5 Ways To Make Your Virtual Holiday Parties More Exciting
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
1y ago
Virtual holiday parties are integral for remote and distributed teams to connect, get to know one another, and celebrate your achievements. But they can often be boring and dry, just another meeting to get through before the end of the day. We here at Chocolate Noise are dedicated to creating a different kind of virtual event experience, one full of excitement, education, and enjoyment! Here are five ways we make this happen. (Spoiler alert: You get to eat chocolate.) 1. Send a Gift Remote employees know their coworkers through the virtual world. Sure, gifs, memes, and email in-jokes are fun ..read more
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5 Chocolate Treats That Support Reproductive Rights
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
2y ago
Chocolate uterus from Laughing Gull Chocolates in Rochester, NY Chocolate is one of those things that we expect to be apolitical, to be delicious and comforting no matter how you vote. But as we bean-to-bar chocolate lovers know, politics is baked into it, with real people’s lives affected. We talk a lot about social justice in the craft chocolate world, and usually we’re referring to human rights issues in other countries. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a reminder that we need look no further than our own practices, in our own country. As a strong supporter of women ..read more
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Have an Ethical Halloween This Year
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
2y ago
Halloween is this Sunday, and like me, you probably have a stash of candy ready for trick-or-treaters and also (let’s be real) yourself.  This holiday always brings a spate of posts from the craft chocolate world about equitable mini chocolate bars to hand out on Halloween. And while that’s ideal, many of us will be turning to industrial chocolate like M&Ms and Reese’s for a variety of reasons. I’ve long struggled with how to handle this, because of the ethical implications of supporting the industrial supply chain.  But if you’re like most Americans and ARE handing out mainstre ..read more
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Chocolate Noise's Commitment to Ethics
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
I think y’all know by now how obsessed I am with bean-to-bar chocolate. Bean to bar not only means that the chocolate is made from scratch, starting with whole cocoa beans, but also that it’s created with a focus on quality, flavor, and ethics. Today we’re talking about the third point: ethics. The mainstream chocolate industry is based on colonial structures that date back to the days of slavery. In my work as a writer and in Chocolate Noise’s chocolate tastings, we want to change that model: to pay farmers fairly and respect the work that they do, as well as honor ingredients like cocoa be ..read more
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5 Customer Appreciation Event Ideas
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
Your customers: You love them! They’re a fun, interesting group of people, and you want to let them know how valuable they are to you. That’s where we come in. We’ve brainstormed some truly exciting, out-of-the-box customer appreciation event ideas that will let you celebrate your relationship as well as give your clients the time of their lives. Corporate Client Event Ideas Luxury Chocolate Tasting With Chocolate Noise Everyone loves chocolate, and even more so when it comes with a guided chocolate tasting! Chocolate Noise curates artisan bars especially for your group: For our virtual choc ..read more
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Let's Make Craft Chocolate More Inclusive
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
Our country is having an important conversation about race and privilege, and it's made many of us think more deeply about the ways in which the craft chocolate industry contributes to that larger ecosystem. So let's talk about it! Each week for the next three weeks, I'll lead an online panel event focused on a different aspect of the same topic. The first panel celebrates the few Black bean-to-bar makers in the U.S. They'll tell us the stories of starting their companies and all about the chocolate they make. I'll be joined by Good Girl, Island Sharks, Jinji, Noir d’Ebene, Sol Cacao, SPAGnVO ..read more
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Race and Privilege in Craft Chocolate
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
Sol Cacao is a bean-to-bar maker in New York City I do my best to keep Chocolate Noise neutral politically, but I've been outraged and saddened this week at the police brutality in Minnesota and now across the country. It's time to say something. Usually, 5 percent of the profits of my private chocolate tastings go toward chocolate tastings and education at READ 718 and Emma's Torch, but with COVID-19, we haven't been able to do those recently. So today I donated that money (and more) to Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB). I hope you'll join me in say ..read more
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Curated Online Chocolate Tastings
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
Looking for private virtual chocolate tastings? Here You Go! As the coronavirus is affecting our daily lives across the country (and world), I want to do something special to support our beloved chocolate makers and reinforce our strong craft chocolate community. That's why I'm partnering with some of my favorite small companies to lead online chocolate tastings. The first one, on March 24, with White Label Chocolate, is already sold out, and today I’m opening RSVPs to the second one, which will be Tuesday, March 31. This one is led solely by MOI and pulls from my stash of my favorite chocola ..read more
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Wine and Chocolate Pairing 101
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
When I first started learning about bean-to-bar chocolate, I heard one thing over and over again from both chocolate experts and sommeliers: Wine and chocolate don’t mix. What?! I thought. Everyone else in the world loves that pairing! The problem is that both of these have a lot of tannins, and when they come together, they clash more than Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing trivia over here). Don’t despair though, because there are some ways to enjoy your favorites together. The number one tip: Choose sweeter wines. I’m not suggesting Manischewitz or those dreadful wine coolers ..read more
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The 5 Best Team-Building Activities in NYC for Foodies
Chocolate Noise
by Megan Giller
3y ago
NYC is home to some of the best food in the world, and so it makes perfect sense that as someone with excellent taste, you’d want to explore it during your next company outing. From chocolate to pizza to cocktails, here are the best team-building activities for foodies in NYC. 1. Develop Your Chocolate Knowledge With Chocolate Noise Everyone loves chocolate, which is why these guided tastings are perfect to build a sense of camaraderie while you eat many, many delicious things. In addition to the best artisan chocolate bars in the country, you’ll also be treated to fresh cacao fruit juice and ..read more
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