Fat Ass Chocolate Martinis and Signature Martini Glasses

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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What do you get when you mix chocolate with vodka? A Fat Ass Chocolate Martini – that’s what! Imagine rich and creamy Fat Ass Fudge melting into a delicate Martini glass. It’s the perfect addition to a distinct and decadent holiday celebration.

Want to include the kids? Make it a virgin and toast with the little ones in your life! They’ll love the “grown up” feel of our Martini glasses and they’ll feel special toasting along with the adults

How do you make a Fat Ass Chocolate Martini? We have the recipe below! You’ll need a martini shaker and your favorite Fat Ass Fudge and martini glass. Give your celebrations that extra kick! It’s guaranteed to take your holidays to the next level.

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Fat Ass Martini Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Fat Ass Fudge (melted over a double boiler)
  • 2 ½ oz. Half & Half
  • 1 ½ oz. Crème de Cacao
  • ½ oz. Vodka
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • Slice of Fat Ass Fudge

Instructions:

Combine melted fudge, half & half, crème de cacao, vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into chilled, dipped Fat Ass Martini glass(see below for suggestions). Garnish glass with a slice of Fat Ass Fudge on a skewer. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed. Enjoy!

Virgin Fat Ass Martini Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Fat Ass Fudge (melted over a double boiler)
  • 2 oz. Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Ice
  • Slice of Fat Ass Fudge

Instructions:

Combine All ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled, dipped Fat Ass Martini Glass (see below for more suggestions). Garnish glass with a slice of Fat Ass Fudge on a skewer. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed. Enjoy!

Fat Ass Martini’s with a twist – we showcased these martinis at two events this past weekend and got these suggestions.

  • Garnish with a skewered strawberry
  • Replace regular vodka with vanilla vodka
  • Rim the glass with a crushed peppermint stick
  • Rim the glass with Fat Ass Fudge Sauce (melt fudge on double boiler with a bit of cream)
  • Use Fat Ass Fudge White Chocolate
  • Replace Vodka with Champagne

‘Tis the season for enjoying the holidays with those you love! Start a new tradition with Fat Ass Martinis to make your celebrations extra special! We’d love to hear what you think. Send us your martini with a twist suggestion and we’ll give it a try!

Chocology wishes you and yours a holiday season filled with joy, loved ones and chocolate. Bon appétit!

 

Posted in Chocology, Fat Ass Fudge, holiday tradition., holidayshopping, Martini, Signature Martini, Tis the season

Weddings by Chocology...Introducing Terri Palmer

Posted on November 08, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments


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Weddings have become a specialty at Chocology. We take pride in incorporating fine chocolates into your special day. From passed fudge and truffle platters at your reception to personalized gifts for the wedding party and favors, our top priority is making our clients and their guests feel special

We love weddings so much that we are excited to announce a new addition to the Chocology Wedding Team. Terri Palmer of Plano, Texas will be joining us in the capacity of wedding consultant for the southern region of the U.S.. Terri will be standing by to help you select the perfect wedding favors, chocolate platters, pairings for your cocktail hour and more.

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We have worked with Terri for many years and know that you are in good hands with her. Her attention to detail, her love of event planning and her ability to personalize and make things special are why we are proud to welcome her to the wedding planning team. We love her and we know you will too!

Terri will be happy to help you coordinate luxury truffles to compliment your wedding colors or choose decadent chocolates that will pair well with the wine you will be serving. Even better, allow Terri to help you select one of our mouth watering Fat Ass Fudge choices for your wedding favors. Your guests will appreciate the unique and personalized detail that Chocology Chocolates add to your special day.

What's more, with each order of Fat Ass Fudge you will have the opportunity to choose a 501 C3 charity of your choice. Chocology will donate a portion of the proceeds from your order to honor the charity that touches your heart. Or allow Terri to help you choose one of the Chocology Cares organizations. Either way, adding Fat Ass Fudge to the festivities gives back in a big way, adding no additional costs to you. Your guest's will be touched that your gift is far reaching and helping others in the community.

“Whether a wedding in your backyard or at venue like ‘Big Red’ Courthouse or the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas, I have been beside the bride/bride’s family and created a beautiful,  memorable wedding.  And an exclusively-wrapped Chocology box took center stage on the table-setting – a gift within a gift!   I would love to make a memory with you and remove the stressful aspects of planning a wedding.”  Terri

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Is your special day around the corner? We know that planning your wedding day is important, down to the last detail. Let Chocology take care of the details so that you can enjoy your time with family, friends and loved ones.

Posted in Big Red Courthouse, bridal, chocology, chocology cares, Dallas Weddings, fatassfudge, finechocolate, texas weddings, wedding favors, weddings

8 Reasons WHY I LOVE MY JOB

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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October is a special month to me – my birth month. At this time of year, I always feel the pull towards self-reflection and reevaluation of my goals and purpose. It is a time in which I recommit and align my actions with my innermost desires and vision. This year I am grateful for the path I have taken with Chocology. It brings joy, connection and fun into my life. This is why I’d like to share with all of you why I do what I do.


No. 1: I love seeing people smile

Everyone LOVES chocolate! It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to work with people who are happy and enjoying themselves. I love helping our clients choose the perfect gift, dessert for a special event or wedding favors.  People are happy when they talk chocolate and this makes me happy as well. Madeline always says, “We meet the best people!” and she’s right. We are fortunate to cross paths with people in their finest moments.


No. 2: I’m good at it!

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Being the Managing Director of my own company allows me to utilize all of my gifts and talents. Strong work ethic, good communication skills and a love of people are key ingredient's to running a successful business. Do what you love and you never work a day of your life! That is our philosophy and it’s worked well for us at Chocology. I love what I do every single day and am able to thrive because of this philosophy!


No. 3: I get to do it with my family!

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One of the greatest gifts I feel I can give to my daughter is to show her that when you set a goal it can be achieved through hard work, a good attitude and perseverance. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to model for my daughter that your dreams can come true! Not everyone has the privilege of working with family. Recently David is able to join us more and more on our chocolate adventures! We never know what is around the corner, but together we get the job done – ALWAYS!

 


No. 4: Every Day is Different

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I love different! It’s so easy to get stuck in the humdrum of day-to-day life. At Chocology, each day is diversified. One day we’re working with children on a Chocology Kids project and the next we’re working with the senior’s community. We might go to a corporate meeting to serve fudge and then head out to plan a wedding or work on one of the various festivals that we attend. There’s always something new and fresh to keep us motivated and excited.


No. 5: Giving Back to our World

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From the very beginning it was important to me to give back. I feel so blessed to live a happy and joyful life. Giving a little of that back makes me even happier. I don’t work for a non-profit however I sure can support them. And that’s what we do, plain and simple. Not only to we glean joy from helping our non-profits with monetary donations, we love doing simple acts of kindness. I just love it when parents allow their children to come by our Farmers Market booth to make purchases by themselves. The parents have realized that we take those children under our wings and feel blessed to have them as customers too. Kids are the best at “the art of tasting” and we love seeing them take it so seriously. We love giving our money, our smiles and our compassion to everyone that we meet!
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No. 6: I Get to Travel

tavel-pictIf you’ve read our blog, you know I love to travel. I love going new places and being the owner of Chocology provides that travel outlet for me. Whether it’s driving to the East End, traveling on the ferry across the Long Island Sound to make deliveries in Connecticut or going cross-country to deliver a check to one of our non-profits, the opportunity to travel keeps life interesting and new every single day.

 


No 7: It provides Freedom and Autonomy

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Most people think that when you own your own business, you get to set your own hours. This is not exactly true. I make myself available to my clients therefore my hours are dictated by the need. However, I do have the flexibility to use creativity to get a job done well and efficiently. People often ask, “How do you manage balance in your life?” My answer: “I don’t. I integrate.” Being with my daughter Madeline and my husband David is very important to me. We’ve learned to integrate our time together as a family while enjoying running the business. And I not only get to be with my daughter while homeschooling, I get to teach her about having a career that you love and doing it with a joyful heart.


No. 8: I can do it all!
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Admittedly, I will welcome the day when our growth allows for more employees and my position will be more of a leadership role. For now, I get the opportunity to run the business both from the front and back end. Creativity, New Products, Website, Social Media, New Client visits, special events – these are the things I love. Bookkeeping – Not so much! Luckily, I love developing both sides of my brain; Analytical and Creative. There are so many facets of my personality and they serve me well in running the business. I need to switch hats quickly from planning and creative thinking to one of analytical and business-minded thinking. One day soon there will be others that can help, but for now I love the constant shifting and maneuvering that my business demands of me.


Overall, the message is that I am so grateful for my life as the owner and Managing Director of Chocology. I feel blessed to come across so many wonderful people out in the world. I love making people happy! The smiles I get to see are the icing on the cake! I love my life and thank all of those that have helped me live out my dream of running a family business.

Posted in Chef Bruno, CHOCOLOGY, ChocologyCares, ENTREPRENAUR, FATASSFUDGE, FINECHOCOLATE, Giving Back, LOVEMYJOB, SHARK TANK

2016 Corporate Gift Guide

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

Nothing says “thank you” like decadent chocolate. That’s why Chocology has prepared some exquisite choices for our corporate clients this year. Chocology realizes the importance of your business relationships and we go the extra mile to show them that you care.

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Posted in chocolategifts, Chocology, CorpGiftGuide, CorporateGifts, finechocolate, Fudge, GiftGuide, GiftsforClients, PerfectGifts

Autumn is Fudge Season

Posted on October 04, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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We love the subtle changes of autumn at Chocology: the crispness in the air, the changing leaves and a hint of the festive holidays to come. The season reminds us of grandmothers working tirelessly in the kitchen, preparing goodies for the celebrations of fall. Popcorn balls, Candied Apples and of course fudge.

Autumn is fudge season and we at Chocology have been testing flavors that we hope will set the stage for all of your fall festivities. Our final products: A quartet of comfort flavors that will enhance your celebrations and have you relaxing into the mood of the season.

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For our pumpkin lovers we have the Fat Ass Pumpkin Pie Butterscotch. Healthy pumpkin accompanied by rich butterscotch and finished with a hint of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

 

 

 

Straight Maple—minus the nuts. For those of you who believe that the nuts just get in the way of the mouth-watering velvet fudge.

 

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Maple and Walnuts make up our Fat Ass Maple Walnut fudge. Loaded with crisp walnuts – you can’t go wrong with this choice!

 

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And finally, rich and creamy caramel mingled with fresh, crunchy pecans to fashion our Fat Ass Caramel Pecan fudge.

In addition to our new fall flavors we have another surprise in store! Send the gift that keeps on giving with our Fat Ass Fudge of the month subscription. Choose a 3 or 6-month subscription and your loved one will receive a Chocology Choice Fat Ass Fudge package each month for as long as the subscription is active. A personalized note can be sent with each gift as well. Even better – your recipient will get to choose their favorite fudge for their last delivery.

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What’s more is that Fat Ass Fudge is the gift that is far reaching. When you place your order, choose one of the Chocology Cares charities and we will give a percentage of the proceeds to your charity of choice. Chocology cares about community and giving back. Your gift subscription says, “I love you” in more ways than one.

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We would be thrilled to have you join us at the Westhampton Harvest Festival or the

Belmont Park Best of New York Fair this autumn to help us usher in another wonderful season. Come by and sample our fudge, do some holiday shopping or just hang out with us!

We hope you have a wonderful autumn season filled with family, friends and chocolate!

 

Posted in Autumn, BelmontPark, Chocology, Fudge, Westhampton

Chocology at the Garden of Eve Garlic Festival

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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Do garlic and chocolate go together? Why, yes they do, thank you very much! In fact, chocolate helps to neutralize garlic breath, believe it or not!

Chocology spent this past weekend at the annual 2-day Garlic Festival held at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm  in Riverhead, New York.  We loved it so much so, we sponsored the garlic-eating contest!  Participants lined up to see who could get the most stinky garlic breath on Long Island.

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A big round of applause goes out to Elizabeth who actually judged the contest and chose the contestant with the stinkiest breath.

 

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Linda, owner of Chocology, didn’t participate in the contest, however she did volunteer to give the winner a big hug!

 

When everyone heard that chocolate neutralizes garlic breath, they headed over for a sample (okay, maybe more than a sample) of chocolate at the Chocology tent. We had so much fun tasting and pairing chocolate with some of the amazing local vendor’s wares.

One of the favorite pairings was Arlotta Lemon Olive Oil drizzled over our white chocolate Fat Ass fudge to make "lemon drops". It was fun watching our taster’s eyes pop when this little delight melted in their mouths. They couldn’t believe how well these two items went together.

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We also paired our 70% dark Fat Ass Fudge with the cabernet from Sannino Vineyard. What a delightful match that made! And we can’t forget the pairing with the Soda Shop Bar-B-Q sauce from the Killer Cook. It was all so much fun, pairing flavors that most of us would never dream would taste well together!

 

It was like walking down memory, watching the children play at the play area where Madeline played as a child. The playground, located directly behind the Chocology tent, ran along the entire backside of the farm. Games, pumpkin pickings, pony rides, face painting and hayrides were just a few of the fun things for kids to do at the Garlic Festival! Linda loved being greeted by the goats each morning when she arrived to set up. Music filled the tent all day long and food demonstrations were happening everywhere. The entire Garlic Festival was such a fun and festive place to be all weekend long.

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We were so pleased to see several of our customers from the Setauket and Port Jefferson Farmers Market! And we were delighted by the two cutest Chocology fans (twins in a stroller) that insisted on stopping by for a taste of fudge!

 

Since this was, after all, a garlic festival, there were so many amazing and unusual garlicky foods. Everything was garden fresh! How about Garlic Soup or Garlic Ice Cream? It was lovely to meet Fred and Sue Forsburg and their daughter Jennifer of Honeyhill Organic Farm, who taught us to use the juice from the scapes (the end of the garlic) to make a dirty martini!

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Roasted garlic is buttery, just like our fudge so we decided to create a dark chocolate cake with a roasted garlic hot fudge sauce. It may sound unusual but everyone thought it was delicious!  You’ll never know until you try.

 

 

 

 

Eve, from you guessed it, the Garden of Eve, said this about the festival:

“We had a great Festival this year, with over 4,000 garlic lovers attending to get garlic for their gardens and stomachs, and a new Garlic Eating Contest record set of 27 cloves in 2 minutes!”

What a whirlwind of a weekend! We had so much fun meeting new people, eating chocolate and garlic and participating in a good ole fashioned farm fun. We can’t wait for next year’s festivities!

 

Posted in Chocology, Fat Ass Fudge, Garden of Eve, Garlic Breath Contest, Garlic Eating Contest, Garlic Festival, Roasted Garlic Hot Fudge Sauce, Sannino Vineyard

Sip, Taste, Sip--The Pindar Wine Shop

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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This past Saturday, twenty-seven people gathered at the Pindar Wine Shop in Port Jefferson to sample the latest collection of fine wines, accompanied by an array of decadent Chocology Chocolates and award winning Fat Ass Fudge. Chocolate and wine! What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon?

The event, of course, was a great success. The Pindar Wine Shop is cozy, intimate and comfortable: the perfect venue for wine and chocolate pairing. Our guests had a fondness for both fine wine and fine chocolate, making the event both tasty and educational.

Before the tasting began, we discussed the key points of similarity in wine and chocolate.

  • Both are made from fruit (the cocoa nibs from which chocolate is made are the seeds of the fruit of the cacao tree).
  • The flavor and aroma yielded by both cacao pod and grape are a function of not only their rootstock, but of their soil, climate, and the weather conditions affecting any single harvest.
  • Both are made from a blend of beans or grapes, each with distinct flavor profiles; and when the product is made from a blend, it adds to the complexity of tastes.
  • As with foods, there are many kinds of chocolate preparations with different flavor profiles; so no one wine is a universal match. While that creates a challenge to find the perfect suitor for a box of assorted chocolates; it also makes it fun to seek your favorite pairings, and test on an ongoing basis which combinations you prefer.

Red Wine CollectionMelissa Martin Director of marketing and hospitality at Pindar organized the event and Jenna and Jenny at Pindar, then presented the wines to be tasted. Linda Johnson, owner of Chocology, served truffles and fudge (on a frozen salt block). (What is a salt block? We’ll tell you more about that next week).

Tasting

Since no two people’s taste buds are exactly the same, discerning which wine will go with which chocolate can feel like a daunting task. There really is no wrong way to do a tasting though. If the flavor pairings work for you, then we say go for it! There are, however, a few guidelines that can help you get the most out of your pairings.

 
  • When pairing wine with chocolate, you can use wines that have the same flavor notes as the chocolate (nutty, cherry, hazelnuts, mint); or look for contrasts. As with food and wine matches, only you decide what works best!
  • Pair chocolate to wines with similar weight - so heavy flavored chocolates with heavy wines; more delicately flavored chocolate with lighter wines.

Most everyone agreed that the favorite pairing on Saturday was the Pythagoras Merlot along with our 88% dark chocolate ganache. We also had great success with these:

  • 2013 Sunflower Chardonnay —Milk Chocolate Ganache or Shangr- La
  • 2014 Moscato (dry white with floral aromas and flavors of orange, peach & apple) —Mimosa Peacock Chardonnay (hints of apple and pear) —5th Avenue
  • Merlot, Pythagoras, —Dark Chocolate Fudge, Heart of the Agean or 88%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon —Raspberry or Dark
  • Rose—CremeBrule
  • Spring Splendor (light blush off-dry Rose of Merlot) —CherryTart

Wine & Glass

The whole experience of pairing fine wines with fine chocolate was exhilarating. We look forward to more pairings at the Pindar Wine Shop! Thank you Pindar for providing a wonderful venue as well as the beautiful wines.

Melissap.s. We are also excited to mention that Melissa Martin is also an author. Her book, Harvest Road, captures the beauty of the Long Island wine country and the intensity of a mysterious love affair. We loved it and can’t wait to read her next novel!

 

Posted in Chocolate, Chocology, FatAssFudge, Harvest Road, Pairings, Pindar, PindarVineyards, PortJefferson, WineandChocoalte

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