Life by Chocolate

Chocolate, white, milk, dark, in all its forms forms life. Chocolate truffles, caramels, and other confections are at the core of enjoyment. This is life by chocolate because death by chocolate is the wrong attitude.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Here are some pictures from our MA trip

Here are some pictures form the Sleigh Maker B&B, one of our new favorite places to stay. This up and coming trip, I'll be staying there, just not in my favorite room.

We also stayed at the White Swan. A very nice B&B by the water.

Pictures of the water close to this house.

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Sweet Earth Chocolates

Well, I have vegan customers who need certified organic and certified fair trade. As you know, for my bars, I use fair trade and organic chocolate but because I get it from small producers, they are not certified.

So, I had to search for an organic and fair trade certified chocolate. I turned to Dagoba. However, when I got in my chocolate it said that it may contain traces of milk protein. What? How? Huh? I wasted my money.

I called up the people at Hershey/Dagoba megaplex, yes, ouch, they were SOLD to Hershey, but they use their equipment, the same equipment, to process their milk chocolate as well as nuts etc. They told me that they were actually a small company, not very big, and that they didn't have the money to have two separate lines. I mean who are they talking about? The old Dagoba or Hershey? Come on people. Ask you chocolate daddy for another line of equipment. Scharffen Berger down and now Dagoba. Sun of a pod!

Well, I decided to go to Sweet Earth, whose chocolate flavor profile is even stranger than El Rey. Fruity but very good. So, now I have vegan bars. Hurrah.

In the future, I'm blending several of their chocolates to make a new flavor profile. I think I have to do it to get the right flavor for my bars. Shhhh! It's a secret.

I also want to note that all my bar chocolate is organic and fair trade. But only the vegan bars have not a trace of milk or other animal BY products. Obviously, none of the bars has animal product in it.

You can also order the other chocolates as vegan if you wish. We have the chocolate we can make vegan versions of most of the chocolates. Only the caramels are impossible to make vegan. Soy caramels? I wonder... ;-)

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