Wedding Favors that Give Back

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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Ah. . . Weddings. Everyone loves them. We at Chocology appreciate the thought that goes into planning this once in a lifetime special day. From choosing the dress to developing the menu, we understand that everything should be perfect on your wedding day. Chocology is honored to say that we’ve helped countless couples do just that.

Imagine this. Your guest arrives in anticipation of your celebration. They are honored to bear witness to one of the most significant days of your life. As the celebration ensues, he or she is presented with a gift from you. A gift that not only will please the palette but that also gives back to the community. Your attention to detail and your desire to use your celebration to help others is touching. They remember why they love you so much.

Chocology’s Fat Ass Fudge will not only delight each of your guests with it’s comical name and decadent, mouthwatering flavor, it will also charm your guests with sentimentality.

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Our unique fudge is made with goat’s milk and butter, fine Belgian chocolate and our secret ingredient: LOVE. With flavors like Dark Chocolate Mink, Soft Caramel Fudge, S’mores and more, there’s a flavor to match all discerning palettes. Our fudge favors are not only tasty but socially conscious as well.

With each order of Fat Ass Fudge you will 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. Have you worked together as a couple for a special organization? Why not honor them at your wedding with wedding favors that give back.

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Perhaps you want to pay homage to a grandmother or special family member? Has an organization helped them in some way? Chocology would love to give back to those organizations, in your name. What a sweet way to give back!

Don’t forget to let your guests know that their special wedding favor is far reaching and keeps on giving. As they delight in the taste of our Fat Ass Fudge they’ll know that someone, somewhere is benefiting from every bite.

These fudgy favors are not just for weddings either. Consider them for gifts at the holidays, corporate meetings, birthday parties and more. For every order of Fat Ass Fudge, you have the opportunity to give back. Choose your own charity or choose one that Chocology supports in our Chocology Cares Campaign.

Let’s change the world one bite at a time. We are honored to serve you on your special day. Let’s serve the world together.

 

~ The Chocology Team

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter Extravaganza

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

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Whew! What a weekend it was for Chocology. From coast to coast, everyone on the Chocology team had lots of chocolaty hands in some awesome Easter goodness.

First off, Madeline, our Chief Creative Officer (and Linda’s daughter), dressed as the Easter bunny, made an appearance at Atria, the senior living community in Port Jefferson, New York. With a wide smile and big floppy ears, our Easter Bunny delivered hugs and Chocology goodies to all of our senior friends and their families. The smiles were contagious! Young and old alike made memories they will cherish for years. We were so excited to be a part of the Easter celebrations at Atria this year!

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Then, across the country on the West Coast, our team in California was honored to participate with our charity partner, Operation Freedom Paws, on their community annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The entire community showed up, including their veterans, their families and of course their service dogs.

 

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Operation Freedom Paws supplied plastic eggs filled with goodies and the kids set off on their Easter egg hunt extravaganza. All veterans were gifted a copy of Mannheim Steamroller’s cd entitled, “Spirit of America.” And of course, all of the service dogs were rewarded with doggie treats contributed by yours truly. The kids, veterans and dogs supplied the smiles, fun and laughter – the most important ingredient for a successful event!

 

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who made these events possible this weekend. We are honored to work with such great people!

A special thanks goes out to our team of volunteers in San Francisco who radiate the Chocology spirit and personality and who made each and every attendee feel special.

We also want to extend our gratitude to Manheim Steamroller for donating the cd’s to all of the service men and women who have made great sacrifices to make this country great!

Manheim CDWe appreciate all of the photos that were sent in as well. If you have photos from any of the past weekend Chocology events, please send them over to Linda@chocologyunlimited.com. We can ALWAYS use more photos.

We hope you all had a happy and healthy Easter as well!

 

~The Chocology Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#ChocologyCares ~ Easter

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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Do you remember the Chocology Gives Back Road Trip that we took almost a year ago? We sure do! From April 17 to May 15, 2015, Madeline and I drove coast to coast with a focus on giving back to the community. We had so much fun and met so many wonderful people along the way.

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When Madeline and I got the opportunity during our trip to tour the Mannheim Steamroller studios and meet Chip Davis, the genius behind this musical wonder, we jumped on it! Seeing Mannheim Steamroller in concert has been a Christmas tradition with the Johnson family for many years and meeting Chip was a dream come true for us. Their inspiring music along with their “give back” mentality attracted us right away, so we weren’t going to pass on this opportunity! Not to mention, we had to ask about the origins of their song “Chocolate Fudge” played on their album entitled, Fresh Aire.

The studio was magnificent! It felt like home as soon as we walked in. The atmosphere was friendly and respectful and it felt as though everyone we met was genuinely glad to see us. It didn’t take us long to realize that the team behind the scenes works in just as much harmony as the band. All of the staff, from the receptionist to Chip Davis himself, was a delight and we enjoyed our visit very much!

In our interview with Chip, we learned that he is passionate about helping military service people and veterans. He believes that much like life, music is a gift, and he has truly given the gift of music to our service men, women and veterans. In the “A Million Reasons to Be Thankful” campaign, Mannheim Steamroller gave away 1 million Christmas CD’s to U.S. Troops domestically and in foreign countries! Now that is what we call giving back!

And. . . we found out that the song “Chocolate Fudge” follows “Prelude” on the Fresh Aire album. “Prelude” starts out gentle and classical. After the first few notes of “Chocolate Fudge” however, things start to pick up and the music is transformed into the musical wonder that is Mannheim Steamroller. We love that Chip chose the name “Chocolate Fudge” to signal the beginning of the transition from classical to modern.

Since Mannheim Steamroller and Chocology both agree that giving back to our communities is where it’s at, we were so excited to get an opportunity to collaborate with them for the Easter egg hunt hosted by Operation Freedom Paws this weekend. Operation Freedom Paws, if you remember, is one of Chocology’s #Chocologycares organizations.  Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans and others with disabilities to live a quality life by teaching them to train their own dogs, and certifying them as service dog teams.

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Chocology will be donating a huge Easter basket for the event. We will also be represented there with Fat Ass fudge samples for everyone and doggie treats for our furry friends. Mannheim Steamroller is teaming up with us to donate 90 of their American Spirit CD’s to the veterans at Operation Freedom Paws. It’s so exciting to have the chance to work with Mannheim Steamroller for this event. We are truly grateful to have such wonderful partners on this chocolate journey!

We hope that you and yours have a wonderful Easter holiday this weekend ~ filled with fun, family, friends and chocolate, of course!

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Chocoholics Unite ~ National Chocolate-Caramel Day

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

Do you know the significance of March 19th? It’s National Chocolate-Caramel Day and you can bet we’ll be celebrating at Chocology.

Who doesn’t love the ooey, gooey merging of chocolate and caramel? It’s a tried and true combination and certainly deserves recognition in a big way. No wonder it has it’s own national holiday!

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At Chocology, we recognize that chocolate and caramel deserve a special place in our line of gourmet chocolate treats. Have you tried our sweet and rich caramel fudge?  Our Milk Chocolate Caramel goat's milk fudge is one of our most popular flavors. Goat's milk and goat's butter fudge is extra creamy and melts like a chocolate dream in your mouth.  And don’t forget our artisan milk chocolate ganache truffles. No matter how you slice it, there’s no denying that chocolate and caramel make great companions.

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We want to celebrate with you! For every order placed this week, we’ll send along a complimentary treat sized sampler of our caramel fudge. What better way to celebrate than to share with you, our valued customers?

We hope you are enjoying the updated website and blog. To stay up to date on all things chocolate don’t forget to follow us on TwitterInstagram or Facebook. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to get Chocology Today delivered right to your inbox.

What is your favorite chocolate holiday? We’d love to know your preference! Let’s stay in touch!

~ The Chocology Team

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Chocolate Glossary

Posted on March 02, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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We’ve learned so much about chocolate since embarking on our Chocology journey. Everything we learn, of course, enhances our chocolate products. But we also love sharing what we learn with you, our customers.

About a year and a half ago, we shared some terms we were learning about chocolate in our chocolatier course. Since then, we’ve learned a whole lot more.

We thought it fitting to pass that knowledge on to you! Ever heard the word “bloom” when referring to chocolate? How about “Couverture” or “Theobromine”? Read on to learn more about one of the world’s favorite foods. . .Chocolate!


 

CHOCOLATE COVERED GLOSSARY

BLOOM

Also called fat bloom—A dull, white film appearing on the surface of chocolate. This is either due to re-crystallised sugar, caused by excess humidity, or fat caused by temperature fluctuations. Neither of these have much affect on the taste.

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate is the product that is made from the roasted seeds of cocoa pods. The seeds are ground and processed into either liquid or solid forms and then mixed with sugar, vanilla, lecithin and other flavorings to form ‘chocolate’.  Having been consumed in liquid form for thousands of years, it has only been eaten in solid forms since 1847.

COUVERTURE

Chocolate containing at least 32% cocoa butter. The high cocoa butter content can make the chocolate taste better in your mouth (more about that later) and produce a more satiny finish for a beautiful chocolate. Couverture comes from the French word couvrir - to coat or cover and is pronounced koo-vehr-TYOOR. Sometimes referred to as fondant chocolate.

ENROBING

The thin, hard covering of an enrobed bonbon.  This is the term used to describe the method of coating hand-formed or moulded interiors, with a thin coat of chocolate.

GANACHE

A smooth combination of chocolate and cream or butter, or both. Ganache has many uses, and forms the essential foundation for chocolate truffles, where it is combined with anything from liqueurs, nuts or fruits to spices or herbs.

LECITHIN

A natural product derived from the soybean that acts as an emulsifier in the manufacture of chocolate.

MARZIPAN

A sweet paste made from a combination of finely ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Marzipan can be flavored and is often colored to produce traditional ‘marzipan fruits’.

MILK CHOCOLATE

Contains at least 10% chocolate liquor. Other ingredients include sugar, lecithin, milk or cream powder, and spices such as vanilla

ROASTING

This is the first step in producing chocolate from cocoa beans. The heating process, typically around 30 minutes, develops the flavor and aroma of the cocoa beans before they are ground.

SNAP

The clean crisp sound made when chocolate is broken. A clean ‘snap’ indicates a high cocoa content and a well tempered chocolate.

THEOBROMA CACAO

The scientific name for the cocoa tree. The tree that produces the cacao pod (cabosse) with its cocoa beans (seeds) inside.  A combination of the ancient Greek word ‘theobroma’ meaning ‘food of the gods’ and the old Aztec word ‘cacahuatl’ which the Spanish invaders called ‘cocoa’.

THEOBROMINE

Theobromine, along with caffeine, is a stimulant and one of the many compounds that are found in chocolate.


 

We hope you learned something about chocolate this week! Be sure to check back with us next week to see what we have cooking up for Easter!

~ The Chocology Team

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Chocology ...About Us

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 1 Comment

  

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Often times I’m asked, “How did Chocology come about? What made you want to work in chocolate?”

I’d love to say, I’ve dreamed of becoming a chocolatier since I was a babe. I’m afraid my story is a bit more meandering than that, though.

While I loved working in the kitchen with my mom as a girl, the thought of working professionally with chocolate never crossed my mind. I was a late bloomer and marched to the beat of a different drum than most.  I was late by most standards to marriage; late to motherhood. But one thing that was always apparent was my desire to help people. To make them feel good about themselves and the world.  My joy was to bring a different perspective to those around me and to make the world a little brighter; A little sparklier; A little more fun.

When I started out in the corporate world, I rarely had a traditional position. My desire to help people must have been evident. My employers always knew I genuinely cared and would do the job well. I was the first Senior Customer Service Representative at Sprint and when I moved into sales, was the number one sales representative in revenue retention. I like to think that my success was attributed to my desire to bring great customer service to the table every single day.

After I married and had my daughter my job became being a full time mom. It’s the best job I’ve ever had! My quirkiness and ability to see different perspectives led me to homeschool Madeline, our Chief Creative Director here at Chocology. Bringing joy and fun into her life was now my dream and vocation.

My fathers passing in 2007 had a deeply profound affect on the way I see life and pushed me to look at life from a different perspective yet again. I realized that I had something in me that wanted to be born into the world. But what?

As much as I’d loved the corporate world, it didn’t align with my vision of being a homeschooling mom and I wasn’t willing to give that up.  So I began making lists of the things I loved doing, things that even if I never earned money from, were important to me and would give me a sense of making a difference in the world.

What surfaced for me over and over again were my love of family, travel and volunteer work. I was doing these things to some degree, of course, but my heart was yearning for more. Could I take these desires and maximize them to create the life that I was yearning for?

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In 2011, I packed Madeline up in the car and we traveled cross-country to meet and interview people who inspired us. We met authors, philanthropist, and others who had made a positive impact on our lives.  I still didn’t know what I wanted to do “when I grew up” but was open and willing for something to be revealed.

 

The road trips became a thing with Madeline and I. We took another one in 2013 to meet several of Madeline’s online friends across the country. And in 2014, it hit me. I love bringing joy to others. Madeline loves chocolate and so do I. Heck, doesn’t everyone? Let’s start a chocolate company!

screen-shot-2014-04-27-at-11-53-16-amThe rest is history I guess you could say. We boarded a plane immediately for Belgium in early 2014, to go study chocolate from the greatest. It was a great education for Madeline and a great bonding period for both of us. I became a professional chocolatier through classes with Ecole Chocolat and then launched Chocology in September 2014.

 

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Chocology is a blend of all of my past experiences. We value seeing things from different perspectives, promoting education, building strong and lasting relationships, extending kindness and giving back.  This way of doing business was built upon the past accumulation of all of the things that were most important to me. And Madeline has been right by my side the entire way. It is my pleasure to serve people through chocolate. Chocolate has a way of bringing the best out in everyone.

 

When I think about why I love what I do so much, it has nothing to do with the end result. It’s the people we meet along the way, who all have a story. As Madeline often says, “Mama, we meet the best people!” And she is right. We do.

Dreams don’t come true in a day. Sometimes not in a week or even years. My wish is that my story will inspire others to stay true to themselves and keep digging to find that one thing that lights them up. I sure did and am excited to be on this chocolate covered adventure with YOU!

A few mantras I have adopted to help me along the way. Perhaps they’ll become yours as well.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

I am paid in proportion to the amount of service I am to you.

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

~ Linda Johnson, Managing Director of Chocology

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Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Linda Johnson | 0 Comments

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Recently, Chocology had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie Sorkin, a children's book author, to talk about her book "Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces". Don't you just love the name?

We are proud to offer the book amongst our Chocology Display at Lavender Fields in Port Jefferson, New York. Copies can also be purchase at bookstores across the country as well as on Amazon.

We love the book so much, that we will be hosting a reading of the book at the kindergarten class that Madeline attended many years ago. Along with the book reading, we will be offering all types of chocolate fun and activities to the children there.

One of the things we love most about Stephanie is that she's all about giving back to the community. Read on to find out more about how you can help others with the purchase of "Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces".

A Chocolate Interview with author, Stephanie Sorkin

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What inspired you to write "Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces"?

I was inspired to write “Chocolate Shoes” by my love of whimsical children’s literature. I love to think of silly things that could happen, and turn them into stories for children to enjoy. And what could be more fun than wearing chocolate shoes?

Where do you come up with your ideas?

I come up with my ideas 24 hours a day, in various ways. For example, when I came up with the idea for my book, “Nutley, the Nut-free Squirrel” it started as a bedtime story for my daughter. My kids loved it and I just knew that it would be a hit with children everywhere! I came up with the idea for “Frenemy Jane, the Sometimes Friend” based on a true story and real events. I have a number of other storylines that I’m currently working on with ideas that I got from observations in the classroom, along with silly add- ons to make the stories funny.

How did you get started as a writer?

I’d like to say that I got started as a writer the minute that I learned to write. I loved to put my thoughts on paper and rhyme at a very early age. I take great pleasure in bringing a book that I made as a child to my present day school visits. It’s a story about a frog that felt different from the other frogs. It’s held together by ribbon and my mom drew the pictures! I love that it inspires the kids to follow their dreams when they see that I started as a child. My start professionally came with my book “Nutley”. I was so anxious to share my story with the world that I sat at the computer and simply googled “SELF PUBLISHING”. I researched a few companies and ultimately got incredibly lucky when I chose the publisher Mascot Books. They delivered a high quality book that has held its own in a very competitive market.

Tell us 3 crazy things about yourself!

Hmmmm.....only 3 things?
1) I worked for the NBA. I love basketball as much as I love to write. Aside from being a      children’s book author, it was my dream job.
2) I’m very superstitious
3) I want to keep every greeting card that I ever receive. 

Favorite Quotes

I LOVE quotes! I post one almost every day on my Twitter account (@stephsorkin)
I have so many favorites, it’s hard to narrow it down!!!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. “ ~Maya Angelou

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Time will pass anyway.” ~Earl Nightingale

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” ~Vince Lombardi

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ~Anne Frank

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Best and Worst part of being a writer

The best part of being it writer is having a place to channel my creativity. To take my ideas and share them for others is very gratifying. To think that children get to read my books over and over just for fun is incredible. My favorite part of my job is visiting schools to discuss the writing process and the importance of creativity.

The worst part of being a writer is that many of my friends and family don’t think that I work! As my job is not your typical 9-5 office job, it’s difficult to explain my day to day schedule, as it varies. I do wish that I only worked 8 hours a day! Working from home is not easy, as there are multiple distractions. I have to stay very focused to get everything done!

My Madeline is in the middle of writing her first novel. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

My advice to your daughter is in a quote from Diane Sawyer. “Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.” I couldn’t have said it better myself and find this to be so motivational for young people looking to enter any competitive field, especially writing. I remember standing in the children’s book section of Barnes and Noble, completely overwhelmed. It was just weeks before my book Nutley was being published. I wondered how I would sell any books with all of the competition out there. The truth is, if you have a great product, believe in yourself and work hard, you will have no choice but to be successful.

I’d also tell your daughter that writing the book is the easy part. She can pursue mainstream publishing but we now live in an age where self-publishing and self- promotion are no longer frowned upon. She should know that there are many unconventional, yet effective ways to do both.

You donate a portion of the proceeds made from the book. How and why did you choose this organization?

I love to give back to charities that support children so choosing “Soles4Souls” was easy. With my book being about Chocolate Shoes, choosing a charity in which shoes are distributed to those in need seemed like the perfect match. I’m honored to be a part of their mission.

 

Do you like chocolate?

I absolutely LOVE Chocolate!! I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could! I love to go to chocolate stores and buy gourmet chocolate in all shapes and sizes, but you could also find me in CVS buying Hershey kisses!

Where can we buy your books?

My books are sold in bookstores, toy stores and children’s boutiques but the quickest way to find them is online on Amazon.com or ChocologyUnlimited.com

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