A new article in the Huffington Post looks at the health benefits of eating chocolate over time. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but eating good chocolate several times a week helps you live a long and healthy life. What Chocolate Can Do for You By Jena Pincott HuffPost OWN Healthy Mind & Body Posted: 11/07/2013 10:10 am EST | Updated: 11/07/2013 10:29 am EST...
On October 2nd I teamed up with the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation to do a chocolate therapy workshop at the Pediatric Lombardi Clinic of Georgetown University Hospital. Below is the write up of the event that appeared in this week’s Mattie Miracle Newsletter. To learn about the wonderful work of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, visit www.mattiemiracle.com MATTIE MIRACLE’S FIRST...
The Belgians have done it again. A study conducted by Belgian psychologists at Hasselt University have found that the ambient smell of chocolate increases sales. The study conducted at a bookstore found that sales increased when buyers enjoyed the ambient smell of chocolate. The findings were published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. This study follows up a 2008...
When I think about chocolate, Belgium is the first place that comes to mind. And I’m not alone. In an Oct., 7, 2013 piece in the Huffington Post “16 Ways Europeans are Just Better at Life” number 8 is chocolate. Click here to read the entire...
If you know someone going back to school, you might want to give them a bar of dark chocolate. The Best Colleges.org web site has posted a list of The Best Foods for Students. The lists covers the best foods for studying, for a good night’s sleep, and for reducing stress. The top of the list for stress release is dark chocolate. Next time you hear of someone stressing out over a paper, an...
Chocolate is the perfect wedding gift. This month I’m making chocolates for two family weddings by supplying 2-piece chocolate gift boxes filled with dark-chocolate salted caramels (half plain and half with peanuts) for guests. For the molds, I used Callebaute’s 811 Dark Chocolate for the molds. The 811 has a rich and smooth flavor that works well with filled chocolates. To make the caramel, I...
Chocolate World has done it again. They’ve developed a StarterKit for the beginner chocolatier that has everything you need to make molded chocolates. The kit includes their top-of-the-line professional chocolatier tools and utensils:
chocolate world mold
disposal pastry bags
And there’s more. The kit also includes a booklet with two recipes and an accompanying YouTube video demonstrating how to make molded chocolates from start to finish.
You could buy these items separately, but in the end you’d probably 1) purchase lesser quality products (You can’t find polycarbonate molds in the US. What you find at places like Sur La Table and Michael’s are flimsy plastic molds that are only appropriate for making solid chocolates not filled chocolates) and 2) pay more because you’d pay for shipping from several vendors.
Right now the kit is only available for purchase directly from Chocolate World in Belgium for the price of 36 euros plus shipping. However, the kit will be available from their US distributor Chef Rubber who sells the complete line of Chocolate World’s polycarbonate molds.
When I give chocolate making classes people always ask what they need to get started. A while back I wrote a post listing all the items I use. Chocolate World has made it easy by putting all the items you need together in one box. The only thing missing are the ingredients.
I’ve written about Chocolate World more than once. It’s the happiest place on earth for the chocolatier. When I would take classes at Callebaute’s Chocolate Academy in Belgium chocolatiers who came from around the world would always make a pilgrimage to Chocolate World to invest in chocolate molds and machinery. I know I never left Chocolate World without dropping a respectable amount of money. Now that I’m back in the USA, I realize what a treasure I have in all my Chocolate World merchandise. A trip to Belgium might not be possible for a person just starting in chocolate making, but you can do the next best thing. Bring a bit of Belgium into your home kitchen by investing in Chocolate World’s new StarterKit.
This blog addresses the needs, concerns, and interests of the home chocolatier.
Recipes: You'll find annotated and expanded recipes for making chocolate candy so that all your questions are answered
How To: Instructions on the different tasks involved in making chocolate from tempering chocolate to working with molds
Where to Buy: Suggestion on where to buy ingredients, supplies, tools, and utensils needed to make chocolate candy in your home kitchen.
AND Reviews: Reviews of chocolate shops, chocolate shows, chocolate events, chocolate recipe books, chocolatiers, and anything else chocolate that's fun to write about or review.
I originally started Writing with Chocolate in 2008 to blog about Belgian chocolate while living in Brussels. You can read my reviews of artisan chocolate shops in Brussels and check out my chocolate-themed walking tours by clicking on the "Belgian Chocolate Resources" button on the top navigation bar.
Now that I’m back home in Alexandria, Virginia, I have a new focus that brings together all that I learned in Brussels. As the saying goes, build the web site you want. In late 2012 I revamped Writing with Chocolate to address the needs and concerns of the home "do-it-yourself-er" chocolatier like me.
Cheers and chocolate,