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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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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