[1] Five lovely chocolate oxen are waiting to celebrate the Year Of The Ox with you (photos #1 and #2 © Burdick Chocolate).


[2] The wood box is a “keeper.”


[3] Celebrate the Year Of The Ox from February 12th through February 18th (photo © Liu Ziang | Panther Media).

 

Have you ever eaten a chocolate ox?

We didn’t think so.

That’s because the one chocolatier we know who makes them is L.A. Burdick, who celebrates every Lunar New Year with a chocolate interpretation of that year’s zodiac animal.

You were born in the Year Of The Ox if your birth year is 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997…and for the Centennials, 2009 and 2021.

The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 12th: the Year Of The Ox. (The date changes every year, based on the lunar calendar.)

“Chinese New Year” is an old-fashioned term, replaced by Lunar New Year.

That’s because in addition to China, other countries in Asia also celebrate the Lunar New Year: Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The celebration lasts up to 16 days, but only the first seven days are considered a public holiday.

You’ve got more than two weeks to indulge in your favorite Asian foods.

So plan your Asian feasts; but first, head to Burdick Chocolate to get your Chocolate Oxen.

This limited edition is available from January 25th through February 19th.
 
 
YEAR OF THE OX CHOCOLATES

Burdick’s mini chocolate oxen (each is about two bites) are entirely handmade without molds, meaning that no two are alike.

And as befitting the occasion, the chocolates have Asian flavor accents.

The “drove” (a.k.a. herd) of oxen includes:

  • 3 Dark Chocolate Oxen: dark chocolate ganache blended with prune plums and plum wine and enrobed in dark chocolate.
  • 1 Milk Chocolate Ox: dark chocolate ganache blended with black sesame seeds, enrobed in milk chocolate.
  • 1 Milk & White Chocolate Ox: dark chocolate ganache blended with black sesame seeds, enrobed in milk chocolate and hand-detailed with white chocolate spots.
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    Each wood “keeper” box is tied with a gold ribbon and hand-stamped with a gold wax seal featuring the Chinese character for good luck.
     
     
    > WHAT IS CHOCOLATE GANACHE?

    > RECIPE: BIBIMBAP: A KOREAN CLASSIC FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

    > CHINESE “GOOD LUCK” FOODS FOR THE NEW YEAR

    > RECIPE: CHINESE LONG BEANS

    > RECIPE: EGG DROP SOUP

    > RECIPE: POTSTICKER DUMPLING SALAD

    > RECIPE: YUSHENG, A RAW FISH SALAD FOR THE LUNAR YEAR

     

     
      

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