Sunday, May 17, 2015

to market, to market

We had a fantastic time at our local Farmers Market yesterday, sitting in on Rigani Pizza's wonderful booth, shaded by an enormous maple tree. The weather held out for chocolatiers, with temperatures in the mid-70s & just enough clouds to keep the booth cool, but not dampen spirits. 

We were blown away by the number of people who mentioned that they'd read about us in The Commons last month, one lovely couple even driving up from Connecticut for the day specifically to check us out! Besides wonderful feedback on our bonbons, we were excited to hear about how many people were already familiar with our fare at North End Butchers, & to meet new people who sampled & grabbed chocolates to go home with them, or couldn't wait that long & just gobbled them up right away. 

Wow, everyone, thanks so much for a great reception! We'll be back in a couple of weekends, with our summer menu. Cheers!

Monday, May 4, 2015

open door

Thanks to all of the people who made our opening possible, from woodworking, painting & wiring, to tasting, purchasing, gifting & advising. And many thanks to everyone who stopped by on our first official opening day!

The current plan is to open the doors every Saturday from 9am-1pm (barring appearances at local Farmers Markets), & some Friday evenings for special menus & tastings. We'll keep you posted on our schedule as we go. Cheers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

progress on the chocolate front

We're making progress! With the help of generous friends who pitched in with painting, wiring, construction & woodworking, we're shooting to open on Saturday, May 2nd. It's an understatement to say that we're excited, & grateful to all!

Friday, April 10, 2015

one turn table & a micro home

Things are coming along with the factory shop, & we expect to open our doors to the public in late April/early May. In the meantime, we set up a table & our old stereo, & had a small pop up & sampling in the finished-enough-for-friends space. Cheers!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

spring has sprung

Springtime & summer flavors are appearing on the shelves! We've come up with a menu of hand-painted filled & pure chocolate eggs for Easter & spring, as well as new tablet flavors in warm weather flavors for the winter-weary (what a winter it has been), now at North End Butchers, & in April on the shelves in our own factory shop (hours to be announced soon!). Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

under construction

We have some exciting news… construction has begun on our factory shop, attached to our kitchen space in the Cotton Mill building. We are absolutely floored by the gorgeous wood factory floors!

This will be the future site of CSC pick-ups, & we'll have regular weekend hours when people can come in to peruse & pick up chocolates, hot drinks & other tasty treats. Stay tuned for more information… & an announcement for a factory-warming event!

And of course, there's the glamorous task of scrubbing down the new kitchen space – but, we had our inspection & scored a 96, so all the hard work was well worth it. Now we're ready to roll...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

stave off the cold

Drinking chocolates are now in the house, to help with the transition from this chilly winter to spring thaw. The temperature is forecast to hit a balmy 40ºF in the coming week, which sounds perfect for ice cream, or cold drinks on a sunny porch (we're in Vermont, after all). 

Try one of these recipes to make our flavored ground drinking chocolates into a rich sauce for ice cream, dipping sauce for fruit or crusty bread, or to add to a cold martini (shaken or stirred, it's all delicious). Try different drinking chocolate & ice cream combinations for a scrumptious taste adventure!

fudgy chocolate sauce shell    hardens on ice cream
1/2 cup ground drinking chocolate
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
melt chocolate & butter in double burner until smooth & well incorporated. Pour immediately over ice cream. 
Stores well in the refrigerator; heat up for a few seconds in microwave or warm in double burner to re-melt.

rich chocolate sauce    creamy & perfect for dipping fruit, bread, or pouring on ice cream
1/2 cup ground drinking chocolate
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole milk, or heavy cream for richer sauce
melt chocolate, milk & butter in double burner until smooth & well incorporated. Pour immediately over ice cream. 
Stores well in the refrigerator; heat up for a few seconds in microwave or warm in double burner to re-melt.

quick & easy chocolate sauce    great for mixed drinks, coffee, or poured over ice cream
Mix equal parts ground drinking chocolate & hot water with a whisk until chocolate is well dissolved.
Pop in the microwave for several seconds or stir over low heat on a stove top if necessary. Add a shot to cold vodka, or pour over ice cream & enjoy.