Archives for September 2010

The Best of Both Worlds: A Boat Made of Chocolate

As you probably already know, Chocomize’s interests are not limited to the creation of delicious combinations of premium Belgian chocolate and a vast array of quality ingredients.  With many of us growing up in the sport of rowing, the maritime arena is one with which we are very familiar and of which we are quite fond.


So when we stumbled across this little bit of quirky news, we couldn’t help but pass it along to you guys, all of our loyal fans.  Turns out that in France, chocolatier Georges Larnicol was able to successfully construct a functional sailboat hull and mast entirely from chocolate and sugar.


Anyway, without further ado, please check this out…it’s pretty cool and it’s funny when they almost flip.

 

New Look for Chocomize Website (Coming Soon)

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As we mentioned in last week’s latest The View From Candyland post, we have been in the process recently of giving our website something of a face-lift.  We have spent substantial time looking at what we liked about our current look and how we wanted to change it in appearance and functionality.  We think that the new design offers a cleaner appearance, gives you more options of how to access our product, and highlights the fun, young attitude that permeates our company.  We hope the new look will make the site a little bit more palatable as you move through it.

 

As usual, though, we want to know what you think.  Right now, the above homepage image is the only thing we have to show, but let us know how you like it.  Leave a comment so we can hear some feedback.

 


Chocolate History Lesson: Mayan Uses of Chocolate

ek-chuaHere at Chocomize, we recognize that in order to be the best chocolate company we can be, it’s important that we recognize where we came from.  That’s why we thought it would be useful to explain some of the early history of the world of chocolate.


By all accounts the earliest history of chocolate began in the Mesoamerica regions, which is comprised of the southeast corner of Mexico as well as parts of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  It was in this region where the cacao tree was harvested by the native Olmec tribe.  The first and most elaborate common usage of chocolate was by the Mayan society that lived in the same region in the first century AD.  The Mayans held the resource in the highest regard, using it for everything from currency to religious rituals.

 

According to one source, a mere 10 cacao beans could score you a rabbit or a prostitute, while 100 would buy you a slave in the Mayan society.  While it was fairly common for the Mayans to consume chocolate (melting it down and drinking it along with liquor), it was a luxury reserved only for the wealthy.  After all, it would be the equivalent of rolling up a dollar bill and eating it.  Or doing this.

 

Chocolate was also used in its liquid form in its ritualistic religious uses, often in matrimony and baptism services.  They used chocolates as a substitute for blood in ritual practices, with the bride and groom symbolically exchanging chocolate during the ceremony.

 

There was even a Mayan god of cacao.  It was common, in fact, for ancient Mayan emperors to be buried with a jar of chocolate as a tribute to this god, Ek Chuah.  After all, Ek Chuah was not only the god of chocolate, but was also representative of conflict and war, making him a good deity to pay tribute to for the afterlife.  We don’t expect anyone to be taking their Chocomize bars six feet under anytime soon, but our custom chocolate bars are great for other big occasions, like Weddings.

 

Chocolate has come a long way since then and we are helping to further progress the evolution of chocolate by allowing you to pick from over 100 ingredients to complement your selection of premium Belgian chocolate at our Creation Station.

 


The View from Candyland-Part 6

Well, it’s that tin176532311180_6115me again.  Time to update our loyal readers about the goings on in the world of good, American-made custom chocolate.  Business is a-booming here and we are busting it to keep up with the unbelievable influx of orders.  It’s a great problem to have, and we are begging you to keep making our jobs harder.  We love it.


The Harry Potter tapes have taken a weeklong break, so we hope to hear back from Harry, Ron, and Hermione starting next week to find out what shenanigans Harry will get mixed up in next.  In a related note, have you guys seen the trailer for the Deathly Hallows movie(s)?  Man, those two movies are going to be awesome.  Just don’t bring it up to Fabian.  He’s not such a fan of the wizarding wonders of Hogwarts.


It’s a big time for the rowers in our group, as the World Championships in New Zealand are fast approaching.  Nick and part-time chocolate bar artist Sam Stit are both preparing for the big races on the other side of the globe that will be taking place at the end of October and beginning of November.  On Wednesday, Sam and Nick were officially named to the heavyweight and lightweight straight fours, respectively.


Nick’s laptop has seen better days, and as of today it is entering truly dangerous territory.  His monitor has been hanging on loosely for a while now, and the second of the two hinges that hold the monitor in place recently broke.  The computer is still functional, but it kind of looks like there was a tug of war over his laptop.  From what I can tell, there was no winner of the tug of war.  Just a loser: Nick.


Make sure keep your eyes out in the coming weeks, as the site will be getting a little face-lift.  We have been working on the makeover for a bit now, and we think we’re getting pretty close to a new look that we think will better reflect the young, fun-loving attitude clearly present in a group of people dedicated to building chocolate bars.



We're Legal: Chocomize Receives US Trademark

patentWhen you think of America, what do you think of?  Apple pie?  Baseball?  Obesity?  How about red tape?  Bureaucracy and procedural headaches might be the most American things there are, and Chocomize just reached the end of a paperwork process that was painstakingly slow.  After months of waiting, Chocomize has officially received its US trademark for its company name.


This doesn’t really change anything about our business, our service, or our chocolate (mmm our chocolate…) but we thought people would be interested to know we now have our papers all straightened out and our company is now officially sanctioned as the American company for hand-crafted personalized premium chocolate bars.


 

So, if you ever have a chance to stop into the sweetest corner warehouse in the 1879 Industrial Center, you can rest assured that our brand new trademark(pictured to the left) will be proudly displayed in between rowing pictures, the ubiquitous Chocomize poster, and our giant modern art paint-splatter painting.