Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2008 by Brian

Merry Christmas, everyone!

It’s been a fabulously busy season, and we’re taking a much-deserved break after making sure everyone got their chocolate for the holiday. We’ll be back soon to start working on our next batch of seasonal truffles — something to help keep you warm on these cold winter nights.

Meanwhile, we want to share this with you on this very special season:

  If you want to arrange it
  This world you can change it
  If we could somehow make this
  Christmas thing last

  By helping a neighbour
  Or even a stranger
  And to know who needs help
  You need only just ask

Singing Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 by Brian

We at Kakao are very pleased to be partnering with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis on their holiday promotion. When you give a gift certificate for the Opera Theatre, you’ll receive a box of Kakao chocolates! What could be better than amazing opera and chocolate?

St. Louis Opera Theatre

St. Louis Opera Theatre

 

(This is the ad that’s appearing in St. Louis Magazine and Sauce, among other pubs.)

Afraid of the opera? Let me tell you a bit about what they’re showing this season.

La boheme - Have you seen the musical Rent? This is the original, and one of the most widely performed operas in the world.

Salome - The Dance of the Seven Veils. Need I say more?

Il re pastore - Would you choose power or love?

The Ghosts of Versailles - A hilarious (seriously!) opera-within-an-opera to cheer up the bummed and beheaded ghost of Maria Antoinette.

To get your gift certificate, call the Opera Theatre of St. Louis at 314.961.0644.

Christmas in High Gear

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2008 by Brian

The suggestion earlier that chocolate could be the perfect gift really hit home for a few people. The orders have been coming in, and we’ve been making chocolate as fast as we can!

Just a sample of what we’ve been working on for you:

  • Gingerbread, our newest truffle, with a blend of ground ginger and molasses, topped with sugar crystals just like a cookie (but with dark chocolate!)
  • Our redesigned Eggnog truffle, with nutmeg and a touch of bourbon and rum, enough to make you want to jump into Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas
  • Pumpkin truffles made with real pumpkin puree and topped with a toasted pumpkin seed
  • Mint truffles, made with mint tea steeped in cream and sugar, and topped with a beautiful candied lemon peel
  • Chile Pepper-Vanilla truffles, with a blend of three different ground chiles
  • Makers Mark Bourbon truffles (need I say more?)
  • French Raspberry Liqueur, with a touch of sweet white chocolate
  • Rose Petal and Red Tea, just like walking in a summer garden

We’ve also got our Kakao Hot Chocolate mix, in both traditional and Mexican varieties, to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. Local Harvest Cafe serves Kakao Hot Chocolate in both varieties, and it’s a lot of work to keep them in stock. (I just made a delivery there this week and a customer overheard and came up to the counter asking “Did you just get hot chocolate?”)

We’ve also got our famous Chocolate-Coated Caramels, and our delectable Pecan Caramels. And of course we have a bunch of those wonderful Marshmallow Pies.

How can you get your hands on some Kakao treats? We’ll be at the Farmer’s Market at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3664 Arsenal Street, 63116 on Saturday, December 13. And be fore to pick up your last-minute gifts (the perfect ones!) at the Maplewood Market at Schlafly’s Bottleworks on December 20. And of course you can always email us at sales@kakaochocolate.com, or call 314.489.5617 and place your order for pickup, delivery, or shipping anywhere in the world.

Wine and Green

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by Brian

We’re looking forward to a busy weekend for Kakao, starting with a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate event on Saturday and ending with a Green Living Expo on Sunday.

On Saturday, December 6, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., you’ll find Kakao at the Yellow Farmhouse Winery in Defiance for their complementary Wine, Cheese and Chocolate tasting. Linda and Dale are planning quite a spread, with artisan cheeses to pair with their Barbera, Norton and Chambourcin wines. And, of course, Kakao chocolates.

You’ll definitely want to try some of the two new wines they’ll release at the event: the “Drop Dead Red” Barbera, a rich, dry red with Italian roots, and “Cloudy Valley” Chardonnay, a buttery favorite. And note that this is the last event for the season for the Yellow Farmhouse — they’ll close on Sunday, December 14 until next April (when they’ll have their Big Barrel Tasting!).

On Sunday from 11:00 a.m. ’til 5:00 p.m., don’t miss the Green Living Expo at the Missouri History Museum. The museum has a special exhibit on George Washington Carver’s multifaceted legacy–including the use of environmentally conscious products.
(Which reminds me, I really need to start working on some chocolate-peanut butter confections!)

The event will have eco-friendly shopping, educational demonstrations, a screening of an extended version of the documentary King Corn, music and special tastings. Kakao Chocolate will be there with our all-natural, handmade chocolates, including gift boxes of truffles, gift baskets of chocolate (and our new Kakao Hot Chocolate Gift Baskets) and lots of other treats.

Of course we’ve got two more events before Christmas: the Tower Grove Market on December 13 and the Maplewood/Schlafly Market on December 20.

See you soon!

Christmas Truffles

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2008 by Brian

With the blur that was Thanksgiving behind us, we must be in the Christmas season, yes? And after all, it is December, and we’ve got not-one-but-two radio stations playing nothing but Christmas music…

So let’s talk about holiday truffles!

Of course we’ve got our pumpkin truffle, introduced before Thanksgiving, with real pumpkin puree, all the right spices, and that toasted pumpkin seed on top to give it a bit of crunch. Lots of folks have taken to that truffle.

Next up is eggnog, one of my very favorite flavors. The creaminess of the rich milk, the tang of just the right amount of spirits, and some ground nutmeg, without which it just wouldn’t be eggnog.

With half a recipe, I tried a batch of eggnog truffle dipped in white chocolate that, well, wasn’t all that great. White chocolate — which isn’t really chocolate, I know, because it doesn’t have any cocoa solids in it, but I’m not going to split hairs here — has a wonderful flavor and can be beautiful as a decoration, but it’s just not made to be dipped, at least not in its all-natural form. The resulting truffles were thick with white chocolate — so thick they appeared pudgy — and didn’t taste quite right.

So, I tweaked the recipe a bit. The ganache is made with milk chocolate, cream, sugar — all that good stuff — with a perfect blend of both bourbon and rum. (Not enough for any kind of kick, but such a delicious flavor!) And nutmeg, of course!

We then dip the truffle in milk chocolate. But the white chocolate of the original recipe was so pretty, we decided to dab it on top of the truffle, and then sprinkle the nutmeg on top of that. Not only do they look pretty, but they taste, well, like chocolate eggnog!

Eggnog Truffles

Eggnog Truffles

Another favorite holiday flavor is gingerbread. There’s nothing like the smell of gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven. But how to recreate that sensation in a truffle?

It took a bit of doing, but we’ve got a new Kakao truffle, made with semisweet chocolate, molasses, and the finest ground ginger in the ganache, dipped in semisweet chocolate and topped with…

Here’s where we got stuck. What do you put on gingerbread cookies? Well, aside from all the non-natural sprinkles and red-hots and whatnot, you put regular sugar. So we tried some of that. But we also gave it a bit more kick with a bit of crystallized ginger — we’re selling the four-packs with two of each kind of topper and looking for feedback on everyone’s favorite. (In the photo below you can see a few of the ginger-topped truffles in the back.)

Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles

Folks, as we head into the top truffle-buying season, please don’t wait until the last minute to send in your chocolate order, and take the chance that you’ll miss out completely. At Kakao, we make our truffles by hand in small batches, which means that while we have amazing chocolate confections, we don’t have many of them. Contact sales@kakaochocolate.com to get your order in so we can fill it before we stop Christmas production on December 22nd!

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