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SoWa, Wow!

No wonder artisans of all stripes try to get selected for the SoWa Holiday Market!  This 2014 event was my first as a vendor, and I was left stunned by the throngs of eager buyers and the overall warm, wonderful spirit of the two days.  As a result, we now have hundreds of new customers!  They bought everything from our Love Flowers ($10) to our Grande Passion ($86) gift boxes.  I had made 2400 samples to hand out over the two days ( and 600 more to give out in little gold ballotins with larger purchases) and we ran out...

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Inside story!

What do the chocolates’ insides look like? It’s a little tough to figure out mid-bite, so I thought it would be useful to provide this image of our two largest chocolates, the Giant Truffles (all 6 show on the left half of photo) and the Big Hearts (7 on the right side). As I mention on their pages, these chocolates are dessert-sized, the Giant Truffles weighing in at about 40 grams (1.4 oz) and the Big Hearts at 32 grams (1.1 oz).   They will provide a great finish to any dinner party, at no work (and much glory) for the...

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Pistachio + Raspberry + Lemon?

Welcome to the Chocolats Passion blog.   A few days away from the official start of this little adventure, forever in the making! One of my earliest food-making memories was when I was 10 and standing at our kitchen stove in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  My brother Bernard was at camp, in need of a home package, so I was cooking a dark caramel that would cover hazelnuts in a brittle/rock candy of sorts.  It was a miracle he didn’t break his teeth on it, but to this day caramel and hazelnuts are among my favorite ingredients. After I moved to the States at...

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Quinceañera Party Platter!

My dear friend Fila is hosting his daughter’s Quinceañera’s party tomorrow. This is a huge event in the life of a young Latina, and I thought a big platter of chocolates would make the event even more festive. Creating color and shape contrasts with the seven flavors is so easy on a platter . The square silver plated trays I use are simple, and the dark brown base makes the chocolates look like little pieces of jewelry.

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