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Barbie Van Horn
Works at FindingFineChocolate.com
Attended Northwest College of Art
Lives in Seattle
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  • Northwest College of Art
    Visual Communication and Interior Design
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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. 


Work
Occupation
Eat and drink chocolate morning and night. Title Rep 9-5
Employment
  • FindingFineChocolate.com
    Chocolate Taster and 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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Currently
Seattle
Previously
New York - Kansas City - Prescott AZ - Blacksburg VA - Ridgefield NJ - Poulsbo WA

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Pub.  Hand Tossed Pizza lunch.  Three Clock Hours.  Complimentary!! (well, actually it is on me today - free for you)

Starts at 11 today at the Watershed Pub at Northgate in Seattle.  
Brand new class "Understanding Title Insurance"

I have 5 more seats available due to cancellations.  Care to join me?  Just leave me a message and let me know you are coming.

+René Fabre to teach a "Preparing For #MobileComCamp " workshop starting at 2:15.  I have 3 more seats for that workshop.  (Workshop only $10)
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+Barbie Van Horn I would suggest you read this before lots of people start BLOCKING you:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillGassett/posts/i6fVSV3NQ1Z  DO NOT check off the email box!
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Thank you craft chocolate makers!  This post points out all of the people involved in making a bar of fine chocolate.  The #Taza   #Bolivia  bar will be back soon!
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Thanks for the share... great read!
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Whether you prefer chocolate bars with 56%, 70%, 80%, 82%, or even 90% cacao, there are real bean-to-bar chocolate makers who understand and strive to provide a pure chocolate experience for those ...
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This is a #socialmedia #class ? Oh yes, that's how we plan a class ! +Duane Martin +René Fabre +Tom McGough +kirk griswold +Michelle Maiers s +Louise Hansen
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Had a blast at #mobilecomcamp #uvillage today. Fun group!
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This is such a special peek into your road trip.  THANK YOU!!  Keep up the great work!  I'm looking forward to that chocolate porridge recipe!
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No kidding?!  salted dried fish?  Now I have to try it just to satisfy my curiosity.
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Huckleberries and creamy mocha notes.
 
French Broad Chocolates: Tumbes, Peru
French Broad Chocolates Tumbes Peru bar #CraftChocolate Notes of tiny sweet wild huckleberries.  Then flavors reminiscent of a light mocha with cream emerge.  The finish is as if you are tasting a whole bowl of the tiny sweet wild huckleberries. xxxxxx #Pal...
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Origin makes an impact but making a choice solely on country of origin may bring surprises. #chocolate #craftchocolate #Fresco #Zotter   #Peru  
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Noteworthy chocolate makers to visit in America...
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Even in  my little Mazda I find it difficult to park sometimes!  I hear your pain. 
I know I know I know... It's the city. Get over it. I live in urbania. Renton, Washington. I'm like 12 to 13 miles from downtown Seattle, depending on the route I take. Since Seattle is the center of our Puget Sound megalopolis, work often takes me to the city.
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This explains in my chocolate language the #MobileComCam  class that +René Fabre and I will be teaching tomorrow.   #Clockhour   #SocialMedia    #Seattle    #UVillage     #FieldTrip  
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You got it +Roy Manterfield !
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Milk chocolate with malty, smoky notes of caramel.  Beautiful!   #milkchocolate  #chocolate #craftchocolate #beantobar  
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This bar reminded me of cold smoked chocolate and was big on dried fruit.  I wish it were available in the USA but it looks like I'll have to travel to NZ to find it!. #chocolate   #craftchocolate   #papuanewguinea   #origin  
 
Dark Chocolate From Down Under: Ocho Otega Chocolate Company Revolution70%
Ocho  Otago Chocolate Company Revolution 70% bar #CraftChocolate Clean sharp snap.  Smoky on the nose and on the tongue.  The smoky notes here are some of the best that I have found in a Papua New Guinea bar.  It reminds me of chocolate that has been cold s...
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The of Best Intentions Not Always Enough: The First-Hand Perspective of ...
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Lajedo do Ouro Cacao Beans from Brazil
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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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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