Monday, June 30, 2014

Event: Chocolopolis Sixth Anniversary

Every July Chocolopolis celebrates their anniversary with a month of wonderful chocolate events. Of particular note is the chance to win a free bar of chocolate every week for one year by finding one of three golden tickets placed in bars during the month. That experience initially inspired this blog.

If you're new to the Seattle area, visiting during the month, or just haven't made it there yet, attending an event that interests you is another reason to go. Chocolopolis also has free Thursday evening (happy hour, 5 to 9 p.m.) themed chocolate tastings nearly every week throughout the year.

Here are some of the special events this year:
  • Wednesday, July 2nd, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: truffle-making demonstration from Sebastian and Dominica Falcon of Chocolopolis.
  • Tuesday, July 8th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: meet Nat Bletter of Madre Chocolate and taste chocolate made from cacao grown in Hawaii.
  • Thursday, July 10th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: meet Jacques Dahan of Michel Cluizel and taste some French chocolate.
  • Saturday, July 12th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: taste iced drinking chocolate, and check out Queen Anne Days Sidewalk Sale until 5 p.m. There will also be two guided chocolate tasting sessions for children: one at 11 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 15th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: get advice from Lauren Adler of Chocolopolis about how to host a great chocolate tasting party.
  • Thursday, July 17th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: be one of the first to taste three new single-origin Chocolopolis chocolate bars at this launch happy hour.
  • Tuesday, July 22nd, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: learn about cacao in Belize as Lauren Adler of Chocolopolis shares photos and stories about traditional Mayan cacao farming and the local Fair Trade cooperative.
  • Thursday, July 24th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: compare U.S. crafted chocolate, with a East vs. West (of the Mississippi) tasting.
  • Tuesday, July 29th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Chocolopolis chocolatiers give suggestions about how to avoid chocolate baking and cooking mistakes. Some bulk chocolate will be on sale.
  • Thursday, July 31st, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: taste some favorite chocolate bars of the Chocolopolis team.
You can read more about their anniversary and other events at Chocolopolis (including chocolate tasting classes and their frequent bar club) on their website.

Friday, June 6, 2014

International Chocolate Awards 2014 European Semi-Final Winners

The International Chocolate Awards announced the 2014 winners of the European semi-finals. Here are the unflavored dark chocolate bar winners. National awards were given when at least 10 entries from a country were submitted in the category.

GOLD: Bonnat Kaori
GOLD: Friis-Holm Johe 70%
SILVER: Friis-Holm Nicaliso 70%
SILVER: Friis-Holm Chuno Triple Turned 70%
SILVER: Bonnat Libanio
BRONZE: Åkesson's Bali Sukrama Farms
BRONZE: Red Star Duffy's Honduras Indio Rojo 72%

High Percentage
GOLD: Åkesson's Madagascar Ambolikapiky 100%
BRONZE: Francois Pralus Le 100% Madagascar

BRITAIN GOLD: Red Star Duffy's Honduras Indio Rojo 72%
FRANCE GOLD: Bonnat Kaori

Note that Åkesson's chocolate is made by Pralus and Friis-Holm chocolate is made by Bonnat.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sale: 10% off at Chocolate Trading Co.

Chocolate Trading Co. is having a Father's Day sale with 10% off all regularly priced items. There is no minimum purchase requirement. The sale lasts through Friday, June 13th, at 4 p.m. local time (they are located in England).

Chocolate Trading Co. is a good online retailer for those in the U.K., and has a broad selection of bars from Amedei, Bonnat, Michel Cluizel, Domori, Duffy's, Grenada, Lindt, Chocolat Madagascar, Marou, Menakao, Pralus, and Valrhona.

Use discount code FATHER14 during checkout.