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May 13, 2021

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BEET SUGAR AND THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

“Manufactured by free people, not by slaves.” This claim, which is still salient today, was first used in 1898 by beet sugar maker David Ruggles,  an abolitionist who led a movement away from cane sugar and its enslaved labor. Read more about this fascinating history, which unfolded right up the road from Tangle.

May 6, 2021

A MOTHER-DAUGHTER COLLAB WITH TANGLE CHOCOLATE

For Mother's Day 2021, we bring you a bio of the mother-daughter duo from Blue Skye Wellness who created "Light," the happy, energizing room spritzer included in Tangle Chocolate's gift box called "Let the Light In." It also contains a box of our premium handmade organic chocolate slivers, a bag of YUP coffee beans, and Amherst Soaps's Tangle Chocolate soap made from our cocoa husks and nibs.

Apr 29, 2021

12 MOVIES TO ENJOY WITH CHOCOLATE FOR MOTHER’S DAY

This year of the pandemic is the year to snuggle up and watch a movie for Mother’s Day if ever there was one! We’ve all been on screens this year more than usual, but if you offer a high-quality film and some Tangle Chocolate to go with it, you’ve got a special evening. Here are 12 favorite films from the last 60 years that feature either a memorable mother/child relationship or a powerful mother character. What would you add to the list?

Apr 15, 2021

IS SUGAR GMO-FREE?

If you read our last blog post, you’ll know that not all sugar is vegan. Cane sugar generally is not vegan, beet sugar is. However, cane sugar is way less likely to be made with GMO crops, whereas beet sugar most likely started with GMO beets. Here's a little more info to help you understand the pros and cons of GMOs.

Apr 8, 2021

IS SUGAR VEGAN?

Sugar comes from either sugar cane or beets. Vegan foods are those that are made with no animal products. Sugar cane and beets are plants. So why isn't sugar always vegan? The secret culprit is a product called bone char. Bone char is made from cattle bones and is a de-coloring filter often, but not always, used in sugar production. Read more to find out why it may matter to you and how to make sure you are consuming truly vegan sugar.

Apr 1, 2021

NEW COLLABORATION WITH AMHERST SOAPS

April 1, 2021. What do soap and chocolate have in common? Normally, not a lot. But Amherst Soaps’s new Tangle Chocolate bar uses the byproducts of our chocolate-making process, cocoa husks and dust, to add an exfoliant, slight natural scent, and beauty to this bar of luxurious soap. It's a perfect collaboration!

Mar 25, 2021

CHOCOLATE—MUSIC TO MY EARS

Chocolate is everywhere… even on the radio! It’s no surprise that such a delicious food would be the inspiration for many musicians––it’s sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, and sometimes a little bit of both. If you’re looking for some thematic music to listen to while you savor some chocolate, keep reading for a list of songs with titles related to chocolate.

Mar 18, 2021

The Rich Chocolate History of Massachusetts

Massachusetts is known for many mouth-watering treats from baked beans to cream pie. But it also has a rich history of chocolate which includes the invention of chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate, Baker's chocolate...and has an interesting cameo appearance by the one and only Paul Revere!

Mar 11, 2021

Tangle Chocolate is Certified Kosher!

March 11, 2021 There are some dietary restrictions that are hard to accommodate as a chocolate maker. For example, I’ve not yet found a sugar-free option that I can fully embrace. But Tangle Chocolate works for those who are vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free or vegan—and now also for those who are kosher. Yay! Here's what the process involved.

Mar 4, 2021

CHEWY V CRUNCHY COOKIE: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT

When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, some people want to sink their teeth into a chewy cookie, and some want more of a crunch. But how can we tweak recipes or the baking process to ensure our cookies will have our texture of choice? Change their size, dough temperature, baking time, and ingredients. Here's how.

Feb 25, 2021

LAWSUIT FILED TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY

On February 12, 2021, as we in the U.S were preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate in hand, the first-ever class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of some former child slaves against some of the world's largest cocoa companies. These companies are different than Tangle and other craft chocolate companies. Tangle wants consumers to know more so that they factor that human cost into the price of chocolate they buy.

Feb 18, 2021

We were interviewed on the radio!

On February 8, 2021, Bob Flaherty of WHMP radio in Northampton, Massachusetts invited me, Suzanne Forman, the founder of Tangle Chocolate, to sit down with him for a few minutes to talk all things chocolate. We had a ball as Bob tasted Tangle's slivers of chocolate using a flavor wheel, discussed what's special about this chocolate, and praised his wife who happened to also be my children's gymnastic coach years ago! Here's an audio file of the approximately eight-minute segment.
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