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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

ChocoMuseo is finally opened!

ChocoMuseo

is the interactive Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, Peru.

In ChocoMuseo, you will be able to learn the secrets of chocolate, its production process, and the history of cacao since the Maya, 1000 years ago.

We'll also organize workshops for…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on March 1, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Professor Chocolate's Guide to New York City... A Kickstarter Project!

Hi all,

This is Rob Monahan from ProfessorChocolate.com  

We are trying to raise funds through Kickstarter to complete the next two books in our NYC Chocolate Walking Tour series... The Uptown Guide and The Hot Chocolate Guide.  These books are meant to bring the 'consumers' to the chocolate!  100% of the money raised will be used for production and marketing of the books.  

 

Thanks!

http://kck.st/fXw7Ie

 

Added by Rob Monahan on February 26, 2011 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Making chocolate from beans to bar in Cusco, Peru

Last week, we have finally received our sample of cacao beans from the cooperative we work with (Jose Olaya - Article on our website here).

With that cacao we made the first steps of chocolate making with Sr Walter Campana in the city of Cusco in Peru.

This video will show you the first steps of our artisanal chocolate process : Toasting, Husk removing, winnowing and grinding.…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on February 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Top Websites On "How To Host A Chocolate Tasting Party"

Do you want to take part in a small experiment? Yes? Great! Try typing in the word chocolate in your web browser. This word will literally produce thousands of hits. You can view anything from Wikipedia's definition of chocolate to someone's Twitter name! Now, narrow your search to chocolate tasting. This will generate fewer chocolate sites but still too many to view. Lastly, narrow your search even further to chocolate tasting party. What you end up with is, in my opinion, just a handful of… Continue

Added by Bernt on January 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Your age by MundoChoco Math

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Added by MundoChoco.com on January 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

World Events Affecting Chocolate Availability in 2011

I don't want to put a "fear" vibe out there, but we have heard from our supplier that with the current events in Ivory Coast and greedy investors buying up cocoa commodities, there may be an increase in prices and a shortage of supply in 2011.  His comment was that "the perfect storm" is coming.  I would like to do more research on this, but perhaps we could start a discussion group about it.

Added by Reonne (aka Choco Mama) on January 1, 2011 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Wanted: Passionate & Experienced Chocolatier & Production Manager in New Hampshire

Van Otis is a modern-day chocolate and candy retailer and wholesaler rooted in tradition and handcrafted premium products. By coupling traditional recipes with new and exciting product lines, we bring fun, delight, and nostalgia back to the chocolate and candy experience. We we are looking for a passionate and experienced Chocolatier & Production Manager to join our team of chocolate lovers in early 2011. The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

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Added by Marc Amiet on December 14, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Five Most Important Steps To Throwing The "Perfect" Chocolate Tasting Party

Fundamental to my personal "quest for the world's best chocolate bar" are the chocolate tasting parties! Up to this point I have hosted nine such parties. Each one has been incredibly fun! However, as with most things in life, there has been a learning curve with much trial and error. Are the chocolate tasting parties now perfect? Almost! If you are considering hosting a party of your own, let me share with you my five essential aspects to throwing the "perfect" chocolate tasting…

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Added by Bernt on December 14, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Chocolate Quest Idea

Is there a chocolate bar that is better than all the others? That is the question I intend to answer, as I embark on my personal discovery of the world's best chocolate bar! I realize that this journey literally may take years to conclude. But oh, what a fun trip it will be! I have come to realize that the world of chocolates is wonderful and incredibly fascinating. It truly is a science. Some…
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Added by Bernt on November 11, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Ten Best Reasons For Hosting A Chocolate Tasting Party!

As the world is becoming increasingly aware of the phenomenon of chocolate tasting, I thought I would share my personal "justifications" for hosting chocolate tasting parties. Check it out on http://thequestfortheworldsbestchocolatebar.blogspot.com.

Added by Bernt on November 5, 2010 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Explore Taste/ Chocolate and Wine

Do you call yourself a chocoholic? Do you know all the health benefits of chocolate? Can you tell premium quality chocolate apart from the rest? If you can, then you’re well on your way to becoming a connoisseur. If you can’t, well here’s a start. Before you start calling yourself a connoisseur, you need to know how to properly taste chocolate. So get ready to use your senses.…



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Added by myechocolate on October 28, 2010 at 3:41pm — 2 Comments

Schokolade in der Kunst by Constanze Küsel

Art, it has been often commented, is supported by a scaffold of discourse - in the same way in this century wine, food, fashion and of course chocolate has been. We put these things on a pedestal, distance ourselves from it. hold it up for admiration and allure, increase it’s value by limiting those who “understand”, or those who can afford access. What happens when the scaffold is removed? What is left? With chocolate at least we have something to eat.

With “Schokolade in der…

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Added by Warren Laine-Naida on September 24, 2010 at 3:42am — No Comments

deconstructing the chocolate. creating the palimpsest. august 2010.

The chocolate sculptural canvas begins with the chocolate block. 6 sculptures are broken down, melted and reformed into four blocks.

These are the building blocks, the canvas, now the palimpsest of the chocolate sculptures. They too are photographed out of doors.

There is a completion of the circle of my sculpture’s creation and a return to the simplicity of texture, form and…

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Added by Warren Laine-Naida on September 9, 2010 at 5:50am — No Comments

Chocolate Decorating Classes, Instructional Videos & Lip-Smacking Romps

Greetings Chocolate Fiends !
I teach chocolate decorating classes for the home chef in the San Francisco Bay Area, sell instructional DVDs and offer lip-smacking chocolate home parties for every occasion.


I have several demos coming up including locations such as Bloomingdales in San Francisco and Dreager's in both San Mateo and Blackhawk and I'm available for hire for holiday chocolate decorating demos in the San Fran area…
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Added by Katreece Montgomery on September 4, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Japan's Wild Kit Kats...

...from Zester Daily

The electric green and pink box contained a candy bar like nothing I'd ever seen: a green tea and cherry blossom Kit Kat bar from Japan. This exotic gift came courtesy of my friend Susan Heeger, who had recently returned from a trip to the island nation. I marveled at the package and its contents: How could the Kit Kat inside the box, with its cherry blossom wrapper and its playful…

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Added by Susie Norris on August 19, 2010 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

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