BUZZ WORTHY NEWS!

We are delighted to announce that we now use Shipwreck Honey in our Chocolate Krak!

Shipwreck is based in West Seattle, like us, and gathers honey from hives throughout the West Seattle, South Parkand Burien corridor. We love that they are local, treat the bees with gentleness and respect and that their honey is so delicious.

Check out their story at www.shipwreckhoney.com

JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S

WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEWEST RETAILERS OF CHOCOLATE KRAK!

WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE    &     KEN'S MARKET ON QUEEN ANNE

That makes a total of 6 retail locations for you to get your sweetie their favorite chocolate candy for Valentine's Day.

Go to www.chocolatekrak.com for information on all of our retail partners.

What's Up with chocolate coins?

Being curious about all things chocolate, I've been thinking about chocolate coins and how they appear around the holidays. So a little research revealed the following;  In the Christian lore, St. Nicholas is said to have given coins to the poor children of ancient Turkey(then called Myra) at Christmas time. It is believed that one Christmas Eve he was on a roof and threw a bag of coins down a chimney and they landed in the stockings the resident child had hanging at the fire to dry.

In Jewish lore chanuka coins, real ones , were given to children(in Poland) to then give to their teachers at Hannuka. Eventually the children were given extra money(known as gelt) so they could keep some for themselves. Some believe it began with the ancient Macabee' s victory over the Greeks, who celebrated by minting special coins. It was the Americans who in the 20th century created chocolate gelt for gifting at Hannukah.

 

Click DesignFundraiser

We are pleased to announce that Chocolate Krak is now available at Click! Design That Fits.

We are especially proud to be donating all of the proceeds of any Krak sold there to the special fund that has been created to help co-owner Frances Smersh with her recently diagnosed early onset Alzhiemer"s.

Please consider buying Chocolate Krak at Click! Design, for all your stocking stuffer and hostess gift giving needs this holiday season.

Historical tidbits about chocolate in the U.S.A.in honor of Independence Day!

  • The first known import of cocoa to the U.S was on the Spanish ship "Nuestra Senora del Rosario del Carmen" arriving in St. Augustine , FL. in 1641.
  • By 1660 cocoa exports from Jamaica to Boston, were common.
  • The French attempted and failed, to grow cocoa plants in the Mississippi Delta.
  • As refining and manufacturing of cocoa into drinking chocolate increased it became affordable to all and a popular drink at cafes through out the colonies.
  • CHOCOLATE HELPED SOLDIERS WIN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR1( by giving them the energy needed to do their job) with the help of the Continental Congress who imposed price controls to ensure enough supply for military rations.

A perfect little Chocolate Primer

This lovely little book sits on my nightstand so I can read a little each night before bedtime and dream of all things chocolate. The author, a former chocolate buyer for Fortnum & Mason, is the perfect guide through the history of chocolate as well as  how to develop a discerning palate of your own so you can discover the complex pleasures of quality chocolate.

Stone ground chocolate, not everyone's cup of Cocoa.

The hot new trend in drinking chocolate (and bars, but more on that later), is Stone ground chocolate. Craft chocolate makers are revisiting chocolate's history and introducing we 21st century dwellers to the ancient Aztec and Mayan way of enjoying the delights of the cocoa bean. Of course that would mean drinking our cocoa , not eating it in sweetened candy form.

Thus , there are many fine Mexican style drinking cocoas on the market with more being introduced each year as the more bitter, but less processed flavor gains a following. It is the texture of this less processed (the conching step which gives chocolate its characteristic texture is skipped) chocolate that is most controversial. You either love  or hate it's chalkiness.

The braver chocolatiers are making actual candy bars with it, meeting with mixed success  Many add more sugar to introduce our American palates to the chalky , bitter flavor. Some use single source cocoa beans and talk about the terroir of the bar , much like coffee bean and fine wine makers do with their products.

 

Butterfinger and Ferrero Rocher in the news

Some good and some sad news from the world of chocolate candy.

First the good news; Nestle, the maker of Crunch and Butterfinger bars has decided to eliminate artificial flavors and colors from its Butterfinger  bars as well as all of its candy by the end of the year. Yaay!

Then the sad news; The owner and namesake of Ferrero Rocher chocolate has died at 89 years of age. The brilliant ,Italian chocolatier, is best known for, wait for it,.....the creation of NUTELLA!

Thank you Ferrero for your contribution to the world of chocolate. RIP.