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Spreading the word like a smooth ganache...

It takes time, it's an art, it's strategy. The business of Chocolate.

Whether it's about calling people to encourage them to enter the 'Cool Chocolate' contest or reaching people with postcards, attending Fundraisers and supporting Community efforts, 'Bringing The World of Chocolate to You' with the 4th annual Bucks County Chocolate Show is happening on April 30th in New Hope, PA. The latest news went out connecting…

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Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on April 7, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

Learning more about varietal chocolates just got easier

There's so much to learn and finding out more every day is what we seem to have in common. So When Jeff called me from Callebaut and we talked about a way to spread the word about the Varietal line of chocolates that they're offering...doing a pre-show demo for Professionals and those aspiring to be, is what we came up with at the Bucks County Chocolate Show.…

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Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on May 19, 2010 at 6:09am — No Comments

Loving the thrill of beta-testing chocolate recipes

o.k, maybe it's sort of like the rush you get when you're dating, or maybe it's just the fun of trying new things just because you can. I love trying new recipes. I even try new recipes when I have a party, to see what people think of it.

So, given this great opportunity, I had the feeling that other people who like that same adrenalin rush of learning new thing, creating and sharing, might want to have the chance to share it. Sometimes people just need that first break to get started: at… Continue

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on May 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Enjoying a new blend of flavors...goat cheese and balsamic ganache

Who knew that goat cheese ganache would be so smooth and obscure in its own way? I figured that with almond milk pulling together the flavors instead of cream and black current balsamic with and added splash of Chambourg....it would happen.



Participating at the local Chamber of Commerce Women in Business fundraiser, I beta tested the results and there was no competition with the traditional ganache....everyone came back for the… Continue

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on April 4, 2010 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Getting away this weekend to Europe...sort of



I made impish chocolate cupcakes with a black current balsalmic ganache and since, I’ve kind of had it with the snow and decided to get away for the weekend…sort of…I’m going to be at TheStockton Market. Featured on…

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Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on February 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Learning about Green Acres Farm in Bocas del Toro

It's fascinating hearing how someone from California can uproot and run a plantation and chocolate making in a solar powered space in Panama. Dave Cerutti and his wife are doing an amazing job with ecotourism and chocolate making and have a lot to say. Check out the interview for more info www.buckscountychocolateshow.com on 'The Journey of The Pod tab'.

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on April 21, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

proud to be a Muse

I was feeling like maybe I needed to go to the Nerd Zone to chat because I'm creating an exhibit "The Journey of The Pod" and immersed in books about the history of chocolate, people who made history in chocolate and environmental concerns about cacoa. Maybe I'd fit in. I want to have fun with all this information I have swimming around in my head so I can keep learning new things and share with other Nerd, Starting, Swapping, Brewing people.

O.K. I got overwhelmed with the choices. I… Continue

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on January 5, 2009 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Is red cocoa the latest trend? Is it as precious as chocolate diamonds?

I've been looking for the actual difference in flavor in red cocoa by looking at how it's processed. I'm not sure if there is one or if it's just dark cocoa that has the red hue? Do you have any favorites that I could try out and see that it is different?

Added by Gretchen Tartakoff on December 5, 2008 at 5:27am — 3 Comments

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