Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Nice mention of my store 

I found a nice mention of my store on a blog today. She is beginning as a critic of the restaurant and art scene on the East Coast (so far) and is worth a look.

Thinking of Growing Your Own? 

If you wanted to know more about how cacao grows and more about the "greenthumb" part of growing chocolate, check out this science project paper. If you could find the right place to grow it, perhaps an indoor, heated area, you may be eating from local chocolate before you know it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Who would have guessed the wrappers would become collectable? 

It is always that way. Whatever you figure, "no one would be interested in that," then you learn that not only were they interested in it, they hadbecome devoted fans. That is the case with this gentleman's collection of chocolate wrappers. There are a lot of them, granted, and represent a wide range of tastes. But the wrappers? Who would have thought to save them? The next thing you know, somebody will start collecting those toys your kids get at McDonald's!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A chocolate wedding registry 

For the couple lucky enough to have friends who really care, here is a wedding registry for chocolate! You provide all your information, like your name and your favorite type of chocolate. Then tell your friends where you are registered and voila! you have given them a great idea to make their wedding gift to you something special. How simple can that be??? Of course, they have to find a chocolatier nearby to finish the deal. Don't know one? Email me and perhaps I can help.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Fair Trade Chocolate Project 

It has always been the "haves" versus the "have nots" in the world of big business. However, in the business of growing cocoa, major companies have been working toward ensuring cocoa workers are treated fairly. Another way that occurs is through growers combining into cooperatives to help empower themselves and their workers. This website links to the Lutheran World Relief organization's Fair Trade Chocolate Project. They are selling Fair Trade chocolate to keep one such group going. The chocolate they are selling is from England. Here is the story of how chocolate is made and you can browse their website for more details about their fair trade cooperative.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Art and chocolate do not always go together. 

This artist has a new take on chocolate. Not what I would do. Such a waste of even a lower grade of chocolate! There is video and pictures.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The chocolate version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

Here is a little seasonal chocolate. Enjoy.

Chocolate Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all round my hips
Were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips.
Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care
In hopes that my thighs would forget they were there.

While Mama in her girdle and I in chin straps
Had just settled down to sugar-borne naps.
When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash,
Tore open the icebox then threw up the sash.
The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow
Sent thoughts of a binge to my body below.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear
A marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer!
That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick
I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick.

The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer
I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear;
On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS
A Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox.

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall
Now dash away pounds now dash away all.
Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress
My clothes were all bulging from too much excess.

My droll little mouth and my round little belly,
They shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
I spoke not a word but went straight to my work
Ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger beside my heartburn
Gave a quick nod toward the bedroom I turned.
I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry--
If temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by.

And I mumbled again as I turned for the night
In the morning I'll starve... 'til I take that first bite!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Finally a diet that includes chocolate!

Researchers have put together a new diet that includes wine, fish, fruits, vegetables, garlic, almonds, and of course dark chocolate. Stating that

"100 grams of dark chocolate consumed daily reduces systolic blood pressure by 5.1 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 1.8 mm Hg8; similar reductions in blood pressure correspond to a reduction in cardiovascular disease events of 21% (14% to 27%)."


Read all about the new eating "strategy"- we call that a diet everywhere I have ever been- called The Polymeal .

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