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Caramel-Coffee Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

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Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the August, 2001 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month, you'll find recipes, tips, and recommendations on chocolate specialties.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month:
Once upon a time, there was a researcher in the Amazon who decided that someone needed to create a market for the forest fruits that grew there. He wanted to provide cash crops for local farmers to encourage them to farm organically and sustainably; he also wanted to promote biodiversity. That man's name was Doug Stewart, and he founded Howler Gelato & Sorbet in 1994 as a means of accomplishing his worthy goal. The results of their efforts are organic lines of both gelatos and sorbets, in flavors ranging from dark forest chocolate to Mayan blackberry. The business became a true family affair when Doug's brother Kirkham teamed up with him in 1997.

I admire dedication to good food wherever I find it, and the devotion of these brothers to their products is something extraordinary. When no one in this country could produce gelato in small quantities to their high standards, Howler Gelato & Sorbet bought a gelato factory and did it themselves. Their vanilla bean gelato contains organic beans from both Mexico and Madagascar, and I can personally attest to its good flavor and texture. The organic mangos for both sorbet and gelato (yes, a mango gelato!) are grown in managed forests in northern Peru. We are fortunate to live in an era when people can do helpful things for the planet and produce worthwhile frozen desserts simultaneously, and I urge you to give these products a try. Check your local natural foods store or co-op, though the products are also in some upscale markets. The website,, is under construction, so if you have questions it's best to contact Howler Gelato & Sorbet via e-mail ( or by phone at (800) HOWLERS.

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