be personally introduced to world-class master chocolatiers and sample a good deal of chocolate throughout this spectacular and once-in-a-lifetime journey!



Enjoy sumptuous multi-course dinners… Continue

Added by Holly & Paul Stabin on March 8, 2008 at 3:43pm — No Comments

UnData - New UN database helps answer your chocolate questions

"Since its foundation, the United Nations system has been collecting statistical information from member states on a variety of topics. The information thus collected constitutes a considerable information asset of the organization. However, these statistical data are often stored in proprietary databases, each with unique dissemination and access policies. As a result, users are often unaware of the full array of statistical information that the UN system has in its data libraries. The current… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on March 7, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Local Press Coverage of the 6th Annual Death by Chocolate Festival at Copia

Local press coverage of the 6th Annual Death by Chocolate Festival at Copia can be found here.



Copia bills itself as the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts and on February 23rd they should have added chocolate into that title somewhere - at least for the day. California and Ziad Kurjie of the US operations of Patchi Chocolates (who are headquartered in Lebanon).



I had the pleasure… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on February 27, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Introduction

I am a friend of Clay's. He helped me get my start in the chocolate industry. A lot has happened since he gave me my first advice 5 years ago! Everything from Food Network to Newsweek, opening and closing my first chocolate shop and now writing a book that will be released nationwide in September of 2008. Life is exciting and delicious!



I have a lot of successes and some failures that will be great food for thought for some of you. Feel free to post questions on my blog and I will… Continue

Added by Bethany Thouin on February 26, 2008 at 1:57pm — 2 Comments

Academy of Chocolate Announces 2008 Winners

The Academy of Chocolates has announces the winners of the Chocolate Awards for 2008. I think many of you will be pleased with the results.

I, for one, feel tickled that I'm familiar with most of the names and bars, but also that I've been lucky enough to taste some of them too. If nothing else, this list will work as a good starting point for my next chocolate order. :)

Added by Sera on February 26, 2008 at 12:06am — 2 Comments

Not-so-trivial trivia

Here's a question for any seriously informed chocolate people. What's the story with the Smith (aka W.C. Smith) company? The used enrober market is peppered with Smith machines, and a quick search turns up enrober patents listed under a W Smith & Sons Inc. My search for info on the company that makes/made these machines has been fruitless, however. Are they closed? Were they bought out? Is the Smith line currently made/supported by another company? Is it some kind of national… Continue

Added by Brendan on February 21, 2008 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

Standing Up for the Fondeur - a Missive

I've noticed a trend that disturbs me. There are enough misconceptions and unjustified biases in the chocolate world already; it's time this one was laid to rest. I've seen it time and again, in news features and in company literature. I saw it just now. As interest in fine chocolate rises and the number of domestic bean-to-bar manufacturers rises (thank goodness), I see it more often.



"We don't just melt other people's chocolates."



The sentiment is a fair one, but it's so… Continue

Added by Brendan on February 18, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Chocolate in Israel

I am spending the year in Israel with the goal of interviewing every chocolatier in the country. So far I'm about halfway through. If you have questions about choc in Israel or kosher chocolate, I'm your woman. My blog, Chocolatespeakis also a great resource.

Added by Sandra Andrews-Strasko on February 18, 2008 at 6:46am — 4 Comments

How many Hershey bars does it take to screw chocolate?

Last November Canadian Competition Bureau began investigating Canadian divisions of Hershey, Cadbury, Nestle, and Mars on suspicion of price fixing. Last week, the German Federal Cartel office raided the offices and seized documents from the German headquarters of Nestle, Kraft, and Mars, for the same reason.



Read more on BBC and ABC… Continue

Added by Casey on February 13, 2008 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Review: Chocolate tour of Paris with David Lebovitz

Review: Chocolate tour of Paris with David Lebovitz



http://www.davidlebovitz.com/tours.html

(note that he is not currently giving private tours but he is doing a

week-long, small group "Paris Chocolate Adventure")


In 2003 my wife and I made our own chocolate wedding cake from a recipe from David's book "Room for Dessert." In 2005 I had an exhibition in Paris and in our research on where to…

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Added by ari salomon on February 11, 2008 at 6:23pm — 1 Comment

Catch Clay on Yahoo! Personals

This is my second article on how to buy chocolate for Yahoo! Personals.

Added by Clay Gordon on February 7, 2008 at 10:49pm — 2 Comments

Mars, Nestle promise ethical cocoa supply

Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable cocoa

programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for all

farmers in the Ivory Coast.


The Good Inside Cocoa Programme, established by the Dutch non-profit organisation Utz Certified, aims to eliminate environmental and humanitarian problems such as child labour, deforestation and low salaries.



As consumer and regulatory concern over working conditions in…
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Added by Clay Gordon on February 7, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Clay's Interview on the Diane Rehm show on NPR

Before Christmas I traveled to Washington, DC to appear on the Diane Rehm show produced by WAMU for NPR. Click to visit the WAMU website to listen to what was said.

Added by Clay Gordon on February 7, 2008 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Measuring the Speed of Light with Chocolate

Albert Einstein realized that the speed of light was one of the defining measures of the Universe. Chocolate is the other. We don't however, know Albert's thoughts about chocolate or whether or not be used it to help him calculate the speed of light. You can however, in your kitchen, with just a few simple tools and a bar of chocolate.



Remember E=mc², the beautiful little formula that wrapped up the theory of relativity? Well 'c' is the speed of light. And you can…
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Added by Clay Gordon on February 7, 2008 at 1:17am — No Comments

Paris: City of Chocolate

Originally posted on chocophile.com in May 2004.



Although more commonly known as the City of Lights, the Yellow Pages for the city of Paris contain nearly two full pages of listings for confiseries et chocolateries, organized alphabetically by arrondissement. Even this lengthy list is not complete (several very well-known players are not included), often because they are best known for their pastries and not their chocolates and are therefore in another part of the… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on February 7, 2008 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Fine and flavor cocoa export market grows



A panel of experts recommend that more countries be recognized as fine

or flavor cocoa producing countries in order to provide new

opportunities for trade.



The suggestions were put forward by industry experts during a review of the International Cocoa

Agreement, 2001, which recognizes 17 countries as producers of either

exclusively or partially fine or flavor cacao.



The aim of this agreement is to promote…
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Added by Clay Gordon on February 5, 2008 at 10:50pm — 2 Comments

Askinosie chocolate headed to Sweden

http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080204/BREAKING03/80204033

Those lucky Swedes! :)

Added by Sera on February 5, 2008 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Take the Green & Black's Chocolate Challenge

Cooking intensely delicious food

with one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive," could be a reality for five

creative home chefs.



Green & Black's®, the organic chocolate brand, announced today a call-for-entries for the Green & Black's Chocolate

Challenge
. Home chefs across the country are invited to showcase their love of

organic chocolate by submitting an original five ingredient… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on February 5, 2008 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Cadbury to put millions into producing more farmers

COCOA: Cadbury seeks to reverse production declines by investing in areas where it gets crop.

According to this report, Cadbury Schweppes PLC plans to spend millions during the next few years to boost cocoa yields and to improve the lives of cocoa farmers, a move intended to…

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Added by Clay Gordon on February 5, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Chocolate began as beer-like brew 3,100 years ago

The chocolate enjoyed around the world today had its origins at least 3,100 years ago in Central America not as the sweet treat people now crave but as a celebratory beer-like beverage and status symbol, scientists said on Monday. Researchers identified residue of a chemical compound that comes exclusively from the cacao plant -- the source of chocolate -- in pottery vessels dating from about 1100 BC in… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on February 5, 2008 at 1:07am — 1 Comment

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