Oct 16, 2019 Last Updated 6:31 AM, Nov 9, 2017

Every issue, we dedicate our Hot Chocolate section to give our readers a peek at what's hot and new in the world of chocolate.

Askinosie Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate has launched its latest confection creation: chocolate covered malt balls. The team at Askinosie creates these chocolate covered malt balls using an eight hour, a multi-step process. Melted single origin chocolate (made with cocoa beans the company sources directly from a female-led farmer group in rural Tanzania) is hand ladled over rich malt balls. The chocolate covered malt balls are so special that the small Askinosie factory of 16 employees added a weekend shift dedicated to their creation. Shawn Askinosie, Founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate recalls, “I was inspired to make these because it’s my wife Caron’s favorite candy. We’re the first craft chocolate makers that I know of, who are producing them! They’re basically an artisanal Whopper. We’ve spent the last 14 months perfecting the process and the recipe. We couldn’t be more excited with the results.” To retail Askinosie Chocolate Covered Malt Balls, go to www.askinosie.com.

Theo Chocolate Book

Theo Chocolate Book

Award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate maker Theo Chocolate has just released their first cookbook, Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker, by Debra Music and Joe Whinney (Sasquatch Books, 2015; $24.95). It includes 75 sweet and savory recipes for cooking with chocolate at home, as well as the fascinating story of how North America’s first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory came to be. Recipes include surprise savory dishes such as Pumpkin-Filled Chocolate Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Cocoa-Scented Dukkah, and an array of cookies, bars, cakes, tarts, pies, puddings and drinking chocolates. There are also recipes for Theo’s sought-after confections, including the best-selling Big Daddy Marshmallow Bar (on the cover of the book), with expert advice and tips for working with chocolate. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com.

2nd Gen Chocolate

Blue Bandana

Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker is an award-winning line of single-origin chocolates created by Eric Lampman, head of R&D at Lake Champlain Chocolates and son of founder Jim Lampman. Eric’s work with Blue Bandana reflects his desire to go deeper into the chocolate-making process, to forge direct-trade partnerships with growers and co-ops, and to improve cocoa quality by reinvesting in training and education at origin. It all began in 2009 when Eric visited the Dominican Republic and experienced how cacao is grown and processed. He brought some beans back to Vermont and started experimenting with small test roasts, and learning how to winnow, refine, and conche. He recalls that “I more or less grew up at Lake Champlain Chocolates, so there was a natural level of interest and familiarity with chocolate. Then after joining the R&D team, I learned a ton about the art of confection making and the science behind great chocolate. But one day I realized that after 25 years, I’d never visited origin to see first-hand how cocoa is produced.” To learn more about Blue Bandana products, visit www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

What could be better than merging amazing artisan chocolates with melt-in-your-mouth caramels? Nothing, that’s what! A new partnership between Annie B’s Popcorn & Caramels and B. T. McElrath Chocolatier is bringing the best of caramel and chocolate together. Annie B’s owner Amanda Henke shares, “This is such an exciting time for us. Right now we’re taking some time to share knowledge of our products and get to know each other. Both brands offer superior products, amazing customer service and strong production teams. We’re very eager for the future and can’t wait to bring the best of both worlds together.” Brian McElrath, founder of B.T. McElrath, adds, “The chocolates and caramels are the perfect pair. This is also true of the long tradition of premium quality for which the two companies are known, and bringing them together is brilliant. I’m overjoyed to be working with Amanda and Justin and see no limit to what the future holds in store.” To learn more about the new products, visit www.anniebscandy.com and www.btmcelrath.com.

Chocobeer

Chocolaterie Carré ChocOBeer

Chocolaterie Carré has created a unique handmade product: the ChocOBeer praline. The product combines two favorite Belgian traditions, rich beers and the high quality chocolate. The pralines are based on four different beers: OMER Traditional Blond, VanderGhinste Oud Bruin, Kriek Max and Framboise Max. For wholesale inquiries, go to www.belgiumschocolatesource.com.

 
 
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