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Chocolate Making Series Part 1 – The Art of Cocoa Fermentation

April 7, 2017
Julia Andreas

When we think of chocolate, what comes to mind is usually the rich, roasty, and creamy flavors of a dark chocolate bar, or the buttery sweetness of milk chocolate. But chocolate doesn’t start out tasting like ambrosia, on the contrary, as a cacao bean, actually a seed, it is unbearably astringent and bitter – good […]

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The Splendid and Vivacious Hyacinth Macaw

February 20, 2017
Julia Andreas

Big, blue, and beautiful – the Hyacinth Macaw is only one of many types of parrots that call South America, particularly Brazil, home. With striking cobalt feathers and contrasting yellow rings around the eyes and beak, these birds are certainly eye-catching but little is actually known about them publicly. We know that they are the […]

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Why Love and Chocolate Go Hand in Hand

February 13, 2017
Julia Andreas

I think it’s safe to say that you can’t have Valentine’s Day without chocolate. That would be like Thanksgiving without turkey, or Halloween without candy – unthinkable. But have you ever stopped to ask why we give the people we love anatomically incorrect heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates? Or why chocolate is synonymous with […]

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For the New Years Resolution: The Health Benefits of Theobroma (and Chocolate)

January 20, 2017
Julia Andreas

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the final stretch of the holiday season! The New Year has arrived filled with new promises, hopes, opportunities and, of course, resolutions. These resolutions are usually made in the best interest of our health but, quite honestly, are forgotten with the vestiges of the previous year. But this year, I’ve […]

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The Agrias Claudina Butterfly

December 14, 2016
Julia Andreas

Strong clear patterns and vivid patches of color on their wings make these Agrias Claudina butterflies, part of the genus Agrias, a sight to behold. These butterflies, native to the rainforests of South America such as the Amazon in Brazil, are distinctive in their beauty. Their wings are decorated by patterns of red, blue, black, […]

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Tiny & Unforgiving: The Poison Dart Frog

November 19, 2016
Julia Andreas

You’ve heard of the phrase “If looks could kill,” right? Well in the case of the Poison Dart Frog it’s looks, specifically its cobalt blue color, tell it can kill. Like its name suggests, the Poison Dart Frog, scientifically known as Dendrobates Tinctorius, secretes a venom from it’s skin that most predators find distasteful if […]

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The Jaguar

October 19, 2016
Julia Andreas

  Lithe, beautiful, and strong these big cats are regarded as the bravest and fiercest of animals whose cautious, wise, and proud disposition made it the ruler of the animal world – move over Lion King and make room for the America’s largest feline, the Panthera Onca. The Panthera Onca, more commonly known as the […]

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A Spark of Gold in the Rainforest Canopy

September 27, 2016
Julia Andreas

The golden lion tamarin, also known as the golden marmoset, graces the cover of our 74% Atlantic Forest dark chocolate bar from our Rainforest Collection with it’s bright golden fur and small, delicate face. And by having the small monkey appear on our packaging you can assume that, like the other animals on our packaging, […]

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Chocolate and the Military – Quite a History!

July 22, 2016
Julia Andreas

When the fourth of July peeks its head around the corner (armed with sparklers, american flags, and patriotism) chocolate is not the first thing that comes to mind. Normally, you don’t think of chocolate as an Independence Day dessert; maybe as something enjoyed on sunny summer days in the form of ice cream, or as […]

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Chocolate Science – Keeping your Temper

March 16, 2016
Amanda Greene

  A good temper can make or break a fine chocolate (and I’m not talking about disposition). Tempering is the process of precisely controlling the temperature of chocolate as it cools and hardens to achieve the best shine, color, snap, and texture. Perfectly tempered chocolate has a uniform shine and color, a good firm snap, […]

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