Almost an entire year ago, we sent President Barack Obama some of our chocolate bars to try. Obama is a fellow Columbia alumnus, and we thought he might enjoy some of our delicious custom chocolate. We sent him a dark chocolate bar with almonds and pistachios, a milk chocolate bar with cayenne pepper and chipotles, and a gift certificate for him to create his own bar. To read the full story, check out the blog post that we wrote here.
About eleven months later, we finally got a reply! It turns out the President of the United States is not allowed to accept monetary gifts, so the gift certificate we gave him was returned in the mail. Our chocolate bars were not given back, however, and now Eric is convinced that Obama actually tried our chocolate. Odds are that some lucky White House employee ended up eating the chocolate, but we think it’s pretty cool that there is a chance that the President could have been snacking on our Spicy Special favorites bar up in the Oval Office.
We did get a signed letter from him. Here is what it said:
Loved the chocolate bars, thanks for adding my favorite ingredients! Let me know if you are ever in Washington, you can come by and hang out in the WH.
Your biggest fan,
P.S. My wife thinks Nick is really cute.
We’ve now got the letter hanging in our office, and we’re pretty pumped about it.
P.S. Hopefully You’re able to read the real letter in the picture above…
If you’ve been following our blog, you will know by now that many of the people involved in Chocomize are rowers. We last wrote about rowing in a post about the National Selection Regatta (NSR) where rowers tried out for the national team. Many of the rowers at the event were sporting Chocomize uniforms (check out the post about the event here) and a couple of those same rowers went on to row for the United States at the World Championships that took place in New Zealand. Chocomize uniforms were seen all around the racecourse, and some of the rowers were even spotted with some chocolate bars.
I rowed in the lightweight four in New Zealand along with Will Daly, Anthony Fahden, and Ryan Fox. Although Will and Ryan have no affiliation with Chocomize, Anthony will work in our offices from time to time, and was spotted wearing his Chocomize uniform for one of the practices (check out the picture to the right. Sam Stitt, one of Chocomize’s chief choclatiers, rowed in the heavyweight four event. My boat ended up placing 10th overall, while Sam Stitt’s heavyweight four placed 5th.
New Zealand is known for its strict custom rules, but despite these impediments I was able to sneak a couple of Chocomize bars into the country. I was in New Zealand for only three weeks and had a very limited supply of Chocomize bars, so after having spent the past year eating chocolate all day at the factory, I was in some serious withdrawal. After my final race, I finally broke out the Chocomize chocolate bars (milk chocolate with pretzels and chocolate candy pieces, a recent favorite) and the entire team, as well as some of the foreign rowers, was able to dig into our delicious chocolate.
I’m happy to report that New Zealand was great, but it’s nice being back in the US and back at work where there is an endless supply of chocolate to eat. Thanks for all your support!
P.S. Here are some pictures of us racing:
Sam Stitt, is second from left in the picture above
From Left, Will Daly, Ryan Fox, Nick LaCava, Anthony Fahden
Great news! We just got our brand new holiday packaging. Check it out on the left. From now on, our all chocolate bars will be using our brand new design, which makes our custom chocolate bars a perfect gift for this holiday season. Unfortunately, we only have a limited supply of these specially designed boxes, so make sure you order before it’s too late.
To give our loyal fans a little more incentive, we are also offering a 10% discount for those who want to get a head start on the holiday rush. Simply type ‘Holiday10’ into the coupon section of the checkout to redeem your discount.
On another note, we’d like to thank Christianne Dawis for the great job she did designing our holiday packaging. The packaging looks so great that you almost don’t want to open it to eat the bar…note the key word almost, nothing could stop us from wanting to eat our chocolate!
We recently ended our Halloween contest, and congratulations to Molly Breakiron (and her extremely cute kid) for winning! In case you missed the news, anyone who posted a picture of their Halloween costume on our Facebook page, entered a chance to win our chocolate of the month club. This means that the lucky winner got four specially designed chocolate bars at the beginning of each month for three months! We hope everyone had a great Halloween, and stay tuned for our next contest…