Jan 11

Chocolate Lovers Rejoice With 600 Recipes

w23Let us take a concise excursion into the inner sanctum of chocolate, a food that goes beyond epic proportions. Tasting some of the origins, popularity, and flavor of chocolate, this food is ever present within today’s society. From checkout counters and impulse buys, to specialty shops and home made recipes. As we know, chocolate covers many other foods such as coffee beans, peanuts, and raisins. Chocolate also gives way to just about any shape including bunnies, hearts, coins, and yes, even the shape of a Halloween tombstone weighing in three pounds of nothing but milk chocolate.

ORIGINS OF CHOCOLATE. When eating chocolate, you are partaking of the cacao tree, which requires specific environmental conditions to successfully grow. Flourishing within Central America, documentation far back as 3000 years, the cacao tree is also known as Theobroma, a scientific name branded by Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Throughout history, chocolate uses range from a delicacy in food industries to the application of treating varies ailments. Did you know the word chocolate derives from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which translate to “bitter water?” Thankfully, extra ingredients are added to remove the bitterness.

POPULARITY OF CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is so admired experts are concerned there may be scarcity in the future. To keep up with demand, resourceful methods are being used to cultivate the cocoa tree. One arrangement of growth makes use of providing premature shade for the cocoa trees, and then treats them with a surplus of sunlight to optimize production. Alas, this method only lasts for about 10 years as the trees lose their vigor. However, sophisticated methods such as vertical greenhouses can be placed in cityscapes and grant environmental conditions to produce anything plantlike, including the lovable cocoa tree!

INDULGING FLAVORS. With chocolate having such an unfathomable history, supported by today’s mass popularity, bestows chocolate the potential for many recipes. Chocolate can be different in taste from sourness to sweetness. Chocolate is also provided in varying textures such as smoothness, crispiness, crunchiness, softness, and of course liquid form. Most important of all, chocolate is commonly combined with many different flavors, adding a magnitude of variety. This literally allows many recipes to be invented and most certainly consumed with joy.

Clearly there is no way to place several hundred recipes in this article. Instead, there is info pertaining to a powerhouse chocolate recipe cookbook that should easily provide your desires and decide upon any chocolate recipe.

Jun 22

How to Have the Safe Diet

Having the good body shape is the dream of everyone. When we can have the good body shape, we will feel so happy in our life. We can have such a good appearance look for our daily look and many people will be attracted to us. Do you want to have the good body shape for your appearance, right? Well, there are many kinds of ways that you can do in order to have the best look for your appearance. You will have the wonderful look for your appearance if you choose the right way for your diet program.

Do you want to go on diet program? If you want to have the good body shape, it means that you should do diet. Well, diet for some people is not such a nice thing to do. But if you really want to have the good body shape, it means that you should really careful in choosing what kind of diet program that you will take. For having the good body shape, you need to have the personal consultation to the doctor. The doctor will choose the right and the best diet program for your need.

Then, choosing the right supplement for the diet program is also needed. You need to find out what kind of diet program suitable for your body. You can take garcinia cambogia as one of the best supplement for your diet. No worries since this supplement is made from the natural sources. There is no risk for you in consuming this diet supplement. This is such a good product from plexus garcinia cambogia that you can take and you can trust for helping you having the good diet plan. So far, do you want to take the slim garcinia cambogia for your diet program? Good luck for preparing the best plan for your diet.





Dec 22

Sugar Free Chocolate

When it comes to sugar-free or diabetic chocolate there is a warning on the label stating that it has a laxative effect. That is because when people enjoy too much of the chocolate that contains the sugar alcohol Maltitol it can result in digestive upset. The American Dietetic Association ‘advises that more 50 grams of sorbitol or 20 grams of mannitol per day can cause diarrhea.

But the reason that diabetic chocoholics like it so much is that it is slowly absorbed in the intestinal tract so only a small portion is digested and absorbed therefore they don’t need to use little to no insulin. Therefore diabetics really need to read the label to see how many grams of sugar alcohol is in the product. Although there have been chocolates for diabetics for years, once in a while a person will encounter an less then authentic taste with chocolate.

There are newer forms of diabetic chocolates based on maltitol. Maltitol is a natural occurring sugar found in starch. These sugar-free chocolates based on maltitol don’t have the same unpleasant aftertaste that other artificial sweeteners often have. Besides maltitol is very stable and has high melting point making it great for in the of making chocolate.

Maltitol based chocolates tastes almost as sweet as sugar based chocolates except fewer calories and doesn’t cause tooth decay like sugar does. An additional benefit of Maltitol is that unless you eat an excessive amount of the chocolate it shouldn’t cause stomach upset. it also as a replacement of fat and it still gives the chocolate that rich creamy taste.

In the recent past diabetic chocolates were based on saccharin which became popular during the Second World War because the sugar supplies were scarce.

During the sixties sweeteners were blended with saccharin were in attempts to improve texture and flavour. So when in the 80’s when aspartame came into being was like the greatest thing that came along since sliced bread. That was because it could be blended with fruit flavors.However, this has caused some misconceptions about “diabetic” foods among people with diabetes.

Unfortunately people confuse sugar-free from diabetic. Thinking that they can indulge themselves, sugar-free still has carbohydrates.

What people don’t realize is that they can make their own diabetic chocolate.

You start with finding sugar-free nuggets and wafers that can be used in diabetic chocolate. It takes a little research on the internet. Then once that is done then get molds that you like. Then melt the chocolate slowly over a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler then just use a pot over another pot that has the water in it. Just make sure that no water gets into the chocolate otherwise it gets really runny. Stir continually so it doesn’t burn! That is very important I found out myself! Some people try the microwave oven but you have to do it very slowly at 30 second intervals, once again so it doesn’t burns. But on the up side there isn’t any water contamination.

Once the chocolate is properly melted just pour it into the molds and let it harden (this is a cheat, put in the refrigerator.)

So a word to the wise just watch yourself so you don’t eat too much. There are that problem of that would be diarrhea and since so have a high fat contain there maybe a some weight issues. So read the labels before you buy.

Dec 17

Things you didn’t know about Cadbury Chocolate

Cadbury was founded almost 200 years ago and has since stolen the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere.

The company makes three of the United Kingdom’s top 10 best-selling chocolate bars, and the first one is Cadbury Dairy Milk. According to Bloomberg, in 2012, Cadbury Dairy Milk was the fifth most popular chocolate bar in the world, with sales amounting to $2.5 billion. Cadbury Twirl milk chocolate bar is also a U.K. favorite, as is Wispa.

The company’s products also include Double Decker, which is made with nougat-whip and Rice Krispies; Crunchie, which is chocolate and a honeycomb filling; and Fudge, which is, fudge and milk chocolate combined in bar form.

Hershey’s has owned the rights to making and distributing Cadbury chocolate in the U.S. since 1988, and in 2010, U.S.-based food company Kraft took over U.K.-based Cadbury, causing a significant amount of controversy.

Discord aside, though, the chocolate has been high quality from the beginning.

  • 1. 1824 was the beginning of Cadbury as we know it.


    93 Bull Street in Birmingham was the site of John Cadbury’s grocer shop. His wares included cocoa and drinking chocolate that he made himself with a pestle and mortar. Cadbury was only 22 years old at the time.

  • 2. The American and U.K. versions taste different.


    British-made Cadbury uses a slightly different recipe than the American-made version, just as Mexican Coca-Cola differs from that made in the U.S. The first ingredient in American Cadbury chocolate is sugar, but milk is listed first in the British version.

  • 3. Cadbury Dairy Milk has a glass and a half of milk in every half-pound chocolate bar sold in the U.K.


    The classic logo of a glass and a half of milk being poured appears on the wrappers of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars, which were first sold in 1905. The logo represents the milk, which is fresh from the British Isles, in each bar.

  • 4. Cadbury Dairy Milk has been fair trade chocolate since 2009.


    The move reportedly tripled sales for cocoa farmers in Ghana, increased fair trade cocoa sales for certified farming groups that already existed, and created opportunities for thousands of farmers to reap the fair trade system’s benefits.

  • 5. Cadbury eggs with cream fillings were sold in 1923, but the iconic Creme Egg didn’t appear until 1971.


    TV advertising helped sales take off in 1975, and now, over 200 million Creme Eggs are sold every year in the U.K. The company’s Bournville factory in Birmingham has the capacity to make over 1.5 million Creme Eggs each day.

Dec 13

Best Store for Organic Products

I don’t know why I didn’t start eating organic food years ago. I kind of knew that there were some problems with eating non-organic food, due to the way it is grown or raised, but I just ignored those issues. I think that is what most people do, they just choose to be ignorant about the subject, so that they don’t have to think about the chemicals they are putting into their body. I am looking at the site for New Century Organic which is a company that sells organic food and other organic products as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 11

Dark Chocolate Is Nutritious For You

We all hear about how fresh fruits and vegetables offer nutrition and how we need the vitamins and minerals in them to strive, but have you ever heard about the health benefits that chocolate offers, because many people have not. Many people are not aware of it but dark chocolate offers a lot of nutrition. Don’t get it confused with your regular milk chocolate which does not offer the same health benefits, but as long as you eat it in moderation, you will receive an array of dark chocolate nutrition.

The Benefits Of Dark Chocolate Nutrition

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants where other types of chocolates are not. Antioxidants work to kill off free radicals in the body. Free radicals are harmful molecules that are destructive to the body. It has been shown that these free radicals can cause heart disease and cancer as well.

Besides this, there are also many other components to dark chocolate nutrition that you will want to be aware of. Recent studies have shown that dark chocolate – when eaten in moderation of course – offers an array of health benefits, and actually contains flavonoids similar to those found in green tea, and we all know how healthy green tea is.

It can help to decrease blood pressure, improve circulation, lower death rate from heart disease, improve function of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels, improve digestion and stimulate the kidneys, and dark chocolate has even been used to treat patients with anemia, kidney stones and poor appetite. Obviously this dark chocolate nutrition information is very interesting and makes us all feel as though we now have a reason to eat more of the stuff, but make sure that you do not go overboard. You can really only benefit from dark chocolate nutrition if you eat it in moderation.

Although dark chocolate nutrition is beneficial to your health it also contains a large amount of calories. If eaten in excess you are sure to pack on the pounds as well as reducing the dark chocolate nutrition you will receive. If you are careful and take it in small quantities everything will be just fine. A smaller portion means that you still maintain the health benefits that dark chocolate nutrition has to offer. If you would like more information contact your doctor or nutritionist. They may also be able to give you tips on where to find the best quality dark chocolate in your quest for dark chocolate nutrition.

Dec 10

9 surprising ways to use your microwave: 30-second molten chocolate cake anyone?

As a cook early on in my career, using a microwave for anything except melting butter was anathema. But as a busy working mother, I’ve come to terms with using a microwave; in fact, I’m on very good terms with mine. All snobbery gone, I rely on it for everything from making granola to reheating leftovers. I’ve even been known to reheat day-old coffee on a particularly bad morning. Yeah, don’t judge me—isn’t bad coffee punishment enough?

9 smart microwave hacks Shutterstock


Craving lasagna? Use a mug and make it in the microwave

Wondering what else I could do with my microwave, I hit the web and fell into a vortex of eye-opening hacks. Some were quite silly, but others so compelling I had to try them out for myself. I was blown away by the results. Here are my top nine picks for innovative ways to get the most out of your microwave.

1. Molten chocolate lava cake

As if digging into a gooey molten chocolate cake isn’t prize enough for your effort, imagine having it in less than two minutes without dirtying ANY bowls? The recipe I tried was really quite satisfying. It has you—in your mug—whisk together melted butter, cocoa, sugar, milk, flour, and baking powder and drop in a chunk of chocolate. It gets nuked on high power for 30 seconds (I gave mine 40) and it was ooey and gooey and steaming and luscious. I think next time I’ll try these with Halloween candy—I’m thinking Dark Chocolate Milky Way minis, Three Musketeers minis, or Reese’s Peanut Butter minis.

These mini microwave chocolate cakes will rock your world

2. Shucking corn

This trick is amazing—I wish I’d discovered it this summer when corn season was in full swing. Simply microwave an ear of corn (husks completely intact) on high for 4 minutes. Using oven mitts or a clean dry kitchen towel, hold the ear and cut about one-inch off the bottom, stem end. Holding the top portion in one hand, squeeze it so that the fully cooked ear of corn comes out the bottom, completely clean. The silks will remain inside the husk. It’s amazing!

3. Dulce de leche

I’ve always only made dulce de leche (milk caramel) by simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk in a large pot of water for about three hours. It’s super easy but still needs attention to make sure the water hasn’t boiled away. Microwaving it (out of the can of course) was an epiphany. I poured the liquid into a deep, microwave-safe bowl and cooked it for four minutes on 50 percent power, stopping and stirring halfway through. Then reduced to 30 percent power and cooked for about 12 more minutes, stopping and whisking every two minutes. The texture looks really curdled, but gets smooth when you whisk it. The color wasn’t as deep as the boiled can method, and the texture was a bit thick, but in a pinch, it did the trick.

4. Poached eggs

Never again will I tell my kids there’s not enough time for poached eggs before school. In less time than it takes to toast an English muffin, the egg was ready. No waiting for the water to boil, no cracking the egg into individual ramekins before adding them to the pan, no worrying if the eggs will fall apart when I lift it out of the pan. I just cracked the egg into a microwave-safe bowl, added 1/3-cup water and ½ teaspoon vinegar, covered the bowl with a plate and cooked on 80 percent power for one minute. My microwave is 1100 watts, so following the recipe here, my first attempt was a bit overdone. Second time around, I cooked at 50% and it was perfect—set whites, runny yolk.

5. Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Also known as frico, these crispy cheese crackers are delicious garnish to soups, salads, pasta, or even eaten out of hand as a cool chip alternative. I’ve made them in a skillet on the stove and a baking sheet in the oven, and the microwave version is by far the easiest and most immediate. I sprinkled 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan on a sheet of parchment and microwaved on high power for about 90 seconds, until sizzling and brown. As the cheese cools, it gets crisp. You can mold them into tiny cups by pressing them into a mini muffin pan while still hot.

Easy diet tips: 8 ways your microwave can help you lose weight

6. Peeling garlic

I have a red silicone tube that peels garlic pretty nicely, and I’ve tried the shaking-garlic-cloves-between-two-large-bowls trick, which also works well, but both require effort and necessitate cleaning additional equipment, which I resent for a few cloves of garlic. Of course, a quick smack with the side of a chef’s knife is the familiar standard, but for peeling whole cloves super quickly, the microwave is a revelation. I started with three cloves and nuked them on high for 20 seconds (too long) and the skins fell away effortlessly. The garlic was a little rubbery after sitting, so I tried again for a few seconds less and it was spot-on. I just run them under a little cold water to refresh them.

7. Toasting nuts, coconut and spices

I first discovered using the microwave to toast nuts years ago when I was developing a recipe for walnut pesto. I realized I’d forgotten that crucial step and didn’t want to be sidelined while the oven preheated, the nuts toasted and cooled. Just spread the nuts, coarsely broken (or in the case of almonds, slivered or sliced work best) and tossed with a teeny bit of canola oil, on a microwave safe plate and toast for about 6 minutes (or more depending upon your machine) stopping to shake every so often. Hazelnuts take longer than pine nuts but it’s best not to leave any nut unwatched. They can burn in an instant. Coconut takes just a minute or two, with a careful stir halfway. Spices, the same, but you should let your nose be your guide on these. They can burn quickly and become acrid.

8. Scrambled eggs

I remember being sent a microwave-scrambled-egg-maker years ago for testing that was supposed to revolutionize the way we made eggs. Skeptical at best, I gave it shot. The results were pretty awful—watery, rubbery eggs cooked into a solid, un-moldable mass. But while researching online, the results looked kind of appealing so I thought I’d give it a try. I buttered the inside of my coffee mug, and whisked together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of milk, a pinch of salt and pepper. I cooked it on high power for 40 seconds until it was partially solid. I stirred it with my fork to break it into smaller curds and stirred in a large pinch of shredded cheese. Nuked it for another 10 seconds and it was done. The cheese was melted and the eggs were actually fluffy and tender. Try adding some chopped chives or crumbled bacon or smoked salmon for extra flavor.

Make 3-minute huevos rancheros in a mug

9. Cajun-style roux

After testing five turkeys for all of the Thanksgiving stories I worked on this past month, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in leftovers. Chile? Done. Potpie? Yup. Enchiladas? Yes! Wanting something different, I had a hankering for gumbo. I stood over the stove painstakingly stirring my roux (equal parts flour and oil) for 45 minutes until it was the color of milk chocolate. Kinda defeats the purpose of using leftovers, no? It wasn’t until I made dulce de leche in the microwave that it hit me that roux would work here as well. Wish I’d would’ve thought of that last week! I used a pie plate to try it out, but if making it in large quantity (enough to actually make gumbo) a four-cup Pyrex measuring cup is ideal. I combined the flour and oil and cooked it on high for five minutes. Then another five minutes, stopping and whisking every minute to make sure it was cooking evenly. The texture will look dry and pebbly, but as soon as you whisk it, it becomes runny and smooth and really, really hot! Make sure you have the veggies chopped and ready to add to lower the temperature and stop the flour from burning.

Dec 04

Caregiver Hiring methods and Tips

cargCaregiver hiring is one amongst the foremost necessary tasks you’ll ever face in your life. Your precious one’s well-being depends upon your success in hiring the acceptable person or team.

It is necessary to own a sound philosophy relating to your goals in providing take care of your dear. the elemental cornerstones:

Caregiver Hiring Cornerstones

1. Dignity

2. Happiness

3. Alleviate Suffering

4. Home Sweet Home

5. Caregiver as a Servant


Disease and aging remove a number of your precious one’s ability to accomplish what they want on their own. they need to endure being motor-assisted. as an example, associate senior frail person cannot waive off associate insulting person once that person helps them to the commode in a very time of would like. this can be a tough hit to the person’s dignity. A key rule out caregiver hiring is to remember of however the potential servant interacts along with your dear. Here area unit some warning signs of a dignity killing caregiver:

1. Fails to overtly specific respect for your dear.

2. doesn’t listen. solely pretends. they will not be ready to tell you what your dear simply same to them moments earlier.

3. Fails to permit your dear to complete speaking before cutting them off verbally.

4. Speaks baby sit down with your adult dear.

5. Talks fortissimo to your dear even supposing they hear fine.

6. Uses irreverent nicknames while not permission like “honey”, “mamma” or “sweetie”.

7. Speaks to your dear like they speak to a pet. they will antecedently are pet sitters because the bulk of their previous experience!

8. continually stands on top of your dear ne’er sitting with them at a similar level.

9. continually ORDERS and TELLS and ne’er ASKS permission.

10. Takes personal phone calls within the presence of the patient.

These telltale signs appear innocent enough. But, the dignity of the patient needing care is fragile. watch out for these behaviors within the caregiver you will be hiring. They typically area unit symptomatic a deeper disregard for the dignity of the person they’re going to be charged with serving. protective dignity is that the most vital responsibility of the caregiver.


Happiness is especially necessary for the insanity patient. The insanity patient is incredibly sensitive to the moods and atmosphere within the house. Happiness is contagious. Ironically, the foremost medically masterful caregiver you’re considering hiring, might have a awfully tense, serious perspective. it’s a standard scenario. The business-like unfriendly attitudes area unit devastating moods for anyone requiring care to own to endure from their servants. perceive the temperament disposition of the potential caregiver. they ought to be genuinely happy naturally. Caregiving are often a hard-hitting endeavor now and then. raise the potential servant what they did on their Doomsday off. you’ll train a cheerful person sophisticated protective duties. you cannot train associate sad person a way to be happy. See if your willdidate can tell a decent joke, or tell them a gag and see if they genuinely laugh. Laughter is that the best drugs.

Alleviate Suffering

This is the core caregiver ability – healing. once you area unit caregiver hiring, every candidate ought to be ready to show the mandatory sensible and generally medical skills required to form your patient physically feel higher. several patients can would like help walking to the toilet. a decent caregiver can understand to use a transfer belt or a minimum of to not grasp the patient by the shoulder able to pull the shoulder out of socket once catching the falling patient. check that the willdidate can demonstrate a way to take vital sign and temperature. See however the caregiver puts on gloves. veteran caregivers shrewdness to understand the gloves by the heel and pull them on quickly. Have them demonstrate laundry their hands. of these tiny things add up to not transferring illness to your frail dear. relying upon your patient’s wants, do not simply raise them regarding their skills. Have them hump whereas you’re look. ever-changing a bandage on a cut that’s healing as an example. the nice caregiver ought to be proactive in telling you what medical provides are going to be useful for the patient. raise them to allow you their list supported your description of the patient’s ailments. If they need the right expertise, they’re going to reel of an inventory of required provides quickly while not hesitation. Lastly, remember the advantages of massage. See if your caregiver will provides a soothing massage. Notice their bit. Is it a healing touch? Note however your patient responds.

Home Sweet Home

The primary reason you’re caregiver hiring is that you just have chosen to produce help to your dear reception rather than inserting them in a very masterful nursing facility or rest home. it’s your intention to leverage the atmosphere of being reception to facilitate the standard of lifetime of your patient. therefore check that your caregiver willdidate can demonstrate wife skills. Some caregivers can remodel your house into a hospital. this can be not necessary in most instances. the advantages of feeling comfortable and comfy in your house so much outweigh the necessity to own the foremost economical medical facility setup reception. the standard caregiver can perceive the subtlety of facilitating comfort with pillows as an example. Pets area unit nice companions. verify if your caregiver is allergic to your patient’s relief. See however they get on. Have them demonstrate laundry dishes and folding towels. The veteran candidate can perform quickly and quietly. See if they will demonstrate ever-changing the thermostat on the wall or ever-changing the television station. Watch them sweep the ground or do a load of laundry. Notice if they’re snug with management or awkward. will they sketch or knit as an example. will they play the piano in your living room? Maintain the house as a home NOT as a hospital. Your caregiver can play a key role in accomplishing this whereas providing quality care if you select them rigorously.

Caregiver as a Servant

While this class is roofed last in some ways this can be essentially the foremost necessary of the Caregiver Hiring Cornerstones. In several countries the family cares for a dear reception expedited by many servants tasked with the patient’s care. In such countries there’s usually associate inequitable  distribution of wealth with a poor category or categories of individuals in society UN agency work for slave wages. As a result, the grandma of the family may very well have five servants taking care of her each would like. we do not have such a culture, but it’s necessary to grasp for the patient’s well being that the caregiver may be a servant to the patient not the boss of the patient. this can be not a standard understanding. Typically, the caregiver can assume a parent sort role instructing the patient what to try and do and once. this may harm the patients assertive capabilities particularly insanity patients. they will become completely dependent upon the directions the caregiver dolls out. They in result loose their can to be the boss. They stop initiating. A key technique to mitigate the chance of this happening to your dear is providing a servant to them. The caregiver is paid to serve. once witnessing the candidate you’re considering hiring, note however they answer requests from your patient. Do they merely ignore requests and perform solely listed tasks. Do they faux to retort to the patient however very do nothing? Service may be a state of mind. verify and insure that the caregiver you’ll entrust your precious one’s care includes a servant frame of mind and reinforces your patient’s role because the boss of the servant. Visit caregivers of Arizona for more information.

Nov 25

Hot chocolate race fundraises for Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is bringing its sweet stuff to Chicago on Nov. 8. Kicking off at Grant Park, the race goes through the streets of downtown Chicago on a course that is USATF-sanctioned and designed to meet the highest quality standards. Most relevant road closures will take effect Sunday morning in and around the streets of downtown Chicago, with some closures occurring as early as Saturday and as late as Sunday afternoon.

The Hot Chocolate series or races began in Chicago back in 2008. Since then, it has expanded to 16 cities and 330,000 participants. After the race, the chocolate flows at the post-race party, where runners enjoy music, and there’s a family-friendly kid zone. Of course, there are also finisher’s’ mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dip-able treats.

Runners also have the option to sign up for the “Go the Extra Mile” program to raise money for charity. This program allows participants to set up a fundraising page to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northern Indiana or any charity of their choosing. To date, RAM Racing and Hot Chocolate series participants have raised more than $1.5 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

CEO of RAM Racing, Steve Ginsburg, joined ABC7 Eyewitness News live from the race course.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Chicago
Nov. 8, 7 a.m.

Nov 22

Cold Calling With Chocolate!

Trying to procure new clients has always been a challenge for the average sales person. Knocking on doors and trying to get past the receptionist to see the person who makes the buying decisions is almost impossible. The receptionist is instructed not to allow you to see the buyer without an appointment, and to never give out the name or direct telephone number of the individual who makes the buying decisions. This is where you need to be a little creative to get the name and valuable appointment to make your presentation.

At Choconet, we have 2 products that have proven to be very successful in getting the receptionist to pass your card along to the buyer and divulge the information necessary for you to do your job. We have a milk chocolate business card which can be customized with your corporate logo and your name and telephone number. It comes packaged in a flip top window box which can also hold a printed business card as well. This way when the prospect eats the chocolate version, they still have the paper version to refer to .If you want to get your foot in the door, we also have a milk chocolate foot which can fit in the same business card box mentioned previously. Either option has produced many success stories from sales people who have in the past had great difficulty in getting past the guard post (front desk) at many companies.

If you would like to speak to one of our knowledgeable chocolate consultants regarding the implementation of a chocolate card or foot for your next attempt at getting a few new clients then contact us at 877-924-6206.

Get it all online!

Ordering Customized Chocolate plus well over 300 different categories can easily be ordered through our website. The process is sophisticated, but easy all at the same time:

1.Click on the category e.g. Corporate Chocolate
2.Select the category e.g. Trade Show
3.Select the type of chocolate e.g. Customized Chocolate Coins or Business Card
4.Then customize the chocolate in a simple step by step process:
a.Add a logo (just upload an image) or your own text or both
b.Choose a foil wrap and the color
c.Choose a gift box if you’d like
d.Choose to hot stamp the wrap and / or the gift box if applicable
e.Choose your quantity
f.Add it to your cart
g.Choose your preferred shipping method
h.Order using your Credit Card or Debit Card and you’re done!
Other customization options online include:
1.Text – font and style
2.Packaging – gift boxes, gift bag varieties
3.Candy colors
5.Custom Ribbons
6.Presentation Containers

Mike Adler, founder of Choconet … “We have the broad experience, a sophisticated and easy to use ordering process, a great product category, an ever-growing online presence and a great passion for what we do. We feel that this is a winning combination and look to the future with great optimism and enthusiasm.”

Choconet has provided “all things chocolate” to corporate clients and to individuals for special social events and gift giving for over a decade. Corporate clients customize their chocolate for promotional and event planning including conventions, new product releases, new corporate identification programs, executive gift giving, or just to say thank you. Customized Chocolate is now as easy as going to the website or picking up the phone or faxing directly.

It all comes down to a tasty game of memory: the promotional tools help people associate your company with their latest greatest culinary experience.

If you have an idea or concept that is not shown on our comprehensive website, then please feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable chocolate consultants, who are anxiously waiting to help you make your next promotion a sweet success.

Nov 22

Learn The Right Chocolate To Cream Ratio For Three Types Of Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate ganache is delicious but despite only consisting of two ingredients — chocolate and cream — it’s difficult to get it right. The trick is balancing the ratio of chocolate and cream to get the consistency you want.

Over at Kitchen Conundrums, Thomas Joseph goes through three different versions of chocolate ganache which are used for various purposes. To turn the ganache into truffles, you would need to use two parts chocolate to one part cream.

A rich chocolate frosting to add onto cakes, you would use an equal ratio of chocolate and cream. For a thinner glaze for things like cupcakes or bunt cakes, you would increase the amount of cream.

You can check out the video where Joseph goes through the science behind the perfect chocolate ganache in more detail.

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