FOOD 101: The History Of Chocolate-Covered Cherries

January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Here’s a history of the popular bonbon, adapted from an article by Esther Martin-Ullrich which appeared in Candy Favorites. Chocolate-covered cherries, more formally called cherry cordials, are a chocolate shell filled with a cherry and sugar syrup, plain or flavored with alcohol.   IT BEGAN WITH THE…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Chocolate Truffles, Honey Sweetened

Don’t these truffles look delicious, the work of a skilled professional? They are, the famous Force Noir* truffles from San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti (one of our favorites). He invites you to make them at home with the recipe below. Truffles can cost $3 apiece at an artisan chocolate shop. Egad! In truth, if you…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Chocolate Ice Cubes In Vanilla Milk Or Cocktails

Today’s tip might be a natural for Valentine’s Day, but we like it even more for the cold drinks of summer. These chocolate ice cubes are the brainchild of the Parisian chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin. His Summer Chocolate Ice Cubes are simply a chocolate ice cream recipe that gets poured into ice cube trays instead of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Truffles Vs. Truffles Vs. Truffles

[1] The original truffles (photo by Roz Marina | 123rf). [2] The selection at Pierre Hermé, a Paris destination. [3] Contemporary flavors at Good Eggs. [4] Royce Chocolate, a commercial producer in Japan, prefers rectangle truffles (they’re easier to make and pack). [5] The Périgord black truffle, more than $1,000 per pound, inspired the naming…
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CHOCOLATE STORE: 2 Beans, A Chocolate Paradise

[1] Enter the emporium: coffee to the right, chocolate to the left (photo courtesy 2 Beans). [2] The first chocolate made with camel’s milk, from Dubai (photo courtesy Al Nassma). [3] Another winner: the matcha white chocolate bar from Marie Belle (photo courtesy Marie Belle).   Depending on where you live, there may be a…
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