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Old 02-11-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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chocolate artists

well the day is approaching...

and while there are annual threads here related to v'day

http://www.airforums.com/forums/sear...earchid=965184

they contain very little about chocolate.

this year the 14th is all the more special,

with birthdays and anniversaries (airforums will be 6!) and the holiday...

all on thursday!

but chocolate happens everyday and it's good for the heart, mind & soul and filled with mysterious treasures...

so in this thread lets celebrate chocolate!

i'll start by sharing a local place where...

-EVERYTHING is hand crafted
-they use ONLY the finest ingredients
-the products are a celebration for ALL the senses
-folks come from all around to see and taste their efforts
-their traditions are swiss, but the appeal is universal

they recently marked the 50th anniversary with this delicious video...

http://www.andreschocolates.com/video.php

it's about 12-15 minutes of chocolate, confections, creative fingers and so much more.

-hand grown roses
-marzipan reptiles
-a cauldron of caramel
-wedges drenched in cocoa
-well dressed frost-ez
-snow covered pines
-halloween cookies
-colors, refections
-rivers of chocolate
-a quick nibble by a worker...
and of course,
-tasty boxes of valentine samplers...

the video is chockobloc with symmetry, splashes of color, close ups, artistry and LOVE...

that you can TASTE (well at least i can ) and will today!

enjoy the view and share your chocolate artists, chocolate favorites and....

all things CHOCOLATE, right here...

cheers
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btw it's a really great shop and they DO ship world wide!

Andrťís Confiserie Suisse :: Highest quality confections in the Swiss tradition
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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Chocolate, someone say chocolate?!!! MMMMMMMMMMM

I think I have just gained 5 pounds just dreaming of chocolate!

We have two favorite chocolate shops. One is Anderson's Candy Shop (since 1919) located in Richmond Illinois. In fact we stopped there yesterday and picked up an entire bag of light and dark chocolate covered crispy bars, raisin bars and peanut butter bars. At Easter they make chocolate crispy nests with jelly bean eggs.
Anderson's Candy Shop

Our other favorite shop is Beersten's Confectionary in Manitowoc Wisconsin. (since 1932) They also have homemade chocolates, candies and a soda fountain. They make chocolate novelties from curiosities to the humorous. We always pick up some chocolate covered sponge candy. White Gull Inn of Door County has their chocolate logo medallions made by Beersten's and we always pick some up.
History - Beerntsen's Confectionary

You can't beat chocolate covered strawberries though, or Fanny Mae dark chocolate butter creams, or Godiva chocolate covered biscotti, but I would be more than willing to test your favorites just to make certain.

P.S. Happy Anniversary Airforums!
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My favorite Chocolate shop is my son's and daughter-in-laws in Cannon Beach Oregon, Bruce's Candy Kitchen. Some of you have had their Chocolate Apples at the b.b.bash. Yum Yum Yum Apples and Chocolate, both good for you, not counting the carmel, toffee,and almonds. I would be bringing some tasty treats down to the newport seafood rally but they are closed for remodeling
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I love those segmented chocolate apples, and little dutch shoes. Gosh I am flshing back to a flood of chocolate treats. There is a bakery, darn, we just forgot to go to Riverside in McHenry Illinois with the best chocolate donuts with the cooked fudge frosting, oohh.

Teresa, Does Bruce's have a web site and take internet orders?

2Air I watched that video today and it was like a gourmet cooking lesson only really fast. Amazing how they make things like the flowers and twirl the roll-ups.

We went to a chocolate festival in Kohler Wisconsin at the American Club, 5 star appointments, home of the wall of china (stacked toilets) and the Kohler factory and design center. Great posh place to stay with those luxurious suites and bathrooms if you have the chance. Their festival featured an evening of chocolate with a room full of exotic chocolate creations with chefs on duty for flaming dishes.
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Thumbs up Great thread!

Wow nice info here. We used to have a place in metro Detroit called Sanders
SandersCandy.com, A family tradition since 1875

they had great chocolate sundaes, chocolate tea cakes, etc. They went out of business and then were bought up by someone else using their name and recipes, still good just not the same stores/etc. The fudge for the sundaes cures what ails you if you can ever score some, in Michigan its sold without prescription in large retail stores...


Any kind of dark chocolate with hazelnuts is really handy for kayaking and Airstreaming, ask me how I know...
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Bruce's Candy in Cannon Beach, Or. Yes they do have a web site and I just looked at it and it also is being remodeled. It's Bruce's Candy Kitchen . I checked progress at the store yesterday and they are getting sheetrock. Just like a airstream redo, only going to take a weekend of cleaning to get it ready to go, 3 years later. They have a goal of spring break to be open. Can't wait for that dark chocolate almond bark, better quit thinking about it.
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drink more chocolate for world peace!

hi blue pearl, c, sista and other choc-addicts...

i recall having a slice (or 2) of that apple covered in nuts and cocoa beans...

it was tasty!

some of you like drinking chocolate?

and i don't mean grocery store swill, i mean "drinking chocolate"

well i'm working my way through last years 'top 10 drinking chocolates" this year...

somebody has gotta do it!

here's the list...

Top 10 Drinking Chocolates

2 of my favorites (so far) from this list are schokinag and lake champlain...

Schokinag

lake champlain drinking chocolate

the scho' euro/extreme dark is basically chocolate shaving that u melt with a hot liquid (milk or water) and drink...

it is VERY THICK and very tasty....

the l.c. i'm trying is the spicy hot aztec and while it looks like a typical powder, it's mostly pure heaven and a little heat.

i'm slowly working my way down that list and then will drink this one...

Drinkable Chocolate List

the picture IS really close to how these luscious liquids look...

can u smell it?

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Exquisite.
Recchiuti Chocolates.
Their key lime pears are amazing.

The best gourmet apples ever!
Amy's Candy Kitchen.
They are local to a friend who lives in Wisconsin and he brought two down for a treat for us when he visited last year. Absolutely AMAZING.

Right now I am having a Dove Milk Chocolate Pecan Pie Caramel that I got seven bags of for free after coupons at Walgreens after Christmas. Not too shabby!

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Proud daddy alert...

My 7-year old son (aka "little chef") made for his mama a pretty good chocolate mousse for dessert tonight using Nestle's semi sweet morsels.
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tiss the season 4 all things cocoa...

IF you've not watched the linked video in the OP, please do...

it's magical and fun, starts slow then blazes and it's all sweet.

this year is 'bout what to get yer fella

OR share with some1 who likes hops...

and chocolate.

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good luck finding a bottle, it was sold out within hours at most vendors.

guuugl' the label words and read the press stories about it...

still there are other options in other regions like this...

Love story in a beer bottle | Life | Toronto Sun

haven't tried the double choc' cherry stout,

but the BCA (corked bottle above) is delightful.

chis' elbow (back to the ale) is a modern choc' artist...

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these morsels are almost too pretty2eat, almost.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates / Online Store for Chocolates.

his bar choc' (#2 is awesome) and

the drinking choc' (peppermint is cool) are moderately priced and tasty.

so as ma gump used to sAy...

life is like a bottle of chocolate ale...

hard 2 grasp and once opened, it goes quickly.

cheers
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tiss the season 4 all things cocoa...
It is indeed the season, and I got an early start on it tonight with the following:

Chocolate Ice Cream with Fudge Chunks, Toasted Marshmallow & Graham Cracker Swirls.

Deelish. Lots of choc - plus it's got that smores thing going on that's so fitting to this forum. Personally, I like this much better than the campfire thingies. .

Happy day.

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We're really fortunate to live in the Bay Area. Rechiutti Chocolates, Christopher Elbow, TCHO: Buy Dark Chocolate and Gifts , SCHARFFEN BERGER -- Home and Chocolates & Chocolate Gifts | See's Candies are all local companies. Nothin' says romance like a huge heart shaped box of See's nuts and chews.

Gemma's partial to the little green boxes that come from Teuscher Chocolates, and their champagne truffes. They were served at our wedding reception at Campton Place - San Francisco - Luxury Hotel, Restaurant and Bar, where they also serve the most amazing hot chocolate - rich, thick, slightly bitter and served with whipped cream on the side. We have a pot of it on our anniversary when we have breakfast at the restaurant.

We haven't had dinner yet, and are, now, seriously contemplating having dessert first.
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1 1/2 cups 60% bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

Place chocolate in a heat resistant bowl. Bring cream to a low simmer but do not scald and immediately pour over the chocolate and leave for about 5 seconds. Start to gently stir cream into the chocolate with a wooden spoon until it is all melted and smooth. It will look horrible for a minute but keep stirring. You will be rewarded with smooth, warm chocolate heaven.

Let the ganache sit for a few minutes to cool to room temp and then dunk berries and anything else that strikes your fancy into the chocolate. Chill in fridge or leave on counter until firm (this can take several hours on the counter and the fridge is much faster).
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