Archives for April 2010

Mother's Day Trivia

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 9th.) This is the perfect holiday for a personalized chocolate bar from Chocomize. Check out some of our decorations that are tailored just for this holiday. We have chocolate hearts that say ‘I love you’ and ‘Thank You’, crystallized rose petals, 23 karat gold flakes, candy sugar hearts, and more!

 

 

Mother’s Day has a fascinating history. The earliest ‘Mother’s Day’ goes all the way back to the Ancient Greeks who had a holiday celebrating Rhea, the mother of all the Greek Gods. The modern Mother’s Day holiday owes much of its existence to Anna Marie Jarvis who spent her lifetime lobbying for the creation of a holiday that would celebrate women, and mother’s in particular. The first state to officially celebrate Mother’s day was West Virginia. On May 9th 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared it an official national holiday. It was originally celebrated as a way for American’s to honor the mothers whose sons had died in war, but it quickly expanded to celebrate all Mom’s in general.

 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp which commemorated Mother’s day in 1934 and in 2008, the US House of Representatives voted on a resolution commemorating Mother’s Day. It was a unanimous support (everyone was probably scared of their own mom.)

Here are some more interesting facts about Mother’s Day:

 

-More people eat at restaurants on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.

 

-It is estimated that this year Americans will spend around 2.5 billion dollars of flowers, 1.5 billion on ‘indulging’ gifts (think a day at the spa, or the chocolate of the month club from Chocomize), will write about 70 million of greeting cards, and almost 10% of all the jewelry bought in the US will be purchased on Mother’s Day.

 

-There are almost 83 million mothers in the United States

 

-In 2006 there were over 20,000 flower shops, 12,000 beauty stores, and almost 30,000 jewelry stores in the United States alone.

 

-A survey from AT&T said that over 120 million people call their mothers on this holiday (we think the same people should order a chocolate candy bar from us.)

 

To celebrate this great holiday, not only do we have the perfect ingredients for your personalized chocolate bars, but we will be running a blog series called ‘The Moms Behind Chocomize.’ There will be a couple of blogs about the moms of the founders of Chocomize (we’re hoping to earn major brownie points.) Mother’s Day is always a double whammy for me because my mother’s birthday is a couple days before! She’s be getting a lot of chocolate bars…I hope I didn’t ruin the surprise.

 

Nick

Beef Jerky Chocolate Bar

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A couple weeks back we mentioned that we were about to introduce the next big thing for chocolate.  We created a contest where people could guess which new ingredient we were going to add. There were a lot of great guesses and suggestions. I especially liked the idea for tea, oatmeal, and cookie dough (thanks Sarah and Chris.) Two people, Caren and Wendy, actually guessed the correct ingredient and will receive a free bar in the mail! We have already revolutionized the chocolate industry with our personalized chocolate bars, and now we have come up with the next great thing for chocolate: beef jerky.

 

Even though we already have over 90 ingredients to create the perfect personalized chocolate bar, we are constantly looking for ways to improve. Beef jerky is a very popular snack here at the Chocomize office. It’s extremely high in protein and tastes great. One day we were snacking on our favorite jerky when Eric came up with the amazing idea to add the jerky to our chocolate. We are pretty convinced that chocolate makes EVERYTHING better, and we were right! The combination of salty and sweet with the texture of the beef makes our beef jerky chocolate bar absolutely DELICIOUS!


There are a lot of things about beef jerky that people don’t know about. The word jerky actually comes from the Native American word “Charqui” which means to burn meat. Beef jerky was one of the first products that humans actually produced. It was so important because the invention of beef jerky allowed for meat to be preserved without refrigeration. It has subsequently been used by survivalists who carry beef jerky with them to keep themselves alive! Here are some more awesome facts about beef jerky:


- Since 1996 when NASA first took it into space, beef jerky has been a favorite food of astronauts!

- A typical 1oz serving of beef jerky contains around 15 grams of protein which is about 25% of the daily recommended serving size.

- Jerky is not just made from beef. Some other animals that jerky is made from includes elk, caribou, moose, kangaroo, and bison. If anyone knows how we can get some kangaroo jerky, please let us know immediately.

- Jerky was a favorite food for the Egyptians thousands of years ago.


I’m interested to hear about what you guys think of our beef jerky. We’ve spent weeks sampling and tasting different types of jerky, and we think we’ve found the best kind. Do you have a favorite jerky? Let us know and maybe we’ll change our minds and use it for beef jerky chocolate bar!

 

Nick

Cocoa Bean Trading

The process in which our chocolate bars are made is pretty complicated. We’ve written about how exactly the cocoa bean is turned into delicious chocolate (check out our archives if you’re interested) but did you know that cocoa beans are traded like stocks?

The cocoa bean is traded on something called the futures market. The futures market is an exchange where people trade something called futures contracts. A futures contract is an agreement to buy something at a certain quantity and price at some date in the future. For example, say I own an airplane company and I know I have to buy oil in one year. If I am worried that the price of oil is going to rise, I can buy a futures contract that says in one year I will buy 1000 barrels of oil at a certain price. If a year from now the price of oil has risen, I will have made a wise choice buying a contract! The person who sold me the futures contract a year ago will have to sell me the oil at the lower price. If, however, the price of oil has fallen, then I will have to buy oil at a higher price and I will lose money.

Chocolate (the cocoa bean) is traded in the same way as oil. Some other commodities that are traded on the futures market are gold, gas, coffee, and pork bellies (yup that wasn’t a typo, pork bellies are traded on the futures market.) Check out the graph of the price of cocoa beans over the last year.

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You’ll notice that the price is really expensive! That is because you can’t just agree to buy or sell a contract for one pound of cocoa beans, or even one hundred pounds. Cocoa bean contracts trade for 10 metric tons of cocoa (or 20,000 pounds!) That’s a lot of chocolate, so much so that we’re not sure if we could even eat all of that at Chocomize, and we’re obsessed with chocolate.

There’s more to your personalized chocolate candy bar than you think! If you have any more questions about your chocolate, just send an e-mail to info@chocomize.com.

Nick

Last Golden Ticket Sent Out

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The last golden ticket was shipped out today! For those of you who don’t know, we are trying to be a bit like Willy Wonka and we are randomly sending out golden tickets in people’s personalized chocolate bar. The lucky recipients don’t get a tour of chocolate factory (we’re busy installing a glass elevator) but they do become members of our chocolate of the month club. Members of our chocolate club will receive four personalized chocolate bars (designed by us) every month for three months. It’s a great way for people to try different types of chocolate and a variety of our premium ingredients.

 

Easter is just around the corner and we’ve sent out a lot of great Easter themed bars.  You guys completely cleared us out of our chocolate Easter bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs! I’m looking forward to bring home a box of Easter bars this Sunday, and we would love to hear any Easter stories you might have next week. Thanks for being fans.

Nick