Monday, September 10, 2012

What's Your Chocolate Blogfest

To get in the flavor of this blogfest on September 10th, think Chocolate.  What image does that conjure in your mind?






M.Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry and Ciara Knight are hosting the What's Your Chocolate Blogfest.  You just have to talk chocolate, relate chocolate memories, and tell us about chocolate loves from your past:   chocolate fudge, chocolate dipped berries, chocolate liqueur, chocolate cheescake, handmade chocolates, and so on.  


What's my chocolate?  Dark Chocolate
and then, there's. . .

Too Much Chocolate

One chocolate dark night in early December years ago, we decided to make 150 truffle sized chocolates for Christmas gifts.  As novice chocolate makers, it took hours to shape that many fondants and dip each one into chocolate. We never made chocolates from scratch again.  At least two people are needed to make enough for several gifts, one person to dip the pre-made fondant shapes and one to grate the chocolate and keep it liquid for dipping. Although our place smelled sweet and chocolate-covered candies covered every surface, once was enough.  A true story.

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Don't forget to answer the question. . . What's your Chocolate of choice?  Please share in the comments and thanks for stopping by.


To get back to the list of other bloggers participating in this Chocolate blogfest, click the link:

What's Your Chocolate Blogfest (M. Pax's site)

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48 comments:

  1. Hi DG. I'm in awe of your candy-making skills. That's not an easy task. Never again? I was going to ask for your address. I'd like to be the "sampler" to make sure you get it right. :)

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    1. In my kitchen, any help is welcome. I like company and will gladly share. That is, IF I ever get crazy again and want to make handmade chocolate.

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  2. Yes, I can relate to your post. I have tried to do a similar thing in my life - but only once! Fun wasn't it!

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    1. At least we can say yes, did that, been there. My friends and family were happy with the results, since they received the gifts.

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  3. I've always thought it would be fun to own a chocolate shop, but I'm betting it's much more work than I know. And these days I try to only eat dark chocolate, and if it has almonds in it, all the better. :)

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    1. That's what I thought, LG, but you need cool hands (temperature wise) and patience. BTW, I like almonds in mine, too, for a little crunch.

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  4. I made chocolate truffles for gifts once. Yep, once. I totally get what you're talking about.
    Thanks for participating in the chocolate blog hop! I thought I was following your blog, but it said I wasn't, so now I am. :)
    Ciara

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    1. Thanks, Ciara and welcome. You have to really like your friends to make homemade chocolates for them.

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  5. I haeven't tried making chocolates. But yummy. I like the dark stuff, too.

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    1. It's better to start with a smaller batches, but I always like to do more when it's labour intensive (more efficient). I make faux almond roca now.

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  6. Hello from your newest follower! Dark chocolate truly is amazing, isn't it?

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    1. It sure is. Welcome and thanks for the follow. I'm enjoying all the chocolate tales around today.

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  7. I have a vague memory of making chocolate with my family at home, and yeah, it's hard and time-consuming! But fun to try once.
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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    1. Nice family you must have had! I've since made simpler chocolate candy gifts with our daughters.

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  8. I've never made chocolate from scratch. It sounds very tedious, but worth it. Then again, I'd rather enjoy someone else's homemade chocolate. A friend makes chocolate every Xmas, and it's divine.

    Thanks for the comment and follow.
    I'm glad to meet you and join your crew.
    xoRobyn

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    1. Welcome Robyn, and I agree, it's better when someone else makes the chocolates.

      Loved your candy bar post!

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  9. Wow! What a project! I love chocolate (dark), but I don't think I'd have the patience to do what you did!

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    1. I only had the patience once. I would never do such a large batch again, for sure. Thanks for stopping by and following!

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  10. Making chocolates for gifts sounds delicious and ambitious.

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    1. It is and it was. Thanks for stopping by, Tim.

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  11. I've always loved the idea of making my own chocolates, but it sounds like hard work!

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    1. IMO, it is. In a smaller batch, it may not be as daunting a task. But when you realize that all those 150 pieces of chocolate have to be dipped individually, that's the work.

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  12. My kids and I love making treats for teachers at Christmas time. We each pick a different thing to make. So much fun.

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    1. I have easier recipes for kids to help make at Christmas. We did that for years too. (Rudolph's Antlers was a good one). My daughter (older now) makes the best decorated cookies, I make the cinna-bons).

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  13. I had to laugh at your chocolate making story. That really IS a lot of work. I finally got a Wilton Chocolate Pro Melting Pot from Amazon. Makes it a breeze to melt chocolate, keeps it at the right temperature so you don't have to rush. It's almost (almost) fun now, LOL!

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    1. That sounds like a good idea. IF I decide I want another chocolate night!

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  14. I love chocolate, but I don't think I want to actually make it. Way too much work. Thanks for joining the blogfest!

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    1. The blogfest was fun, reading so many variations on one word: chocolate. It is a lot of work IMO to make handmade chocolates that look good, but it all depends on what we define as fun and work, I guess.

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  15. Making chocolates as a gift?
    I cannot begin to imagine what that entails... Wow! I take my hat off to you...

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    1. I liked to try challenges in baking and candy gifts BK (before kids). I had lots of time then.

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  16. I made that many cookies once, but none of them were that finicky.

    Just stopping by and saying hi from the Chocolate Blog Hop.

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    1. Perhaps if I had done these in small batches. . . I'll stop by to check out your post, Capillary. Thanks for visiting.

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  17. one time i went to a cookie factory for a school trip in like grade two... the smell of dough and whatever made me detest cookies for years! (im still not a fan)
    regarding my favorite chocolate??
    skor bar!

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    1. I'm not a big cookie fan either, Jeremy, but smell association can definitely have an effect on whether you like something or not. (I smelled-didn't eat it, didn't have time-so much chocolate that night that I didn't want any for months.)

      Thanks for following the blog and stopping by.

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  18. Welcome and thanks for the follow, Sally! Hope you'll visit often.

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  19. My favorite chocolate is Reese's peanut butter cups. But I'm hypoglycemic, so I can't eat a whole one...and then I have to have a big dose of protein...so it's a bother.
    I do understand what you mean about cooking something all day and then never wanting to eat it again. We do a huge garden, and then make huge batches if chili. We're talking 6 gallons at a time. Then we pressure can it. After a weekend of that, it takes me about a year to want to eat chili...and The Engineer wonders why I NEVER eat it. So I've started leaving the house on chili day, and we freeze it, so I'm not smelling the canner for two days in a row. Helps. Now I can eat it again.
    By the way, I wrote my post (which turned out to be a two-parter) about what my mom gave away. I just put it up today, so my signature should take you right there if you have a chance.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. I visited your blog and left a comment. I couldn't eat chili because of the garlic in it. I had a bad bit of garlic, and hated it for years. I can eat it now.

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  20. Oh my. I just found myself in your blog roll. I'm honored and thrilled. THANK YOU!
    Tina

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    1. I'm glad you like seeing your name there. I was doing some house cleaning, so added a blogroll of the ones I read and visit more often.

      Blogger has been bothering me, so I'm moving things around a little.

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  21. Yum. Chocolate fountains are pretty cool -- milk, dark, and white all flowing together. Seems like sacrilege, but it's magic.

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    1. I can tell you're appreciating the design and artiness of it all, Milo.

      I don't need lots, a little bit is OK.

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  22. That's pretty generous making all those truffles... it actually sounds like something I would do:)

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    1. It's easy to do something the first time when we are ignorant of the actual details like amount of labour involved. It makes life fun.

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  23. Great story, D.G.! Making any kind of candy at home seems to be really hard work. I've just done the candy melts and molds. Those take a lot, and I never have enough room for hardening and storing before they are ready to go into tins, etc. for disbursal as gifts.

    We do have fondue fountains, which are fantastic for parties. I also love a fondue restaurant chain The Melting Pot - ever heard of it?

    I love milk chocolate covered caramels and milk chocolate covered strawberries!

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    1. Not being of a chocoholic nature, I had never heard of this wondrous contraption (a fondue fountain), but during this blogfest, many have mentioned it. I guess it's the latest trend in entertaining?

      A lot of people prefer milk chocolate, but dark chocolate sits better with me. Thanks for stopping by, Julie.

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  24. It sounds like fun, at first, then like a nightmare, lol! I'm sure I would only attempt that once as well. I hope everyone appreciated them.

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    1. They did, and were amazed I'd even attempted it. I like to occasionally impress. . .but once did it. Been there, done that.

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  25. Welcome Hilary! Nice to see you dropping by.

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