Our award winning chocolate charcuterie
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by Dar
3d ago
We are so excited to say we won a Good Food Award for our Bleu Hour Pâté Chocolat! The Good Food Foundation recognizes crafters that make delicious products that also follow guidelines for sustainable, ethical sourcing and business principles. For a long time, certifications for responsible practices and awards for superior taste have remained distinct – one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates craftsmanship and flavor. The Good Food Awards recognizes that truly good food – the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities – con ..read more
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Interview with BCTV
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by jhsinger
3w ago
HERE WE ARE is a half-hour, weekly Talk Show on BCTV, our local community television station. It features a wide variety of local people of all ages — kids, teens, adults — to come on for conversation: lawyers,  bartenders, the homeless, dressmakers, town officials, ukelele players, drug counselors, skateboarders, and many more, including chocolatiers (that’s us!). Telling our stories and listening to each other, connecting and making connections in all our diversity, and all as part of this community is the driver behind the show, and Wendy dove into some great questions with Dar. This ..read more
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Our Flagship Store
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by Dar
2M ago
It’s been a long time coming, but we decided after ten years as a business we were ready to open up a chocolate shop in a beautiful space in downtown Brattleboro, our bustling, arty, charming little town. We have taken things slowly and grown organically as a business from the start, making sure every step we make honors our commitment to the highest quality, small batch, hand made chocolates and confections, and choosing this space was no different. Located in the historic Brooks House, built in 1871 and designed in the provincial Second Empire style for George Brooks, it was originally ..read more
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Whipped chèvre with cocoa, spices & hot honey drizzle
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by Dar
7M ago
Flavorful dips and spreads are the perfect thing to put out for a party! Unsweetened cocoa is your secret weapon with creative spice combinations to make this unforgettable hors d’oeuvre for guests. We love combining soft goat cheese with olive oil and spices, whipping it in a food processor until fluffy and perfectly spreadable and dippable. We served this with crackers at our 9th anniversary party and it was a hit! Ingredients •10 oz soft goat cheese (chèvre) •3 Tbsp olive oil plus more as needed •1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder •3 tsp smoked paprika or ground chipotle •5 saffron threads, gr ..read more
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A flood of feelings
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by Dar
10M ago
Summertime, and the living is all over the map in Vermont. Whew. We’ve all seen the news coverage, and some of you have lived through it first hand. It is heartbreaking, and terrifying. Many of us in this area are suffering from PTSD from the last time we experienced these high and raging waters, when Hurricane Irene flooded Brattleboro and surrounding towns. Our hearts go out to those experiencing it now, and for some, again. Our little town and area were spared the worst of the recent floods, but many areas just north and south of us are in the long hard process of recovery and reassessment ..read more
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Harvest time flavors archive
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by Dar
1y ago
As we follow the harvests during the spring, summer, winter and fall, we create chocolate bonbons with fresh local farmed and foraged ingredients, coming up with creative recipes that are unusual and delicious, and designed visually to tell a story. Below is a list of some of our favorites which we will add to as we create more each season. Bon appétit! •Dark chocolate Coupe filled with white chocolate rosemary and sweet corn ganache poured over herbed shortbread crumb and topped with shards of sweet Hungarian pepper glass candy •Dark chocolate coupe filled with a bittersweet chocolate ganach ..read more
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A little about aphrodisiacs
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by Dar
1y ago
Is chocolate your love language? To celebrate a romantic day or holiday (hello, Valentine’s), or treat yourself or a partner to an erogenous romp, foods that contribute to an amorous experience can make the occasion all the more fun and memorable. Many foodstuffs, notably cacao, are known for their aphrodisiacal qualities from traditional folklore to the scientifically tested and proven. So what makes a food an aphrodisiac, and does it have to be scientifically proven to create a sensual and erotic experience? Who hasn’t been transported to a memory or been attracted to the aroma wafting from ..read more
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Fire cider with cacao & foraged conifer
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by Dar
1y ago
In early fall during garlic harvest and cider pressing we like to start a batch of this fragrant, warming, restorative tonic using stuff gathered as locally as possible, and the surprising addition of cacao nibs. We love to use this elixir by mixing a tablespoon into hot tea or cider, add a glug to soups and stews, use it to make a zesty shrub or drink a teaspoon or two straight up to give our immune system a kick start when we feel under the weather. Since this recipe takes a few months to infuse and cure and blend, start it as soon as possible so you have it on hand for those wintry doldrum ..read more
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Summer foraging for sweets
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by Dar
2y ago
Out foraging with our right hand human Bronwyn and her helper Hazel at dusk just after a rain shower, our favorite time and weather to be in the forest. Bronwyn is an herbalist and forager who grows and concocts the most beautiful things for her business Deep Rooted Apothecary. Our garden is full of lush edible flowers, herbs and vegetables from her greenhouse, and her knowledge and enthusiasm around gathering and growing wild medicinal edibles along with Dar’s botany and restaurant background is an exhilarating combo and right up our alley when it comes to crafting slow, small batch, mindful ..read more
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Forest Walk Cocoa Bomb Recipe
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by Dar
2y ago
When our multi-talented friend Natalie Wise asked us to contribute a recipe for her new book, we jumped at the chance. A published poet and the author of a slew of inspiring lifestyle books like Happy Pretty Messy, Gifts in Jars, The Natural Cleaning Handbook and the Self-Discipline Handbook, her latest book is chock full of fun, creative, delicious and festive ideas for gourmet hot chocolate treats with easy to follow instructions and sourcing guides. We are honored to be a part! As you know, we use a lot of foraged herbs in our chocolates, so I was inspired to include some that I feel espec ..read more
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