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I was invited to an exclusive chocolate tasting event at Koko Monk, among 10 other food media/bloggers. Koko Monk is the new retail shop for what you may previously know as Levni Chocolates that had been at five Vancouver farmer’s markets since 2010.

Chocolate Tasting at Koko Monk

Chocolate Tasting at Koko Monk

The event was set up like a wine tasting, with chocolates placed in a pre-determined order. In fact, the chocolates progressed like wine, from lighter flavours to a stronger, punchier finish. The best part is that it was a blind tasting, meaning we didn’t know what we were eating until we took our first bite, made a guess at ingredients that were used in each chocolate, then owner/chocolatier Paul would reveal the “correct answer”.

By the way, according to Paul, you’re not supposed to chew on the chocolate after you took a bite. Let it sit inside your mouth and let it melt away. Use your taste buds to sense all the different flavours/ingredients. (more…)

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After attending the Great Wine & Chocolate Dessert Challenge two weeks ago, we received invitations to two more Chocolate Festival 2010 events. Mr. and I attended both events this weekend, making it a chocolate trilogy. And here is Part 2 and Part 3 of the Chocolate Festival Saga.

Fort Wine Co Wines, Chocolate, and Desserts

This event took place on Friday at the historic Mackin House in Coquitlam. It’s a 100 year old heritage home showcasing the turn-of-the-century lifestyle. With the warm fireplace burning on a cold, rainy evening, the house provided the 20 attendees with an intimate setting for chocolate and wine tasting. Blodwyn and Ted from Fort Wine Co. hosted the event by enlightening the guests with the history of chocolate and fruit wine production.

Ted explains the fruit wine production

Ted explains the fruit wine production

The evening was followed by the pouring of five different wines from Fort Wine Co., including two table wines and three dessert wines. They were paired with three types of chocolate from Organic Fair on the Island.

Pick Me - Strawberry Table Wine with Forte, 83% Dark Chocolate

Pick Me - Strawberry Table Wine with Forte, 83% Dark Chocolate

Of everything we tried, we particularly enjoyed the Isle Queen, the port-style blackberry wine, and Finger Fruit, the raspberry dessert wine. (more…)

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While visiting Seattle on the Thanksgiving long weekend, I took the opportunity to visit Theo Chocolate. Theo is one of the dozen bean-to-chocolate factories in the United States and the first and only organic and Fair Trade factory in the country. A huge chocolate lover that I am, I was really excited to take the factory tour.

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour

As soon as I arrived, I saw a big crowd walking around inside the retail store. You don’t usually see this many people at a chocolate retail store! Some were waiting for the tour to start; some just finished their tour and were picking out chocolate to take home; and some were simply here to buy some treats.

Many customers drop by for the tour and to shop

Many customers drop by for the tour and to shop

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour

The tour was just a bit over an hour long and it includes the history of Theo Chocolate, background info about chocolate production, a walk through the factory and introduction to the various machines, and of course, lots of chocolates to taste. (more…)

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