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What to do with Chocolate on a Hot Day?

Okay, it's 102 degrees out in southern California and I'm melting. So what do you do with a chunky bar of dark chocolate? I like to stick it in the fridge just long enough to get firm...or if I really want it crunchy hard it'll go in the freezer for a bit.



I'd skip the drinking hot tea with it, though. And I actually find that hard to do without. So what could be a better substitute? How about Thai iced tea or iced coffee?



Course those drinks are a bit on the sweet side… Continue

Added by My Passion 4 Chocolate on August 26, 2009 at 8:31pm — 1 Comment

Chocolate Ruffles!

A good friend sent me the following note that I thought worth sharing:



"Never again will I buy decorations for my all girl chocolate martini parties! I was thrilled to find this chocolate ruffle making tool by Albert Uster Imports. I was going to be hosting one of my infamous soirees and really wanted to try my hand at making decorations because it adds more of a personal touch. I usually have pre-made decorations on hand, but they always seemed a little impersonal to me.… Continue

Added by John Iwaniec on August 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Bean to Bar event in NYC's Soho

My first chocolate meet up was met with many chocolate enthusiasts in a Soho art gallery, a fitting place for the fine variety of chocolates and large photo’s that covered the walls. After testing many of the samples, we gathered for a presentation by Dr. Kristy Leissie, whose book Chocolate Planet is a memoir of traveling around the world studying the history and present of the cocoa trade routes. Enjoyed meeting fellow chocolate lovers… The pictures tell the story.… Continue

Added by Roxanne Browning on August 5, 2009 at 4:59pm — 5 Comments

Remember when

This morning I was watching a Scooby Doo cartoon with my 7-year old nephew and a Reese's Pieces commercial came on during the show. Which immediately brought back nostalgic memories of the first Reese's commercial I saw around his age...



Does anybody remember the 1970s Reese's Peanut Butter Cup collision commercial? Yes, I know I'm dating myself...when that campaign came out sales skyrocketed 300%!



"Hey, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!"

"You got chocolate in my… Continue

Added by My Passion 4 Chocolate on August 4, 2009 at 10:49pm — 2 Comments

Did You Know?

Here's a historical footnote on chocolate...

In the 1600s, porcelain chocolate pots - a tall pot with a detachable cap or finial in the lid through which a wooden stirrer, or molinet could be inserted - were all the rage.

Added by My Passion 4 Chocolate on July 31, 2009 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a year

LONDON (AFP) – Scientists are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year -- all in the name of medical science.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and a hospital in Norwich, eastern England are trying to find out whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to step forward and help.



Most of the women will have to eat two bars of "super-strength chocolate specially formulated by… Continue

Added by My Passion 4 Chocolate on July 28, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Bit of Heaven on Earth - Pairing Chocolate with Wine

Dark chocolate and red wine…find yourself floating up to heaven just thinking about the combination?!

Keep flying and I’ll fill you in on the results of a wine and chocolate pairing I recently did at my house.



There were 11 of us – 2 sommeliers, 8 admitted chocoholics and one who ‘just isn’t into desserts’.

I made a variety of truffles including a creamy white chocolate & goat cheese dipped in dark chocolate, a dark chocolate sprinkled with rose infused sugar and a… Continue

Added by Tanji Patton on July 27, 2009 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Looking for private-label bar manufacturer

Hi,
I have a private label that is looking for a dark and a milk chocolate bar, 3oz, to use for our label. Would love a bean to bar manufacturer if it is possible. We will be using our bars to raise money for charitable organizations. If anyone out there is or knows of someone that would be a good fit please respond.

looking forward to your response,

Steven

Added by steven on July 23, 2009 at 4:17pm — 4 Comments

THE MAKING OF A CHERRY CHOCOLATE

Cherry season is almost over - sniff, sniff - so now is the time for all good chocolatiers to honor this exquisite superfruit. Cherries come in sweet and sour varieties, including Bing, Morello, and Schmidt among many others. Historians suspect they are originally from China and first cultivated in Turkey by the Romans in the 1st century. They later captured the adoration of the Chinese brush painters; their blossoms became a national cultural symbol… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on July 14, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

SUGAR TALL AND HANDSOME

The sugar and chocolate showpiece competition at the World Pastry Championship is a place to pick favorites. I pick favorites there the way I might choose giant lollipops at the amusement park - which one speaks to my heart in color and design. But here’s the trick that sets the sugar artists of the pastry championship miles apart from the guys in the candy kitchen making giant lollipops. Sugar artists must make their sculptures tall. Not just big,… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on July 13, 2009 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Why Isn't Aequare Chocolates Organic?

Aequare Chocolates gets frequent inquiries as to why we're not organic. It's not because we don't want to be, or don't support organic. It's because we simply can't, for all practical purposes, be organic.



Organic Chocolate For Bars And Organic Couverture



First off, all organic chocolate actually produced here in country is shipped abroad and almost none of it is for sale here. It's shipped abroad directly by its producers because there is a market for it abroad. Consumers… Continue

Added by Jeff Stern on July 6, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Food Fete NYC, June 2009

I arrived in NY Saturday evening from Ecuador-no delays and no hitches. Customs went through my chocolates in Miami but they seemed more curious than anything, and after a brief inspection let me on my way. Sunday was the behemoth Fancy Food Show, which was no less than the size of 20 supermarkets in one place, with thousands of food items being displayed. I gorged on Grana Padano Parm and Prosciutto while waiting to meet people- I was lucky enough to be able to squeeze in meetings with all the… Continue

Added by Jeff Stern on July 6, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments

COCOA CHEESE DECISION

Rambling through the cheese section of the new Whole Foods market in Pasadena is an excerise in delerium. Should I get the sharp farmhouse cheddar I know? Should I try the oozy sheep’s milk raw I’ve never heard of? Blue with veins or white with orange rind??? Then, the little cheese that was meant for me appeared. Cardona with a cocoa powder rind. What a miracle of subtely - no sharpness to the flavor of the cheese, no bitterness from the wrapping of… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on June 16, 2009 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

yesterday's finds


Look - yesterday's haul led me here!

Added by Eve on May 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Chocolate Gourmet Chocolates to Attend Northeast Family Chocolate Festival

Plattsburgh, NY – March 26, 2009 – Chocolate Gourmet Chocolates, an Internet-based gourmet chocolate retailer, will be participating in the 5th Annual Northeast Family Chocolate Festival from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Washington Avenue Armory&Sports; Arena in Albany, NY. Proceeds from the festival will benefit The… Continue

Added by David Pearce on March 26, 2009 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

So Much Chocolate in San Francisco

Today I joined 40 other chocolatiers - bayside with seagulls - thinking: this is a perfect day for chocolate lovers in San Fran to collect at the waterfront wharf and celebrate chocolate. Look out! 5,000 of them turned up! I was next to Chocolatique from LA, Jade from SF, Amano from Utah, William Dean from Florida, and nearly 20 wine and liqueur makers, 20 artists....and thousands of enthusiasts sampling the wares. My observatons: chocolate is still recession-proof! People were buying,… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on March 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Sweet Paradise is Opening a New Store

I am pleased to announce that my chocolate company, Sweet Paradise Chocolatier will be opening this summer at the Kings Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. My manufacturing kitchen will also move to Waimea, also on the Big Island. The Kailua location will remain and expand to a dessert cafe in addition to chocolates. Despite the economy I am looking forward to this move and direction into the resort world.

The little shop is only 300 sf and will also serve gelato and a unique variety of… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on March 13, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The stealth attack of Bond Street Chocolates

While we've all been waiting for Bespoke Chocolates to debut, Lynda Stern—bam!—opened Bond Street Chocolates on 4th Street. God, I'm loving the East Village these days.…



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Added by Sweet Freak on January 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Spiritual & health benefits of chocolate by Rev. R. M. Peluso

Hi,



I'm Reverend R. M. Peluso. I'm an interfaith and nondenominational minister and I lead Chocolate Tasting Meditations of CM (tm). My meditations have been featured at the Chocolate Salon in San Francisco and The Community of Peace & Spirituality (now disbanded) in NYC.

I am quite happy to take my meditations where ever invited.

You can read more about what I do at Http://ministry.rmpeluso.com

click on Meditation.

My experience is that truly tasting… Continue

Added by Rev. R. M. Peluso on January 8, 2009 at 11:11pm — No Comments

The Beginning of Our Chocolate Travels

To enrich this community I've been asked to bring over some of the content we've published on our chocolatier "diary". To give a bit more about who we are what a better place to begin than the beginning. We're having a lot of fun in the Charlotte, NC area and we hope this inspires you to either participate more locally, or try your own thing. :)




Where do we begin on this epic tale of homemade chocolate insanity. Do we start at the… Continue

Added by Andy Ciordia on December 17, 2008 at 10:27am — No Comments

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