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Shelf life of Pernigotti cocoa powder

Can anyone tell me the shelf life of Pernigotti cocoa powder, which has a higher fat content (20-22%)?





Added by Dorothy Rackley on November 25, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

tcho 99%

just wanted to let you all know that tcho moved their new 99% bar out of "beta" and is selling it at the full bar size (58gram). online it's 2 bars for $11

so the thing is - this stuff is special. i have tried 99% many times and actually used to eat the scharfenberger 99% although it was borderline in terms of being palatable eaten plain. but this tcho bar really…


Added by ari salomon on November 23, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

packaging advice

My husband I are trying to get a business off the ground and are in search of a company for packaging.  We are primarily selling small batch hand rolled truffles and would like to have boxes that will show off our work and not break the bank.  Any suggestions?

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Kristine Enos

Danielson, CT

Added by Kristine Enos on November 18, 2012 at 9:41pm — 5 Comments

Origin Chocolate Event Amsterdam October 16th and 17th 2012

Last year the Origin Chocolate Event started as a little event: one evening, four speakers and about forty visitors. This year it was much bigger: two days, ten speakers and a lot more visitors. Location was the very beautiful Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The first day was for professionals and the second day for the real chocolate lovers.

Purpose of the event is to promote fine flavour and sustainable chocolate in The Netherlands. Organized by Erik Sauër (El Sauco,…


Added by Vera Hofman on November 18, 2012 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

The Salon du Chocolat in NYC - The Chocolate Show

This weekend (November 9-11) saw The Chocolate Show in New York City. The show is organized by Event International, the company that organizes the Salon du Chocolat in Paris and more than 15 other cities around the world. New York is the only location that does that does not incorporate the Salon du Chocolat brand into the name.

I like The Chocolate Show for a number of reasons, including the fact that it brings out the core of the NY chocolate community every year while bringing…


Added by Clay Gordon on November 11, 2012 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

Chocolate Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

To All Members of TheChocolateLife:

I was thinking this morning about the ways in which the ChocolateLife community might be able to aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. And not just aid ChocolateLife members who make their livings making chocolate, but also people whose lives have been been tossed upside down and inside out who are in need of assistance.

After all, I know that there are ChocolateLife members up and down the East Coast that were within the path of the storm…


Added by Clay Gordon on November 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Chocolate Unwrapped, London, October 13th-14th 2012

Three weeks ago I was in London to be at Chocolate Unwrapped for the second year. This year a new location ‘Covent Garden’; more stands, talks, demonstrations and visitors! A few years ago this event was set up to promote fine flavour chocolate, artisan chocolatiers and chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with the cocoa farmers. And I must say: they succeeded!

I arrived Friday before the event. Because I was not be able to go to Paris this year I went straight to La…


Added by Vera Hofman on November 4, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments

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…


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…


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,…


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…


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?



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…


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

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Day 1 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…


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…


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…


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 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…


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…


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

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