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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 into…

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/hot…

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,…

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 one…

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.…

Morning Mug

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 the…

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 generally…

Inspired by Chocolate

I love chocolate so much that I create joy around it and do my best to share that with others. I identify as a chocoholic because chocolate touches all areas of my life. I combine my passion for chocolate with my love of art through all sorts of mediums: jewellery, fabric, DIYs, chocolate tastings, chocolate…

Chocolate Basics

Chocolate.  It’s more than just a simple treat. Chances are you are aware that ‘chocolate’ grows on a tree and is a fruit, but what else do you know about chocolate?  This blog is about going back to the basics with some information about cacao and chocolate. I aim to not overwhelm you but to…

Memorable Chocolate Moments from 2022

2022 was a year of many things, and chocolate was often part of conversations, travel, adventures, dinners, desserts, and art. I made a Memorable Moments printable pdf that I shared for everyone over on the Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers Patreon page in case you want to print it out and put some of your…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Here is a quick overview and list of all 100 gifts for chocolate lovers in one blog post. To find out more about each ten gifts and see photos of some of the items included you can check last years blog posts for all the details. This list is a place to have them all…

Hot Chocolate III

Ah, Chocolate. Here we are at part three about hot chocolate.  The first two parts focused on making the hot chocolate simply, easily, and so that it tasted delicious. Now we are going to move on to elevating it even more by adding toppings.  Finding the right topping for your hot chocolate can make it…

Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers

Wow, hard to believe that one year ago I was getting ready to launch Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers.  Waiting to see if it would be a thing.  Nervous, anxious, but mostly super excited. What is Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers?  Simply put, it is a monthly subscription that celebrates all things chocolate through art…

Hot Chocolate II

Create delicious hot chocolates easily with just a few ingredients. Add a few little things to elevate your simple hot chocolate and make it decadent.

Hot Chocolate

Tips and Recipes ~ Part 1 If you follow me over on Instagram, you may know that I start each day with hot chocolate. Yep, everyday. #ChocolateForBreakfast  I’m going to share some recipes, some ideas, and some ways to get you excited to start your days with chocolate as well. Most of the world start…

Art and Chocolate ~ A walk in the city

This post was inspired by a walk this weekend in Calgary.  I came across a mural with faces and hands, and looking up at it I realized it was the many stages of enjoying any food.  So here are my thoughts on enjoying chocolate, with matching photos of the mural with art by Adam Zhu.…

Welcoming 2022 and all it brings

Happy new year! It’s 2022 and I am feeling refreshed after a few weeks of cozy at-home time to begin the year.  I am not sure what 2022 will hold but I look forward to chocolate and art journeys as the year progresses. 2021 was an odd year.  The first year I worked just from…

Sewn Cacao Pod Gift Tag or Ornaments

These cacao pods made an appearance earlier this week as one of the items in the Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers envelopes, but you can make them easily at home! Materials needed: Cardstock or a chocolate bar wrapperA needleEmbroidery FlossScissorsA small hole punch or an awl and a hammer (and maybe a piece of wood…

3D Paper Cacao Pod Ornament

These paper cacao pod ornaments are a fun and bright addition to any holiday decor. Hang them on your Christmas tree or along your mantle. Bundle a few together in a bunch to hang in a archway. They are simple and easy to make, let the kids help! Materials Needed: Printable sheet for templatePaper (cardstock…

Tis the season… for making fun Christmas ornaments!

Last year I did a series of DIY blog posts about making ornaments and holiday decorations from reused and upcycled chocolate bar wrappers. I know that I have a ton of chocolate bar wrappers sitting around my office.  Some of them are just so beautiful and I wanted to find a way to use them,…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

The holidays are almost here, and this is the last post in my mini blog series of 100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers.  I’d love for you to share with friends and on social media if you have enjoyed it.  Look for some stories on my Instagram feed featuring all these ideas in December.  Find me…

How much chocolate do you eat?

This is almost always the first question I get when someone finds out that I do all sorts of things with chocolate. It is closely followed by do you make chocolate? And, where can I buy your chocolate? Because everyone loves chocolate! So today I am going to answer those questions for you, because I…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Looking for some DIY chocolate gifts or ways to have a chocolate experience, read through these for some fun ideas, and some delicious chocolate. 81 Pastries Seriously, who does not love a good pastry?  Find a shop nearby that makes beautiful and tasty chocolate delights.  Maybe macaroons are your go to, or perhaps it’s a…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Time is flying by and we are now at numbers 71-80 of our 100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers! Which of these are you most interested in pursuing? Let me know. 71 #WomenInChocolate Lauren Heineck is the amazing woman behind the hashtag #womeninchocolate. She is also the founder of Well Tempered Media and Wknd Chocolate. She…

Rest, reflect and refresh.

If you follow me on Instagram @CanadianChocoholic you may have seen that I recently spent a week away at a cabin.  I love the outdoors and find that a week in nature is the best vacation. After two long years with no vacation, it was time.  I chose a cabin close by and within the…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

We have passed the halfway point in our 100 gifts, and here we are at numbers 61 to 70! As always I only benefit if you happen to purchase something from my shop. I am just happy to share these great ideas with you. Let me know if you find these helpful or have an…

100 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Let’s talk single origin chocolate and cacao.  Chocolate grows in so many places and each can bring something unique to a bar of chocolate.  Most of us are used to eating more industrial chocolate that is massed produced and uses cacao from all different origins mixed together in all different batches. If you haven’t tried…


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