Tag Archives: chocolate

Chocolate Grows on Trees!

Of course, you know that chocolate is magical because you love to eat it — it tastes great, feels great, it even makes you feel great! But there are so many other things that make chocolate magical, from how it grows to how it’s made, to what it does to us when we eat it. So let me start here: chocolate grows on trees, and technically it’s a vegetable. (Some botanists might argue that it’s really a fruit — something...
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Upcoming Confections

We’ve been working on some really tasty treats that will be available for Valentine’s Day. ‘Working on,’ as in ‘playing with recipes and even if they don’t quite work they way we planned they’re still awfully good and so maybe they can be a totally different thing.’ (One wonderful thing about working with chocolate and candy is that even the mistakes are edible, and can often be re-worked into something completely new.) So, to whet your appetite: Passionfruit Pates de Fruits: What...
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

One of the really fun things about chocolate truffles is figuring out how to top them. You need to find something that will enhance — or at least not interfere with — the flavor of the truffle. You want something that stands out and looks pretty. And you ideally want something that’s easy to use. So we top our chile-vanilla truffles with bits of cocoa nibs — basically unprocessed chocolate, a bit bitter but still chocolatey, to blend with the...
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Yellow Farmhouse Chocolate

We’re pleased to partner with the good folks at Yellow Farmhouse Winery in Defiance to offer Kakao Chocolates! The Yellow Farmhouse is a small, family-run winery that turns several different grapes into wonderful Missouri wines. They grow some Norton — a native American grape of the ripiarian species — on the hills behind the house, and some Traminette — a German-American hybrid developed by Cornell University — in a small vineyard to the west. They also buy Chardonel, Vidal Blanc, Couderc Noir and...
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Behind Bars

In amongst the lavender-vanilla truffles and the marshmallow pies and the chocolate-coated caramels with sea salt have been, all along, the simple chocolate bars. Yes, we make them. Straight-up chocolate, either milk or semi-sweet. (And we can make you a bittersweet if you like, but not many do.) We make them with the same special blend of three different brands of chocolate — two from California and one from France — that we use in the rest of our recipes. And we...
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Kakao Retail Arrives!

No need to worry about how to get Kakao Chocolate if you can’t make it to one of our farmers’ markets. We’re pleased to announce that Kakao Chocolate can now be purchased retail at Local Harvest Grocery, 3148 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, just south of Tower Grove Park off Arsenal. Our first delivery included an assortment of truffles, almond dragees, coffee and ginger bark, marshmallow pies, and our famous chocolate-coated caramels with a touch of sea salt.       The 2008 Sauce...
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Four Weddings and Two Showers

This weekend we had the first of four weddings over the next couple of months, and the first two of a several bridal showers. The wedding this weekend wanted our handmade caramels, dipped in chocolate and with a touch of sea salt on top, as favors at each place setting. We recommended putting them in a clear bag tied with a woven red ribbon to match the roses on the table. They looked fantastic, and we got lots of great...
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Market September 6

Getting ready for the market tomorrow morning at Tower Grove Park, as well as a big wedding tomorrow night. At the market, we’ll have an assortment of truffles: Dark chocolate-vanilla Mint with candied lemon peel Lavender-vanilla Chile pepper-vanilla Coffee with cardamom Of course we’ll have dragees and pates de fruits, and an assortment of barks: coffee in both milk and dark and candied ginger in dark chocolate. I’m also making some amazing marshmallow pies: homemade marshmallows stuffed with toasted pecans and chocolate, and then coated on both...
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