Archive for November, 2011

Gearing up for Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2011 by Brian

Now that Thanksgiving 2011 is behind us, we can start thinking about Christmas at Kakao!

Truthfully, we’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, getting staffed up to make and serve our chocolates, buying our holiday packaging and preparing our new products. And now we’re ready to start showing them off.

One of the special things about Kakao is that we only sell things that we make, or the ingredients we use to make them, like the Traveling Tea we use in some of our truffles. We’re adding a few new things to that list starting today.

First off are the all-natural candy canes and lollies made by Hammonds in Denver. We’ve been using their candy cane pieces for our bark for a couple of years now, and we’re excited to now offer hard candies in holiday shapes and flavors that include mint, cinnamon, butterscotch, nutmeg, pomegranate and strawberry. And all-natural, of course.

Next we have some great savory sea salts from Bella Cucina in Atlanta. We’ve been using the Citrus and Fennel to top our Anise Caramels, and we’re also selling Peperoncini & Pimenton, Tuscan Rose & Peppercorn, and Rosemary and Lavender. These salts are great as a garnish on salads or foccacia breadm or with olive oil for dipping.

And one more — one that’s so special it’s not something we use in the shop. This is panforte, a rich cake made with figs, walnuts, honey and spices — all natural, of course — that we’ve imported from Italy. It’s really spectacular, which is why we’re offering it to you!

Of course we’ve got our gift baskets, truffle boxes, and lots of other confections that will make you the favorite gift-giver. And everything is available at both Kakao Maplewood and Kakao on Jefferson.

But please note — since we don’t use any artificial preservatives, some of our confections have a limited shelf  life. Which means that if you’re going to buy truffles, caramels or marshmallow pies for Christmas, it would be best to wait until after the first of December to buy them.

See you soon!



Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2011 by Brian

Next week is Thanksgiving, and millions of us will show up at a relative or friend’s house to enjoy one of the largest meals we’ll eat all year.

Some people will bring flowers, some will bring wine, and the people who really want to be invited back again will arrive bearing gifts of chocolate.

We’ve got some great ideas for you to make your hostess (or host!) want to invite you over more often. We can do Kakao gift baskets or bags ranging from $5 to $50 with assortments of caramels, truffles, barks and other confections — you just pick it out and we’ll package it up extra special for you.

Or, you might want to pair the roasted turkey with a chocolate turkey! We have white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate turkeys for $25, but we’ve only got a few of them (we’re making as many as we can!). Imagine this beauty as your holiday table centerpiece, at least until you’re ready to start on dessert…

We also have some new Kakao hot chocolate mugs, complete with hot chocolate in all our flavors: regular dark, mint, chai, Mexican (with cinnamon and chili peppers), and extra creamy milk. The mug — $10, with hot chocolate mix — has a spoon that fits in the handle so you can be sure not to ever leave any chocolate on the bottom of the mug!

Of course we have our popular sea salt caramels, and some great new gift boxes, with either eight ($16) or 16 ($32) caramels — and you can pick out whichever flavors you want.

And of course we’re also working on new flavors of chocolates and confections. One that we’re really excited about is our Sage and Brown Butter truffle, topped with a pine nut. We’ve also got some great pates de fruits made in the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving pies: cherry, apple and pumpkin.

You’ll find us at both shops: Kakao Maplewood, 7272 Manchester, is open 10 – 7 Monday through Friday, and noon – 5 on Sundays, and Kakao on Jefferson is open 10 – 7 Tuesday through Saturday. You’ll also find us at the Maplewood Winter Market at Schlafly Bottleworks on Saturday, November 19, from 9 to 1. See you soon!