Archive for February, 2009

Chocolate Connections

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 by Brian

I could say it’s a slow season for chocolate — post Valentine’s Day, pre Easter, giving-up-sweets-for-Lent, all that — but it wouldn’t be true. What I thought would be a week of catching up on paperwork has turned into a week of keeping up with chocolate orders. Hooray for Chocolate Lovers!

In addition to filling orders, we’re working on some new confections: an Irish-themed truffle for St. Patrick’s Day, some fabulous flavored marshmallows for Easter, and — finally! — some peanut butter chocolates. That’s been on our list for a while now, and we’re deep into experimenting with several different options. Stay tuned.

We’ve also got some fun events planned in the coming months. Look for another Open House in early April in conjunction with a huge event all along Cherokee Street. We’re also working on a Cinco de Mayo tasting, and a special Mother’s Day tea and chocolate tasting.

Lots of people keep up with Kakao through our blog (you’re obviously reading it now!), and there are other ways you can connect with us and make sure you hear about what we’re doing. Kakao is on Facebook, for instance — you can become a friend here(and sign up for Facebook here). Brian updates Facebook regularly with what’s happening in the shop here.  Brian is also on Twitter as bpelletier.

We’re trying a couple of other sites to get the word out on Kakao. One is Like Me, where you can get recommendations from other people who like the same things you like. You’ll find Kakao here (and be sure to share your comments!). Another site is Yelp, where you’ll find Kakao here.

On that note, a word about our open hours. Because of some challenges with our building, we can’t have a permanent storefront here, which means that we can only be open “by appointment.” Since we’re here most every day, it’s not difficult to make an appointment, so if you’re needing chocolate, please email us at sales@kakaochocolate.com, or call 314.489.5617 and we’ll help you out. And stay connected with us to make sure you don’t miss any of our special events.

Oh, and don’t forget the Maplewood Market at Schlafly’s Bottleworks on Saturday, 9  a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of great stuff, including truffles (chili, chai tea, Maker’s Mark bourbon and coffee-cardamom), hand-dipped caramels, assorted chocolate barks, and of course those marshmallow pies!

Valentine Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2009 by Brian

First, I want to thank everyone who came to our first open house and chocolate tasting on Saturday. We had well over 100 people drop by, and had a wonderful time — we hope you did, too. We’ll definitely be doing that again.

Next, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out our new Kakao website. It was designed by Steady Rain, a super firm here in St. Louis, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it.

Of great significance with the new website is the shopping cart — yes, you can now order and pay for Kakao Chocolate online! And one of the options allows you to pick up your order at the shop. (Of course, since we don’t have regular hours, you’ll need to contact us directly to arrange a pick-up time, but we’re extremely flexible about that.)

For Valentine’s Day, though, we know we need to open our doors a bit wider. So when you’re thinking about chocolate for your sweetheart, and you want to get something more than grocery store chocolate — you want something handmade locally with interesting flavors and all-natural ingredients — you can stop by our shop at 2837 Cherokee Street  on Friday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 7  p.m. and pick up your order.

Not sure what you want? Can’t decide if you need Schlafly’s Coffee Stout Truffles or our hand-dipped chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt? Want to put together a custom-picked assortment of truffles? Then just drop by the shop on Friday and we’ll set you up!

Oh, and don’t forget that we’ll be at the Farmers Market at St. John’s near Tower Grove on Saturday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See you soon!

Beer Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2009 by Brian

Honestly, you might not think this is a good idea, but you really have to try it.

There are lots of good reasons to try it. Beer is made with malt, and malt and chocolate are a terrific pair. Of course there are many different (albeit small) brands of chocolate beer. I could go on…

But as I’ve often said, I know just enough about chocolate to be dangerous, and right now I’m really dangerous.

So, we started with no ordinary beer; something interesting, challenging, with flavor and depth. Schlafly’s Coffee Stout. So you have coffee, beer and chocolate, all in one delicious package.

One delicious package made from butter-cream ganache with a reduction of Coffee Stout and dark chocolate, hand-dipped in a special blend of premium semisweet goodness. Topped with just a touch of milk chocolate.

I say delicious, but don’t just take my word for it. You could ask the handful of people who have sampled our Schlafly’s Coffee Stout Truffle already — they all love it, too. You really need to try it yourself, though. Maybe at the Kakao Open House this Saturday!

Kakao Open House

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2009 by Brian

While we don’t yet have our own retail location, we’re thankful to have a great location on Cherokee Street where we can make our chocolates and where people can pick up their purchases. And we’re very excited about making use of this location for a Kakao Chocolate Tasting and Open House on Saturday, February 7, from 11  a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some of you have already visited our chocolate workshop, but for everyone who hasn’t, we’re located at 2837 Cherokee Street, close to the top of the hill between Jefferson and Grand. We’re in the kitchen operated by Cherokee Street Catering, across the street from Firecracker Press.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we’re offering a special chocolate tasting at the shop. You’ll get three samples of our all-natural, hand-made treats. We’ll have plenty of everything for sampling and purchase, including our hand-dipped truffles, chocolate-coated caramels, tangy-sweet pates de fruits, almond dragees, and even our special hot chocolate.

The tasting is $5, and if you rsvp to sales@kakaochocolate.com by February 4, you’ll get a bonus fourth sample. Plus, Kakao fans can apply the $5 tasting fee to any purchase of $25 or more that day.

We can’t wait to see you at the shop!