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Cortney Matz

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I just met this small batch chocolate maker doing some exciting flavor combinations. Shawn Orr, the head chocolatier, is developing a bean-to-bar operation this year! That will be the third B2B in the LA area. http://thechocolatetourist.tv/blog/2014/03/19/tifa-chocolate-in-agoura-hills-ca/#.UynXpz9dVBM
Drinking chocolate, gelato, killer cappuccino, and handmade chocolates with striking ingredients like whiskey, or red peppers. All packaged in a southern California smile. Is Tifa the ideal chocola...
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The Gooey #Chocolate Cookie Recipe That Won $5,000: http://goo.gl/wOMD4H
Sally's Baking Addiction blogger Sally McKenney admits to making mistakes in the kitchen but says experimenting pays off. She shares the chocolate-and-caramel concoction that won her fans — and cash.
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Russell-Stover may be sold - reported price US$1Bn. Good news or bad for #chocolate  fans? (http://goo.gl/PS0HxP WSJ Online-paywalled.) 
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Cortney Matz

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I'm curious about this stat in USA Today, claiming there are 12-15 small batch chocolate makers today. Seems way too low of a number - can anyone weigh in? #chocolate #smallbatch #USAToday
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I agree, that number is far too low.  I personally know more than 12-18 and have tasted the chocolate from many more.
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Get your ticket today! Meet The #Chocolate Maker Tasting featuring Bryan Graham of @TasteFruition starting at 6:30 on Wed Jan 29 at @2beansNYC(100 Park Ave between 40th and 41st). A minimum of 20 tickets need to be sold.

Tix at http://goo.gl/JikQYT
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Surprisingly, according to the article, the interest in incorporating white #chocolate  in menus is growing faster than chocolate overall.
Chocolate’s popularity continues to grows on restaurant menus
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Clay Gordon
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Join me at the Good Food Awards Gala. I am a member of the #chocolate  committee and was a judge in the confectionery category this year. San Francisco / Palace of Fine Arts / Thursday, January 16th. Go to TheChocolateLife.com to learn more and buy tickets to the Gala and to the Saturday Marketplace.
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Clay Gordon
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Origin labeling of #chocolate   #cocoa  & #cacao  in the EU? Probably not in my lifetime. http://goo.gl/Y7BDu6 - manufacturers claim it would confuse consumers and cost a lot. Your thoughts?
The European Cococa Association (ECA) is campaigning to exclude cocoa and cocoa semi-finished products from voluntary and mandatory origin labelling foreseen in mooted EU legislation.
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Well at present if there is no origin labelling, then I can safely assume that it is a blend of whatever.
Whilst if I pay for a better quality... doesn't have to be too much... then it is clearly stated what the origin is. 
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Dan Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate in a local TV news segment takes the audience through the steps of making chocolate.
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Mico Melchor

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I've recently attended a 2-day training on Cacao Farming, sponsored by the Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines, and I'm glad to say, time well spent! I'm a 20 year old College student who's been interested in cocoa since I was young, and I believe that our country has a rich soil to grow such wonderful plants. Unfortunately, few people see this as an advantage and many take cocoa for granted. I dream of helping the farmers in our area through building a buying center as additional income (and maybe do more than just buying and selling cocoa beans).

I hope TheChocolateLife+ can help me in this advocacy!
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umberto boscolo

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The Chocolate Tree and Kleego.
From Scotland with Kleego...Give a look to this video...
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Pleased to see the best Scottish chocolate using the Kleego... a great endorsement for this machine.
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#Chocolate recall: 12,000 Fannie May heart-shaped boxes in Midwest US, 4-oz selection (For more info: http://goo.gl/t3CRK7)
WASHINGTON -- One company that sells heart-shaped gift boxes of chocolate is voluntarily recalling 1
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Is 'raw' the next 'natural' in food litigation? This article is about HPP juice - but any focus on raw foods may end up bringing raw chocolate claims under scrutiny.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation/FDA-You-can-t-call-HPP-treated-juice-fresh-But-can-you-call-it-raw/
High pressure processing (HPP) has breathed fresh life into the US juice market. But if beverage firms are excited about the technology, so, it appears, are plaintiffs' attorneys, who are starting to take issue with the way some HPP-treated products are being marketed.
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My interview with koffieTcacao magazine at the Origin #Chocolate conference in Amsterdam, October 2013. (One fact checking note, the conche was discovered in 1879 not 1897 as I say in the interview. I misspoke - early in the morning and still a tad jet-lagged.
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Julie - Here's the direct link to the video on YouTube - maybe if you watch from the video's page and not embedded?

http://youtu.be/jx3mi77-H5s
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Cortney Matz

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Greetings chocolate people! I'm re-launching my website covering chocolate and where it comes from and how it's made. If you take a moment to drop by, I'd love to have your thoughts! We'll be adding a video series soon.
Using only a box of mixes, a kettle of hot water, and our imaginations, we tried six different combinations. Paul's contributions were based around water-flavoring syrups – too sweet for my taste buds, but he liked them a lot. Paul wasn't sold on all my ideas either, but then neither was I. The ...
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Clay Gordon
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Now here's a thought - focus on quality NOT quantity. About time, don't you think. But here's the question: "Will the industry listen?"
The food and nutrition industries should be focusing on bioavailablity and bioefficacy of nutrients, and not just on big numbers on product labels, says a leading social entrepreneur who has spent over a decade boosting the nutritional status of the severely malnourished across Africa.
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Cocoa bean shell - often a waste product - can be turned into paper: http://goo.gl/aoqB3m 
Chocolate wrapped in chocolate? UK paper, James Cropper manufacturer tastes recycling success by turning the husks of cocoa beans into paper.
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This article states that for every one tonne of cocoa beans there are 10 tonnes of waste?  The shells that I have taken off of cocoa beans weigh far less than the bean itself.  Do I just have heavy  beans?
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Grand opening of the new NYC Amedei #chocolate  store - the #first   in the world this weekend, Saturday 12/14. @amedeistorenyc is at 15 E 18th St between 5/B'Way. The store will feature the range of Amedei chocolates, pralines (bon bons), and serve hot chocolates as well.

Amedei co-founder Cecelia Tessieri will be visiting NYC in January, her first-ever visit to the US. Like their Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/amedeistore -- to get a chance to meet Ms Tessieri when she is here.
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That area's becoming quite the chocolate corridor! Yum, Amedei.
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