Truffled Ice Cream Cake

Coconut-Pecan Bars

Bittersweet Chocolate Charlotte

Chocolate Cupcakes

Sweet Spot



Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the September, 2000 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month, you’ll find recipes, tips, and recommendations on chocolate specialties. This is a transitional month, between summer and fall, so you’ll see some recipes indicative of both seasons.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Sustainable farming practices. Organically-grown produce. Eating seasonally and locally. All of these are admirable goals, and all are practiced by the people of Tait Farm Foods, this month’s chocolate recommendation. In addition to pick-your-own apples, asparagus, raspberries, and Christmas trees, this company offers a lovely selection of olive oils, preserves, gift collections, pancake mixes, chutneys, fruit vinegars, and more. And did I mention the chocolate scone mix? Yes, a chocolate scone mix that yields a dozen beautiful scones that genuinely taste like chocolate. They’re given a bit of help by the organic chocolate chips in the mix, which provide you with a good "hit" of flavor. Incidentally, the mix uses organic unbleached flour and organic sugar, too.

Tait Farm Foods expects to expand their chocolate line at some point; for now, the scone mix is all they offer in that vein. However, a number of the other products sound like they’re delicious. You can also visit the farm; check out the website for more details and to find out about their great Community Harvest program. Tait Farm Foods can be reached by phone at (800) 787-2716 or (814) 466-2386; their fax number is (814) 466-6561. Check out their website at:

Upcoming Chocolate Event: The Third Annual Chocolate Show will make a triumphant return to New York City November 16 through 19 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). Once again, the Show will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street. You’ll be able to see high-fashion dresses made from chocolate, in addition to experiencing author signings, demonstrations by top pastry chefs and chocolatiers, chocolate tastings, and more. Holiday gifts will be available, and there’s even a section for childrens’ activities. Admission prices will be: $12 per adult, $10 per student with ID, and $8 for children and senior citizens. Watch for more information in the October and November editions of this column!

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