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OK, enough already with price gouging

I just received an offer, as I'm sure many others did, for "beta testing" of a new chocolate from a particular company.  Cool.  Get to sample 3 different types, provide feedback, yada, yada.  Then I saw the price.  For 3 "shipments", each containing two 25-gm samples (total of 150 gm, or about 5 oz.)  it was about $50.  That figures to be about $160 on a pound-for-pound basis.  To me, that's really pushing it, especially given that the stuff is totally untested.  For a "beta test" the price…

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Added by Keith Ayoob on February 14, 2012 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

Artisanal chocolatiers in Paris: Clay Gordon's recommendations

First off, I have to say I've been remiss in writing this post, as we did a self-guided tour of Clay's recommended  spots back in late October, but I have to give him credit for what was an absolutely awesome 3 days.  Clays' recommendations greatly expanded the list we had and he helped make it one of the nicest trips we'd ever been on.  We got to nearly all his recommended spots, and here are my own throughts about the places we visited:

  • Pralus: Loved it.  Love their little…
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Added by Keith Ayoob on January 8, 2012 at 7:06am — No Comments

2011 NY Chocolate Show

I'd never been to one of these gigs, so it was interesting.  The first aroma I encountered was that of tons of spices.  I thought they'd be related to some variety of chocolate bing made or sampled, but they were just spices being sold by a spice vendor.  A little odd, especially at the entrance.

I actually thought there would be more vendors, but perhaps I had more grandiose expectations.  Favorite was the Praus booth.  They were sampling every bar they had and they'd really speak at…

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Added by Keith Ayoob on November 14, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

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