Farmer’s Market Chitchat

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

photo-39Lots of discussion and conversation swirls around our booth at the Farmer’s Market each weekend. The most popular topics however seem to veer towards three main themes. White Chocolate, Chocolate Pairings and The Art of Tasting Chocolate. Since a lot of our readers live too far to make it out to our Farmer’s Market weekends, we thought we’d bring the conversation to you! For the next couple of weeks we’ll be writing Farmer’s Market Chitchat. So what do we talk about around the Chocology stand each week? Well, read on to join our Farmer’s Market chitchat!

White Chocolate and Tastings

tastingEvery weekend Chocology offers a tasting of our mouthwatering Fat Ass Fudge to the public at our Farmer’s Markets. Inevitably each week, when we offer our White Chocolate we get at least one, “Eww. . .I don’t like white chocolate!”

With some coaxing and cajoling however, many times we can convince them that Chocology Couverture pure white chocolate isn’t your ordinary white chocolate. Often times, after our customers taste our white chocolate they’re in line the next week with white chocolate at the top of their shopping list.

All white chocolate contains at least twenty percent cocoa butter—our contains 28% cocoa butter. Other ingredients might include sugar, milk and vanilla. Since white chocolate does not contain chocolate paste or cocoa liquor, it isn’t considered a chocolate product. White chocolate can vary greatly depending on the chocolate (Compound vs. Couverture) and ingredients used and the methods with which they are prepared.

photo-41Our white chocolate contains all natural ingredients. Since we use more cocoa butter and less sugar, our white chocolate isn’t as sweet as your typical run of the mill white chocolate, making it smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Our mixing and tempering practices enhance the flavor and texture of our white chocolate making even the most finicky chocolate connoisseur fall in love at first bite.

Our White Chocolate Fudge Comments

“Wow! This tastes super amazing, it’s so creamy and not too sweet.”

“I’ve never been a fan of white chocolate, but I”m starting to think differently, thank you for the tasting!”

“This is VERY good and it tastes incredible. Hands down the best white chocolate I’ve ever had.”

Our Farmer’s Markets are great fun and so informal. Conversations abound as people gather around to taste, pair and join in the chocolate extravaganza! Do you like white chocolate? Have you tried Chocology White Fudge? We invite you to join the conversation via the comments section, Facebook or Twitter. You don’t have to be at our Farmer’s Markets to be in on the fun Farmer’s Market chitchat!

photo-38Next week we’ll be writing about: Chocolate Pairings. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever paired with chocolate? Join us next week and find out what we pair with at our Farmer’s Market.

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Chocology Rocks the Weekend!

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 4.29.44 PMOur little company was a rocking chocolate machine this past weekend. With all hands on deck we managed to be in several places – all at the same time.

With three farmers markets plus a four-day weekend music festival, Chocology wielded chocolate like the pros! What fun we had making connections with people and introducing the art of tasting chocolate.

Our weekend actually started the week before in our commercial kitchen, producing three hundred pounds of our Fat Ass Fudge. Madeline and Grandma worked tirelessly around the clock assembling boxes for the fudge, while Linda performed her magic with sweets. By Wednesday, twelve hundred boxes of fudge were ready to go along with boxes of our decadent truffles.

Whole Foods Market Flyer

 

With six workers in tow, our weekend started Thursday at the Whole Foods Lake Grove Farmers Market where we reunited with old customers and met some new ones. David took off from his corporate job to assist his family in the business of chocolate for the long weekend.

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready for Festival

Immediately following the Farmer’s Market, we headed out to our tent for the opening of the Great South Bay Music Festival. We were surrounded by three stages while people young and old flocked out to hear emerging artists and their favorite bands. This was Madeline’s first outdoor concert and while setting up she got to hear Colbie Caillat and Rachael Platten soundcheck before their concerts—tough job but someone’s got to do it!

 

 

Our Set Up at FestivalOur Fat Ass Fudge signs made people smile (and even laugh out loud) and our “Don’t Chew, Don’t Swallow” banners peeked their interest. Lines of people crowded around for our Art of Tasting presentations. Pairing our chocolates with wine, many of the Blue Point Brewery’s award winning creations and even CIGARS made our offerings interesting and unique, and helped us to sell out of all of our wares throughout the weekend!

 

 

 

Port JeffersonMeanwhile on Friday, David tended to our customers at the East Setauket Farmers Market before closing up and joining Linda and team at the festival. Saturday, Linda, David and team worked the festival together. On Sunday, David served the customers at our Port Jefferson Farmers Market and then joined Linda for the close of the festival.

 

 

 

Chocology CaresTo sweeten the pot even further, we were honored to raise money for charities in our Chocology Cares campaign. We look forward to continuing to give back to these organizations with each fudge sale we complete.

 

 

 

 

We learned so much about running an event of this magnitude and plan to implement what we’ve learned at future events. For instance, instead of giving all of the fudge choices at once, we learned to have people choose dark, white or cappuccino. Then we would offer the varieties in those categories, making it easier for our lines to move fluidly and providing an overall easier experience for our customers. It’s all about education and while we are educating the public we are also educating ourselves

It was an exhilarating weekend for us all. Starting our days at 5 a.m. throughout the weekend was a challenge and manning our various events felt like a whirlwind, but in the end we felt that we had fulfilled our mission ~ to educate and share our love of chocolate with the world. What fun it was to be in an atmosphere of celebration for four straight days. By Sunday evening we were all tired but so proud to have been a part of sharing a weekend with so many beautiful people, wonderful music and of course chocolate.

If you were at any of our events this weekend, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter. Here’s to people, fun, chocolate and long weekends!

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Birthday Thank You's and Winner! Plus - Brownie Recipes. . .

Posted on October 13, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

Thank YouWhat a wonderful week! I want to thank all of you who helped make my birthday so very special by sharing Chocology with your family and friends! All the birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter, private messages, Linkedin and Instagram made me smile too. Chocolate lovers are GREAT people! Our Happy Birthday to Me contest was a big hit! Thank you ALL for participating. Chocology would like to congratulate Ted Cart for winning the 24-piece box of Chocology chocolates. And since we had so many entries, we've added a second prize. Gretchen Ting, you've won a Chocology Gift Certificate in the amount of $27.50. Thank you Ted and  Gretchen for helping us spread the word. Be sure to contact me within 48 hours so that we can get you your prizes. [caption id="attachment_512" align="aligncenter" width="300"]24 piece chocology box A Full Box of Decadence - From the 24-Piece Chocology Collection[/caption] In keeping with all of the chocolate celebrations this month, we thought we would gift everyone with a couple of our favorite brownie recipes! The first is a grain-free low-sugar recipe that is to die for. Originally posted by PaleOMG, it is our go to recipe when we want something healthy and sweet.   [caption id="attachment_495" align="alignleft" width="300"]Paleo OMG Brownie SWEET POTATO BROWNIES[/caption]          

1 sweet potato 3 eggs, whisked ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted ⅓ cup raw honey ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon cinnamon pinch of salt ½ cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

Bake the sweet potato. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees, use a fork to puncture holes all around it, then throw in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Once your sweet potato is soft and cooked through, peel off the skin and mash it up in a bowl. Turn your oven down to 350 degrees.

 Add your wet ingredients: eggs, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla to the bowl and mix together.

Then add your dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips.

 Mix well.

Pour into an 8×8 glass baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Let rest to cool a bit.

If you’re looking for a decadent, super easy recipe for brownies, our favorite is right off the back of the Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate box. One-bowl brownies are so simple to make; you can be eating this sweet treat within 40 minutes, start to finish! We substitute chocolate chips in place of nuts (of course we do, we LOVE chocolate). So, if you’re feeling a bit wicked, whip out your ONE bowl and make a batch of these. They’re sure to please all those chocoholics in your family!   [caption id="attachment_496" align="alignleft" width="224"]Brownies ONE BOWL BROWNIES[/caption]                  

1 pkg.  (4 oz.) BAKER'S Unsweetened Chocolate ¾ cup  butter or margarine 2 cups  sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp.  vanilla 1 cup  flour 1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

HEAT oven to 350°F.

LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray foil with cooking spray.

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and chocolate chips; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely. Use foil handles to remove brownies from pan before cutting to serve.

If you try one of these recipes, please tell us about it. Did you make them both? Which was your favorite? Please share with us in the comments section here or on our Facebook Page or take a picture and send it to us on Instagram! We'd love to hear all about it. Thanks again to everyone who participated in our Happy Birthday to Me Give Away! Stay tuned for more contests in the near future. We appreciate your support!

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Does Chocolate Increase Happiness and Productivity?

Posted on July 29, 2014 by 66739222 | 0 Comments

chocolate productivityAt Chocology, research is one of our top priorities. Since we want to learn all there is to know about chocolate and pass that knowledge on to you, we’re always on the lookout for new chocolate covered theories. We recently heard that chocolate might play a role in helping people achieve higher levels of productivity. Well. . . at the very least, it might make people happier and then stimulate more productivity. In any case, a study organized by three university researchers, Andrew J. Oswald, Eugenio Proto, and Daniel Sgroi, set out to prove that happy people are more productive. You can find a full version of their paper entitled “Happiness and Productivity” here. You’re welcome to read the full report, but basically the trio compiled four control groups to study whether happiness had an effect on productivity. Two groups were shown funny comedian clips, one group was given free fruit, chocolate and drinks and the fourth group was asked to talk about a recent tragedy in their personal lives. All of the groups were then asked to complete standardize math quizzes to determine if the comedy or food improved their productivity in these tasks. The three groups that were given incentives did much better on the quizzes while the control group that talked about their misfortunes did worse. In fact, the happy producing incentives raised productivity by an average of 12%. Google is probably the most well known company to offer an array of workplace perks. It has been voted the best company to work for by Fortune.com for the last five years and productivity at Google has increased by 37% since these perks have been implemented. The driving force seems to be that the happier people are, the more productive they are. So, how does this relate specifically to chocolate? Well, at Chocology we believe that chocolate does raise happiness levels. We know scientifically that it activates the pleasure centers in our brain. History tells us that people through the ages have consumed it for it’s medicinal and mood elevating properties. In only stands to reason that if we eat chocolate, we become just a little bit happier, at least for the moments that we’re eating it. If the study by Oswald, Proto and Sgroi is accurate, then consuming chocolate should increase our productivity! It might be a stretch, but it’s a stretch we’re willing to make. Chocolate won’t hurt you and it just might make you happier and more productive. It’s certainly worth a try! How about you? Do you think chocolate increases happiness? Could happiness increases productivity? Have you seen incidents in which happiness increased productivity in your life? Comment here or join us on Facebook and let us know what you think. Since we’re talking about research, what kinds of things would you like to know about chocolate? Give us some ideas and we may choose it as one of our research projects for a future blog post.

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Want Some Chocolate With That Wine?

Posted on July 21, 2014 by 66739222 | 0 Comments

chocolate-wine For the past few weeks, Chocology has been researching and testing all types of chocolate pairings. Champagne, wine, cheese, coffee, fruit and even beer have enriched our chocolate tasting experiences and helped us learn more about how to mix and match our favorite treats. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Recently, we’ve coupled some of our unique Chocology chocolates with red wine. What a combination! With all of this coupling and pairing, we’ve uncovered a few simple tips for pairing wine with chocolate. Of course we wanted to share. Here are a few basics to consider when combining wine and chocolate.

Chocolates with lower cacao contents pair well with lighter wines such as a chardonnay, sherry or dessert wine.

Dark or bittersweet chocolates pair well with a fuller body wine. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Merlot are good selections when your chocolate of choice has a higher cacao content.

A good rule of thumb is to choose wines that are a bit sweeter than the chocolate you are going to taste.

Select quality chocolate, with impeccable origins and superb manufacturing practices.

In a wine tasting, it is customary to start with the lightest wines first and work your way up to the more robust reds. When pairing chocolate and wine, start with the lighter cacao content and work your way to the denser dark chocolates.

Cream and filled chocolates will have a delectable impact on the wine you are drinking. A boutique box of chocolates will pair well with wines that enhance the same flavors in the wine.

Match your wines and chocolates by color for a fun pairing experience.

Have fun and experiment! There’s no wrong way to pair. If you like it, then it’s right!

Wine-Chocolate-Line up With those guidelines in mind, let’s have a sneak peak at the Chocology chocolates we feel will pair well with that bottle of red wine you’ve been saving in your pantry.
 

Heart of the Agean 1Heart Of the Agean

UB40 1UB40  

Cherry Tart 1Cherry Tart

Bittersweet RaspberryBittersweet Raspberry


Would you like to help us name this Chocology four piece collection that goes so well with red wine? Share your name ideas in the comment section and we’ll consider it. We can’t wait to share our exquisite chocolates with you. Chocology will be launching the North American website soon and these and many other assortments will be available. Until then, try this recipe for dark chocolate mousse. It’s sure to create a perfect wine/chocolate pairing for this evening’s dinner.  
 

Intense Dark Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

2/3 cup (160 ml) Fresh Cream

150 Gram Dark Chocolate Bar

3 Medium Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 TBL Sugar

Unsweetened dark Cocoa Powder (for dusting)

Directions Heat the cream in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer through for a few minutes. Do not allow overheating or boiling. Break up the chocolate bar and add to the cream. Stir a few times until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool. Separate the eggs. Whisk the whites with the sugar until soft peaks form. When the chocolate mixture has cooled, in a small bowl, beat the egg yolks. Add very small amounts of the chocolate mixture to the yolks, beating constantly so the egg yolks don’t scramble. Add enough chocolate to the yolks to make it look chocolaty. Add the egg yolk mixture back into the chocolate mixture and stir. Fold in the egg whites. Continue folding until all is mixed well. Pour into ramekins. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to set. Dust with dark cocoa powder right before serving. Serves 5
When you try this recipe, please let us know what you thought and what wine you paired it with. We would love to hear your suggestions for chocolate and wine pairing as well. We’re always looking for more ideas. Leave us a comment or visit us on Facebook to share your thoughts.

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