Archives for October 2010

Health Effects of Chocolate

romance_barThere’s a new study out that says those who eat 40 grams of chocolate a day, for two weeks straight, will be less stressed out than those who don’t. A study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research (daily reading at the Chocomize headquarters…) shows that those with mid to high levels of anxiety can reduce stress by eating lots of chocolate. These guys should have gotten in touch with us first; we could have told them that nothing makes anyone happier than eating chocolate!

On another note, a recent study that examined 8,000 Harvard University graduates over a 18 year period shows that those who regularly eat chocolate live on average almost a year longer than those who didn’t eat chocolate regularly. The bad news? The results only held true for guys. Apparently there are some health effects that chocolate has on guys that don’t have the same effect on woman. Researchers have no idea why this is true, but sounds like the Chocomize founders are going to live a very long life.

-Nick

Fall Themed Ingredients

candy_bats.pngWe can’t believe its October already! The weather is getting cold (no more ice packs), the leaves are falling off the trees, and holiday seasonfall_leaves.png is just around the corner. You guys can probably guess that one of our favorite holidays is Halloween. We still can’t get over the fact that there is actually one day out of the year where people give out free candy. In anticipation, we’ve already started adding some holiday related decorations that you can add to your custom chocolate bars.

To go with the Halloween theme, we’ve also added candy bats that taste scary good (great pun huh.) In addition to the candy bats we’ve also added the perennial favorite candy corn and also sugar leaves to go with the fall theme.

If you have any other suggestion for Halloween or fall related ingredients, let us know! We always love getting ideas from our fans.

-Nick

NYT Writes About Chocomize

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Chocomize has been featured in the Grey Lady! As a lot of our fans know, Chocomize was featured in Oprah magazine back in June of this year. During that time period, we were completely inundated with orders. Amy Wallace, a reporter from the New York Times, heard about our story and thought it would be great to write about. If you want to read the whole article, check it out here. And to all our new fans just checking us out, welcome and have fun designing the chocolate bar of your dreams!

The View from Candyland-Part 7

daveUnfortunately, with this being just my third The View from Candyland post, it is also my last.  Today, I bid farewell to the town of Cherry Hill, at least until October 14th, when I have to come back and fight the ludicrous traffic ticket I was given for not stopping to let a “pedestrian” who was standing still on the yellow lines in the middle of the street cross to the other side.  Turns out the pedestrian was an undercover police officer in the midst of a sting operation to crack down on people who drive past “pedestrians” standing in the middle of the street.  Or something like that.  In case you can’t detect this already in my tone, I was none too excited to get this ticket which was worth a hefty chunk of money and points (no that “s” was not a mistake, multiple points) on my license.

 

It’s been an interesting final week at the epicenter of custom chocolate creation.  Not only did we have a large corporate order to fill, which we got out just in the Nick of time (pun intended as Nick got lost while we were driving it to the UPS Store), but we also hammered out some great bars from individual orders, and just yesterday sent out the bars for the Chocolate of the Month Club.  With the weather finally cooling off, it’s been nice not to have to pack ice and protective liners into every single order box.

 

Nick has spent the week without a computer of his own as he had to send it to Dell to be repaired, but he has been able to scratch and claw along on other people’s computers to keep up communications while shifting more of his focus to the production side of things.  Don’t worry, none of this has affected his ability to taste test the ingredients.  He assures us that the Skittles and Sour Patch Kids are still as delicious and un-nutritious as ever.

 

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I won’t bore you like Jim did with the whole rundown of what I’ll be doing in my time afterward but I am on my way back up to New York City to try and make a man out of myself.  We’ll see how that goes.  In the meantime, Go Phils.