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The Guide to West Village chocolate

5 Chocolate Shops in the West Village, New York City to Treat Yourself

5 Chocolate Shops in the West Village, New York City to Treat Yourself

Thank goodness for all of the awesomeness of the West Village as I walked myself silly wondering through the streets in search of chocolate.  I needed to do a lot of walking because I was about to be bombarded by 5 of the most awesome chocolate shops ever!  Including Manhattan’s oldest chocolate shop around. Next time you are in the West Village, you MUST go to these.  All of them my Chocoholics!

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Li-Lac Chocolates

 Is hands-down Manhattan’s oldest chocolate shop who has been making small batches of handmade confections since 1923.  OMG.  That’s almost 100 years!! Their chocolate creams and walnut bars are out of this world but what I really love about Li-Lac Chocolates are their one-of-a-kind chocolate molds of iconic New York buildings.  Without a doubt, a perfect gift to bring home if you are visiting from out of town.

(now headed to Brooklyn with these shops)

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Photo Credit: LiLac Chocolates

 





 

The Dessert Club

 

Where should I start?  No literally.

I have no idea where to start because TDC offers  Cookie Eclairs, Ferrero Nutella Dough’ssants, Jack Daniels Bread Pudding, Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich and a number of other yummy to the tummy treats.

You have to go to their site – here’s a snapshot -

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or better yet, walk into their shop and choose one to eat right away.

Check out the Founder. Chika Tillman’s story, on how she went from Wall Street Banker to World Wide Baker . . . she is a rockstar!

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Varsano’s Chocolates

A mom and pop kinda chocolate shop that makes you feel like home.  This was my kind of shop, everything was perfectly imperfect . . . and everything made with a ton of love and passion.

Love this place.

And I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but if you live in Manhattan, they have same day delivery service.  This could get very dangerous.

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You can become your own chocolatier (even if its just for your own cravings)

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The Chocolate Bar

When I think of a name like chocolate bar, I think of a bar that onle serves up chocolate sort of like a wine bar or coffee bar.  That thought alone makes me want to grab my suitcase and just move in.  Although, it is NYC so I’m guessing there’s probably not much room for me to live amongst the chocolate. 
However, there are opening hours so I can visit any time during those. 


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Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

 

Nothing makes me happier than a bar who consistently gets their chocolate into the tummies of so many people week after week with their chocolate (and wine) tastings.  Although, I was running through the city and missed it, I did get to enjoy one of their many morsels of chocolate.  And by morsel, I mean . . a damn chocolate buffet.

Would you like fondue? Make that  an Apple/Marshmallow/Pretzel/Shortbread fondue with a side of Halva, wash it down with an Almond Chocolate Martini and maybe a Chocolate Pizza to take with you when you get the munchies while watching Seth Myers and Fred chit chat later that night?

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 Do you have 1 new favorite here or 5 new favorite chocolate shops?

Check out the out the other neighborhoods and treats like Brooklyn, yummy ice cream shops, and of course Soho!

Love & Chocolate,

Becca

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The Pancakes your Kids will LOVE on Easter Weekend

The Pancakes your Kids will LOVE on Easter Weekend

 

 Love Pancakes?  YES

Love Bunnies?  YES

Love Breakfast? YES

Then do this easy recipe for your kids, you, your husband.

First, make a mix or grab one of those ‘just add water’ pancake mixes from your pantry.

Make these sizes on your griddle:

1. Body – large circle

2. Head – slightly smaller than the Body

3. 2 Ears – make small triangles

4. 2 Feet – small ovals, about the size of the ears

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Then, in another bowl, you’ll need:

1. Chocolate Chips

2. Sliced strawberry

3. Whip cream or 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut

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Grab your serving plate

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Grab some maple syrup

 

 

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 And assemble.

Smiles all around!

Happy Easter Weekend!

 

 

Happy Easter Bunny Pancake

 

 

 

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How to Make Chocolate Confetti Eggs

How to Make Chocolate Confetti Eggs

Making Confetti Eggs also known as Cascarones can seem daunting given that it takes a bit of craftsmanship and then they get smashed . . . and they are gone!

Fortunately, my site is called I Really Love Chocolate so my twist on Cascarones includes chocolate of course.

And when they are completed they can get smashed into your mouth (gently of course).

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This is super easy to do!

Grab a few hollow chocolate eggs at the store.  I bought mine in 2-packs from the Dollar Store but had to wait until 2 weeks after Valentine’s Day for them to be available.  I was waiting and watching.

You could always get them here if its not Spring Time when you are making these chocolate eggs.

When purchasing from the store, carefully handle them and inspect them.  This is very thin chocolate and typically milk chocolate, more sugar, more malleable.  I don’t want you to end up with broken eggs.  Your best bet is to grab a few more than you need because by the time I got home, mine suddenly had a few cracks.  And then, they are worthless for Confetti Egg making and you have to put them in your chocolate tupperware container.

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Look at how smooth and beautiful these are.

Yes, I am obsessed with chocolate.  It’s lovely.

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They came wrapped like this.

Carefully unwrap them. And if you can place in a bowl or egg crate to keep them from rolling around and off of your counter.

how to make chocolate confetti eggs

To fill the eggs, you’ll need something pretty.

I chose a pastel variety of Jelly Bellys from our local candy shop in McKinney, TX.  Its called Mom and Popcorn and its that lovely old fashioned kind of candy store with really amicable shop owners.

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I found a mix but then added a few more of the light blue and yellow to give it more dimension.

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Such a pretty palette!

how to make chocolate confetti eggs

Using my Shun tomato knife, I gently sawed off the top half of the egg and then poured in my jelly bean mix and topped it off with sprinkles.

I used a Dove Chocolate dark chocolate disk (melted) to “glue” the lid on.

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Once you have all the ingredients on hand, these only take about 5 minutes to make.  Let your kids have fun with the colors and making art in the kitchen.

Happy Easter!

Love & Chocolate,

Becca

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P.S.  Start the Easter weekend off with these pancakes

By now, you may want to be your own Chocolatier like I am.

Here’s how:

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3 Ingredient Butterfinger

3 Ingredient Butterfinger Eggs

3 Ingredient Butterfinger Eggs

Imagine having the most delicious Butterfinger bar any time and any size you want.  With this copycat, 3-ingredient recipe, you can do just that.  In fact, this recipe is so scrumptious, I think it might just be better than the real thing.

Copycat butterfinger bar recipe

You’ll need these 3 items from your pantry:

#1 Peanut Butter (I used creamy, although chunky could work too)

#2 Candy Corns (sold all year online or stock up after Halloween)

#3 Chocolate (of course!)

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Don’t start nibbling on those candy corns because its pretty hard to stop.

This recipe is quick and easy so let’s get started.  Of course, the real Butterfinger can be purchased at the store but this is different, this is made with your love, your ingredients and as much chocolate as you want.  Keep reading to find out about the unlimited chocolate bath.

First, melt the candy corns, either in your microwave or stove.  You may want to take it off the heat to give them a bit of a chop and a mash.  You know what I mean, urge em along a bit.

3 Ingredient Butterfinger

Now add an equal amount of peanut butter.  I used 1/2 cup of candy corn and then add a 1/2 cup of peanut butter and continued to give it a little heat.

Once you feel its starting to gel together, take it off of the heat and mix away.

Form into “egg” shapes like many of the candy bar makers do for Easter but if you want to go bigger, do any size and amount you want.

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Pop them into your freezer just like this for about 15 minutes.  This allows them to cool off and become a unified front against the chocolate.

I placed 1/2 cup of chocolate disks in a bowl and slowly melted them while stirring.  If in a microwave, heat for about 15 seconds, then stir for about 15 seconds until its just right.  I used the Dove Chocolate disks that have a touch of sea salt.  Perfect choice for this recipe.

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I used a fork to help let my eggs take a nice bath in the chocolate.  Once it was coated to my satisfaction, I let it take a double dip.  Extra chocolate!

That’s pretty much it.

Place your eggs on a dish and place in the fridge or freezer for about 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

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#1 An undying love for all things chocolate

#2 A love of creating these chocolates in all forms

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3 Ingredient Butterfinger

3 Ingredient Butterfinger

These were amazing.  Like AMAZING.  And I’m not even a Butterfinger fan.  I am a huge fan of these homemade eggs and plan on bringing these everywhere I go.

 3 Ingredient Butterfinger

I could stare at these all day but they won’t be around forever.

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The 13 BEST Ice Cream Shops in New York City

The 13 BEST Ice Cream Shops in New York City

 I travel to NYC as often as possible.  Love the people.  The energy.  And the foodie finds throughout the city. Like these chocolate shops in Brooklyn and Soho! Yum!

When I’m home, I don’t go out to restaurants often as I would rather create my own meals and be more cost effective with my money.  But when I HAVE to go out to eat in New York, well, I go all out.

I scoured the city and every borough for the best ice cream shops and (un)fortunately, there was a limitless supply.

So I narrowed the list down to the ice cream shops that I strongly recommend you pop into next time you visit the City.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck serves thousands of fans with treats like the Bea Arthur (a vanilla soft-serve cone topped with dulce de leche and crushed Nilla Wafers), and sundaes incorporating toppings as diverse as cayenne pepper and ginger syrup.  They might even ask for a Salty Pimp, vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt and chocolate dip, the Mermaid, made with graham crackers and lemon curd, or the CocoCone, vanilla ice cream topped with toasted curried coconut. Or maybe they will call on our favorite Gal . .  Rue McClanahan ice cream sandwich — bourbon ice cream stuffed between praline-pecan cookies.

 

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 (before I forget, I am looking for Chocolatiers)

 

 

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Work off some calories with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and then meander along the waterfront to this charming ice cream shop housed in a 1920s fireboat house. They will serve scrumptious homemade ice creams and a tempting selection of toppings and syrups.  Of course, iyou could head down the road to the ultimate topping –> this fantastic chocolate shop is just down the road in Dumbo.

 

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Van Leeuwen

Every batch of Van Leeuwen ice cream uses hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and cream and cane sugar. Flavors include pistachio, chocolate and Earl Gray tea to small batches of sweet sticky black rice and passionfruit. They offer vegan too and I’ve got to say that the vegan scoops in my bowl were my favorite.  Work your big bowl of ice cream any which way you want to.  If you ask the guys/gals behind the counter they’ll help you any way they can.

Expect to drop between $10 – 12 bucks on this but its well worth the visit to the shop.  Nice and spacious, lots of cool air pumping through.  A refreshing place among the busy streets.

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Ciao Bella Cafe

Ciao Bella Gelato began as a neighborhood gelateria in 1983 and quickly became a favorite of local chefs.  Ciao Bella is an 80′s rockstar that now delivers all over the country . . . But you can get it at the source right here in New York City. Even super-premium ice cream brands taste diluted when held up against the true rich creaminess of Ciao Bella, whose flavors are deep and based on the finest ingredients.

 

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Cones

This Argentine gelateria in the West Village is amongst some awesome neighbors on Bleecker Street in NYC.  You’ll be surrounded by places like Murray Cheese Shop, French chocolatiers, cupcake shops and the original Royce Chocolates.   The artisanal gelato — creamy, dense and popping with flavor — is made on the premises with fresh ingredients, including seasonal fruits from the market, from juicy strawberries to coconut.

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GROM

Inspired by Slow Food, a global association and movement that seeks to preserve regional foods and small producers, Grom’s founders decided at the outset to use only the finest organic ingredients and local artisanal purveyors as much as possible. To me, this place had all of the details to make it a superb treat.

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Oddfellows

Oddfellows makes its home in Brooklyn with crazy-innovative flavors, uber-local products), a retro soda-fountain design  . . its all so Brooklyn-ly perfect. Sam Mason is the chef behind the scenes.   Oddfellows has odd flavors like manchego pineapple, cornbread and chorizo caramel.  Not only does the ice cream taste good, but it does good, too: Five cents from every scoop goes to Food Bank for New York City.

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Blue Marble

Blue Marble describes itself as an “Earth-friendly eatery,” which means, among other things, that the ice cream is made with organic milk from a collective of Pennsylvania dairy farmers. Whether adding locavorism and green building materials makes the ice cream taste any better is a matter of heated debate, which will no doubt be waged this summer over as many scoops, malteds, and sundaes as diet and decorum allow.

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Eddies Sweet Shop

When it comes to getting ice cream in Queens, one of the first places that come to mind is Eddie’s Sweet Shop.

The Forest Hills-based ice cream shop has been a member of the community and the Borough since it opened in 1909, switching ownership four different times but still serving the same delicious ice cream that many have come to love.

Vito Citrano, the current owner of the shop, said they have maintained their longevity because they have kept all of the traditional flavors that people have come to know and love when they go to Eddie’s.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop, located at 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., has been serving the same high-quality ice cream to its customers for generations. Photo by Luis Gronda

 

Eggers

In business since the thirties, Egger’s has the un-self-conscious feel and captivatingly cluttered look of a small-town shop with nothing to prove beyond a dedication to its craft; a dying breed even on out-of-the-way Staten Island. The décor is mid-American comfy, with dark green vinyl booths, hand-drawn thank-you signs from local schools lining the walls, and a functioning Formica counter, behind which the chipper teenage staff mixes determinedly. The homemade ice cream is buttery rich and virtually airless, swirled with flavors like hearty maple walnut, chunky banana, and beater-fresh cake batter, and served in concoctions running the gamut from the traditional (banana split) to the regional (egg cream) to the whimsical (“a milk shake with a scoop riding side saddle”). Glass cases house chocolate covered pretzels and baked goods, and a selection of prepackaged candies, complete with bubblegum cigars, beckons across from the cash register.

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Ample Hills Creamery

If there’s one spot that defines the philosophy “from cow to cone,” it’s the wildly popular Ample Hills in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, which sources all dairy and eggs from local farms. In fact, rarely do more than a few days pass between the milking and the final product. Try the Ooey Gooey butter cake — vanilla ice cream with “gobs” (their word) of butter cake — and the Munchies, pretzel ice cream with clusters of potato chips, Ritz crackers and mini M&Ms. Ample Hills makes the kind of ice cream that inspires poetry, which may be why it’s named after a line in the Walt Whitman poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

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Hay Rosie in Brooklyn

After working for a craft brewery in California, Stef Ferrari was poised to open her own in Brooklyn. Instead, she gravitated to ice cream but retained her original business model: build a manufacturing plant and open it on weekends as a tasting room. Ferrari graduated from her home Cuisinart to a tabletop commercial batch freezer, then enrolled in Penn State’s ice-cream program. At Hay Rosie, she makes her bases from scratch—a relative rarity—as well as all her mix-ins and toppings. Of special note are her Barnburners, hot ice-cream sandwiches made from “shells” that are stuffed with ice cream and toppings and pressed to heat and seal

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Max and Mina’s

Along the stretch of Main Street that wends its way through this largely Orthodox Jewish community in Queens, Bruce Becker’s candy-colored shop stands out among many of the other businesses.

Since last August — a month when New Yorkers typically feel sated from a summer of scoops — customers have continued to pour in for comforting flavors like cinnamon babka and strawberry shortcake: Sales are up by 40 percent. Demand jumped by 70 percent for the Beckers’ wholesale business, which supplies Manhattan shops and restaurants that sell ice cream as a main dessert or in the supportive, à la mode role.

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Best Soho Chocolates

The 4 Most Awesomely Delicious Chocolate Shops in Soho


the best soho chocolate shopsOne of my favorite places in Manhattan is the general downtown (nothing north of Midtown) area, in particular I have a fondness for Soho.  To me, its quintessential New York City.  Narrow streets lined with trees filled with quirky cafes, small shops and oozing of NYC character.  And nestled in the quaint shops are even better shops –> Chocolate Shops!!
The next time you are in Soho these are my recommended Chocolate indulgences!
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Kee’s Chocolates

Creamy, not-too-sweet chocolates with intense fillings are made fresh daily at this small chocolate shop.

“The available flavors change with availability of ingredients, and certain flavors remain seasonal.”

Next door to the Kee’s shop, you can watch the chocolates being made, and relish the fact that you can only purchase these chocolates in person.

Kee's Chocolates

Marie Belle

MarieBelle’s famous chocolates are so artful its difficult to bite into them — but they are just as delicious as they are beautiful.

Maribel Lieberman is the owner and creator behind Marie Belle Chocolates.   Not only is she a kind, beautiful, and warmhearted person, she’s also an incredible entrepreneur and owner of the famous MarieBelle Chocolates.

Maribel began her international chocolate empire knowing almost nothing about chocolate (other than that she loved eating it!). She traveled to France, Switzerland, Belgium, and all over South America to study how great chocolate was made and to discover where the best cacao beans are grown.

MarieBelle also offers an array of imported chocolates and have a cafe serving chocolate drinks and treats.

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Vosges Chocolates

Vosges Chocolates is based out of Chicago, but their SoHo boutique offers visitors a chance to sample these creative confections.  Vosges confections reflect owner Katrina Markoff’s exotic tastes, featuring curry, paprika, and wasabi in some chocolates.  When you step into their store prepare to discover (and walk away with) exquisite truffles infused with unique ingredients: Jamaican rum, wasabi, and wild-fennel pollen. Never a dull moment or idea while perusing these beautiful chocolates both inside and out.

Vosges Chocolates Soho

This image is considered to be the Library, and I’ve got some studying to do.  No really, its for my blog!

Chocolates in Soho

Dominique Ansel

Predawn lines form outside for the Cronut (a croissant-doughnut hybrid), which typically sells out by 10:30am; the afternoons will often see a line to the back of the narrow, sugar-scented shop for both sweet and savory items.

Chef-owner Dominique Ansel spent many years at Daniel as the executive pastry chef and opened his SoHo bakery in 2011, soon winning wildly enthusiastic accolades. If you don’t have the desire  to secure a Cronut, then good for the milk and cookies shot glass . . . . line.  Yes, when you enter the shop, they filter the traffic to CRONUT TRAFFIC or CHOCOLATE SHOT GLASS TRAFFIC.

There’s more traffic in this shop then on the 5/405 merge in LA.  Hang tight.  You’ll get to the front of the line and it will be so worth it!


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Of these 4 shops, which one have you visited? 
Would you stand in line for an hour at Dominique Ansel???
Love & Chocolate,
Becca
BTW, if you take the 6 train over to Brooklyn then these chocolate shops must be visited (especially need to grab the chocolate chip company at this shop in DUMBO)
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And one more thing, if you ever wanted to become a Chocolatier without plunking down tens of thousands (sometimes millions) for your own NYC chocolate shop, this one goes for about $100. 
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Heart of Texas Cookie (for the Texas Longhorn in your life)

Heart of Texas Cookie (for the Texas Longhorn in your life)

Cut-out holiday sugar cookies don’t need to only be for Christmas time. I mean, with any cookie cutter, cookies celebrate the seasons of your life. 

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Make sure your cookie jar is currently empty. Make sure a glass of milk is handy.  From sprinkles, to mint chocolate, to icing, to gingerbread, to red velvet, to peanut butter– I think you’ll all find a cookie to love. Ready for this?

Texas.

I’m not a Texan.  I’m a Floridian, turned Californian who ended up in Texas marrying a Texan.

He’s a Longhorn.  They play some good football there but its also a pretty darn good university.  He worked hard to get in (back in the day), hard to stay there and graduated with flying colors.  So I wanted to put something special into his University of Texas iced cookie.

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I love eating Paleo but when it comes to my desserts, sometimes I go a little semi homemade.  I grabbed my Texas cookie cutter, a roll of sugar cookie dough and made the cut.

I whipped up some icing out of 2 cups of confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons of White Chocolate Mint Martini Mix from Dove Chocolate Discoveries.  Crazy good!!!  Yes, I tested it over and over and over again.  It checks out just fine.

I popped the icing into my Wilton bag and swirled on some creamy, dreaming frosting.  The more the merrier is my motto!

But, I had to add a dash of Austin in a heart as well as a burst of flavor.

So I grabbed one of my oils, Citrus Fresh, from Young Living.  The Citrus Fresh gives a sunshine-y burst of flavor.

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So perfect for the heart on this Texas cookie.  Whenever we visit Austin from Dallas, we always find it to be bursting, with vitality, positivity and spirited citizens.  We just love going there, especially with our pups (puppy owners know how dog friendly this city is, see our crazy labrador below).

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Trust me when I say that adding a drop of pure essential oils to your recipes do SO much for it.  My hubby loved this heart surprise.  soft-centered, yet slightly crisp edged recipe. In fact, even Young Living tells us that this oil, Citrus Fresh brings about well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy.

Austin = well-being, creativity and feeling of joy.  Just go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding in Town Lake with your crazy lab, then fall in to the water over and over.  That’s pure joy! Especially for her!

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 Pop in some flavor then pop one of these into your mouth.

You might even start humming the University of Texas fight song.

Love & Chocolate,

Becca

P.S. Here’s where I got my martini mix . . its white chocolate mint you guys!!

P.P.S. And the Citrus Fresh ingredient plus some other surprises can be found here

 

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11 Ways To Make More Money with the DOVE Chocolate Discoveries Direct Sales Opportunity

 

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DOVE Chocolate Discoveries is a direct sales company based in Mt. Arlington NJ. It is a division of Dove, which is owned by Mars. Of course, Mars is well known as the makers of Snickers and M&M’s.

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This is a direct sales company you have got to get in front of people, that can be offline (in a home) or online.  Or even both!!  Attracting the attention of people is very easy since almost everyone loves Chocolate! Starting my business off by having just 1 open house in my home for my friends was my way of getting started.  They know I love chocolate and so do they.  For my open house I was able to choose something as simple as a crockpot hot cocoa bar or I could display lots of treats such as brownies, cookies or cakes.

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The CHOCOLATE really does the talking. Yay!! Since I am not much of a direct sales person or MLMy kind of al, this really got me fired up.  So here are a few of my tips for making more money with DOVE:

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1. Jumpstart your business with at least 1 – 3 open house parties in the first month of joining the company. The more, the merrier.  Offer different times and different weekdays.  Friday nights might be a good one but also offer a Tuesday night if your girlfriends have Friday night plans.  You can even get creative by doing a Saturday morning brunch with chocolate waffles, chocolate coffees, chocolate chip scones with white chocolate glazes . . . yum!!!  This is a great way to quickly introduce your friends to your business while offering them a treat that they probably cannot resist.  With it being at your house, you can give it even more attention, by having everything laid out, more recipes in the oven (and maybe the kids or hubby will lend a hand.  No packing the car up, wondering if your remembered the order forms, catalogs or if that cake you made is going to fall over.

2.  Bookings: In order to receive you must ask.  Place a calendar with circled dates over the next 2 months that you are able to conduct a party or chocolate tasting party in their home . . . then pass this calendar around.  Give them options so they can envision what a party would look like, for example, wine & chocolate tasting, chocolate brunch, chocolate feast, 5-course meal with all courses chocolate, date night chocolate dinner . . . have fun with this and be willing to get creative with how you grab potential clients’ attention.

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3. Add-on Sales.   When you are checking out at the grocery store OR at Target OR at Wal Mart . . . .what do you see at the cash register?  Gift cards, gum, candy bars, discounted items . . . and in general, the fun stuff.   Every month DOVE bundles products together as a special promotion that usually has a discounted price. Use that item as an add-on, show them in as many recipes as you can what it can be.

4. Build a TEAM: If I can do it, then anyone can do it.  What happens when you see a delish chocolate recipe on Facebook or Pinterest?  Your mouth drools a bit, its a post that might even be going viral . . everyone loves it.  How many times have you run into someone in your life who has absolutely hated chocolate?  What about Mary Kay cosmetics?  AVON? Should I go on?  Just not as fun IMHO

People like chocolate, are drawn to chocolate, consume chocolate and secretly all want to work in a chocolate factory.  Chocolate is fun.  And you will not need to push that onto anyone.

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5.  Offer seasonal parties in your home.  Do more parties in your home. Besides the obvious Christmas time, Easter is a huge chocolate holiday, the summer begs for showing off our Chicken Chocolate Mole sauce and our Brisket rubs.  August and September is a nice time to show how to make food fast and scrumptious for that Back-to-School season.  Use these seasons to your advantage.

6.  Offer themed-parties in your home:  Let’s keep building that pipeline.  Your impact will go on for months and years to come.  For example, the new Hunger Games movie is coming out in November, why not teach guests how to make this cake.  Or a reward night for the Girl Scout troops after cookie selling season, have an indoor camp out and chocolate party making this Campfire cake. 

Or an insane Lucky Charms Cake!!

st patricks day cake recipe

The more I put thought into it, you can turn yourself into a Michaels Craft Store and offer a new class every month at your home.  This will build your mailing list, your pipeline and strengthen your presence in the community as the chocolate person.

7. Take advantage of the “fast start” program for new Chocolatiers!  DOVE has a 90 day incentive program that will get your business off to a BIG start and cut your business expenses. I

Let’s do the math.

Have just 1 party at your home.  Whatever theme that best fits you and your friends. This party will be your launching pad.  Make it your HUGE GRAND OPENING party then book at least 2 – 5 additional parties.  The rest will be history from there.  I will be your best ally because my marketing experience in corporate and starting my own business spans over 22 years.

 

8. The best part of the “fast start” program. Earn even more free credit with DOVE by sponsoring and helping new Chocolatiers with their business. DOVE will give you $100 supply credit for each and every new Chocolatier you start during the first 90 days. Sign and start as many as you can!!  Yes, I have your back.  I’m going to launch you into greatness.  All you have to do is COMMIT.

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9. Facebook.  Yep, you know it, and so do tens of millions of people.  Feel free to let people know what you are doing and ask for help.  Or, maybe, if you NEVER want to hold parties and you are more of an online person, create recipes, take a photograph, share with friends.  Just pull them in with the amount of chocolate in your home.  Easy.

10.  Pinterest.  This site is full of WOMEN.  Women love chocolate.  You can put all of your chocolate recipes online.  But, if you don’t have a website, where would you link them back to?  Easy answer.  Your personal facebook page that you already have OR your business Facebook page (its free and you can create one in 10 minutes).  Pinterest, can bring you a lot of leads if you upload pictures that are the right dimension.  I’ll show you how to do this.  You’ll love it!!

11.  Online Blogging.  If you are a mom blogger, food blogger, chocolate blogger, baking blogger, lifestyle blogger you can build your sales and recruits all online (you can also do parties) . . but you can stick to creating recipes and sharing the recipes.  I love being out and being social but as an introvert, I’m super comfortable at my keyboard.  Besides, don’t you see people glued to their smart phones and social media channels all day?

This is where I sell chocolate and discover lovely chocolatiers like yourself.

By now, you may be chomping at the bit to get started.  I can’t blame you.  This is THE place to be. 
Reach out to me anytime and we can get you started. 
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Cheers Chocoholics!


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6 Chocolate Shops in Brooklyn You Need to Visit Now

6 Chocolate Shops in Brooklyn You Need to Visit Now

 I recently took a fabulous (chocolate) trip to New York and spent the day in Brooklyn.  Thankfully, I was walking as much as I was eating because I visited so many cafes but these 6, these were my rockstar chocolate shops. 

 

Mast Brothers

One of the first Brooklyn-based bean-to-bar makers, Williamsburg’s Mast Brothers is run by 2 brothers Rick & Michael Mast who have one of the hippest shops in the world.  Yep, probably Brooklyn too but these hipsters serve up hip and ridiculously good chocolate.  When you are in Brooklyn, you have to visit because not only are there chocolate bars but here’s a brew bar for chocolate drinks and . . . chocolate tours of these cool chocolatiers.  Yes please!



Mast Brothers chocolate in brooklyn

Nunu Chocolates

Over by Downtown Brooklyn, Nunu Chocolates combines humble ingredients like potato chips and beer with exquisite chocolate. Justine and her husband Andy started Nunu Chocolates with the belief that the world is a better place when chocolate is involved. We all agree.  And, at this shop, while you are eating chocolate you can also watch the chocolates being made in the store.

Nunu Chocolates in Brroklyn    

The Chocolate Room

  Oprah herself stamped her seal of approval on this fantastical chocolate shop in Park Slope.   Chocolate layer cake, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate caramel popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pecan bars . . . its all chocolate here.   You can’t go wrong with that.    
The Chocolate Room Brooklyn      

Cocoa Bar

  Despite its name, Cocoa Bar is less a bar than a chocolate-themed café and sweets shop.   Their motto is “Cafe by Day, Wine Bar by night” . . . which is perfect because I made a visit in the day and the night.  When you go, I recommend the hot cocoa.  Hands down!!  
cocoa bar brooklyn      
   

Raaka Chocolate

  Raaka Chocolate, founded in 2010, has a new factory in Brooklyn’s Red Hook that offers 45-minute tours.  
Forget 7 minutes of heaven . . . its 45 minutes of heaven (sorry, I had to mention it!!)
I mean who wouldn’t want to take a bite of their Maple Bar, yummy!

   

Raaka Chocolate Brooklyn

Photo Credit: Raaka Chocolate

  I even mentioned something very interesting about Raaka here      

 

 

 

Jacques Torres

  Jacques Torres, aka “Mr. Chocolate,” has a New York City mini-empire. And my hands down fave of his?  The classic chocolate chip cookie.  Run, don’t walk to his shop in Brooklyn right in DUMBO.  Its amazing, its so amazing I still dream of my time there and this will be the first chocolate shop I return to when I get back to Brooklyn.   When I think about all those subscription boxes of toys or makeup or dog toys . . . I’d like to create one that comes every Monday morning to my house.  And it is filled with chocolate chip cookies with massive chocolate chunks.  Just a random thought Mr. Chocolate.  
  Jacques torres brooklyn

 

P.S. If you have ever wanted to be a CHOCOLATIER (and by now, I’m guessing you do) yourself than you might want to take a look at this


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