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01 Oct '13

Block Party Brownies

We recently participated in the annual neighborhood block party. Street closed off, kids racing bikes and scooters up and down for hours, everyone catching up on their summers and back to school. Lots of great food contributed by all. We supplied a family favorite - chocolate brownies. Easy to make, not from a mix, great chocolate baked in. There were no leftovers, so here's the recipe:
29 Jul '13

S'mores Test Results!


Hello Chocolate Lovers,

Here are the follow-up results for the summer s’more challenge, here they are!  As you may recall from my last guest blog post, I was planning to organize a taste test with my friends to determine the best chocolate for s’mores. If you forgot the tasting options, they were:


Patric’s Mocha OMG


Patric’s PBJ OMG


Olive and Sinclair’s Sea Salt Bar


Chuao’s Firecracker Bar


I made up a rating sheet and asked everyone to say something about the chocolate and give it a rating (out of one to five). Here are the results.

Over all, the PBJ OMG scored the highest with a whopping 21.2 points. Mocha OMG and the Firecracker followed close behind with 21 and 20 points, and the Southern Artisan came close with 17 points. The PBJ OMG reminded the tasters of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and blended the best with the marshmallow. The Mocha OMG blended well but didn’t compliment the marshmallow as much as the PBJ OMG. The Southern Artisan was very dark, I would definitely recommend it to those of you who enjoy the mix of sweet and rich.  The Firecracker was an experience, it is great for those who like excitement and a pop of spice.

I hope you enjoyed my blogs and let us know if you would like me to do more. I am always happy to experiment with chocolate.


                                  Stay Happy,

 Lena Fine

12 Jun '13

The Darker the Chocolate the Better

I really love working with people to find the perfect chocolate gift. I was recently asked by a customer to help find her husband a few bars of dark chocolate. Her general rule is "the darker the better." I like to hear that! The first bar that popped into my had was Askinosie's 77% bar from the Philippines - one of my personal favorites. It's earthy, nutty and a chocolaty chocolate bar. I then suggested Michel Cluizel's 85% bar - another rich, earthy, dark chocolate. Then I had to throw into the mix a 100% bar - pure cocoa content! Pacari's 100% Raw bar is one that I think will work for her "darker the better" strategy. It's another great dark, earthy bar with some nutty undertones. These bars are all wrapped up and ready for Father's Day. I think he's going to enjoy them all!