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The Aftermath of the Storm

For all my Huntsville friends, it sure has been an "interesting" week since the storms rumbled through here last Wednesday.  I was in Florida on business and was watching the streaming feed from the local TV stations and texting Lori about what was going on.  Since we lost power when the first storm blew through on Wednesday morning, she was…

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Chocolate Fun Facts and Trivia

Now how about some other fun facts and trivia about chocolate…. Ghirardelli (mentioned previously) was founded in San Francisco in 1852 and was the oldest family owned chocolate company in the United States.  Dominbro Ghirardelli came to California as part of the Gold Rush and decided the sure way to gold was to sell chocolate to the other miners. Ghirardelli Square is now a…

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Even More About Chocolate

Now that you have a variety of high end chocolates to taste, let’s compare some of them.  First, chocolate is best at room temperature (about 68 degrees).  As you unwrap the chocolate, look at the surface (if its grayish – that’s either sugar or fat bloom – we’ll cover that in the melting section….).  It should be nice and shiny. …

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More about Chocolate

Continuing the celebration of National Chocolate Month....stay tuned for more! There has been a renaissance of sorts with Artisan chocolates becoming very well-known, wide-spread and popular.  You may have noticed a number of chocolate products with the percentage of chocolate liquor in them.  When Ghirardelli starts putting “60% chocolate chips” on the shelf at Publix, you know this is here to stay! …

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