These earrings were originally created as part of an Advent Calendar for Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers in 2021. They have since made their way to my shop and are a very popular item, as they are the perfect accessory to wear to any chocolate tasting, event, or festival. These were designed from a sketchContinue reading “How it’s made ~ Cacao Pod Earrings”
Author Archives: Canadian Chocoholic
Chocolate Basics ~ Shopping for Chocolate
Chocolate bar wrappers, or packaging, can tell us so much about the bar inside. Here are some examples of what to look for when shopping for craft chocolate, artisan chocolate and bean to bar chocolate.
DIY ~ Valentine’s Card
Valentine’s day is just over a week away, so it seems fitting to share a DIY Valentine gift so you can share chocolate love. Today I will walk you through how to make a Valentine from old chocolate bar wrappers, and how to melt and mold pieces of chocolate you may have lying around intoContinue reading “DIY ~ Valentine’s Card”
Chocolate Basics ~ Mass Production
What is in your chocolate? Does it taste like chocolate? Do you know where it came from? Things to know about mass production chocolate.
My Chocolate Story
Hi, I’m Cyndi. I am a chocoholic, living in Canada, hence the name for this blog and my business, Canadian Chocoholic. I am fond of the Dictionary.com definition of chocolate that says: chocoholic : a person who is excessively fond of chocolate. Chocolate touches all parts of my life, from my morning mug of drinking/sipping/hotContinue reading “My Chocolate Story”
Chocolate Basics ~ Desserts
I’m sure you often have a sweet treat after a meal, as a snack, or while out for coffee. But do you ever stop to wonder about the chocolate that is in those desserts?
‘The term dessert can apply to many confections, such as biscuits, cookies, custards, ice creams, pastries, pies, puddings, macaroons, sweet soups, tarts, and fruit salad’ according to Wikipedia.
We all know that so many of those things can include chocolate, and that we do love and enjoy chocolate. I chose the term dessert over pastry as I think that it encompasses a broader range of items. I think chocolate is now used in so many things and really I am talking about all the things chocolate is in as a sweet treat or dessert.
How it’s Made ~ Cacao Bean Necklace
I originally wrote a blog about this bean back in 2019, but work started on it in 2018 when the idea of making chocolate-themed jewellery came to me. This bean though was a tough one to get right. I like things to be perfect before I send them out into the world, and this oneContinue reading “How it’s Made ~ Cacao Bean Necklace”
Chocolate Basics ~ Chocolatier
Let’s talk about chocolatiers. Merriam-Webster says the meaning of chocolatier is a maker or seller of chocolate candy. Candy being key in that definition. Chocolatiers are a person or company who make confections from chocolate. A confection is ‘food items that are rich in sugar and carbohydrates. Exact definitions are diffficult’ according to Wikipedia.Continue reading “Chocolate Basics ~ Chocolatier”
Let’s talk mornings. I am not a morning person. It took me a long time to embrace my night owl, but I have always been more productive in the latter half of the day, and often that means beginning a big project at 2 or 3 pm. While most folks tend to relax in theContinue reading “Morning Mug”
Chocolate Basics – Chocolate Maker
Chocolate makers are the people who ‘make chocolate from dried cacao beans using specific equipment such as a roaster, grinder, refiner mill, conch and tempering machine. Their finished product is pure chocolate – usually in bar form.’ As per Ecole Chocolat. Chocolate makers in my opinion, and in the chocolate world of things, are generallyContinue reading “Chocolate Basics – Chocolate Maker”