Quick Chocolate Fixes I--Chocolate "Bark"

Quick Chocolate Fixes II--Chocolate-Dipped Goodies


White Chocolate Cheesecake

Fudge Pie

Easy Seven-Layer Bars

Sweet Spot


Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the December (Holiday) 1998 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month you'll find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where to find chocolate specialties. This month, I'd like to wish chocolate lovers everywhere Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close, I'd like to acknowledge a few people. Thanks to Patti G. and Paul M. for their help and for taking a chance on me, and thanks also to my family, especially my parents, for their continuing support. In addition, I'd like to encourage all readers of this column to get into their kitchens and cook or bake something. Anything will do--a pot of soup, some cookies, a pasta salad. And if you have children, by all means get them involved (several recipes in this column are perfect for kids who want to help). Your kitchen should not be an unknown realm to you.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: December's Recommendation is Michel Cluizel Chocolates. This company is one of the last independent, family manufacturers of superior chocolates left in the world, and their chocolates are just beginning to be introduced into the United States. I tried a few samples at a food show last summer, and I have been anxious to tell you about them ever since. The chocolate is not overly-sweet, as is so often the case these days, but it has a full, rich taste, and the texture is one of perfect smoothness. Delicious!

The December holidays are upon us again, and if your shopping is not done, I can heartily recommend some of these special chocolates for the special folks on your list. Michel Cluizel Chocolates offers an amazing variety of bars, bonbons, and other treats. Perhaps the easiest way to find some of their products is at: (click on "Gourmet Food", then on "Chocolate/Candy"; Michel Cluizel products are on page 5 of 6 as of this writing). In the New York metro area, the chocolates are carried by ABC Stores; Dean & DeLuca; Agata & Valentina; and Wine Ventures (Tenafly, NJ). In the midwest, head to Zingerman's Deli (Ann Arbor, MI). In the south, A Southern Season (Chapel Hill, NC) and For The Love of Chocolate (Richmond, VA) carry Michel Cluizel, the former in their catalog only. Out west, look in the Norm Thompson catalog (Portland, OR), and the stores called Food For Thought (Santa Rosa, CA), Cocoa Beans (San Francisco), and Honolulu Chocolates (Hawaii). I promise you that these are chocolates worth searching for!

Chocolate Book of the Month: Enid Futterman's Bittersweet Journey: A Modestly Erotic Novel of Love, Longing, and Chocolate (Viking Penguin, 1998) is a cross between a present-day love story and a journal of one woman's attempt to find emotional fulfillment. The story is set in the great chocolate cities of the world, and it abounds with examples of chocolate as a metaphor. Gorgeous photography, a few recipes, and a source guide for the chocolates mentioned are all part of the book. If you enjoy modern fiction from a woman's point of view, pick up a copy; as this is a visually beautiful work, it would make a nice gift book, too. For you online shoppers, Bittersweet Journey is available at:;; and

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