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
Asheville is a city alive with the arts and The Chocolate Fetish is frequently blessed by the creative energies of local artists. If you’ve been following our blog and Facebook pages then you have probably heard about talented artist Joshua Spiceland. In addition to being an artist he is also an art teacher and part time chocolatier. If you’ve eaten a Sea Salt Caramel from us in the last four years then chances are good his hand helped make it. We frequently find doodles and works in progress tucked around the shop on there way to other places.
What’s the only thing more exciting than winning a designer hand bag? Winning a hand sculpted chocolate purse! We are so excited about an upcoming promotion we are sponsoring with local radio station, Mix 96.5! The promotion, “Pick Your Purse” begins next week and gives 96 people the chance to win great prizes including $1000 cash, designer handbags, hand sculpted chocolate purses, massages and more! I know your excited to hear more about the chocolate purses… but hold on a second while I tell you all about how “Pick Your Purse” works and how you can win $1000 which may actually be better than winning a hand sculpted chocolate purse… although then again, maybe not.
Starting next Monday you can go to Mix 96.5’s website and register to qualify. Then listen to 96.5 and if you hear your name called out call to claim your spot as a finalist. On Saturday, December 7th join us at Paramount Kia in Asheville for your chance to win any number of great prizes, and taste some special chocolate samples. At the event there will be a reverse raffle with the final 12 names called getting to pick one of a dozen designer handbags for their prize. When all 12 finalists have selected their purses they will open them together and one lucky winner will find $1000 stuffed inside. Everyone that qualifies as a finalist will win some sort of prize, it may be a gift card from The Chocolate Fetish, or a free massage or facial from Massage Envy, or any number of other fabulous prizes.
Winners’ number 13, 14 and 15 will each get to choose from three Chocolate purse sculptures. You can’t stuff it full of all your miscellaneous paraphernalia but you can eat the entire decadently delicious thing, if you can bring yourself to destroy it. Each chocolate purse is made entirely from our high quality custom blended chocolates and each one is a unique one of a kind edible masterpiece.
So which would you rather have? A one of a kind edible chocolate purse or a designer handbag filled with $1000?
Mix 96.5 Website http://mix965asheville.com/
Do you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and that an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence every year? Do you know that year round The Chocolate Fetish partners with Helpmate, a local domestic violence agency? I’m so excited to share with you a new promotion we’re doing to help bring awareness to this worthy cause and continue to support Helpmate.
We’ve created a specially designed chocolate high heel shoe, the proceeds from which will be donated to Helpmate. Each limited edition chocolate high heel shoe boasts a unique purple ribbon pattern that has been specially designed for this promotion. Our talented chocolatier that designed and created all the shoes, Jessica Lied, says that she enjoys the opportunity to make the shoes because; “I know that my creativity will have a positive impact on the lives of others.” The limited edition high heel shoes will be available in store and on our website exclusively through the month of October. Each hand decorated chocolate shoe is available in milk or dark chocolate for $32.95.
The Chocolate Fetish has partnered with Helpmate since 2005. Throughout the year we give frequent donations to them such as our recent donation of over 200 chocolates for their, “Men who Care Luncheon.” The annual “Men Who Care Luncheon” was held on September 12, 2013 and raised over $38,000 for Helpmate. We also sell a special ‘Helpmate Assortment’ year round and donate all the proceeds to Helpmate. Our Helpmate Assortment is adorned with a purple ribbon and contains chocolate covered caramels and New England style butter crunch. It sells for $16.95 and is available in our store.
In addition to the monetary donations we make through out the year we also collect gifts for the residents of Helpmate’s shelter during the holidays. We used to have an employee secret Santa gift exchange and no one was really that excited about it. One year I suggested that we give gifts to Helpmate instead and the response was overwhelming. Years before it was hard to get people to spend $10 on a gift for a coworker. But now every year we collect literally 100’s of brand new gift items (from a staff of 20) to take to the women and children at the shelter. My favorite part of our staff Christmas party every year is collecting and wrapping the gifts, it always brings a tear to my eye.
You can learn more about Helpmate and all the services they offer at http://www.helpmateonline.org/. If you know someone who may be suffering from domestic violence but don’t know how to help come by and pick up one of our Helpmate boxes and a brochure… it’s a subtle way to let them know there is help available. We have heard success stories from this method in the past!