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Barbie Van Horn
Works at FindingFineChocolate.com
Attended Northwest College of Art
Lives in Seattle
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Eat and drink chocolate morning and night. Title Rep 9-5
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  • FindingFineChocolate.com
    Chocolate Taster and Enthusiast / Blogger, 2010 - present
  • First American Corporation
    Account Rep, present
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  • Van Horn Real Estate
    Owner / Real Estate Broker
  • Windermere Real Estate
    Real Estate Broker
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New York - Kansas City - Prescott AZ - Blacksburg VA - Ridgefield NJ - Poulsbo WA
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Wife, Mom, Friend, Chocolate Blogger & Enthusiast
Introduction

Short version:  I'm a chocolate geek.

Long version:  I’m a chocolate enthusiast / blogger who left behind common chocolate to seek out the slow melt, diverse flavors, and creative personalities of the fine chocolate world.  

The first time I encountered the complex, delicate aromas, and varied textures of fine chocolate sparked a fascination, almost immediately the journey to find and fully understand and share the wonder of fine cacao began. 

My hunger for learning more about every aspect of the chocolate industry takes me around the world to meet with cacao farmers, chocolate makers, shop owners, and visit chocolate events. 

I’m a member of the Chocolate Aficionados Guild, participant in the Cacao Grader program, contributor to various lifestyle, cooking, and chocolate publications, and a judge for chocolate and confection competitions.  

I love to travel with my family, and enjoy some form of chocolate every day. 


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    Visual Communication and Interior Design
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The Search for Venezuelan Notes in Chocolate
Busy morning tasting single origin Venezuela chocolate bars Finding Venezuelan notes. This morning I sit at my desk surrounded by 13 single origin chocolate bars as well as some coverature chocolate.  All single orign from Venezuela. I've been on a journey ...
Busy morning tasting single origin Venezuela chocolate bars Finding Venezuelan notes. This morning I sit at my desk surrounded by 13 single origin chocolate bars as well as some coverature chocolate. All single orign from...
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Easy bathroom fan test. Is yours functional? I'm going to go test mine right now!
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How to find specific flavor notes in chocolate: An exercise in tasting for fig
Chocolate tasting with a specific goal of finding fig like aromas and flavors.  A specific taste test of chocolate bars for fig notes Want an fun experience that will hone your taste buds?  This exercise will keep you trying chocolate until you find just th...
Chocolate tasting with a specific goal of finding fig like aromas and flavors. A specific taste test of chocolate bars for fig notes Want an fun experience that will hone your taste buds? This exercise will keep you tr...
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Respect for Marou Chocolate
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat Marou Faiserus de Chocolate.  I have even more respect for you now. I just returned from Thailand where we spent most of our time in rural, non tourist areas.  Thailand is beautiful and very warm even though this is the coolest ti...
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat Marou Faiserus de Chocolate. I have even more respect for you now. I just returned from Thailand where we spent most of our time in rural, non tourist areas. Thailand is beautiful and very warm ev...
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Fran's Chocolates in the Old Rainier Brewery
Fran's new production facility in the old Rainier Brewery in the Georgetown part of Seattle. Need something to do with your out of town guests or children on holiday from school?  I have a great idea, and most of my ideas involve chocolate.  Visit the headq...
Fran's new production facility in the old Rainier Brewery in the Georgetown part of Seattle. Need something to do with your out of town guests or children on holiday from school? I have a great idea, and most of my ideas inv...
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Chocolate Ale and Maple Goat Chocolate
Chocolate by Chocolate Alchemist, beer by Boulevard Brewing Some things are better together. These two are. The beer:  Boulevard Brewing Company Smokestack Series Special Release Chocolate Ale in collaboration with Christopher Elbow . Notes of roast, malt, ...
Chocolate by Chocolate Alchemist, beer by Boulevard Brewing Some things are better together. These two are. The beer: Boulevard Brewing Company Smokestack Series Special Release Chocolate Ale in collaboration with Christophe...
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Nine Essential Tools for Tasting Chocolate
Tools for chocolate tasting and palate training. Now you're going to know exactly how far down the rabbit hole I've gone with chocolate tasting. Essential tools for tasting chocolate. I taste chocolate daily, sometimes as a part of research, experiments and...
Tools for chocolate tasting and palate training. Now you're going to know exactly how far down the rabbit hole I've gone with chocolate tasting. Essential tools for tasting chocolate. I taste chocolate daily, sometimes as a p...
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Looking forward to trying the chocolate with 50% less sugar and stevia.
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Palate Training with chocolate. Step two: prepare your brain to focus.
Salt and nibs add to the texture of this bar by Pacari Chocolate. Slow down.  Relax.  Focus. Sounds like my plan for the beginning of every year.  In reality it is how I start my chocolate tasting each day.  At least I can stay on track for a few minutes a ...
Salt and nibs add to the texture of this bar by Pacari Chocolate. Slow down. Relax. Focus. Sounds like my plan for the beginning of every year. In reality it is how I start my chocolate tasting each day. At least I can st...
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How do you cleanse your palate for chocolate tasting?
I use water at 140 degrees farenheit as a palate cleanser. Palate cleansing. Any time I sample chocolate for palate training, or when tasting to identify flavor notes and texture, I start with palate cleansing. My routine is pretty simple.  Purified water a...
I use water at 140 degrees farenheit as a palate cleanser. Palate cleansing. Any time I sample chocolate for palate training, or when tasting to identify flavor notes and texture, I start with palate cleansing. My routin...
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Figgy Nibby Cinnamon Roll Filling
Figgy Nibby Cinnamon Rolls peeking out from behind my sipping cocoa on a cold morning. It's been a while.  Life has been busy.  I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful people and things surrounding me. These cinnamon rolls are more of an art than an exact ...
Figgy Nibby Cinnamon Rolls peeking out from behind my sipping cocoa on a cold morning. It's been a while. Life has been busy. I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful people and things surrounding me. These cinnamon rolls...
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Chocolate is going to hit Seattle like a tidal wave
Seattle, the Puget Sound and, the Space Needle from the Columbia Tower Club As most of you already know, I've been working on this new thing called Craft Chocolate Week which is really just a few small events with chocolate makers, chocolate shops, and expe...
Seattle, the Puget Sound and, the Space Needle from the Columbia Tower Club As most of you already know, I've been working on this new thing called Craft Chocolate Week which is really just a few small events with chocolate m...
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The of Best Intentions Not Always Enough: The First-Hand Perspective of ...
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Toledo Cacao Growers Association Office As a professed cacao geek, one of the most exciting outings of our chocolate trip to Belize was a me

Lajedo do Ouro Cacao Beans from Brazil
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At the NW Chocolate Festival I met the most charming couple from Brazil. Pedro Caetano Magalhales Neto and his lovely wife. Pedro's family h

Hidden Gems Found at Chocolate Festivals
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There is nothing like a great limited edition find, even in chocolate. Yet another reason to go to Chocolate Festivals! You'll find limited

Empassionato Caramels
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Sometimes the best confections are a result of a passionate chocolatier experimenting. This is the case here which means I am very sorry to

100% Chocolate: Separates the Men from the Boys
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I believe 100% separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls in the realm of chocolate makers. If a chocolate maker can make

Chocolate Festivals - What to Wear
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The NW Chocolate Festival will be here in Seattle in just a few weeks. Here are a few tips on what to wear, or really, what not to wear to a

The Blackberry Chronicles: An Impatiens Afternoon...
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A Seattle area native, I grew up in Renton, Washington. My work and play take me all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest, my home. These ar

Intrigue Chocolate Co — 6 Helpful Tips for Surviving the Seattle Chocola...
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The Seattle Chocolate Salon is this Sunday, May 5th! We expect to see all those familiar faces from last year, but if your new or wanting so

What Are Nibs? Cocoa Nibs? Cacao Nibs? Chocolate Nibs?
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What are nibs? Are they called cacao nibs or cocoa nibs or chocolate nibs? Any of those names will work. Where do they come from? They are c

finding chocolate: Skinny People Eat Chocolate
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Great news! Apparently skinny people eat chocolate. Two articles this week quote the same study that shows people who consistently eat choco

ActiveRain Real Estate Network
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ActiveRain Real Estate Network allows real estate agents, mortgage professionals and brokers to create a customized profile.

Let Chocolate Do The Talking for Valentines Day
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Posted just now by Barbie Van Horn (FindingFineChocolate.com) · finding fine chocolate. I love connecting with people about fine chocolate -

finding chocolate: NY Times article. Brussels: The Chocolate Trail
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NY Times article. Brussels: The Chocolate Trail. Here is a great article about chocolate in Brussels that was in the NY Times yesterday. htt

Chocolate Box
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Worked at Chocolate Box. Lives in Seattle.

Portland Chocolate Fest 2013 in 5 minutes
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I had a chance to visit the Portland Chocolate Fest last weekend and tried to scrunch all two days of Fest into just 5 minutes...a difficult

Kickstart New Packaging for Intrigue Chocolates
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Truffles by Intrigue Chocolate Company I don't talk about this concept very often, however, I think about every day. If we want a business t

How to Store Chocolate Nibs
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Recap: Nibs are just crushed cocoa beans. Cocoa and chocolate can absorb scents and flavors easily. Store your nibs in glass containers with

Free Tickets to the NW Chocolate Festival for Volunteers
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Love chocolate? Want a free ticket to the NW Chocolate Festival? Here is your chance. The NW Chocolate Festival needs volunteers to guard ch

Figgy Nibby Oatmeal Recipe
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I love a warm breakfast in the winter. This morning it is particularly cold outside, a mere 20 degrees. Way too cold if you ask me. Here is