Archive for July, 2010

Saba Spiced Rum Truffles

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 by Brian

It pays to have nice friends.

Especially when they go to exotic places and bring back fun things, hoping we can make them into delectable chocolate treats.

(Note that “bring back” may or may not mean “legally import.”)

Several miles off the coast of Charlotte Amalie, near the British Virgin Islands, is the small island of Saba, which is the home of Saba Spiced Rum. It’s kind of like Gooey Butter Cake in St. Louis — everyone on the island has recipe, and each recipe is just a little different from the next one.

The version we have is rich in spices — cinnamon and cloves and maybe a little bit of fennel, and a dark rich molasses taste. And, of course, a good amount of rum.

(Our bottle was actually dipped in red wax, with twine wrapped around the neck, with a “label” written directly on the bottle in Sharpie.)

We just add the chocolate. And cream and butter to make the ganache. And then we dip it in dark chocolate.

They’re pretty good. But we only have a small bottle of Saba Spice, so we’re not going to be able to make a lot of them. Until our “importers” go back, anyway.

Better hurry.

Welcome Sappington Farmers’ Market!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 by Brian

We at Kakao are pleased to welcome Sappington Farmers’ Market to our list of retail outlets! We’ve been working with the great folks there — it’s owned and managed by group of Missouri small family farmers and rural entrepreneurs — and are excited about them selling our chocolates and confections.

We’re also looking forward to Sappington’s tomato celebration, The Good, The Big and The Ugly Homegrown Tomato Festival. We’ve got some, well, interesting things planned for the event, which will be Saturday, July 31st, from noon to 4 p.m. at the market, 8400 Watson Road, 63119.

Speaking of interesting confections and fun events…as our Big Squeal Bacon Brittle has taken off (thanks in part to Sauce Magazine’s print and online recommendation), we’ve been working on something new to introduce at the Slow Food Art of Food fundraiser on Saturday evening, July 24.

We’ve hinted at what we’re going to sample there — yes, free samples, from Kakao and other hotspots like Niche, Monarch, Local Harvest and others — and now it’s time to let you in on what we’re doing.

First, we’ll have a vegan confection — a dual-layer pates de fruits dipped in chocolate, artfully decorated with all-natural (of course!) yumminess.

But we’re also going to have something carnivorous, something we don’t think you’ve ever had before, anywhere. Ready? I just made BACON CARAMEL — our great caramel with bits of Hinkebein Hills Farm bacon. It smells sublime. Tomorrow we’ll dip it in chocolate, and put a bit of smoked salt on top.

We think you might enjoy it. But you’ll only be able to get it at the Art of Food.

Okay, so, that’s Sappington, Tomato Fest, Art of Food…what else? Oh, how about a rundown of where you can buy Kakao chocolates and confections?

See you soon!

Chocolate Summer

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 by Brian

Before we say anything else — THANK YOU.

We at Kakao couldn’t be more pleased and proud and honored and humbled about being named Favorite Chocolatier in St. Louis by the readers of Sauce Magazine. Last year we weren’t on the list, and this year you voted us to the top. Thank you!

We were also surprised to see our Big Squeal Bacon Brittle featured in the same issue of Sauce. Keeping up with the skyrocketing demand has been a challenge here — getting more Northern Missouri Pecans and then more bacon from Hinkebein Hills Farms, and soon more pecans…

By the way, The Big Squeal also won a trophy at the Retail Confectioners International conference in Lexington, Kentucky in June, as voted by other confectioners from across the country. The Big Squeal really is a Big Deal!

Meanwhile, there are a couple of noteworthy events coming up that you need to get on your calendar. The first is the Slow Food St. Louis “Art of Food” event on Saturday, July 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. As Slow Foods describes it, this is “a canvas of culinary inspired art and delectable edibles” you won’t want to miss. Lots of great art to admire and purchase, and hors d’oeuvres from top restaurants like Niche, Local Harvest Cafe, Monarch and others.

Kakao Chocolate will be offering — introducing, really — two very special confections. We’re keeping them under wraps, but we can tell you that one of them will be vegan, and the other carnivorous. And that one of them will involve a combination of two of our most popular confections.

Chocolate Purists will want to bring a pad, pencil and their taste buds to a Single-Origin Chocolate Tasting class to be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Tuesday, August 10. We’re going to run through some great single-origin chocolates from around the world, and talk about some important facts in the production of sustainable chocolate. Did I mention there’d be lots of chocolate to taste?

Lots more Kakao events coming up, like another Wine & Chocolate Pairing Class, and even a Beer & Chocolate Pairing Class. Kakao will be at The Riverfront Times Artopia in August, and later this fall we’ve got a Candy Making Class  and the Best of Missouri Market at the Botanical Garden. Stay tuned for more details!