Two Great Passions: Chocolate and Trains

Chocolate train

Read the story here: http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/a-train-made-entirely-of-chocolate/    

Cadbury Chocolate Harder to Melt

Cadbury bar

Found this story rather interesting. Won’t apply to us here in the USA (AZ could be a candidate tho) since it’s an Eastern Asia product,  but shows how candy science marches on! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/non-melting-chocolate_n_2192236.html      

No Goo-Goo Shortages!

No Goo-Goo shortage at my house!

Yes, I’m pleased to report that there will be no shortages of G00-Goo Clusters in the Parker housefold for the near future. A generous client found out that an acquaintance had an “in” with the Nashville candy manufacturer so she arranged for these samples to be sent to me. So, to her I say “thanks” [...]

“Hot Chocolate” has new meaning!

Photo: Joseph Erdos. This calls for a taste test… serve it with Mexican cocoa and macaroons for the total taste bonanza!   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/chocolate-covered-jalapenos_n_1324808.html

DIY Valentine’s Chocolates Video.

Photo: thewednesdaychef.com

Found this video which I think is very useful and easy to follow, even for those who have never tried melting chocolate before. With Valentine’s Day coming up faster than you might think, here’s a way to save some money… make those Valentine sweets for your sweetie yourself!! Guaranteed to impress. Watch the video here: [...]

A New Holiday Fudge

Gingerbread fudge is new to me but it sure sounds appealing. I found it on this site. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to make some yourself!  

Fun and Delicious Competition

One of the best dark chocolates.

This is the kind of contest I like and would like to judge (hint, hint) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/the-best-dark-chocolate_n_958823.html  

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Weiner Candy Out Yet?

I figured it would be just a matter of time till some candy maker jumped on the Weiner bandwagon, so to speak. So far I have found this:

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Teeny Weenies don't get Twittered

See more and order a few bottles (great conversation starters these days) at:

http://www.easleys.com/teensyweensyweinercandypills.aspx

Air-filled Chocolates the New Taste Treat?

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Light as a kiss

Here’s an interesting development in the candy world: aerated chocolates. Now, I remember eating candy bars in France many years ago that had an unaccustomed texture tho I liked it. Well, now I know what it was, and so does Hershey’s. Here’s what their official release says:

“Hershey’s has recently debuted a new riff on its chocolate bars and kisses: aerated chocolate. “Your taste buds have never experienced chocolate bubbles like these,” claims Hershey’s.”

Some cynics have already voiced their opinions regarding the selling of air for profit and I see their point, but the real issue is, will people like it? Remains to be seen tho I confess I certainly will give it a try and see if it brings back memories of those French moments of enjoyable candy eating.

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Aerated chocolates here to stay?

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Written by Marv Parker

A Favorite Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Truffle Dessert Ingredients: 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped, or 6 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces 1 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur, Kahlua, Amaretto, or milk 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons sugar Melted white and/or dark chocolate (optional) White chocolate shavings (optional) Steps: 1. Chill a small mixing bowl [...]

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Controversial Bar
Written by Marv Parker

Cadbury Creates Controversial Chocolate

Cadbury released a new bar with a campaign nod to model Naomi Campbell… however she was not amused and in fact, reacted insulted, calling the ad racist. According to the story in Huffington Post: The advertisement read, “Move over Naomi, there’s a new diva in town,” with an image of the candy posed on a [...]

June 4, 2011 0
Guittard milk
Written by Marv Parker

My Tip For Melting Chocolate

Breaking up bulk chocolate can be a pain and time consuming, even with a good tool (see photo below). A better way to deal with chocolate that needs to be melted is to get it in pastilles form – small, thin “buttons” of chocolate, milk or dark, which melt quickly and evenly, regardless of your [...]

June 3, 2011 0
Fudge can be dark chocolate too!
Written by Marv Parker

More Good News for Chocolate Lovers!

Read this, then run out and buy some of your favorite dark chocolate. Trader Joe’s is always a good option tho they keep raising their prices!! http://www.naturalnews.com/031788_chocolate_heart_health.html

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Photo: Coracoa Confections
Written by Marv Parker

Berkeley Chocolate Maker A New Favorite!

Check these people out, they are producing some amazing chocolate products. If you live in the East Bay, look for them at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. Just looking at the pictures has me drooling…. sort of anyway: http://coracaoconfections.com/thechocolates.html

June 2, 2011 0
chocolate syrup
Written by Marv Parker

Great Chocolate Candy Maker: John & Kira

Just found this producer…. looks and sounds good. Waiting for my first taste John & Kira Fig Tower Sweet Calabacita figs. Whiskey ganache! John & Kira’s drunken chocolate figs are just as intoxicating as they sound. Each artisanal fig is filled to the seams with dark 64% Valrhona ganache and coated in a thin layer [...]

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Written by Marv Parker

Favorite French Candy Now Available Here!

My favorite candy when I lived in France was the Carambar…. I have posted about it here already. I just learned yesterday from a former classmate of mine at Paris American High School (PAHS) that Amazon sells them now. Little pricey, but cheaper than flying Air France to Paris: http://amzn.com/B001J9QCC6

May 19, 2011 0
Photo: Coracao Confections
Written by Marv Parker

New Vanilla Syrup sounds good and yummy!

Found this on my Facebook page…. good news for people looking for ways to work with their diabetes or blood sugar irregularities. Coracao Confections Announcing our *NEW* product VANILLA SYRUP!! An amazing liquid syrup sweetener made from coconut sugar and real vanilla bean. Awesome *low-glycemic* substitute for agave and maple syrup! Available NOW at all [...]

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