‘Tis the season for gifting and self-gifting. Our favorite Levain cookies have a limited-time holiday flavor—Dark Chocolate Peppermint—that we love so much, we’re packing extras in the freezer to last us at least until spring. Levain is known for its six-ounce jumbo cookie mounds—magnificent cookies that are crispy on the outside and gooey on the […]

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Here’s a way for chocolate lovers to sing their way through December: a chocolate advent calendar with a suggested playlist. There are 25 days to Christmas, 25 different bonbon* flavors, and 25 different popular holiday songs to sing as you nibble. This innovative idea is from Delysia Chocolatier. Pick up a piece of chocolate each […]

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  It’s almost time to celebrate Advent with the Woodhouse Artisan Chocolate Advent Calendar. One of our favorite chocolatiers makes a deluxe Chocolate Advent Calendar each holiday season. Pre-sale begins today at 1 pm Pacific Time. Why pre-sale? Because these are made by hand, and there are only 150 available. This is the company’s second […]

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This year, for National Chocolate Day, October 28th, we’ve got Part 2 of our exploration of chocolate and cheese pairings. The chart below joins our other chocolate pairing articles: Beer & Chocolate Pairings Cheese & Chocolate Pairings, Part 1 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bars & Wine Pairings Scotch & Chocolate Pairing Sparkling Rosé & Chocolate Pairings […]

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October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, sandwiched between National Pumpkin Spice Day (October 1st), National Carve A Pumpkin Day (October 31st)l and National Pumpkin Pie Day (December 25th). This “bread” is a loaf cake recipe. As with other loaf cakes, you can enjoy it plain, with ice cream, or with whipped cream. Thanks to Colavita […]

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[1] Chocolate pot de crème, a French chocolate custard (photo © Volpi Foods). [2] Chocolate pot de crème in a French pot de crème dish with a chantilly (whipped cream)(photo © Seduction Meals). [3] Chocolate pot de creme with modern garnishes: raspberries, cacao nibs, chantilly, and a side of amaretti (photo © World Market). [4] […]

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[1] This is one chocolate chip cookie, mega flavor as well as size (all photos © Levain Bakery). [2] If we could only choose one, it might be Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. Levain’s oatmeal raisin cookies, packed with juicy raisins.   Our favorite big, chunky cookie maker, Levain Bakery, is offering free shipping for […]

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