VALENTINE GIFT: Honey Chocolates

How about some honey-sweetened chocolates for your honey…or for anyone who doesn’t like refined sugar? One of our favorite booths at a particular trade show is Queen Bee Gardens, which makes delicious honey-sweetened chocolates and other confections. The older, homespun couple at the booth differ from the trendy staff at other booths. But their chocolates…
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HALLOWEEN: Peanut Butter Cups

They’re almost too lovely to eat—but we’ll manage. Photo courtesy Woodhouse Chocolate.   There are only two weeks until Halloween, but that’s plenty of time to send for these gourmet peanut butter cups. Not only are the chocolate shell and peanut butter filling artisan quality, but the “dressed for Halloween” artwork deserves a shout out.…
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NEWS: Chocolate Is Good For Your Health, Really

Is chocolate good for your health? For too many years, we’ve been hearing “health food” claims for dark chocolate—without any support as to what intensity of cacao (dark chocolate can range from 50% to 100% cacao) how much chocolate, and oh, by the way, how the healthfulness is offset by all the sugar (the remaining…
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PRODUCT: Salted Carmels From Sweetness & Light

Melt-in-your-mouth salted caramels from Sweetness And Light. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   Ferndale, California is a small Victorian village located in Humboldt County, on the North Coast of California. The population was 1,371 in the 2010 census. The town could be a movie set, with its dozens of well-preserved Victorian store fronts…
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PRODUCT: Java-Gourmet Coffee-Based Rubs, Sauces, Salts & Sweets

Sauces are just the beginning of the coffee- accented products from Java-Gourmet. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.   Java-Gourmet is the story of two Bostonians who relocated to the sylvan shores of Keuka Lake in upstate New York. Surrounded by natural beauty, they began to roast coffee to order, slowly air-cooling the beans…
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