5 Tips for Storing Chocolate in the Summer


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As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I find myself conflicted when the temperature creeps up and the sun comes out. After months of gray, overcast skies and mists of rain, I’m happy to bask in the warmth of the sun and replenish my vitamin D levels. As the owner of a chocolate shop, however, […]

June 4, 2019

Drinking the Nectar of Cacao


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Last Fall we added sweet and fruity-tasting Cacao Juice to our chocolate collection. Despite the name, it does not taste like chocolate. It’s the juice from the mucilage, the sticky pulp that surrounds each cacao bean. Mucilage is a critical element in developing chocolate’s flavor. The wild fermentation process that cacao farmers have used for […]

May 16, 2019

Good King Cacao: Good for You & Cacao Farmers


Chocolopolis

About five years ago Kim Wilson came to Chocolopolis to drop off samples of her Good King Snacking Cacao to see if we might be interested in selling it. Kim had transformed quality cacao beans into tasty snacks by removing the husks and dusting the beans in sugar, herbs and spices. Her snack offered the […]

January 31, 2019

Ungapatchket, But Tasty


Chocolopolis, Community

I recently came across a new chocolate product that was exactly what we were looking for to fill the void left when we stopped producing our own matzo clusters. While I’m excited about the Matzo Project’s chocolate covered matzo clusters (which look like our clusters, but also include toffee and other tasty ingredients), the memories […]

December 2, 2018

On a Mission to Improve Chocolate & Cacao in Brazil


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After a very long dry spell, we recently added two new chocolate makers to our collection, both made in their countries of origin. Last week we launched Momotombo Chocolate, hailing from Nicaragua. Today we are excited to introduce Mission Chocolate, coming to us directly from São Paulo, Brazil. Not only is Mission Chocolate made in […]

October 13, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Liz Gotterer


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Liz Gotterer has been a member of our monthly chocolate tasting panel for many years now. She was drawn to the tasting panel because she hadn’t developed a vocabulary to describe flavor and texture differences, and she wanted to have the opportunity to taste a lot of chocolate and understand what she liked best before […]

September 21, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Kris Saada


Chocolopolis, Community

I first met Kris Recarde Saada on July 10, 2014. She attended a chocolate demonstration by Jacques Dahan of Chocolat Michel Cluizel that we held in our kitchen at the Queen Anne store. She has been a devoted customer ever since. While I can’t take credit for introducing Kris to craft chocolate, I can take […]

September 13, 2018