October 11, 2016
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.
October 04, 2016
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.
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.
Maple and Walnuts make up our Fat Ass Maple Walnut fudge. Loaded with crisp walnuts – you can’t go wrong with this choice!
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.
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.
We hope you have a wonderful autumn season filled with family, friends and chocolate!
July 19, 2016
Want to do something fun, tasty and educational with the kids this summer? Well, grab these simple supplies and get outside for a science project that will have your kids coming back for s’more!
DIY SUN S’MORES
In this Chocology Kids Project you will learn about:
Energy, Solar Power, Sun, Heat/Melting Point, Cooking
Graham crackers, mini-marshmallows and a chocolate bar or (Fat Ass Fudge!).
Scissors, Ruler, Glue Stick, Plastic wrap, Tape, A Sheet of black paper, A wooden skewer or pencil, Utility knife, Aluminum foil, 2 thermometers
A Warm, sunny day—preferably 85 degrees or warmer
Please read ALL of the steps carefully before cutting. Adult assistance is recommended for the use of utility knife. Also, use caution when cooking with the solar oven. It can get quite hot (sometimes up to 200 degrees)
BUILDING THE OVEN
Clean out the pizza box.
Use your ruler to draw a rectangle on the top of the lid, about 1 inch from the sides.
Ask an adult to help using the utility knife (and the ruler as a straight edge) to carefully cut along 3 sides of the square, leaving the side that runs along the hinge of the box uncut. Cut all the way through the cardboard on those three sides. Once your 3 sides are cut, fold the flap (near the hinge of the box) back slightly along the attached side. Prop the flap open with tape. Lastly, cover the inside of the flap with foil,(leaving the shiny side of the foil facing out) securing with glue or tape.
Cover the opening made by the flap (in the lid) with a layer of plastic wrap. Attach the plastic wrap to the opening's edges using shipping tape or duck tape. Make sure there are no holes in the plastic wrap and that all of its edges are completely attached to the lid. No openings please!
Line the inside of the box with aluminum foil (shiny side out) so that when you shut the box the entire interior is coated with foil. It is easiest to do this by covering the bottom of the box with foil first and then covering the inside part of the lid (don’t cover the plastic wrap!) with foil. Glue the foil in place.
Glue or tape a sheet of black paper to the bottom-center of the pizza box, on top of the foil. This will act as your solar oven's heat sink. How do you think it will help cook your food?
Lastly, use a wooden skewer or pencil (and some tape) to prop the solar oven's lid up, at about a 90-degree angle from the rest of the box.
Think about this:
Let’s Make S’mores!
Before you begin, go check your weather app to see what the temperature is outside. Is it over 85 degrees? Then let’s get cooking!
Place your chocolate and mini marshmallows between two graham crackers.
Place your S’mores inside of your solar oven
Take your oven outside. Be sure to place your oven in a place in a sunny place, taking care to position it to where the sunshine will refect from the foil on the flap into your box.
Check your box every 15 minutes to see if the chocolate and marshmallows have melted. BE CAREFUL! It might just be a pizza box, but you’ve made this into an oven! IT’S HOT!
Bon Appétit! Enjoy your Sun S’mores!
Think about this:
What Is Going On?
Solar Ovens convert sunlight to energy. That energy is retained for cooking food. Although there are all kinds of solar cookers, they all have similarities. For instance, many solar ovens have at least one dark surface to attract sunlight. If you’ve ever worn a black shirt on a hot summer day, you’ve probably noticed that dark colors get very hot in the sunlight. This is because dark colors hold more solar radiation than light colors. The heat absorbed by your dark paper is transferred to the food, which speeds up the process. Most solar cookers also have reflectors, which direct sunlight toward the dark cooking surface and transparent tops that let in sunlight, trapping the heat inside the cooker. Try cooking hot dogs inside of your solar oven and see what happens!
Did you have fun with this activity? We hope so. We encourage you to try it again with different variables. Here’s some to try:
Be sure to check our blog for more fun chocolate activities to do with the kids! Learning should be fun!
April 26, 2016
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.
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.
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
March 30, 2016
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!
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.
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!
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!
We 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
March 16, 2016
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!
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.
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 Twitter, Instagram 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
December 16, 2015
At Chocology we value artistry in every form. Meandering down the halls of an art museum, sitting at a wine tasting bar or enjoying a meal set before us invites appreciation and reverence. These are the meaningful experiences of life and we don’t want to rush through them.
Chocolate making, of course, is another form of art. At Chocology, each and every step of the chocolate making process is a deliberate act. For this reason, we invite our customers to slow down when tasting our chocolates, and our Fat Ass Fudge is no exception.
Our focus at each event that we attend is to teach our customers to take a moment to pause before eating. Close their eyes perhaps and contemplate the surroundings. Mindfully tasting chocolate can be a rewarding experience when we slow down and appreciate it. When we are accustomed to popping it into our mouths heedlessly, we miss the adventure of skillfully tasting what we eat.
Our Fat Ass Fudge is made with top-notch ingredients including Belgian chocolate, goat’s milk and butter. Now that’s worth slowing down for! This rich and unbelievably creamy delight melts in your mouth effortlessly, providing a rich and tasty experience for young and old alike.
So how can you slow down and savor a sweet like this when you want to eat it as fast as you can? Chocology has devised three easy steps to get the most delightful experience out of your Fat Ass Fudge.
Step One: Pop it Into Your Mouth
Slice off a small piece of your favorite flavor, place the fudge on the tip of your tongue and let your taste buds begin a sensory experience.
Step Two: Don’t Chew, Don’t Swallow
Allow the fudge to melt on your tongue to experience an intensely satisfying chocolate flavor coupled with a deliciously smooth texture. This is an extraordinary adventure for your taste buds.
Step Three: Your Mouth Works Like an Oven
As the Fat Ass Fudge melts in your mouth, it will flow over your entire tongue. Savor this experience. Depending on the flavor you have chosen, you may experience sweet and savory, spicy or nutty. You may even make a cappuccino right inside your mouth!
In a world where everything seems to be rushed, a simple pause in your day can make all the difference. Putting the focus on mindful eating, especially when eating chocolate, is a satisfying experience that refocuses the mind, allowing us to be present and aware of flavors, textures and artistry. Our appreciation increase when our center of attention is placed upon the experience of eating rather than hurrying on to the next bite. When we remember to acknowledge and slow down for the finer things in life, we are certain to feel more gratitude and joy in our lives, something we all want more of.
November 10, 2015
It’s that time of year again. Yes, yet another year has almost come and gone and now it’s time to start thinking about giving back to those clients who have made a difference!
Chocology serves corporations and small businesses alike. We put our focus on making your clients feel appreciated, helping you to establish deep connections and long standing relationships.
Chocology chocolates are a unique way to say thank you. Our handcrafted artisan truffles and our creamy Fat Ass Fudge will delight and surprise even the most discerning of clients. Imagine your client receiving your company logo and a hand written note artfully placed on their very own box of gourmet chocolates. What a way to make a lasting impression!
There’s a lot to choose from at Chocology. Perhaps you desire a signature hand crafted four-piece box of truffles complete with our Art of Tasting card. Or, maybe a beautiful assortment of our homemade award-winning Fat Ass Fudge is more up your alley? Whatever you choose, rest assured Chocology will make gift giving this year easy and special with a focus on appreciation at it’s core.
What to choose? Chocology is here to help. We help you customize your order to your preferences, with Chocology staff ready and willing to assist you in keeping within your desires and budget. Here’s what we have to offer this year.
A fresh 4, 12 or 24 piece gift box is the perfect gift for all clients, big and small. You’ll never find artificial flavoring or added preservatives in our chocolates. We incorporate only the freshest and finest ingredients to create intriguing and indulgent taste and texture combinations. Add your company logo and a handwritten card to create that extra special touch.
A beautiful assortment of our homemade fudge, made with goat’s milk, goat’s butter and Belgian Chocolate. Create a mixture of Dark, Cappuccino and Vanilla to appeal to all appetites. Or better yet, choose from an array of other popular flavors. Our Fat Ass Fudge is definitely an experience your clients will appreciate.
Assorted homemade fudge, made with goat’s milk, goat’s butter and Belgian Chocolate, arranged on a cheese plate. We can pair this with a bottle of Amazing Olive Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar for a unique and indulgent twist. Suggestion: drizzle the balsamic over your favorite fudge for an epicurean experience like no other. Imagine dark chocolate coating your tongue with a raspberry kick on the finish.
Browse our website to create a signature selection of chocolates or fudge that are both pleasing to the eye and palette. We’re standing by to assist you through the entire gift selection process.
Our clients appreciate the special attention to detail and service that Chocology delivers. Here are a few of our corporate client testimonials:
There are only seven days left to order your corporate selection. We have extended our-Corporate Order Deadline to November 17th. Email us at Linda@ChocologyUnlimited.com or call at (631) 901-7151 to discuss your gifting needs. We look forward to serving you and your clients this holiday season.
~The Chocology Team
September 08, 2015
With Labor Day behind us, it’s time to make way for fall ~ changing leaves, cooler weather and shorter days.
At Chocology, the fall season conjures up memories of comfort food. Remember coming in from raking the fallen leaves in the yard to the smell of autumn soup simmering on the stove? Or, the aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven? We love those memories and enjoy making new ones each year.
To commemorate the emergence of fall we thought we would bring you a much loved fall comfort food recipe. It combines the essence of autumn with . . . can you guess?
Chocolate of course!
Perhaps you’ll add this chocolate zucchini bread recipe to your repertoire of comfort foods. We think you’ll be glad you did.
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
4 cups grated zucchini
2-1/3 cup organic flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup Belgian Chocolate
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a medium bowl mix eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar and zucchini.
Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Add nuts and chocolate chips.
Pour into two greased 5″ x 9″ loaf pans.
Bake for approximately 90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean. (Time can vary greatly depending on ovens. Check often after 45 minutes)
We made this delightful bread for our customers at the Farmer’s Market this past Sunday and it was wildly popular! Some asked if we could start selling it. Parents of young children were so excited that they could actually get their kids to eat zucchini. But of course, we know everything goes better with chocolate – even zucchini!
Will you be making chocolate zucchini bread this autumn? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Or better yet, post us a picture! Maybe you have a favorite fall comfort food recipe of your own? Please share with us here in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter.
Enjoy the changing season! And remember to eat lots of chocolate.
~ The Chocology Team
June 17, 2015
We were so busy this week we almost forgot to post our blog and say Happy National Fudge Day! Since it was National Fudge Day (what a perfect day to celebrate!) and since we have so many new follower’s we’ve decided to repost our popular blog The Origins of Fudge.
Have you ever wondered where fudge came from? Is it American or French or Canadian? What exactly is it that sets fudge apart from other candies? And why do we love it so much?
We at Chocology like to know everything there is to know about the products we offer. Since Chocology acquired Fat-Ass Fudge in early November, we thought it might be fitting to do a bit of research about the history of fudge. While we know all about the makings of fudge, since we make it in the Chocology kitchen, we weren’t quite sure about the origins of this sweet delight. So, we set out to do research and of course, when we learn something new, we like to pass it on to you.
Every story about the beginning of fudge differs a bit but it seems that it may have started in the late 1800’s in a women’s dorm room in the United States. Here’s the picture we envision:
Several women hover around a stockpot simmering on a hot plate in a dorm room. One of the women, currently enrolled in a taffy making class, stirs the pot as the others take in the aroma. The taffy student is working diligently to perfect her caramel for class the next day. Another woman stands by the door as a look out, lest they get caught cooking in their room. She whispers, “They’re coming!” The women quickly put out the fire and hide the pot behind the rocking chair.
When the coast is clear again, the taffy student stirs and stirs but realizes the caramel is a flop. They have failed to get the temperature hot enough!
Dismayed that the ingredients were now wasted, they dipped their fingers in to see what the concoction tasted like. To their delight, it was delicious! They called their new discovery “fudge”, to identify it as a mistake. The taffy student takes her fudge to class the next day and a new product is born.
We will probably never know exactly what happen that night in the dorm room. But we do know that the first fudge was sold at a Baltimore grocery store in 1886 for forty cents a pound. In 1888, Emelyn Hartridge obtained the recipe for fudge. After selling it at an auction at a Vassar College, fudge became the newest popular confection. The desire for fudge spread to other women’s colleges where new and improved recipes were developed.
The ladies in the dorm room were only two degrees away from their caramel. Lucky for us, the pot got turned off too quickly resulting in the fudge recipes we enjoy today.
Fudge is generally made by mixing milk, sugar and butter and then heating it to 240 degrees. The mixture is then blended with chocolate and beat while it cools to obtain a creamy, smooth consistency.
Over one hundred years have passed since the invention of fudge. The recipes have developed over the years and now we have access to thousands of interpretations of that first mishap. Experimentation with ingredients has yielded us the many varieties of fudge that we enjoy today.
Our Fat-Ass Fudge is made with goats milk, goats butter, sugar and the finest Belgian chocolate available. We then mix it with other quality ingredients to bring out the most decadent taste imaginable. A lot of care goes into our recipes; attention to detail, temperatures and fine ingredients are strictly followed. We think this makes our fudge one of the best on the market.
We hope you will give our Fat Ass Fudge a try. With prices starting at $10 you can’t go wrong! Choose from Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with nuts, Dark & White, Peanut Butter fudge, White chocolate and White chocolate with nuts and our latest creation… Cappuccino. There’s something to please everyone’s palette! And keep checking back. We are in the process of developing new flavors to add to our fudge line in the months to come.
Plus we are proud to announce a collaboration with the following non-profit organizations who pull on our heartstrings: Back on My Feet, PA, Operation Freedom Paws, Caterina's Club, Pathways to Peace, Maritime Explorium. To sweeten the pot even further, you can help. . . simply by eating our Fat Ass Fudge! Chocology will donate $1.00 from every fudge order ($2.00 for orders over $50.00) to one of the above charitable organizations using their code at checkout..
We would love to hear from you when you try our fudge. Be sure to comment here or visit us on Facebook and let us know if you think this is the best fudge ever!
Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received so far about Fat Ass Fudge:
Linda, My fudge arrived today. I am more excited than a dog with two tails. I have eaten a lot of fudge in my day, but nothing like yours; it’s DIVINE!
I hoarded it for Thanksgiving but will buy more for Christmas to share with family members.
I can't get over how GOOD your chocolate tastes - every other chocolate maker's chocolate I have tried over the past ten years has been just awful - lots of sugar, no chocolate.
So glad you have taken over this company and are experimenting with additional varieties, also. However, your dark chocolate with nuts is TOPS with us.
The white fudge was incredible. Appearance and fragrance much better quality than other companies and it melted so deliciously "white" on my tongue.
Hi Linda - Owner and Maker of Fat Ass Fudge that I could easily become addicted to ...Your fantabulous fudge arrived on Thanksgiving morning by carrier messenger ... And it has totally changed my desire for chocolate! I had almost forgotten how delicious - truly fresh and rich chocolate can be - I LOVE IT!!! I LOVE YOUR CHOCOLATE!!!
Wishing you our loyal followers a happy belated National Fudge Day. Enjoy!
May 05, 2015
San Francisco, California
We left New York on April 17th with 8,004 miles ahead of us. Madeline and I plan to return to home base by May 17th - putting us currently at the half way mark of our Chocology Gives back cross-country extravaganza. Madeline and I are in absolute awe of this great country we live in, especially of the people we meet along the way!
We have a system. I drive – Madeline navigates. Being in the car together for long stretches of time has given us lots of opportunity for deep philosophical conversations. Besides solving all of the world’s difficulties, Madeline and I have decided that we’re not just New Yorkers, were citizens of America! Home is where we land each day and the people we meet are family. What an honor it is for us to work with people across America who make a difference in the world by giving back!
Besides working with some awesome organizations, we’ve had the chance to visit with friends and family and do lots of chocolate tastings along the way.
So. . . who have we visited and what have we been up to besides driving? Well, helping causes, sharing our Give-Back philosophy and passing out chocolate of course! It's been a really great adventure so far, here's a sampling of where we’ve been:
Back on My Feet In Philadelphia
Short visit with friends in Atlanta and Texas
Booked two wedding while in Texas
Homeschooling Conference in Texas
Interviewed the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Disney in Anaheim
Brought some messy Chocolate fun to the Boys and Girls club in Anaheim
Visited Madeline’s 2011 CNN Hero - Chef Bruno
Met with RoadTrip Nation in Costa Mesa
Homeschooling Event in California
A smattering of visits to family and friends
We'll share all of our adventures with each of these wonderful people and organizations when we get back, so stay tuned.
April 20, 2015
Our mom’s are so special. They pamper us, are always there for us and love us more than anyone else in the world. No wonder we have a special day set aside to honor these special women in our lives.
Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. What do you have planned for your mom? Breakfast in bed? Or perhaps you’ve made reservations at a plush restaurant? However you choose to indulge your mom this year ~ remember the chocolate!
All mothers love chocolate. Our Mother’s Day collection will melt the hearts of all the women in your life. Beautiful handcrafted truffles or mouthwatering fudge will cure any woman’s chocolate craving. Nothing says “I appreciate you” more than a box of deluxe chocolates.
Want to consider purchasing a gift that keeps on giving? Our Chocology Chocolate Lovers Club is the perfect gift giving choice this Mothers Day. With this gift, you remind your mom month after month of how much she means to you.
Your mom will receive a box of fresh chocolate once a month for 3, 6 or 9 months depending on the depths of her cravings. Each box comes with our signature card on How to Eat Chocolate Mindfully and is delivered right to her front door. Imagine mom’s smile every time she receives this gift. Everyday becomes Mother’s Day with our Chocolate Lovers Club.
However you choose to give to your mom this Mother’s Day, Chocology wishes you and your mom a spectacular day celebrating the most important job in the world ~ being a mom.