Archive for February, 2011

Kakao Maplewood Grand Opening Celebration!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 by Brian

We know, we’ve been open for a couple of weeks now in Maplewood, but in the flurry of Valentine’s Day we didn’t get to have a Grand Opening Celebration — so we’re having one this Saturday!

And boy, do we have some fun things planned…

First, you’re going to Build Your Own Bark. We’re going to make small disks of chocolate that can then be decorated with an assortment of nuts, dried fruits, and other candies. After you decorate them we’ll just need a few minutes to let them set and then you can take them home, for only $1 each. (This will be a great kid-friendly activity, but also fun for grownups, too!)

We’ve also got some contests planned — a drawing for a chocolate tasting party for grown-ups and another drawing for a chocolate Easter bunny for kids.

Kakao Maplewood

And how about a Name that Confection Contest? We’ve got a great new treat that has some fantastic names in other parts of the world, but we need a local name for it — and a special prize for the name our team selects!

Let’s see, what else…? Oh, Chocolate Samples! We can’t have an open house without samples, right?

Come help us officially open Kakao Maplewood this Saturday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. See you there!

Cross-Pollinating Two Chocolate Shops

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 by Brian

´╗┐Now that Kakao has two shops open, we have a split staff. Brian spends a lot of time shuffling between Kakao Maplewood and Kakao on Jefferson, but everyone else has a “home base” where they work.

But even in these first couple of weeks with two stores, we found people were working on new things, finding better ways to do old things, and experimenting with new techniques and flavors. We want to keep things fresh all over, so we needed to switch things up a bit.

It’s amazing what can happen when you do that.

This is new bark created when Margaret spent the day at Kakao Maplewood with Jenny. It’s alternating milk chocolate swirls on dark chocolate, and dark chocolate swirls on milk chocolate.

Not sure what they’re going to call it yet, but isn’t it pretty?

Also yesterday, Shannon spent the day at Jefferson, working with Jess on marshmallows and pates de fruit. Jess has been on the team for only a few weeks, but already created the hazelnut truffle, using ground hazelnuts and hazelnut oil from Vom Fass — one of the tastiest confections we’ve offered, in my opinion. Now she’s up to speed on some other recipes, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Another new creation we (finally!) had time to work on was some more molasses puffs (a.k.a. sea foam, hokey pokey, and a variety of other names), and to dip it in chocolate. The puffs are really sweet, and they partner perfectly with the bittersweet chocolate. You can pick some up at Kakao Maplewood, and if you like it, we’ll make more!



Here’s to cross-pollinating two Kakao shops!