Valentine's Day Chocolate Bar

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you know you want to savor your way to a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day then you’ve made the most important decision: that our award winning handmade chocolates are the perfect gift.  But now what?  How to choose the right gift to indulge their desire?  From your first crush to your forever gal The Chocolate Fetish has got you covered!  We’ve put together this easy Valentine’s Day Gift Guide to help make sure you get the perfect gift for whoever is on your Valentine’s Day gift list.

 


Shopping For:  Your THeart Shaped Box Handmade Chocolaterue Love

Get the:  Romeo and Juliet Collection

This seemingly endless assortment will earn you some serious Valentine’s Day points.  Includes bite-size Chocolate Hearts, Chocolate Truffles, Sea Salt Caramels and an exclusive “Big Love” bar that weighs almost half a pound.  After all, when it comes to matters of the heart, it’s better to be over rather than under-prepared.

 


Chocolate Heart Shaped Box

Shopping For: Your Mom

Get the : From the Heart Collection

Nothing compares to a Mother’s Love – except maybe your Mom’s love of chocolate.  This year be sure to let her know how important she is to you with the ultimate in edible elegance.  Our From the Heart Collection features a variety of handmade chocolates including our award winning chocolate truffles.


Shopping For: Your First DateChocolate Heart Shaped Box

Get the: Sweetheart Collection

Sweet talk your crush with this classic heart shaped box of chocolates sure to make any chocolate lover swoon.    Chocolate hearts, award winning Chocolate Truffles and a hand foiled “Love” heart.  Not too big, not too small, just the right size to say “Will you be my Valentine?”


 

Shopping for: The Special Guy in Your LifeSpicy Chocolate for Valentine's Day

He’ll love: Hearts on Fire Collection

When it comes to Valentine’s Day most guys like to spice things up a little.  Our award winning Hearts on Fire Collection is sure to do just that.  Consider grabbing a cold one to go along with the chocolate – this collection pairs well with beer, especially a pilsner.  As intense in flavor as your love for him.


pinkpolkashoeShopping for: Your Galentine

Get her : Chocolate High Heel Shoe

February 13th is also known as Galentines Day.  A day to treat your best girlfriends to the sweeter things in life.  And what could be sweeter than a Chocolate High Heel shoe?  Each shoe is hand decorated in variety of unique Valentine inspired patterns from hearts and lips to lace and roses.  There is no such thing as too many shoes, especially when they are made of chocolate.

 


Shopping for: Your DaughterPlush Bear with Valentine Chocolate Hearts

Get her: Sweeter than Chocolate Plush Bear

If you are looking for a sweet gift for your little sweetheart this plush bear paired with our hand decorated chocolate hearts is sure to make her heart flutter.  The lovingly hand decorated chocolate hearts in a variety of Valentine’s Day inspired colors are as beautiful as they are delicious.


Valentine's Day Chocolate BearShopping for: A Special Teenager

Get the: Chocolate Bear

So adorable they’ll eat it right up, each chocolate bear includes nearly a pound of chocolate!  You can’t go wrong with this chocolate work of art that is as beautiful to admire as it is to eat.


Valentine Sea Salt Caramels

 

 

Shopping for: You Co-Worker

Get the: Sea Salt Caramels

Our crave worthy Sea Salt Caramels are a perfect office gift.  Good for sharing (or stashing) they are casual enough to give your co-worker and classy enough for your boss.

 


 

Top 5 Scenic Drives near Asheville, NC

Top 5 Scenic Drives near Asheville, NC Paired with Chocolate Fetish Chocolates.

A favorite way to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is to take scenic drive near Asheville, NC.  Why not enhance the experience with a moment of chocolate ecstasy?  Here are some suggestions for scenic drives near Asheville, NC and the perfect chocolates to pair them with for a truly transcendent Asheville chocolate experience.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic Drive near Asheville, NC

Often regarded as one of America’s most scenic roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers unmatched, spectacular mountain scenery. Weather you drive north or south on the Parkway from Asheville you’ll find your self reaching heights. Much like the Mountain Sunrise Truffle it’s all about the journey, so go slow, stop frequently and enjoy the blend of bright orange citrus zest and European dark chocolate.

 

Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway

Western North Carolina Scenic Drives

Nationally recognized for it’s scenic drive this winding 79-mile route has surprises around every corner. The Forest Heritage Scenic Byway is also named the Copperhead Loop by motorcyclists who love all the curves. Curves reminiscent of the loops found on our darkest dark chocolate truffle, the After Midnight. With a blend of four high cocoa content chocolates dipped in a special EXTRA dark blend. The taste is pure, unadulterated, and delicious.

 

Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway

Asheville Chocolate Rounds

Starting at the top of Mt. Mitchell, drive 52 miles among the peaks and valleys of Yancey and Madison counties through the Toe River Valley and Burnsville. This area is a mecca for artists with many galleries and artist studios. But why just  look at art when you can taste it? This decadent disc of dark or milk chocolate is hand decorated with a colorful Blue Ridge Mountain Scene and finished with a white chocolate hand piped, “Asheville, NC.”

 

Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road and truff

Drive the very popular U.S. Highway 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Cherokee. First stop should be the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum. Then drive 18 miles and climb 3,000 feet to Newfound Gap on the Tennessee border and enjoy the floral beauty much like the Blossom Truffle. This rich dark chocolate center is delicately flavored with lemon zest, a touch of ginger and a hint of saffron, then encased in dark chocolate couverture. You’ll be pleased to find a crystallized violet petal adorning the peak of this treat.

 

Waterfall Byway: US Highway 64

Waterfall Byway and truff

Drive 98 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains, through charming towns and by plenty of beautiful waterfalls. Begin in Chimney Rock and travel west on U.S. Highway 64 by Lake Toxaway and through Cashiers and Highlands. Stop at roadside waterfalls Dry Falls and Bridal Veil as you enter the Cullasaja River Gorge and enjoy the shimmering water as it cascades. Our Diamond Griottine will pair perfectly with this sight. As you bite through the sparkling silver dusted dark chocolate you’ll find that the interior liquid white chocolate ganache will burst forth and begin to dribble down your chin.  Enjoy this treat in one bite and savor the French brandied cherry that lays within.

 

A Great Taste for Us, a Great Danger for Dogs

 

Chocolate: A Great Taste for Us, a Great Danger for Dogs

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Most people with a sweet tooth love chocolate, but chocolate can be toxic to dogs. Chocolate poisoning can cause serious health issues in dogs, and is the most common cause of dog poisoning, according to WebMD’s Pet Health information. But how can something that tastes so good be so bad for our four-legged friends?

Why Is Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?

Chocolate contains two substances that are harmful to dogs when ingested: caffeine and theobromine, an alkaloid. While these substances are harmless to humans, they can cause serious problems if your pet ingests them. Dogs’ bodies aren’t built to handle the stress that caffeine and theobromine put on their systems.

Certain kinds of chocolate are more harmful to dogs than others, notes PetMD. For example, white chocolate may not necessarily be toxic, but its high sugar content could lead to tummy problems. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, has a low level of toxicity, but should still be taken seriously, while dark or baking chocolate have a very high level of toxicity and ingestion of these types of chocolate should be considered an emergency.

What Are the Signs of Chocolate Poisoning?

If your dog has chocolate poisoning, he will exhibit symptoms that can include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, seizure, muscle rigidity and even seizure. As your pet’s body reacts to the substances in chocolate that are harmful to him, his system will be stressed and start to shut down.

What Should I Do if My Dog Eats Chocolate?

If your dog ingests chocolate, you should call your vet or the ASPCA’s poison control center at 888-426-4435. The experts on the phones will help you to determine how serious the situation is by asking you how much and what kind of chocolate your dog ingested. Based on your dog’s situation, they can recommend whether you should induce vomiting or take your dog to a clinic where he or she can receive treatment. If only a small amount of low-level toxicity chocolate was consumed, you may be instructed just to keep an eye on your pet for the rest of the day.

While not guaranteed to be consistently accurate for your pet, as each pet’s metabolism varies just the same as people, PetMD offers an online calculator that shows the toxicity of different types of chocolate for dogs based on the amount consumed and the dog’s weight. Though chocolate can be harmful to our furry friends, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy it! Just make sure to keep the chocolate of your choice – especially our handmade artisan chocolates that are much better enjoyed by people – out of your pet’s reach!

 

Tuxedo Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What Makes Great Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

Strawbtuxedo strawberrieserries and chocolate – always a delicious combination!

No matter the occasion, you simply can’t go wrong with a classic display of love and affection like chocolate covered strawberries. You can find these delectable treats just about anywhere, but what makes a quality chocolate-covered strawberry?
Chocolate lovers know that all chocolate is not created equal. In fact, there are two types of chocolate – real chocolate and compound chocolate. The difference lies in the fat or oil used. Compound chocolate also known as compound coating contains vegetable oil instead of the cocoa butter that is used in real chocolate. This makes compound chocolate less expensive than real chocolate, and with a lower price you have  lower quality.
While real chocolate contains cocoa butter, the quality of the cocoa beans and the actual quantity of cocoa butter included in the recipe also plays an important role in determining the best chocolate to use for chocolate-covered strawberries.

Chocolate Couverture

Chocolate couverture has a high quantity of cocoa butter, excellent quality cocoa beans and melts smoothly – a process known as tempering. This is a fine, professional chocolate that is perfect for candy making and molding.  Due to the difficulty of working with this type of chocolate it’s best left to professional chocolatiers – like our team at The Chocolate Fetish. This is why when you get chocolate-covered strawberries from us, the taste is worlds above those that you get in the grocery store or even make at home.

Perfect Strawberries

In addition to choosing the right chocolate, it is important to choose the right berry when making chocolate covered strawberries. The fruit should be just as high of quality as the chocolate. We select only the freshest strawberries for our delectable treats, making sure that they are stored at room temperature to stay fresh, and they are dipped many times throughout the day to maximize freshness.

Freshness

The final key to creating the best chocolate covered strawberries is freshness.  When a strawberry is covered in chocolate the moisture in the berry immediately begins to degrade the quality of the chocolate.  That is why we always dip our berries fresh throughout the day in very small batches.  We also recommend that you consume chocolate covered strawberries within 24 hours for best quality.
Now that you know the complex creation of chocolate-covered strawberries, don’t just grab off-the-shelf berries for your next treat – turn to the professionals at The Chocolate Fetish for your next Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. Our chocolate covered strawberries are available Fridays and Saturdays from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. We have created award-winning chocolate creations for 30 years, and you can trust that every delicious creation we make will taste amazing and impress all the loved ones in your life. Stop by our store in Asheville, North Carolina, today or give us a call at 828-258-2353 today!

Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ this Valentine’s Day

Premium, fresh chocolate is one of the most thoughtful gifts to surprise your sweetheart with on Valentine’s Day. With award-winning, handmade chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish, your valentine will experience the full flavor of only the finest, locally sourced ingredients and the unbeatable taste of high-quality, gourmet chocolate.

shoesbill1Now that you have found the best handmade artisan chocolate on the market, what will you write to your love on the card? One of our favorite things about Valentine’s Day cards is reading the notes customers write to accompany their Valentine’s Day gifts. From romantic words to silly sayings, here are some ideas for what to write in your Valentine’s Day cards this year.

 

Puns/Pick-Up Lines

If your valentine enjoys a good pun or cheesy pick-up line, try one of the following ways to say “I love you” in your card. Perfect for the couple who loves a good laugh, these types of one-liners will keep your sweetheart smiling the whole holiday.

Find a pun from your valentine’s favorite movie for extra brownie points.
“If you were a Transformer, you’d be Optimus FINE.”

Food puns abound on the internet, or you could make up your own to match your love’s favorite food.  “
Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peel-ing.”

Wordsmiths are sure to delight in this true play on words – or, well, letters, at least.
“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.”

 

Quotes

Quotes about love from romantic movies, romance novels and famous celebrities are another great way to show your valentine how much you care this holiday. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to consider.

A memorable quote from 2002’s “A Walk to Remember,” this is perfect to write in the card of a mushy romantic.
“Love is like the wind: You can’t see it, but you can feel it.” – “A Walk to Remember”

Short and to the point, this quote will tell your sweetheart you know exactly where your heart belongs.
“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – “Sense and Sensibility”

This quote is perfect for your spouse or fiancé, only reinforcing how much they mean to you and are such a huge part of their life.
“You don’t marry someone you can live with. You marry the person you cannot live without.” –Unknown

 

Poems

While it would be easiest to simply pick one of the lines above to write in your card, try your hand at writing a quick poem for your valentine instead. A quick four-line poem to accompany your chocolates will only add to their Valentine’s Day goodies, and they will appreciate your thoughtful creativity.

If you get stuck, you can always make your own variation on the classic “Roses are red, violets are blue” motif. If you’re truly suffering writer’s block, you can finish it with this cliché line: “This chocolate is sweet, and so are you!”

 

Compliments

Sometimes, a simple note about why you love your significant other is all they truly need to feel loved during this holiday. Consider adding in a compliment or quick story about how you met to show some extra appreciation. Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas to help you get started:

“Happy Valentine’s Day! I love that you …”

“I fell in love with you when …”

“You’ll always have my heart! I want you to know …”

However you say it, we can say it for you. Our gift cards are all handwritten with care by our staff, and with nationwide delivery, we can send chocolates to anywhere in the country. Our shipping deadline is approaching soon – for guaranteed Valentine’s Day delivery, your order must be complete before noon Feb. 9! Find the perfect gift for your valentine from The Chocolate Fetish and contact us today with any questions.

 

The Rise of Artisanal Chocolate

For the better part of the last century, chocolate culture in America had been suffering from something of an identity crisis. Americans have always loved chocolate, but until recently many of us have tended to favor quantity at the expense of quality. Mass produced chocolates distributed in king-sized packages, designed to be devoured rather than savored, have dominated the market – leaving consumers with a sweet, albeit somewhat unsatisfying taste lingering in their collective mouth.

Over the course of the past twenty years, however, a small, devoted group of chocolatiers has made it their mission to provide American consumers with a fresh, great-tasting alternative to supermarket chocolates. These enterprising souls treat chocolate making as a creative endeavor, a craft, even a calling. At The Chocolate Fetish, we’re proud to be part of this movement to bring the time-honored tradition of fine chocolate making to a new generation of sweet-tooths.

We always serve our chocolates with a smile.

We work closely with a network of chocolate makers in order to personally select the chocolates that comprise our truffles, bars, sea salt caramels, and other delectable delights. We choose each chocolate based on its unique flavor profile in order to produce confections of uncommon quality for our patrons. Then, we employ traditional chocolate-making techniques in order to infuse contemporary ideas with classic sensibilities.

Delving into the rich world of artisanal chocolate might seem intimidating to the uninitiated, but there are a few easily identifiable features to look for that are indicative of good-quality chocolate. The chocolate should be shiny rather than dull, and free of any streaks, spots, or residues. The chocolate should smell like chocolate, and it should have an audible snap when you break it in half. Finally, it should feel pleasantly smooth in your mouth; not dry or waxy. High-quality chocolates are also typically made with cocoa butter rather than vegetable oil substitutions.

Many people associate darker chocolate with high-quality chocolate, but this is not necessarily the case. You won’t have to look too far to find dark chocolates of inferior quality, and there are plenty of examples of exceptional milk chocolate out there as well. Likewise, it’s best to make these judgements on a case-by-case basis. In determining which kind of chocolate is better – extra dark, dark, or milk – we think it’s best to go with your proverbial gut. If it tastes good, enjoy it!

Stop in today, and find out just how delicious a box of chocolates can be. Want to learn more about our trade? Check out our chocolate facts page for more information.

 

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Why We Traditionally Give Chocolate on Valentine’s Day

For as long as most of us can remember, chocolate has been the number one gift-giving choice for Valentine’s Day – especially when paired with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It’s been this way for so long that very few people ever question where this tradition originated from. However, we’re asking now; how did chocolate come to be such a traditional Valentine’s Day treat?

Though Valentine’s Day was not always recognized as a day of love and romance, during the 1840s the Victorians relished the idea of displaying affection by innocently showering their intendeds with gifts. According to History.com, it was around this time that Richard Cadbury, heir to the well-known chocolate manufacturing company, saw an opportunity to capitalize.

At the time, chocolate had primarily been enjoyed as a beverage. After Cadbury discovered a new way to extract pure cocoa butter directly from a bean however, things began to evolve. It not only resulted in a better tasting product, but also left the company with enough extra cocoa butter to produce different types of “eating chocolate”. Because stories of Cupid were so popular during this time period and knights were known to gift their women with roses, Cadbury chose to use this knowledge to his company’s advantage. They began selling their chocolates in heart-shaped boxes adorned with images of roses and the small, winged God to create the association between the chocolates and love – and it worked.

Today, the link between love and this decadent, confectionery treat remains. The only thing that has seemed to alter is the fact that we have had hundreds of years to perfect the art of chocolatiering.

If you’re planning to spend a romantic evening at home with a special someone this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that our handmade artisan chocolates can be perfectly complemented with a crisp glass of wine. For reference, explore the Wine and Chocolate page of our website before placing your holiday order. If you don’t consider yourself much of a wine drinker, don’t worry; we have also outlined the best chocolate and beer pairings to accommodate all taste buds.

Delicious artisan chocolates and quality one-on-one time spent with the one person you care for most. What’s not to fall in love with? Allow us to help make the day extra special. Contact The Chocolate Fetish today to ensure your order arrives in time for the most romantic day of the year.

 

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Make Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table One to Remember

Now that the month of November is officially upon us, one of the most prominent topics on everyone’s minds seems to be Thanksgiving and the subsequent preparation that goes along with it. For those who have chosen to host the festivities at their own table this year, we have one piece of advice on how to make your Thanksgiving dinner one to remember: think outside of the turkey.

Certainly, the turkey and its trimmings should leave both you and you guests feeling more than satisfied, but it’s important to remember that for some, the most exciting part of every meal is the dessert that follows.

Amongst the plethora of pies that adorn your dessert table each year, we would highly encourage you to add an array of gorgeous, handmade artisan chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish, as well.

As previously mentioned, overindulging in a large Thanksgiving meal may sometimes cause a guest to pass on dessert. Though their sweet tooth may be craving a taste of sugar, the limited option of one heavy slice of pie or another may simply be too much. Offering an assortment of small yet delectable truffles, caramels, frogs and more will not only add variety to your table, but it will eliminate any reason for someone to ignore that sweet tooth.Handmade Artisan Chocolates for Thanksgiving | The Chocolate Fetish

When placing your holiday order with us, remember that though our petite chocolate creations are considered a favorite among many, your size options are not limited to bite-sized sweets. The Chocolate Fetish’s larger, hand-decorated chocolate pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns, along with our chocolate turkeys and hand-painted maple leaves not only make delicious desserts, but perfect table centerpieces, as well. We believe that being able to indulge in your table’s ornaments once Thanksgiving dinner has come to an end is a far better alternative than storing them away for another year; don’t you? There’s no better way to enjoy chocolate than as a dessert and as an art.

To ensure that your chocolates ship and arrive in time for Thanksgiving dinner, please be sure to place all orders before noon on Friday, November 21st. Visit our website today and inquire about what our chocolatiers can create for you.

 

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In Honor of Elaine Gonzalez, chocolatier.

Noted chocolatier, Elaine Gonzalez, passed away this July.  Our owner Sue, and myself both had the opportunity to attend some of her classes and learn about chocolate with her.  Elaine’s passion for chocolate, mastery of chocolate, and kind unassuming nature was an inspiration to both of us as well as countless other chocolate lovers.  Here are excerpts from an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune commemorating her life and work.

Noted chocolatier, Elaine Gonzalez, passed away this July.

Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune

3:18 p.m. CDT, July 26, 2014
Elaine Gonzalez of Northbrook, an innovative chocolatier noted for transforming chocolate into edible bowls, plates, ornaments, flowers and much, much more, died July 25. She was 79.
“She was an artist and took chocolate to new places,” said restaurateur Ina Pinkney. “Everything she did had this artistry. She was more comfortable with that ingredient than anyone I ever saw with any other ingredient. It was like she was one with the chocolate.”  “I never saw anyone roll, twist and coax chocolate like she did,” Pinkney added. “I was always in awe and always learned something.”
Judith Dunbar Hines, formerly Chicago’s director of culinary arts and events, agreed that Gonzalez was a chocolate trail-blazer who could create all sorts of “fantastical things.” But what Hines remembers most is a recipe for chocolate rice pudding.  “It was a Mexican recipe…and she made it her signature,” Hines recalled. “Her style was more like the chocolate pudding. She was very quiet and calming….There was no drama out of this woman – ever.”
While Gonzalez trained with some chefs, she told the Chicago Tribune in 1983 that she most of what she learned came from family. Her mother, the late Mary Garcia, was a cooking teacher noted for elaborate cakes, the Tribune wrote in 2001 in reporting Mrs. Garcia’s death, and “whose lessons in the 1960s and ’70s opened an era of specialized cooking at home.”
Gonzalez modestly attributed her success to timing and fate in a brief biographical passage included in “Chicago Cooks,” a book of food history and memories by members of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a professional group.  “I was there when the chocolate craze hit this country in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” she recalled, crediting an assignment to teach a chocolate class – a subject she claimed to knowing “next to nothing” – at The Complete Cook, a North Shore cookware shop owned by the late Elaine Sherman, for getting her in the chocolate game.
“Using skills from my party-food and cake-decorating experiences, I taught what turned out to be my first class in chocolate artistry: edible, chocolate-mint-flavored place cards, personalized lollipops, and a few fancy confections,” Gonzales remembered. “Nobody had ever seen anything like that before and neither had I. I must have had an angel sitting on my shoulder that night because in spite of my lack of chocolate experience, everything worked and the excitement in the classroom was beyond description – mine as well as theirs.”
Described in “Chicago Cooks” as “an accomplished teacher of ‘all things chocolate,'” she taught at local cookware shops; became a master chocolatier; launched in 1983 a chocolate consulting firm called Chocolate Artistry; served as a consultant for Peter’s Chocolate and, in 2006, was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame. She also wrote two books on chocolate, 1983’s “Chocolate Artistry” and “The Art of Chocolate,” published in 1998.
Chocolate rice pudding recipe
Makes: 8 servings
Elaine Gonzalez demonstrated and shared this recipe with students in the now-defunct city of Chicago’s World Kitchen program. The director, Judith Dunbar Hines, added the following headnote: “This recipe is a favorite from friend and author Elaine Gonzalez, who like the dish, has roots in Spain but a heart in Mexico, where the large production of fine cooking chocolate with cinnamon is reflected in this dish. It takes a bit of patience to make, but is well worth it!”
2 quarts milk
1 ounce coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate (use Mexican chocolate if possible)
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 4-inch piece Mexican cinnamon bark
1/2 cup short-grain rice
2 large egg yolks
Cocoa for dusting the final dish before serving
1.) In a large, deep saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk, chocolate and 1 cup of the sugar plus the cinnamon bark to a boil, stirring frequently. Lower the heat and add the rice. Stir with a wooden spoon to prevent the grains from sticking together. Don’t be concerned if the milk at first appears to be speckled with chocolate, as this will change as the cooking progresses.
2.) Simmer, uncovered, over very gentle heat for 1 hour, stirring the mixture most of the time. Check for doneness by squeezing a grain of rice between your fingers…it should feel completely tender with no hard part in the center.
3.) Whisk the egg yolks and the remaining tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl until well mixed. Remove 1/2 cup of cooked rice from the pot and stir into the eggs, stirring vigorously to avoid scrambling the eggs. Add this mixture to the pot, stirring for 5 minutes. The pudding should now be the consistency of soft custard (it will continue to thicken as it cools). Discard the cinnamon bark, transfer the pudding to a metal bowl set over ice and let cool, stirring occasionally. When it is room temperature, it may be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for several hours.
 4.) Dust the pudding with cocoa powder and serve with lots of hot coffee, also flavored with Mexican cinnamon.
Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

The Chocolate Fetish Wins Over a Dozen Awards at National Competition

For the third year in a row we entered the international Chocolate Salon’s Award Competition and we are delighted to announce that we earned 15 medals!   The awards won include one Gold Medal, eight Silver Medals, seven Bronze Medals, and two Honorable Mentions.  The medals recognize excellence in a variety of categories including Most Artistic Designs, Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience, and Best Taste.  Awards are decided by a panel of esteemed judges including culinary experts, respected magazine and newspaper editors, and food and lifestyle gurus.

Among the many products that received awards at The International Chocolate Salon was our Four Piece Favor Box featuring Velvet Sin Ecstasy Truffles and Hand Decorated Dark Chocolate Hearts.  The Four Piece Favor Box features a long time customer favorite, Velvet Sin Truffles.  Velvet Sin Truffles are a decadent blend of four European Dark Chocolates; the ultimate dark chocolate experience.  One judge mentioned that The Chocolate Fetish was among their favorite in the competition while another commented on the Velvet Sin Truffles saying, “The dark chocolate ones were amazing!”  Another judge mentioned us as one of their favorite overall chocolatiers!

We also won a variety of awards for our Custom Bride and Groom Wedding Toppers.  These are one of my favorite products that we are currently offering.  We can customize these including skin tones and hair colors to make them truly individualized and perfectly match the real bride and groom.  These chocolate Bride and Groom cake toppers don;t just have to go on top of a cake… they would also make great gifts for the bridal party or bride and groom’s parents.

Here is the full listing of each of the awards we received and the products we received them for:

Luxury Caramel Awards

Sea Salt Caramel Collection – Bronze Best Ingredient Combinations

Habenero Sea Salt Caramel – Honorable Mention Best Taste & Most Unique

Top Chocolate Bar Awards

Hazelnut Crisp Bar – Bronze Best Milk Chocolate Bar

74% Cranberry Pistachio Bar – Bronze Best Taste

Bridal Luxury Chocolate Salon

Custom Bride and Groom Cake Topper – Silver Best Bridal Gift Set, Silver Best Traditional Chocolates, Silver Most Artistic Designs

Four Piece Favor Box – Silver Best Dark Chocolate, Silver Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience, Silver Best Flavored Chocolate, Silver Best for The Wedding Reception, Silver Best in Salon

Best White Chocolate Awards

Midsummer’s Dream Ecstasy Elite Truffle – Silver Best Ingredient Combinations, Bronze Best Texture

Chai Moon Ecstasy Elite Truffle – Bronze Best Taste, Bronze Best Texture