Mid-Day Squares are functional chocolate bars, part of a growing movement towards functional foods. Functional foods and beverages are everyday foods enhanced (fortified) with supplemental nutrition. The goal is to provide a health benefit beyond normal satiation and nutrition. Here’s more about functional foods. The Mid-Day Squares line was conceived by Lezlie Karls, a chocolate […]

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[1] Chocolate Earl Grey tea is available year-round, and in this special Easter packaging [all photos © David’s Tea). [2] You can see why this tea is called Hot Chocolate. It’s pu’ehr tea with chocolate chips that melt into the brew. [3] An Easter sampler with six different chocolate flavors. During the holidays, there’s a […]

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[1] Valentine’s Day gift box (all photos © Hotel Chocolat). [2] We can’t get enough of the Champagne truffles! [3] Resistance is futile!   Hotel Chocolat shop opened its doors in North London in 2004, with a mission to make exciting luxury chocolate. Today, with more than 103 shops worldwide, including in the U.S. It’s […]

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If you have leftover candy canes or other red-and-white peppermints, here’s a good use for a cold day: Crush them and use them as a hot chocolate garnish. First top the hot chocolate with: Marshmallows Marshmallows Cream (e.g. Fluff) Whipped Cream   You can even add a small scoop of ice cream; just make the […]

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Love candy? Here’s your chance to make candy history—at least, See’s Candies history. See’s Candies is officially 100-years-old! The iconic American manufacturer of chocolates and other candies was founded by Charles See, his wife Florence, and his mother Mary in Los Angeles in 1921. Mary See had developed the recipes that became the foundation of […]

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New Year’s Eve means Champagne in our house, but it also means eggnog (or if you prefer, egg nog). We’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years. Some are linked below, including a low-calorie option. This year, we’re looking forward to this spiced chocolate eggnog recipe from American Heritage Chocolate. The recipe uses […]

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[1] Splash some Merlot into your hot chocolate for a cold weather warm-up (photos #1 and #4 © California Wine Institute). [2] Merlot pairs with many foods, including burgers and pizza (photo © Sutter Home). [3] For an after-work or pre-dinner glass of wine, pair Merlot with your favorite nibbles (photo © Rebelle Restaurant | […]

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Here’s something special for balletomanes and ballet students who like dark chocolate bonbons: Delysia’s Nutcracker Chocolate Collection. Only 50 boxes of this seasonal edition have been made. The 16-piece truffle collection contains four each of themed chocolates inspired by the holiday ballet. The images atop each chocolate are charming. And the centers are beautifully flavored: […]

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