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Travel to These European Cities for the Best Chocolate in the World

Travel to These European Cities for the Best Chocolate in the World

BY MIHAELA LICA-BUTLER   Chocolate is the best-known food on earth. It is the stuff of childhood dreams, magic, fairy tales, it spells legends in the unspoken wonder of the first bite. In Latin, the name of the cocoa tree—Theobroma cacao—literally means “food of the gods.”  Europe will rock your chocolate world. Here are the best cities […]

Chocolate Truffles, Decadent and Impressive, Are an Easy Homemade Treat

Chocolate Truffles, Decadent and Impressive, Are an Easy Homemade Treat

BY CRYSTAL SHI   For such rich, luxurious treats, chocolate truffles are incredibly simple to make at home. At the heart of the bite-size confections is ganache, a mixture of chocolate and cream, chilled until firm, scooped and shaped into balls, and rolled in cocoa and confectioners’ sugar—or whatever coating you desire. First, choose your chocolate: […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Say It With (Better) Chocolate

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Say It With (Better) Chocolate

BY CRYSTAL SHI   For Valentine’s Day, chocolate’s the classic, go-to gift—but it doesn’t have to be boring. From cereal-studded bars to wasabi-infused truffles, here are five exciting options to treat your loved ones to this year. Sweet Nostalgia  A white chocolate bar packed with crunchy cereal and marshmallows, dark chocolate adorned with frosted animal cookies […]

Chocolate Trends and a First Taste of New Flavors at SF Food Show

Chocolate Trends and a First Taste of New Flavors at SF Food Show

BY ILENE ENG SAN FRANCISCO⁠—A bar of Madagascar dark chocolate infused with California black figs had a fragrant, fruity taste. Dominican Republic chocolate chunks had a flavor solid and rich. A sweet dried pineapple covered in dark chocolate made its way from the Philippines. Exotic chocolates from all over the world participated in the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Winter Fancy […]

Tons of Berry Fun at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival | May 18-19, 2019

Tons of Berry Fun at the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival | May 18-19, 2019

Oxnard, Calif.—Kick off summer at the 36th California Strawberry Festival. Indulge in chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry margaritas, strawberry pizza and dozens of other strawberry treats at the two-day festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 at Strawberry Meadows/College Park in Oxnard (3250 South Rose Ave.). Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., both days. Festivalgoers can sample […]

Vets caution dog owners about chocolate poisoning spike around Christmas

Vets caution dog owners about chocolate poisoning spike around Christmas

Dogs are four times more likely to visit the vet due to chocolate poisoning around Christmas time than in any other non-holiday period, according to a new study. The British researchers hope that their findings will raise awareness and help dog owners prepare by being more careful with what sweets they leave unattended around the […]

Scientists Shock Chocolate Into Tasting Great Without All The Fat

Scientists Shock Chocolate Into Tasting Great Without All The Fat

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Chocolate not only tastes great, it also has numerous health benefits. Sadly, those health benefits go away when you factor in chocolate’s high levels of fat, typically from 40-60 percent. While chocolate makers and scientists have been searching for a way to lower the fat for decades, so far nothing has […]

Step Up Ventura Presents Art, Wine, and Chocolate! June 4th and 5th

Step Up Ventura Presents Art, Wine, and Chocolate! June 4th and 5th

Come mingle, have some chocolate, a glass of wine (or two) and bid on fine art at the “Art, Wine, and Chocolate!” event on Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m.-4p.mat the Clocktower Inn located at 181 East Santa Clara Street in Ventura. From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm FREE ADMISSION to Atrium for Silent Auction […]

Recipe of the Week: Fudge Pudding Cake

Recipe of the Week: Fudge Pudding Cake

A DAY OF WINE & CHOCOLATE Saturday, Nov. 21st

A DAY OF  WINE & CHOCOLATE  Saturday, Nov. 21st
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