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The Chocolate Off-Season

Now that Mother's Day is over, we are officially in the chocolate off-season.  It is a good thing, because higher temperatures and humidity are the enemies of chocolate making.  New England chocolatiers are so fortunate that our winters, with cool and bone dry houses, are perfect for creating chocolates with a beautiful shine.  Chocolate High Season coincides perfectly with high production season! But it doesn't mean I will be just tending my little vegetable garden, drinking Kirs while lazing on the terrace, and doing nothing chocolate-wise.  Quite the contrary.  This is creative time, when I plan to come up with...

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Putting together the perfect Mother's Day gift...

Our four-layer Petite box has proven to be the most popular choice for a "serious" gift. At $46 plus $8 shipping, it won't break the bank, but conveys highly thoughtful and personalized gifting. We have four permutations of the box, each adapted to its occasion:  the Petite Passion, the Valentine Petite, the Spring Critters Petite and now the Mother's Day Petite.  The two Winter boxes are bronze with a red or silver ribbon, the two Spring ones pearl with a soft green ribbon.  We hear from our customers that they recycle the boxes, which are beautifully made inside and out....

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Back to the source... the Paris chocolate trail!

A visit to my home country always divides up into two distinct parts: the first days are spent in Toulouse to see family and to gather for a joyous “Fête de Famille”. We love being able to see everyone, and to partake in a wonderful 5-hour lunch with great local wines. We then head to Paris where we walk a lot (a necessity considering the food intake), go to museums, and discover new restaurants in our adoptive neighborhood of the Marais. But my personal goal is always to visit chocolatiers. It is so much fun to see what they created...

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Spring is here, right?

There is a little game among my friends as to the day the snow will be completely gone: my bet is mid-April, pessimists venture into early May... But spring is in my heart because I am making Critters!  Each batch is a little different, compare the last two in the picture above.  The Passion Frogs can be spotted or not, the butterflies orange or green, even a few Hedgehogs had a bit of a punk streak in that last batch.  But the milk chocolate Baby Frogs might be my favorites, little cutie pies.  Lest my enthusiasm seem childish, remember that...

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Fantasizing about Spring.....

March 15 is the official start date of Chocolats Passion's Spring season:  we are likely to still be encased in deep snow, but here is to hoping for green grass and budding trees!  Nothing lifts my spirit like hand painting Passion Frogs and cute butterflies, it makes me dream of tulips, honey bees and the sun on my face...  The Spring Critters start with the Baby Frogs, or 3 grams each of pure milk chocolate deliciousness:  you can let them melt one at a time on your tongue, or pop-pop-pop them into your mouth, pick your style.  The butterflies are...

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