Boo! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the October,
1998 (Halloween) edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each
month you'll find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on
where to find chocolate specialties. This month, there are several
recipes geared toward kids, and one specifically for adults in
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month:
Chocolates To Die For
33 West Franklin Street
Centerville, OH 45459.
This company has a selection of truffles, small "piece" chocolates,
and chocolate wafers that make me giddy. My favorites are the
wafers, called "Charlemagnes"; they are thin and classy and blend
good, very dark chocolate with flavors as diverse as mint or Earl
Grey tea. Save room for the "piece" chocolates, called "pralines",
as they come in beautiful shapes and with fillings I wish I could
make. The truffles are large and covered in chocolate shavings
or coconut. Bite through the chocolate shell of one and you'll
find a center of exquisite smoothness. And I haven't forgotten
the chocolate hazelnut spread, smooth and rich, with good flavors
of both the title ingredients.
To Die For has a great selection of gift boxes or containers,
and I especially like their oversized cappuccino cup and saucer,
which would be a fun present for a favorite coffee lover (the
cup contains 5 individually-wrapped truffles). These chocolates
are not cheap, but it is obvious that good ingredients (including
Belgian chocolate) are used to make them, and you get what you
pay for. Any of the assortments they offer would make fine holiday
gifts, and chocolate always comes in the right color and style!
Call them toll-free at 1-(888) BEL-CHOC, or fax them at 1-(937)
The Chocolate Show is coming to New York City!!!!
Friday, November 29 through Tuesday, December 1, 1998, from 11
am to 8 pm daily (except till 10 pm on Saturday, November 28),
The Chocolate Show will be at The Puck Building, 293 Lafayette
St. (corner of Houston St.). Purchase chocolates or place holiday
gift orders from the likes of Godiva, Perugina, Li-Lac, Scharffen
Berger, and Valrhona. Listen to music, check out the interactive
exhibits, look for the tasting booths and cookbook signings, and
attend seminars and demonstrations (for kids as well as adults).
There will even be high-fashion dresses made of chocolate, they
tell me. Chefs and chocolatiers already signed up include Nick
Malgieri, Elaine Gonzalez, Jacques Torres, Rose Levy Berenbaum,
Dorie Greenspan, Carole Bloom, Colette Peters, Robert Linxe, and
Flo Braker, as well as some from famous city eateries (Chris Broberg
from Lespinasse, for example). Admission price is ten dollars
per adult, five dollars per child under 12 or for culinary students
with ID's. I'll be there, too, for at least a couple of days,
so come up and say hello if you see me.
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