Exploring Chocolate: Movies and Television

Posted on September 30, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

chocolate-movies-646 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.

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And what about that famous line in Forest Gump? Do you remember it? If not, here’s a refresher: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJh59vZ8ccc&w=560&h=315]   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. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhkCGApLP30&w=560&h=315]   On this episode of Friends, things get a bit out of hand when Monica tries to impress her neighbors by making candy.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou76DXq57MI&w=420&h=315]   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!

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UN International Day of Peace Celebrated

Posted on September 22, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me” ~ Jill Jackson Miller International Day of Peace
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. [caption id="attachment_457" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Madeline makin Peace Pops in New York Madeline making Peace Pops in New York[/caption] [caption id="attachment_445" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Making Peace Pops in Texas Making Peace Pops in Texas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_450" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Peace Pops Peace Pops Made in Texas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_443" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IDP Caleb & Lucy Caleb and Lucy set out to spread a little Peace in the neighborhood.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_454" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Peace Pops in San Diego Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_455" align="aligncenter" width="225"]20140921_130527 Making Peace Pops in San Diego[/caption] [caption id="attachment_456" align="aligncenter" width="225"]20140921_130558 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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International Day of Peace - September 21, 2014

Posted on September 15, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_434" align="alignleft" width="300"]Peace Sign small 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!

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Working with Chocolate: 6 Key Factors

Posted on September 08, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

  Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 6.05.01 AM Whew! After working round the clock in preparation for the Chocology Unlimited Launch and then celebrating all weekend afterwards with our supporters, we were exhausted. And what do we at Chocology do when we’re exhausted? Head to the kitchen, of course! One of my Ecole Chocolate assignments is to create a unique chocolate recipe. So Madeline and I have been in the kitchen creating all sorts of concoctions; chocolate butterflies, transfer sheets, chocolate clay, fudge, and all sorts of other chocolate goodies. With all of this cooking, shaping and molding of chocolate, I have come up with 6 Key Factors to consider when working with chocolate and I wanted to share that with you, our loyal readers. 6 Key Factors When Working with Chocolate Key 1: Ingredients: Your final product is only as good as the ingredients that are in it. ALWAYS use the best ingredients available. When making chocolate treats, this means buying chocolate with higher cocoa butter content. Key 2: Climate: 68 degrees is perfect for making and storing chocolate. If it’s too warm, your chocolate will melt. Needless to say Madeline and I have been living in a freezer since I’ve begun this class! Key 3: Altitude: Luckily, sea level is the ideal altitude for chocolate making. Since we live in Port Jefferson, NY, we're good there! Key 4:   Moisture Level: This is a very, very important factor in chocolate making. It impacts tempering, which determines the shine and the shelf life of the final product. Keeping moisture levels down will yield a final product that you’re proud of! Key 5:   Cooking time: Cooking time will be determined by the climate (temperature in your kitchen), altitude and moisture level. Knowing these factors before you begin will assist you in knowing how long to cook your chocolate. Key 6: Tender Loving Care Most importantly, the love and care that you put into your chocolate project will bring delight to others and a warm feeling in your heart. So, next time you’re in the kitchen, attempting to make your Christmas chocolates, be sure to keep these factors in mind. Or better yet, head over to our website to experience delightful chocolates that have been lovingly prepared using the 6 Step Method above.  

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Labor Day “Launch” Weekend

Posted on September 02, 2014 by 63390433 | 1 Comment

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 7.55.46 PM We had all kinds of great celebrations this Labor Day weekend.  On Friday night David and I headed downtown to celebrate our launch with some of our favorite local shops. Here’s a list of some of the places we visited:
  • The Dusty Attic   https://www.facebook.com/dustyatticshop
  • Mesita Coastal Cantina  http://mesitacoastalcantina.com
  • C’est Cheese   http://cestcheesepj.com
  • The Amazing Olive http://www.amazingolive.com
  • Boardwalk Games in Chandler Square
You’ll have to go to our website for the pictures. Saturday night saw our Chocology Unlimited Launch party at The Dusty Attic in Port Jefferson Village. It was simply the best!  The evening was warm and people were milling around town and coming in and out all night.  The party was an amazing combination of chocolates, champagne and good people. Earlier I had created a test batch of our new homemade fudge recipe and we were excited that everyone loved it.  I’m working on my Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatiers class—my assignment was to create a new recipe and from everyones comments it appears to be going quite well. We were fortunate enough to be surrounded with familiar faces, new friends, and so many visitors from all over the island and Connecticut.  At one point, I stood there and looked around and I thought “Oh my goodness, Chocology is going to be a big success—wow!”  Overall, the night exceeded our expectations and served to reaffirm our dream that Chocology Unlimited will actually succeed. Social Media isn’t always social.  I know, I know I still need to work on the social media side, it was hard for me to be social (the part I like is talking with live people) and taking pictures and posting and Tweeting and Instagraming all at the same time so we’ll have to work on that process.  The up side was that many of our visitors really enjoyed seeing their pics go directly from my iPhone to our website! The whole evening is still a bit of a blur so it’s really nice to be able to look at our home page and see all those pictures from this weekend.  We even made our first sales!  We booked two future events and opened the door for additional possibilities.  We were exhausted afterwards. Thank you to all of the well wishers who came out to visit and also those who just stopped by because of the chocolate and champagne and check out what festivities The Dusty Attic had going on. I’m so grateful to Lori and Sal at The Dusty Attic, we could never have pulled off such a special event without their support. They’re such good people, please check them out on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/dustyatticshop .  We are truly appreciative for all that they have done to support Chocology from the very beginning.  We’re already planning on how to reciprocate! On Labor Day, we finally had a chance to stop into other shops we enjoy in the village and drop off some tasty treats: If you’re interested in finding out more about Chocology Unlimited, please visit our website  http://chocologyunlimited.com  We’ve got pictures from the weekend up online.  To keep up to date with all of our activities and products, “follow” our adventures on TwitterFacebook, and  Instagram.. …  Be sure to watch for our online launch party coming soon! Cheers to endings and new beginnings and the endless possibilities they bring. Linda Johnson

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Sweet Dreams Continued. . .

Posted on August 25, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 Comments

Press Release NewspaperOur faithful blog followers know we love sharing all things chocolate – the chocolate journey that we are on as well as the giving of chocolate! But one of our favorite posts to date is this one. We are announcing the launch of Chocology Unlimited here first, to you, our supporters. You heard it here first! Read our press release below. The team at Chocology is here for you, so keep the conversation going by using the “comments” feature at the end of each post to share your expertise, ask your chocolate questions or share your thoughts.  Press Release: SWEET DREAM CONTINUED. . .Chocology Ltd UK expands their business to the Americas Know your Chocolate, Acknowledge your Dreams Yield to Chocolate, Realize your Dreams Port Jefferson, New York – August 29, 2014 Chocology Ltd UK, announced today that it will be introducing it’s sister company, Chocology Unlimited, to the U.S.A. The company prides itself on its unique approach to the chocolate business, focusing on exceptional chocolates, personal customer service and superior quality. “We are thrilled to bring Chocology Unlimited to America,” says Managing Director and owner of Chocology Limited and Chocology Unlimited, Linda Johnson. “We love studying chocolate and sharing it with the world!” There is a synergy between the two companies that Linda feels will result in complimentary relationships between the two continents. “We are so excited about our results with Chocology UK and are thrilled to extend that out to the Americas,” Linda states. “Our chocolates are simply sublime and will make you swoon.” Linda Johnson and her 13-year-old daughter, Madeline, have realized their dream of running a business together through Chocology. They want to inspire their customers to see that chocolate can assist them in reaching their dreams as well. Chocology chocolates go beyond your normal run-of-the-mill chocolate. Each chocolate, a miniature work of art, is packed to order and never warehoused. Chocology chocolates are hand finished, containing 100% cocoa butter and cream combined with the highest quality ingredients available. Each decadent morsel is finished with careful artistic style. High in cocoa mass and low in sugar content, this chocolate is actually healthy. Scientific research has suggested that chocolate is good for your health in many ways. To make things even sweeter, Linda Johnson is in the process of finishing her Chocolatier class with Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolatiers, so that she can pass new knowledge on to her customers. Linda and Madeline are also developing an organic fudge recipe that will be available to their clients in the Americas. It’s sure to be a sweet addition to their already luxurious product line. This mother-daughter duo plan to make chocolate fun! Plans are in the works to create Chocology Kids, complete with a blog, For kids - By kids, chocolate science projects and kid friendly recipes.  Also on the horizon are plans to implement corporate team building workshops using chocolate.  Enhance your gift giving experience, with a 5% off coupon for your first order. “Chocology - the study of chocolate,” says Madeline, “need I say more? It doesn’t get much better than that!” To learn more about the expansion or to purchase a box of these exquisite chocolates, contact Linda Johnson through her website on Friday August 29, 2014 at www.chocologyunlimited.com. Contact Linda Johnson: Email: Linda@chocologyunlimited.com Direct: (631) 901-7151 Follow Chocology Unlimited: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chocology Chocology blog: https://chocologytoday.wordpress.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/chocology

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The Wall

Posted on August 18, 2014 by 66739222 | 0 Comments

runningHave you ever run a marathon? Sure you have! We all have. Remember that time you stayed up all night with your sick child? Or took 36 hours to give birth to a beautiful human being? What about that pesky project at work that seemed to go on forever? Or maybe you’ve run an actual 26.2 mile marathon like me. A marathon in running terms is defined as a long-distance running race, strictly one of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). A marathon in life is defined as a long-lasting or difficult task or operation of a specified kind: the last leg of an interview marathon that began this summer. There’s a phrase in the runner’s world called “hitting the wall.” Hitting the wall in running terms means that you get to that point where you want to quit. It came for me at the 20-mile mark in my marathons. Although I had prepared and practiced for weeks leading up to my run, the 20-mile marker always got me. It was at the 20-mile mark that it became a mental practice to push through to the end. It wasn’t about the activity of running anymore; it was about talking myself into finishing something I had started. The hard part was already completed. I succeeded in all three races, but the “wall” created self-doubt, telling me to stop before I finished my goal. The overwhelming desire to quit was there, but there were only 6.2 more miles to go. I had run 6 miles per day for many months. I knew I had it in me. Starting a business is like running a marathon. There are so many moving parts and so much to do when planning a business. Just like in a running marathon, at first, energy is up and enthusiasm is high. For weeks here at Chocology, we have been planning, buying and situating everything from Agreements to UPS, so that we can deliver (pun intended) the best possible product to our customers. The launch of the actual business is upon us. But guess what? I hit the “wall” last week, my body and brain spent, and it felt impossible to go on. I was frantically rushing from one appointment to another. As I was locking the front door to go pick Madeline up from her summer camp, I felt the lump in the pit of my stomach. I hadn’t deposited checks at the bank. I hadn’t bought groceries or even thought about dinner. My mind began to spiral into how hard it all was. How was I going to ship chocolate to my uncle in the Mojave Dessert without it melting, or to my cousin across the country in San Diego? Chocolate and heat don’t mix, unless of course, the chocolate is already in your mouth! I thought about the mountain of boxes that are piled everywhere in our home; UPS boxes, supply boxes, sample boxes, chocolate boxes. I had just finished an 11 hour day of photo shoots the day before and then received an email saying that my chocolatier class was starting Friday and not in two weeks like I had thought. I had hit the wall – and big time! I truly wondered how in the world I would go on. But then it hit me! Wait a minute, Lin. You’ve been shipping boxes for years now; what’s the problem? It’s just a box. You can do this! Keep putting one foot in front of the other all the way to the finish line. I realized I had experienced this same conversation with myself three times before during my marathons. I realized that this was just the “wall”. If I could get past the wall in my running marathons, than surely I could push past the wall I was experiencing in this business marathon. I had to realize that the “wall” was temporary. I had to become present with what was in front of me, affirm my accomplishments to this point and keep going. Yes, everything seemed to need doing all at once. But I could do it, one foot in front of the other. The hard part has already been done. And then snap! The wall was behind me. I loved this quote about the “wall” from How Stuff Works: Experience can also lessen the shock of hitting the wall. If you've been through it in training or previous races, you're less likely to succumb to it. As humbling and physically challenging as it can be, it is only temporary. That intrinsic knowledge alone can be enough to get you to the finish line and emerge from the shadow of the wall. ~ Kevin P. Allen, How Stuff Works We are so close to the finish line. And at the finish line we get to celebrate with great customers, great chocolates and great chocolate adventures. I love people and look forward to the fun part of this business, working with people like you! Like the cheering teams on the sidelines at a marathon, we are grateful to have you cheering us on to the U.S. launch. Here’s where we are in our race to the launch of Chocology:
Miles One through Ten                           Miles 11 through 20
Agreements                                                  Boxes   √ 
Banking         √                                              Competitors  
Branding                                                      Classes   √ 
Business Plan                                               Labeling   
CPA                                                             Marketing √ 
FDA             √                                               Order Processing √ 
Finances                                                     Printers      √ 
IRS           √                                                 Packaging   √ 
Importing                                                  Phone Number  √ 
Insurance                                                 Photographer   √ 
Legal         √                                               UPS Shipping  √ 
Licensing                                                  Vendors        
Nutrition                                                    Permits       √ 
The last 6.2 Miles
Website    
UPS/Chocolate Testing  
Social Media  
Events  
LAUNCH
  I would love to ask you a favor – please share with us the times that you’ve broken through the “wall” in your marathon. Your stories inspire us and encourage us on our journey! Putting one foot in front of the other . . . Linda Johnson

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