What 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
, private messages, Linkedin
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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!
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ONE BOWL BROWNIES[/caption]
1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S Unsweetened Chocolate
¾ cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
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!
I love birthdays, don’t you? My birthday is October 8 and I would love to include my loyal readers and customers in the celebration! I have so much to be thankful for, and to show my gratitude, I want to do a big birthday giveaway!
I truly believe that I was meant to work in the Chocolate industry. No wonder I’m so passionate about chocolate--It seems to be a very chocolaty month... Did you know that Chocolate week
is celebrated in the UK on October 13 through October 19? And there’s Chocolate Cupcake day
on October 18 as well as The Chocolate Show
– London October 17th
through the 19th
. And let’s not forget that Halloween is in October and full of chocolate goodness! AND – The National Chemistry Week’s
theme this year is, yep, CANDY.
So with my birthday festivities, combined with all of this chocolate celebration, how would you like to win a 24-piece
fresh box of delectable scrumptious chocolate from our Chocology collection? YOU could be our lucky birthday celebration winner!
Plus, we are extending a 15% discount on all of our chocolates this week (October 7 through October 14) to everyone! Don’t miss this opportunity to visit our website and get your discount.
Here’s how to be sure you’re entered to win:
You can enter as many times as you like. Each time you do one of the following, your name goes in the hat again.
Be a subscriber to this blog, Chocology Today. Not a subscriber? It’s easy. Just type in your email address in that handy "follow" button to the right and you’re in! Subscribing to the blog puts your name in the hat one time!--Get one (1) point!
Share THIS blog with your friends--Get one (1) point!
Share THIS giveaway with your friends using the social media buttons at the bottom of this post--Get one (1) point!
LIKE this post and leave a comment--Get one (1) point!
Buy a box of chocolates on our website at chocologyunlimited.com Don’t forget, you get a 15% discount this week--Get two (2) points!
The more you share the better your chances of winning! Winner will be announced on the blog, October 14, 2014. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen, so be sure to check our blog next week to see if YOU are the lucky winner!
I’m so excited to be celebrating my birthday with all of YOU! Thank you for helping us spread the word.
On your mark. . .Get set. . . Go!
And, Good Luck!
~ Linda Johnson
Everyone loves chocolate. This is evident in both movies and television. We thought it would be fun to relive some of our favorite scenes together in this weeks Chocology blog.
Disclaimer: These video clips may prompt uncontrollable cravings for chocolate!
One of the most famous (and hilarious) scenes of all time involving chocolate has to be the scene in the I Love Lucy series, where Lucy and Ethel get jobs in a chocolate factory.
And what about that famous line in Forest Gump? Do you remember it? If not, here’s a refresher:
Remember when Johnny Depp licks his fingers after Juliette Binoche guesses his favorite chocolate in the movie Chocolat? Just about any scene from this movie could be included here, but we thought this one was pretty good.
On this episode of Friends, things get a bit out of hand when Monica tries to impress her neighbors by making candy.
We hope you enjoyed these clips. Chocolate is so universal that even the movie makers like to include it in their story lines. Check out Rotten Tomatoes
for more chocolate covered movie themes.
We probably could have included countless others in our collection here, but we want to hear from you!
What is your favorite chocolate scene from a movie or television show? We’d love to know what it is! Share it with us in the comments section or on Facebook
. Who knows? We might include it in an upcoming blog post! And don't forget to check out our website
for some delectible chocolates you might enjoy at your next movie night!
“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me” ~ Jill Jackson Miller
Sunday, September 21, was International Day of Peace
. The day was set aside by the United Nations in 1982, in hopes of promoting tranquility among nations and spreading the message that peace is vital to human rights and happiness.
Many countries, cities and neighborhoods celebrated with festivals, peaceful gatherings and quiet meditation. Others perhaps just paused and reflected on the possibility of a more peaceful world.
So, what did Chocology do for International Day of Peace? Well, we celebrated with chocolate of course!
Madeline and I came up with the idea to share chocolate and the message of peace by making chocolate peace pops. This was our first real project with Chocology Kids
, a division of Chocology that we are looking forward to developing.
We headed to the kitchen and made 100 lollipops in the shapes of peace signs. Our idea was to mail fifty boxes to family, friends and colleagues. We even mailed one to the United Nations!
Included in our Peace boxes were the following:
2 Chocolate Peace Pops that Madeline and I made. One to eat-One to share
A bag of moldable chocolate
A set of four peace pop candy molds
Instructions on what to do – One set written by Madeline (the easy version) and one set written by Linda (The more detailed version)
The instructions were to keep one of the already made peace pops and share the other with someone else. We encouraged our friends to use the molds and the chocolate to make even more Peace Pops and share them in their communities.
The feedback was wonderful. Many of the people who received our chocolates became aware of International Day of Peace for the first time. Some were inspired to gather groups of kids to make lots of chocolate peace pops to share in their neighborhoods. Madeline and I made extra chocolate pops, and then hit the streets on Sunday to pass them out to neighboring businesses and strangers. Madeline passed them after her violin lesson they made everyone smile.
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Madeline making Peace Pops in New York[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in Texas[/caption]
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Peace Pops Made in Texas[/caption]
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Caleb and Lucy set out to spread a little Peace in the neighborhood.[/caption]
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Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
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Making Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption]
We at Chocology love sharing chocolate. We especially love promoting peace and tranquility in the world. Combining our love of chocolate along with our passion for a peaceful world made for a very gratifying experience. We hope it inspired others to share a smile, a chocolate or just become more aware of what they can do to promote peace in their family, communities and world. Sometimes all we need is a new perspective to make the world a kinder more gentler place.
So what did you all do for International Day of Peace? We’d love to hear about it. Join us on Facebook
and share a bit about how you strive to bring about peace in your world. And if you received one of our Peace boxes, we'd love to receive your pictures with a note about your experience with International Day of Peace. And remember to check out our website
for delicious chocolates that you can share all year long.
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Lego Peace Sign made from 10,000 Legos by Madeline, Linda and David. Now on display at the Dusty Attic in Port Jefferson, New York.[/caption]
Did you know that September 21 is the official United Nations International Day of Peace
? Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. We at Chocology have plans to pause on September 21 and reflect on ways that we can promote peace in our world.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
One way to promote world peace is to do what we love doing. When we do what we love, we feel more peaceful and tend to radiate equanimity to everyone around us. Since chocolate is our passion, we at Chocology feel that living our dream and sharing what we do with the world is one way that we can promote peace.
Since we care deeply about our customers and strive to deliver the best possible product, with customer service at the forefront of our mission, we hope that we inspire peaceful transactions and happy customers. In turn, we hope that when our customers receive our chocolates that they feel just a little more harmony in their hearts as well.
When we share our chocolate passions, whether that’s through education, blogging or selling
our chocolates, we strive to transmit joy to those who follow us. Our goal is to not only sell chocolates but to educate and bring people together through an age-old delicacy that everyone loves.
We hope that you’ll take a moment on September 21 to reflect on how you can make the world just a little more peaceful. Perhaps you can share a chocolate with a stranger, smile at the overworked cashier at the grocery store or write an uplifting note to a friend. It’s the small things that make up a giant peaceful world. If we all do our part, International Day of Peace will be an every day event.
Share with us in the comments or on Facebook
what you plan to do on International Peace Day. Even the smallest of actions make a difference and your comment just might inspire someone to join you in your peace affirming actions.
Next week, we'll share with you how we celebrated!
Happy International Day of Peace from Chocology!