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A WORLD WITHOUT CHOCOLATE

Hello Chocolate friends,

Need your help spereading the word about the importaqnce of Fairtrade chocolate and the truth behind the chocolates we love. Spoke at TED Talks Amsterdam and now have the chance to speak at Long Beach TED Talks 2013.

HOw you can help?

1. Watch the following link

2. Share via twitter/facebook/email

3. Comment on the link as to why I should have the chance to speak at TED 2013

Many thanks…

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Added by Elle Monique on July 24, 2012 at 7:13am — 2 Comments

Spain and Chocolate

Just back from a trip to Spain. Only managed to sample the delights of Spanish Chocolate in the cities of Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid and Santiago de Compostela. The best place for chocolate was without doubt Barcelona. The number of shops selling chocolate in bars or truffles was mindboggling. From shops selling a small range of truffles to complement other products to large chocolate only shops. Seems churros and hot chocolate is the signature cocoa experince in Spain. I…

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Added by jas on April 8, 2012 at 11:17pm — No Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate. part 10

Published by Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. (2008)

A mellow sensation, marvellous aromas.

 

A luxury foodstuff with chocolate’s vast arry of aroma’s really ought to be suitable ingredients for use in complex dishes. However, in reality, its powerful flavour makes it a difficult spice that can only be used selectively, and certainly not in combination with just anything. Chocolate is a…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on March 31, 2012 at 12:58pm — No Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate. part 9a

Published by Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. (2008)

The Pleasure  

From Chocolate to an Agent of Delight

Solid chocolate that does not contain additives is perishable; it should not be left for too long before it is consumed as it will not improve over time. It should always be stored under dry conditions and at a constant temperature of between 12°C…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on March 18, 2012 at 11:56am — No Comments

Grenada Chocolate goes Fair Transport!

As I am writing you from INSIDE the factory of The Grenada Chocolate Company, one of the very first tree-to-bar organic chocolate cooperatives, I am trying not to get distracted by all the chocolate smells around me - or to drift away too long looking at the mango tree and tropical forest from the open window next to me... 

I came to visit Mott Green as he is preparing for his exciting FairTransport event! Mott Green is the founder of the company and passionate chocolate maker who had…

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Added by Caroline Lubbers on March 17, 2012 at 12:39pm — 5 Comments

Help Le Marais Chocolat Kickstart Fair Trade Certification!

Le Marais Chocolat Makes Organic Chocolate Truffles with a Purpose

 

Santa Monica, CA (February 27, 2012) – Leslie Berliant has been cooking, baking and candy making since she was a little girl. She even had a catering company at the tender age of 16 and recently spent a year cooking everything from scratch and blogging about it. Her latest adventure in chocolate, however, began two years ago out…

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Added by Le Marais Chocolat on March 3, 2012 at 11:27pm — No Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate. part 8

Published by Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. (2008)

The Composition

Every Detail Counts

The couverture is now ready. The confectioner uses it as raw material for individual chocolates, for solid chocolate and for other in-house specialities. The couverture contains more cocoa butter than chocolate and this enhances its flow flow properties to…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on March 2, 2012 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Making Cocoa Paper- "From Pulp to Paper"

It's true, cocoa paper is made by hand using traditional methods.

A team of 6 make an astounding 40,000 sheets of cocoa paper a month! We have many more skilled paper makers eagerly waiting to join our team and double or even triple that number if sales increase.

Watch this short video to learn how cocoa paper is made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wUuSWd9v2c&feature=share

Added by Kate Janetski on February 6, 2012 at 12:24am — 1 Comment

Job Opportunity HEAD CHOCOLATIER

Head Chocolatier

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated chocolatier to join a company and build a brand from the ground up in Southwestern Ohio. The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:…

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Added by APRIL KOBERNUSS on December 16, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

just added a new recipe on my blog www.chocolatetradingcompanyuk.com/blog but could do with a lot more recipes. Does anyone have any that they can send ?

Added by derek fit on October 23, 2011 at 4:36am — No Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate (Published by: Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary)

Chocolate is more than just chocolate - the consumer is often uncritical in its selection and simply eats it without giving it a second thought. This blog(book) communicates knowledge about chocolate in order to in crease the pleasure in its consumption. Chocolate, such as is enjoyed today, is the product of a variety of specialist processes tailored to achieve maximum pleasure. This blog(book) contains a wealth of interesting facts and, after reading it, you will no longer just consume…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on October 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Garden Island Chocolate now has a facebook fan page

Garden Island Chocolate invites you to visit our new fan page on facebook, you can see us making Kauai chocolate and Kauai Acai, and all the other fascinating agricultural endeavors like dehydrating bananas, planting cacao trees, harvesting cacao pods, harvesting citrus, miracle berries, etc...

We also have regular contests for free chocolate, and you get to see our exciting research and development for our new chocolate products like truffles, and chocolate covered mac nuts and…
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Added by Koa Kahili on August 24, 2011 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Life Between Cacao Harvests

In Ecuador, cocoa harvesting takes place two times per year. Harvests runs between February and April, and then again begin again between August and October. This dual harvest system means that cocoa plantations are often busy, as are chocolate makers. However, there are still seasons of the year when the cacao farms are between harvests and things are a bit slower. This naturally begs the question of what to do in the off season for chocolate?

One of the things we always recommend to…

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Added by Jeff Stern on August 1, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

"Fine or Flavor" Cacao versus Bulk Cacao

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Added by Jeff Stern on July 25, 2011 at 5:20pm — 8 Comments

Going, Going, Gone

The world is supposed to end today and I have no idea what to fix for supper, much less who to invite.  The prospect of having to prepare my last meal on earth is entirely too overwhelming.  All I can say is, just about the time Doomsday hits, no matter how grand the plans or big the roast I’ve marinated, I just know I’m  going to decide that we’d might as well order pizza.  Making chocolates is pretty much like that.  I sketch out half a dozen varieties in my head that I know I can whip out…

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Added by Janice Harper on May 21, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Chocolate Attacks Woman and Daughter, Neighbors Fear They Are Next

I’d never entered a contest before, unless you count the lottery where all I’m judged on is my ability to select random numbers (a skill, by the way, I appear to be miserable at), but when I heard that my favorite chocolate boutique,…

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Added by Janice Harper on May 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

May 19-22 Salon de Chocolate Ecuador at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Ecuador

Just got the schedule for the Salon de Chocolate, which is held now for the third year and sponsored by the Franco-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce. I was invited to participate as I was last year, but had to decline since we are too busy. Also, just was not convinced that spending a couple of hundred dollars (since it's not really an invitation but a paid chance to participate), with a "successful" turnout of maybe 700 people, would be good for business. Unfortunately, there's just not that…

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Added by Jeff Stern on May 17, 2011 at 10:15pm — No Comments

New Chocolate Boutique Opening

My newest Sweet Paradise Chocolatier chocolate boutique is  soft opening May 1st at the Wailea Gateway Center in Wailea, Maui.  The official "Grand Opening" will be June 16th. This has been a 9 month process to get permits and open a store here and it doesn't even have a kitchen! Talk about island time. The store features my own truffle/confection collection focused on Tropical flavors but also bars from various Hawaii chocolate-makers- Original Hawaiian, Malie Kai, Waialua Estate, Madre…

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Added by Melanie Boudar on April 21, 2011 at 4:34am — 3 Comments

Easter chocolate animation by Patisserie Hamon

Discover the animation video of our…

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Added by emmanuel hamon on April 10, 2011 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

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