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ChocoMuseo soon to be open

Dominican Republic is the main exportator of organic cacao in the world. There is a lot of great cacao produced here but not too many people to prepare a great chocolate out of it.

If everything runs well we will be opening one of our ChocoMuseo in Bávaro, Punta Cana on the 15th of November.

For those who never visited us in one of our other ChocoMuseo in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Perú, we will be teaching people about cacao and its artisanal process to be transformed in…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on October 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Origin Chocolate Conference, Amsterdam

Check out the album of photos.

Traveling to Amsterdam

I have only ever been to the airport in Amsterdam before - Schipol - changing planes 'twixt here and there. So I was looking forward to spending a few days to learn and explore. 

I know why I took the early train from London (8:05am out of St…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 21, 2012 at 6:25am — 3 Comments

Any Chocolate Calendars for 2013?

Does anyone know of a source for a wall calendar with chocolate as its theme? They have them for everything else - dogs, cats, sailboats, guitars, mountains - everything - but I've never seen one for chocolate. Any suggestions?

Added by Steve Whitman on October 16, 2012 at 1:33am — No Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Days 3 and 4, Chocolate Unwrapped

Check out the photo album from the weekend. [ Note: I am working on a new approach to blogging, which is to put all the photos in an album and to write detailed notes for each photo. Blog entries cover topics not shown in the photos. ]

Featuring well over 50 exhibitors this year from all over the world and representing a wide variety of styles of chocolate and confectionery,…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 14, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Day 2, Friday, London

Friday dawned just as many days do in London, chill and damp.

Still, I am in London where it is warmer than New York, and by the time I make my way from the Sloane Square tube stop to Piccadilly and make my way to the Royal Automobile Club (venue for the Second Academy of Chocolate conference) the sun is shining and I am very much looking forward to the day even though I was too rushed to have coffee before…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 14, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

making a glaze for panned chocolates... Does anyone have a recipe?

Hi all....

I was wandering if any panners are making your own glaze?  I had a recipe at one time which included corn syrup, sugar, acacia and water but never had any luck with it.  I was curious as to others experience with similar recipes...

Also....  how do your recipes compare to a product such as Capol?  Are you getting a perfect polish every time? how much time does it take you to polish a batch?

thanks...

Jeremy

Added by Jeremy Rushane on October 12, 2012 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

There is chocolate and there is CHOCOLATE...

As consumers, we are so demanding, sometimes fixated, in knowing where our water, milk, fish, meat, cheese, fruits, spirits, etc, originate. As an example, we are willing to pay $15, 20, 25 or more for a pound of prime beef, excellent fish or cheese as long as we are told of the origin. But when it comes to “fine” chocolate, people will open up their wallets to the tune of $25, $30, $40, $50, or…

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Added by Ramon Recalde on October 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Day 1 London

London. 

Believe it or not, London is probably the most dynamic city on the planet for chocolate It's hard to overstate just how much creativity and interesting work is going on here.

My plane arrived about 15 minutes ahead of schedule and the best thing that can be said for the flight was that it was uneventful. The only downside is arriving at a sleepy 7:30 am (2:30 am New York time). I sailed through immigration, customs, and baggage claim, and found my way to the…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 11, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Day 0

I am writing this in the chocolate factory I have been helping to build for Fine & Raw Chocolate. I am getting ready to leave for London - I leave for the airport in less than six hours. There is still much to do and I am going away for two weeks at a critical juncture. Sigh. Construction projects do tend to stretch, but this has taken longer than even a stretch schedule.

It's less than four hours before I head to the airport and my Heritage Radio Network program streams live at…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 10, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Chocolate Blogging. More fun in the Philippines

I would like to share this blog post:

Below were questions asked to me by Zy of The Filipino Lifestyle,  I like to share my answers here. Hobbyist in Focus: Pete Rahon was the title of the article. Excerpts were culled from my answers below.



1.    How did…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on September 23, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments

chocolate recipes

hello everyone my name is john and yes i am a chocolate lover as well i have a website in which it is my goal to provide the very best chocolate recipes you can find i came on this site to meet new friends and expand my knowledge of chocolate  my website is www.chocolateonly.net i always like to hear from people if anyone has any links they would like to share i will gladly post them on my site but they must only be concerning chocolate

Added by john on September 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Melbourne (Australia) Chocolate History Tour

Mac Robertson Portrait Tour Brochure for distribution Melbourne Chocolate History Tours™ --

Fitzroy and Collingwood…



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Added by Howard & Hanna Frederick on September 15, 2012 at 1:44am — 2 Comments

Last call for entries for Americas Semi-final of the International Chocolate Awards

Entries must arrive in New York by Friday 7 September

Enter online and send your entries as soon as possible, all details are online here.

We've had a great response so far to our call for entries for the Americas Semi-final of the…

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Added by Martin Christy on September 3, 2012 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Where do you buy your chocolate - Inland Northwest

Hi, Just moved from Denver to Spokane and can't find a chocolate supplier.

In Denver I purchased blocks at Restaurant Depot - Callebaut 823NV / about $35.00

I'm shocked at Internet prices plus shipping.

Is anyone familiar with my new area?  Can you suggest online sources?

Thanks

Added by margaret on August 28, 2012 at 1:40pm — 8 Comments

Momentz Cakes And Chocolates

At Momentz, our team takes cake baking and chocolate making very seriously! Each piece of our creation is personally handcrafted with lots of love and the finest ingredients from around the world!
 
Cakes vary from a range of the simple Chocolate and Black Forest to the sinfully rich and indulgent flavors like Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Mixed Fruit, Caramel Crunch , Milk Chocolate Ganache, Cookie…
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Added by Munira M Bagasrawala on August 9, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

Pinoy Chocophile

I definitely like and love chocolates.

And I find this quote chocolicious:

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

 

and more here -…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on August 8, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

tʃɒklət… or should that be spelled “chocolate”?

For those who are wondering how on earth one could write three entries in a blog about Belgium and not go into detail on chocolate… Here’s what you’ve been waiting for!

Actually, Belgium rarely gets full credit for some of its best features. Take chocolate for example. Aren’t the Swiss claiming to be the best chocolate makers in the world? Or the French even? But what have they got to show for compared to the Belgians?

True, there are some wellknown Swiss brands,…

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Added by Erika Vermeylen on August 8, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

In the Middle of the Western World

A volcano by the Lake receives an eastern breeze, creating a special micro climate.  In there, an endogenous breed of cacao has grown since ancient times. 

Added by Raul A. Lacayo on July 31, 2012 at 3:10am — 2 Comments

Geneva, Switzerland Chocolate Show

By these lines, I wish to draw attention to the "Salon des Chocolatiers et du Chocolat" that is going to be held between October 27-28, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hard to believe, but until last year no chocolate show was ever held in Switzerland, home country of the chocolate. In October 2011 we organised for the very first time the "Salon des Chocolatiers et du Chocolat" in Geneva, a show dedicated to master chocolate makers with 28 exhibitors and about 6'000 visitors over…

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Added by Pierre Borsodi on July 30, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Gifts that will make your Brother/Sister smile

A BROTHER/SISTER bond is the most blessed relationship!

They are special. They are our best friends.

They laugh at jokes that no one else really understands.

They share memories of smiles and tears. They share the same parents, pets, and silliness. They share the holidays.

They walk together through life, through death, through common bonds and sad farewells. They become aunts/uncles and great aunts/uncles to each others children and grandchildren. They watch…

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Added by Amit Shah on July 24, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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