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International Chocolate Awards 2015

On Monday, June 29th, Scott and I accepted a silver medal from the International Chocolate Awards for our Prohibition Bar, a bourbon 60% dark milk chocolate bar with bourbon smoked sea salt. We are honored to be recognized alongside many of the world’s finest chocolate makers.   “The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognizing excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate. By making consumers more aware of the hard work and craft that goes into the best fine chocolate products, the International Chocolate Awards helps the fine chocolate industry to grow. By helping to identify the best chocolate made with the best cacao, we hope to help chocolate makers, chocolatiers and cacao farmers continue to succeed at producing the world’s best fine cacao and fine chocolate. The judges include a wide range of experts, tasters, pastry chefs, food journalists, bloggers, sommeliers, and chefs from Europe, North America, South America, and Asia.”   We are excited to have won the International Chocolate Award so soon after winning the 2015 Good Food Award. We are very proud to have recognized by our peers especially since we have only been in business for one year.…

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Why Chocolate? Our Story Part 1

I come from a long line of business owners – my mother and father each had their own business; my maternal grandfather was a blacksmith and my grandmother owned a health food store; my paternal grandfather was a farmer. Due to this entrepreneurial family spirit, I’ve long felt that I needed to do something on my own. I suspect this was more for the independence than anything else – I have a bit of a problem with authority. In the past few years, the urge to start something became more acute. I didn’t want to wait so long that I would no longer have the energy to create a new business. It was vital that the new venture be something that my wife, Marlene, and I could participate in equally. I tried consulting and tossed around a few other ideas like furniture making but none of these provided meaningful work for Marlene. Marlene has always enjoyed chocolate. During my travels, I would seek out chocolate shops in order to bring home something new or interesting. Some of the chocolate was terrible but several German and French makers were very well received at home. As I often flew through Paris, I…

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