Archive for December, 2012

Holiday Confections

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 by Brian

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow . . . is there an app for that?  Probably, but we are offering you some tactile and unplugged options to make the kids from 1 to 99 smile and enjoy the holidays.  You won’t need to log-in to bring glee and delight to all if you simply stop by our shops and get a real taste of the holidays.

Our Kakao Chocolate holiday confections are multi-purpose.  Hang some Holiday Tree Lollies around the office or decorate your home for the holidays. Get the wee ones excited by leaving them one of our chocolate Santa’s Boots on their pillow or place one in their lunch box.  Our Nutcrackers, while delicious and should always eventually be eaten, make festive additions to gift wrap.  Our Little Santas are perfect for placing around the holiday dinner table, but make sure there is one for every guest. Hang the Snowflake Lollies and Holiday Light Bulbs on the tree — but don’t forget they are more than decorations!

The Kakao Chocolate Giant Santa and Giant Chocolate Nutcracker are the ultimate stocking stuffer or holiday table centerpiece.  Don’t just deck the halls with holly — add some Kakao Chocolate confections to your holiday décor and dazzle your guests as they walk through your door.  Of course, these are all available in dark or milk chocolate.

Our Kakao Chocolate holiday confections make your holidays bright as lovely hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, tree decorations, and holiday cake decorations or put together a collection of offerings in a gift box.  If you need help, our elves, um we mean, our store staff, can help you make the best selection.  Stop into our shops and see what we have in stock to stuff those stockings and fill those holiday gift bags and boxes.

Gooey Butter Cake

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2012 by Brian

Don’t look now but we have a TV star in our shop, and you can take that star home with you!  Yes, this is true — voted “Best Gooey Butter Cake” on the Food Network’s Food Feuds, we are now offering Park Avenue Coffee’s Ann & Allen Gooey Butter Cake.

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Most anybody from St. Louis is familiar with Gooey Butter Cake not everybody is familiar with chocolate Gooey Butter Cake. If you’re not from St. Louis (or you have been living on celery stalks) then you need to know that Gooey Butter Cake consists of a dense yellow “cake-like” base (the crust) and it is filled with a mixture of powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese. Then more all natural ingredients are added, like Kakao Chocolate and Kakao Sea Salt Caramel.

Yes, we said Sea Salt Caramel!” We know how much you love our award-winning sea salt caramels, so we took them to the next level for you, and our friends at Park Avenue Coffee baked them into a delectable gooey butter cake.

Like Kakao Chocolate, Park Avenue Coffee’s Gooey Butter Cake has roots in the love and goodness of creating the very best. They will tell you that when they opened their cozy local coffee shop in the heart of Lafayette Square, St. Louis, they started with two simple principals – good people serving good coffee. They quickly realized that a family favorite – their mother’s traditional gooey butter cake – would make a great addition to that mix.  Today, they sell it across the nation, and of course, at Kakao Chocolate.

In both shops you will find lovely Park Avenue Coffee Gooey Butter Cakes ready to take home, be it Kakao Chocolate Dark Chocolate or Kakao Salted Caramel. Just another way to enjoy our delicious chocolates and caramels!

‘Twas the Night Before Kakao

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2012 by Brian

If you haven’t seen our holiday window display at Kakao Maplewood, you should. If you can’t, here’s the poem our own Jen Weinman wrote for us, and for you. Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

Twas the shop in St. Louis, just there in town,
Where tremendous confections were made by the pound.
The chocolate was tempered and poured into molds
In hopes that our customers would be so bold.

The caramels were nestled all snug in the case,
Their salt-topped crowns glittering, neigh, dancing in place.
Packagers packaged and confectioners dipped,
Hot chocolate was steaming and ribbons were clipped.

When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
We jumped from our tasks to see what was the matter.
Away to the windows we flew like a flash,
Peered into the night each batting a lash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to street signs below.
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But a throng of people heading right here!

Young folks and old folks and families too,
We knew in a moment there would be a queue.
More rapid than eagles the customers came,
We whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Marcia! Now, Pete! Now, David and Jane!
Come, Dennis! Come, Josie! Come, Donna, Elaine!
To the sidewalk! To the front door!
Come in everyone!  Come and explore!

So into the shop our friends they flew,
Hungry for chocolate and excited too.
Hustling and bustling they flooded the door,
But all were polite as they entered the floor.

And with a smile we welcomed them in,
Offering samples and seeing their grins.
As we took our posts and readied our hands,
They squealed with delight and jumped at the chance.

They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
And filled all their baskets with nary a smirk.
Barks, hot chocolate, caramels too!
Marshmallows, brittles and bars – who knew?

They shopped and they shopped, their favorites abound,
Then Santas and Snowmen were none to be found.
Steadily tables dwindled with goods,
All had their fill, as at Christmas, they should.

After we closed on that magical night
We got quite a thrill once we turned out the lights.
Walking home we glanced into windows nearby,
And saw in each stocking, a Marshmallow Pie.

We knew we’d done well, and shouted “Hooray!”
For our chocolate had stirred every heart that day.
Come see us this season for confections so true,
Happy Holidays from Kakao to you!

 

Panforte anyone?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 by Brian

Jokes about fruit cake are as perennial as Christmas carols wafting through the airwaves starting the day after Halloween. Some will boast they have built fortresses with the holiday “treats” they have accumulated over the years, and others use them as anchors on their summer boat down at the lake.

The Fig & Walnut Panforte we have at Kakao, which is imported from Italy, won’t last long enough to build anything but a desire for more, and will anchor your craving for sweet holiday treats that will surpass the traditional holiday season, causing you to never utter the words “fruit cake” again.

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Panforte is a classic Italian Christmas treat we started serving last Christmas, and is again available by the slice at Kakao Chocolate.  Just like everything else we offer our customers, the Panforte is made with all natural ingredients. While the diced figs and walnuts are the earthy, hearty stars of the panforte, their co-stars — wheat flour, honey and spices — deserve equal billing. Together this cast of simple all-natural ingredients make a rich, dense treat that is perfect to curl up with while sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or as we recommend, a Kakao Hot Chocolate.

Sure, having it all to yourself is best, but you may consider that it’s the holidays and try putting your head around the idea that the Fig & Walnut Panforte is best shared. This is by far one of the best holiday after-dinner offerings ever. Create a holiday dessert platter with our delightful confections and truffles, adding the Fig & Walnut Panforte as the centerpiece. Offer it with fresh-brewed Stringbean Coffee and your guests will sing your praises.

We can help you find the best Kakao chocolates to beautifully and deliciously compliment your slices of Panforte, giving you a  holiday dessert platter that will round out the holiday celebration perfectly, or simply put:  panforte perfettamente!

Journey to Columbia (Missouri)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 by Brian

Just when you think one tour is over, you find yourself embarking on a glorious trip far away from the normalcy of the everyday on another delicious adventure.

At Kakao, our tickets to paradise are all-inclusive travel packages that begin with a chocolate base that is artisan crafted in Columbia, Missouri.  Perhaps this is not the most exotic location but don’t fret, Patric Chocolates will take you places.  Patric is an American craft chocolate company that makes  bean-to-bar chocolate, built upon chocolate maker Alan “Patric” McClure’s passion for fine chocolate. McClure is like the Indiana Jones of the chocolatier world, whose vocation is to unearth the treasures of the cocoa bean and bring them to us for our ultimate enjoyment.

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Amazing chocolate does not just happen.  It is created and that is why Patric Chocolates and Kakao Chocolates together are what make phenomenal chocolate confections.  The all natural ingredients and bold mixtures of spices, nuts and fruits are what will make your chocolate journey the adventure you crave.

The Patric Chocolate collection offers you souvenirs from the world’s hottest cocoa bean centers.  Take a bite and your tastebuds will go globetrotting to exotic locations like Madascar, Tanzania, Ecuador and Honduras.  This is where you want to dive in and experience all that each region offers, and where you are sure to find flavorful natural hints of butter-hazelnut toffee, plums and other fruits. Those aren’t added flavors, folks — that’s the chocolate speaking to you.

Kakao Chocolate confections are available in shop every day with seasonal offerings, but you may feel like going back to a place you once visited and return to “just” a chocolate bar.  Kakao offers an assortment of artisan-crafted Patric Chocolate bars that will give you the joy of a simple treat with a sophisticated twist.

Travel Tip:  These are wonderful additions to a gift basket, but be sure to get one for yourself to make the journey home a real adventure.