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A big win for the team!

Back in March, three weeks before the pandemic shutdown, a young woman entered the shop and asked if we were hiring.  As serendipity would have it, we were, but I told her we were looking for someone with professional pastry training.  No problem, said she, she was a CIA (not the spy agency) graduate in pastry, who had a stint in chocolate making under Chef Greweling (the high priest of the American chocolate industry).  Darcy and I conducted an interview and voila, Sarah Levine joined our team. We insist on pastry skills because of the light touch they develop, but...

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Our Skulls - by the Green Man Review!

The following entry is a reprint (with the kind permission of the editors of the Green Man review) of the most fun review of our Halloween Skulls.  Enjoy! Chocolats Passion Skulls Skulls. I love them. Not only because it’s October, but because I dig their shape. Their mystery. The whole philosophy of existence thing. Yorick? Yeah, I didn’t know him, but I sure did peek at his skull at time or two. But sometimes I just want something to sink my teeth into, and Portland, Maine’s Chocolats Passion has got me covered. Two treats in one – skulls and dark...

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Spreading the word...

 An eternity ago, back before the pandemic and the shutdown,  I was invited to speak at Mechanics' Hall, as part of their Makers' series.  I saw it as a great opportunity to provide a quick primer on the history of chocolate, how we create our artisan goodies,  and finally, to talk about the state of global chocolate today.  The latter is so important because few consumers know much about the environmental and societal issues around chocolate farming. So, I had a soapbox and made good use of it!   Should you be interested, here is a link to my presentation. And...

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Kindness is wearing a mask!

We are very fortunate that our state's leadership has provided clear, science-based guidance regarding COVID-19 avoidance.  Our low rates of infection mean that our economy can safely reopen, and that our essential hospitality industry has a much better shot at recovering. I am also thankful that we have not been placed in the uncomfortable position to dictate mask-wearing as people come into the shop, since the state mandates it.   Everyone has graciously complied, whether Mainers or out-of-state visitors.  Just so you know, we do make masks available should someone not have one.  So our team thanks everyone for their kindness,...

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Our New Normal, part 3

Our first week back was the best!  First, we saw so many of our regulars, who were as excited as we were for the reopening.  The sense of joy in being able to reconnect is so real.  We shared stay-at-home experiences, which everyone endured valiantly, in spite of a sense of acute isolation for many.  Everyone wore a mask, but know that we have some on hand should you need one.  Everyone was patient and waited outside so one person/social unit could be helped at one time.  We were able to offer samples and stepped back so they could be...

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Paying it forward!

The last ten weeks were intense for our little business.  They encompassed Easter and Mother's Day, two important chocolate holidays, which generated a huge number of orders from customers eager to support their local chocolatier.  The shop was closed, but after week three we resumed production to ensure customers' favorites would be in stock.  We set up a special "Stay Home, Share the Love" page (all formats under $20) so anyone self- isolating could send a box to family or friends.   Now that we exit the stay-at-home phase and cautiously enter yet a new normal, we want to extend our...

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