CHC Updates

Summer is dead. Long live Autumn!

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Nate Towne | 1 comment

Okay, so we survived our first summer -- thank you fine customers for sticking with us in the sticky heat! While we love the warm surf and all, we are sooooooo so so overjoyed that autumn is here. You know why. Yes, it's time for new seasonal flavors, fall flavors inspired by the taste traditions of Maine. And Autumn means pumpkins. We loooooove pumpkins. Now stop that. STOP thinking about pumpkin spice. Blaspheme. Anyone can 'spice it up' - but it takes a true pumpkin believer to eschew the over-marketed, over-saturated pumpkin spice and just. Dig. In. To. Pumpkin. Have you ever had one of our award-winning Pumpkin Cremes? Of course you haven't - or very few of you have - because this is our first Autumn of being in business. We've made them for friends and family, entered them in contests (thus the award!) but never. EVER. Have they been available to the general public for sale and for real. 

It's pretty dang exciting. Please tell me you're sitting down. Do not make me call our lawyers. Because they have better things to do than answer our calls. (They have kids. Like, three of them, we think. Can you imagine?)

But we digress. Our award-winning Pumpkin Cremes are as you might imagine, then some. We make a rich truffle filling using - you guessed it - all natural pumpkin grown RIGHT HERE IN MAINE. Not a from a can purchased in Maine. WE could use a can. But, um. No. Not gonna do it.

So, we make this amazing pumpkin truffle filling, like the essence of all that is pumpkin kissed with JUST the right amount of spice, and then mold it into a devastatingly luscious white chocolate bonbon, topped with a fierce gingersnap and candied pepita fascinator.

We'll let you know when they're ready to market -- and oh yeah, we'll be selling Great Pumpkins too. You're gonna freak over those! (We hope!)

Posted in autumn, gingersnap, pumpkin, white chocolate

See you at Maine Startup and Create Week's Maine Food Show

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Nate Towne | 0 comments

Holy Moley how time flies! We are super excited to be appearing in the Maine Food Show -- part of Maine Startup and Create Week in Portland. Not only are we having a blast at MSCW 2015, we have the opportunity to get our latest and perhaps greatest products into the eager mouths of MSCW attendees! We're bringing our new summer G.O.R.P Bark for sampling - as well as our spring fan favorite, the Maine Beer Nut Maple Creme. Who knows, perhaps there will be a few other surprises! Check out this Bangor Daily News blog that featured us in a preview of tonight's Show - tasty newcomers. We like that!

Posted in Events, News

Spring Vacation

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Mark Simpson | 0 comments

Dear fabulous CHC customers - we are going on vacation starting at the end of this week, so no new chocolates will be shipped until after April 25th.

(If you ordered last week, you're fine!) If you need your CHC chocolate fix before we leave, let us know by Wednesday, Because we're locking the Chocolate Cabinet (of curiosities) until our return!

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It's Easter!

Posted on March 15, 2015 by Mark Simpson | 0 comments

Oh, we love Easter. Not because we're particularly religious, but because it comes at that  PERFECT time of year for a gay spring celebration. Spring is springing - so let's have some well deserved treats for making it through the winter, or rolling away a big bolder, whatevs!

From our decadently fabulous Easter Baskets to our snackable Pistachio Caramel Popcorn, our Easter holiday menu is meant to delight and astound the inner child in anyone. Check out the collection on our Order page - and don't forget our deadline, March 29th for all Easter deliveries!

Posted in Easter, Holiday

Who Needs a Hug in the Taste Buds?

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Mark Simpson | 0 comments

Look, we're gonna be honest with you -- we're jerks.
In a world full of fear, poverty, hunger, loss and suffering -- we make beautiful chocolates. Some people are curing cancer, yet we worry about the proper temperature of milk fats. It's all a little strange really. And a bit sad. But this is what we do.
That said, we think perhaps, just perhaps, our chocolates and confections could serve some greater good out there. We bet there's someone out there somewhere, who is feeling a bit unloved. Who perhaps doesn't get to indulge in the finer things all that often. Someone who could frankly use a bit of a hug in the taste buds. Someone who might need a 'random act of chocolate.' (Someone who isn't allergic to nuts, preferably. We prefer not to kill with our kindness.)
Do you know someone that fits this description? A neighbor? A member of your church? The retirement home down the street?
We'd like to do something nice for someone (or a few someones) this Valentine's Day. Would you help us make this happen?
Please feel free to share with others that might have some suggestions. We're just a little shop for now, but we have big dreams. This is something we'd like to do on a regular basis, perhaps turn it into "a thing." Who knows, maybe with your help, we could make a difference, even if it's just a small one.
So please feel free to leave suggestions in our comments, or shoot us a message if you have a particular person in mind.
Thank you for helping us spread the love!

Posted in chocolate, Valentine's Day

Delicious mistakes.

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Nate Towne | 0 comments

There's quite a bit of trial and error in this business we call Chocolatiering. (Which to begin with is a very awkward word in its own right.) Not only are there new techniques to master, there are also the standard pitfalls of working with chocolate day-to-day: too much humidity, too much heat, fussy chocolate, maker error, the list goes on. 

This is why we always experiment when creating a new delight - like our Thai Bird Chili chocolates, coming soon for Valentine's Day. Not only are we working with a new type of cocoa butter for the first time, it's a new chocolate mold and a new type of ganache for inside of the chocolate shell. Lots of firsts with this one!

So Mark got to work painting the inside of the chocolate mold cavities with our colored cocoa butter, layering sunset red first, following up with a dazzling jeweled yellow to create a gorgeous two-tone effect. In theory. In reality the cocoa butter didn't temper quite right and ended up melting into the chocolate once poured into the mold - resulting in a splotchy finish. Which we shan't show you -- but trust us, the end result was not as intended!

We could easily have tossed these shells back into the chocolate tempering machine - the color would have melted right into the brown chocolate and we could have started again from scratch. But we figured it was an excellent chance to try out our Thai Bird Chili ganache - which tasted just right to our palates: not too hot, but with a deep spice finish on the tongue. Magnificent! 

The filling of the chocolates with the ganache went as expected - rather easily! As did the 'capping' of the chocolates, when we seal the bottoms with chocolate. (Illustrated here with our Wild Maine Rose and Honey Nougat hearts pictured along with some of our Cherry Ginger Almond chocolate bars.)

BUT we discovered yet another 'maker error' - when blending the chili into the ganache, we didn't account for the extra dark chocolate taste provided by the shell around the ganache. As a result, our chili was somewhat deluded from the original taste. Therefore we adjusted the ganache with a little more punch - and now the resulting chocolate is one we are proud to offer you for Valentine's Day.

We'll unveil the new Thai Bird Chili bonbon in all its splendor this coming weekend, stay tuned!

Posted in bars, chocolate, molding

Something Special for Valentine's Day - our "Blessing of Unicorns" Gift Basket

Posted on January 11, 2015 by Nate Towne | 0 comments

Growing up in our home, Valentine's Day was a special day. We'd wake up and come downstairs for breakfast, and at our places at the table would be a little basket of Valentine's Day treats and a gift -- just to let us know we were loved on this special day. Mom would get roses, but we never felt left out because we had sweets!

Do *you* have a special sweetie (big or small) on your "Be Mine" Valentine's Day list? Why not show them your love with a Blessing of Unicorns CHC gift basket- two darling sugar cookie unicorns, lovingly hand-decorated and frosted in full-on Valentine's Day splendor, paired with a heart shaped sugar cookie and two of our luscious Wild Maine Rose and Honey Nougat chocolate bonbons -- artfully wrapped in whimsical Valentine's Day packaging. A feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds! Valentine's Day Blessings arrive just before Valentine's Day so they're fresh as possible upon arrival - all Valentine's Day Blessing orders placed will arrive by Friday, February 13th.

Deadline to reserve your Blessing is Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 -- don't miss out!

Posted in gift basket, sugar cookies, unicorns