Posts Tagged ‘wine chocolate’

Chocolate Tops List of Most-Popular Specialty Foods

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Choclatique by Ed EngoronOn Tuesday, September 27th, Choclatique—150 Simply Elegant Desserts finally arrived at bookstores and websites around the world. Yes, I did say around the world. I found Choclatique (The Book) online in England, Gemany, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and China. After three years of hard work that was really rewarding. Even more rewarding are the comments that we continually get about Choclatique Chocolate.

Sally FieldChocolate has always been popular, but now chocolate has knocked out coffee as the top specialty food purchase reported by consumers, according to a new report from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT). Or as Sally Field might say, “They love me! They really love me!”

Chill-Worthy Cherry from the Boo BoxAt the 5th Annual International Chocolate Salon held in Los Angeles last week, Choclatique was named The Most Gifted Chocolatier and Chocolate Maker for the second year in a row. Chocolate Sprinkles from the Designer Donuts CollectionWe sampled a variety of our newest truffles including Chocolate Martini from our new Retro Cocktail Collection, Dark Chocolate Sprinkles from our Designer Donut Collection. We treated guests to our Estate Chardonnay truffles from our Napa Valley Wine Chocolates, and some delightful Halloween ghosts from the Boo Box. Some of the most talked about confections at the show were our signature Dark Chocolate Caramel in Dark Chocolate and our most popular, best-selling Bubbly—Choclatique’s Champagne Truffle.

The growing popularity of gourmet chocolate comes as no surprise to me. The continued growth of well-made artisan chocolate has been steady even during difficult economic times.

chocolate heartsGreat economic challenges can be turned into big opportunities with products like artisanal chocolate, designer cheeses and creative condiments that have all become an integral part of the American culinary landscape. The exciting part is that today American artisan chocolatiers now rival the best of what Europe has to offer and it is exciting to see chocolate pushed to the top of the list ahead of coffee.

Seven years ago, Joan and I began the development of the Choclatique assortments; our only thought in mind was making the best damn chocolate in America. Our efforts have been rewarded with over 40 international awards. Last week not only were we named The Most Gifted Chocolatier, but we also received awards in the following categories:

  • Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience
  • Tower of Delight

  • Best Presentation & Packaging
  • Best Gift Set
  • Top Artisan Chocolatier
  • Most Artistic Designs
  • Best in Salon
  • Top Toffee in Salon
  • Best Milk Chocolate
  • Best Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Best Comfort Chocolate

Choclatique’s Chocolate Studios are located in West Los Angeles near the beach city of Santa Monica. We are a 7-year-old company selling chocolate online at www.Choclatique.com, Amazon and upscale retailers across the United States.

Remember to watch for ChocolateDoctor sightings (that’s me) in your area, as I am invited to appear on TV programs around the country to talk about chocolate, and be sure to check out Choclatique—150 Simply Elegant Desserts found in bookstores around the world, Amazon, Walmart, Target and of course our website at www.Choclatique.com.

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Napa Valley Wine Chocolates

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

— Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique

Cakebread Cellars had been around for about 15 years when Joan and I first met Dolores and Jack Cakebread and their son Dennis on the “Big Island of Hawaii for the first Cuisines of the Sun cooking event. At that time, Choclatique® was not even a glimmer of an idea. Joan and I were completely tied up with The Food Show (ABC) and our consulting company, PERSPECTIVES/The Consulting Group, Inc.

While we were not yet making chocolate, Joan and I were certainly consuming a lot of it (and we still are, of course). During his afternoon cooking demonstration, Jack was trying to convince all that would listen that wine and chocolate was the perfect paring of nature’s finest foods. I made a comment to one of the other attendees that I had always enjoyed my wine with dinner and my chocolate dessert with a respectful interval of time in between. I was proved to be very wrong. Jack and Dolores changed my mind when I tasted their great Cabernet and Chardonnay with shards of dark, milk and white chocolate.

It was no surprise when we released Box of Bubbly—Dom Perignon Champagne Truffles—last year and they immediately became our second highest selling assortment in the Choclatique line. This popular flavor pairing of chocolate and wine opened the rest of the country’s eyes to wine chocolates.

Wine Chocolate Varieties

California’s wine country is an array of microclimates ideal for growing fine wine grapes and the source of wines used in the making of our Napa Valley Wine Chocolate assortments. We are pleased to offer:

Late Harvest Cabernet (Dark Chocolate)
A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon ganache with the flavors of concentrated berry and plum notes layered with a hint of herbs and green peppers with sparks of smoky oak surrounded by our 64% intense Private Reserve Bitter Sweet Chocolate.

Fall Vineyard Merlot (Dark Chocolate)
A medium-body Merlot ganache with delicate hints of berry, plum, red cherry and currant, with a soft fleshiness of perfectly ripened vines, covered with our 64% Private Reserve Dark Chocolate.

Estate Chardonnay Chocolate (Milk Chocolate)
With the faint aromas of apple, lemon, peach and tropical fruits, the overall flavor is a delicately crisp, flinty flavor with overriding flavors of ripe, fleshy grapes with a buttery quality accented by the flavor of new oak. This full-bodied ganache delicacy takes on many of the qualities of sparkling California wines.

Sparkling Blanc de Chocolate (White Chocolate)
Blanc de chocolate is a dry and crisp white chocolate ganache (33%) made from California “Champagne” with barrel-fermented flavors for added complexity. The wine has aged notes and carries vibrant, fruitful and crisp natural flavors of the sparkling wine from which it is made.

Old Oak Barrel-Aged Port Chocolate (Dark Chocolate)
A big, rich Port wine flavor that is fuller, sweeter and a bit heavier than our other wine ganache. Made from fortified wine it is heavy-bodied, sweet and smoky and holds remembrance of the past and the dreams of the future.

First-Crush Fume Blanc Chocolate (Milk Chocolate)
In memory of an old friend, Robert Mondavi, we dedicate our milk chocolate ganache to the wine he made famous. The flavors of our Fume Blanc ganache are a bit tarter in natural fruit flavors such as gooseberry, honey citrus and green apple, with subtle hints of vanilla and tropical fruits like melon and pineapple and the tell-tale smoky finish.

Zinfandel Cuvée Chocolate (Dark Chocolate)
This elegant Zinfandel ganache has a good fruit concentration of mid-palate dark fruits including raspberry, black currant and subtle pomegranate flavors with white chocolate undertones. The subtle aromas of black raspberry and earthy minerals with a hint of purple violet are evident.

Pretty in Pink “Blush” Chocolate (White Chocolate)
A flirty, yet shy pink rose chocolate ganache with the fruity flavors of ripe strawberry, juicy peach and nectarine. The aroma is a delicate balance of raspberry and black cherry, plus hints of flint and slightly tart cranberry.

Chaîne des RôtisseursChoclatique Napa Valley Wine Chocolates were “un-corked” for the first time the last week in May at the Wine and Hospitality Network event at The Hess Collection Winery in Napa, California and the Wine Country Hilton, Santa Rosa, California for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs—the world’s oldest and largest gastronomic society, founded in 1248.

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