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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
Employment
  • FindingFineChocolate.com
    Chocolate Enthusiast / Blogger, 2010 - present
  • First American Corporation
    Account Rep, present
  • Pacific Northwest Title
    Account Rep
  • Old Repulbic Title
    Account Rep
  • Van Horn Real Estate
    Owner / Real Estate Broker
  • Windermere Real Estate
    Real Estate Broker
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Seattle
Previously
New York - Kansas City - Prescott AZ - Blacksburg VA - Ridgefield NJ
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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. 


Education
  • Northwest College of Art
    Visual Communication and Interior Design
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This chocolate paring event  put on by the Portland Chocolate Mob was as mysterious as going to a speakeasy and the highlight of March.
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Great post! Sounds like the Portland Chocolate Mob was a great event, wish I could have attended! Great photos and video too! 
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Pairing Pearl #Chocolate with Framboise Lambic tonight. A great way to end the day. 
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Today I am so lucky to be attending a workshop given by +René Fabre on G+ and why #RealEstate agents, just like other businesses, need to be using it to connect with their clients. If you are in the #Seattle area and want to join us at 12:30 let me know. $10 for the workshop, but the information is priceless.

I'm making sure my brain is ready by charging it with sipping chocolate this morning!
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Chocolate Hangout with Dandelion Chocolate
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Today is a double #Hangout day. At 3 o'clock we hang out with Dandelion chocolate, at 6 PM we hang out with the Chocolate Box. Join us.
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no worries!  The Hangout with Dandelion is recorded and the Hangout with Chocolate Box didn't happen
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While I am working on a blog post this morning, I am sipping drinking #cacao from +Pacari Deep #chocolate flavors filled with floral notes remind me of walking through a lush garden. 
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G+ made this funny little animation of the Tease Chocolate crew at the Portland Chocolate Fest.  I must have been trying to take their photo!
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Nice!  I'll give it a try.
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If you missed the #Dandelion #Chocolate #hangout here it is.
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Chocolate Hangout with indi chocolate direct from Pike Place Market
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Oh I found it!! Laura knew you too! Amazing place and got a lot of goodies!! Thanks! :)
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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

Can you find the Tabasco flavor in the Zotter Labooko Chocolate Bar?
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The layers of flavors that can be found in fine chocolate is absolutely amazing. In Zotter bar I found Tobasco flavor, with a little help fr

Huckleberry "Dark" Chocolate Bar by Firebird Chocolate
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Yes, those are whole huckleberries you are looking at. With whloe dried huckleberries mixed throughout this bar is perfect for the huckleber