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Oct 14, 2021

A Different Perspective on Child Labor in West Africa

As you may already know, the chocolate industry has a long and terrible history of using slave labor, including forcing children to work in ways that can harm them. Part of the driving force behind Tangle Chocolate and many other fine chocolate makers is to end such practices. But this issue is more complex and nuanced than it seems at first glance. I recently attended a panel discussion on child labor in west Africa that presented the issue in a cultural context and from the point of view of cacao farmers and the children themselves, and want to share what I learned. 

Sep 30, 2021

Women in Chocolate: Alysha Kropf, Ecole Chocolat

For Alysha Kropf of Ecole Chocolat, an online culinary school for all things chocolate, a love of chocolate is in her genes. Read how she went from being "Sticker Girl" as a child, when she helped wrap holiday chocolate confections, to now being the program and marketing director at Ecole and a contributor to making the chocolate industry more sustainable and equitable. 

Sep 23, 2021

Best Chocolate-Caramel Apples

Looking for something to do on a fall afternoon that yields delicious results? Try making these chocolate-caramel apples. The chocolate protects the gooey caramel and offsets its super sweetness, leading to a treat that's truly special. Lots of tips and an extra recipe for the best homemade caramel also included!  

Sep 16, 2021

Women in Chocolate: Ruth Kennison, The Chocolate Project

Ruth Kennison is a chocolatier, chocolate educator, and the founder of The Chocolate Project in Los Angeles, California. Read about her story, her business, and her thoughts on the bean-to-bar chocolate industry in 2021!

Sep 9, 2021

What Is Dutched Cocoa?

Have you ever seen a piece of chocolate cake that is so dark brown that it’s almost black, and then been surprised when it didn’t taste as chocolatey as its color led you to believe it would? Or have you perhaps ordered a hot chocolate and had it taste, well, not as flavorful as the hot chocolate you’re used to? It’s possible that the cocoa powder used in these treats was Dutched. What does that mean? How does Dutched cocoa differ from regular cocoa, and when and how is it used?

Aug 19, 2021

Women in Chocolate: Lindsay Tarnoff, Laughing Gull Chocolates

Lindsay Tarnoff is founder and chief chocolatier of Laughing Gull Chocolates in Rochester, New York—but she's also a passionate mom and social justice advocate who has found a way to fill all of these roles at the same time.

Aug 5, 2021

A CRASH COURSE IN COCOA BUTTER

All chocolate lovers who read this will know that cocoa butter is a critical natural component of the cocoa bean. Some of you may have seen it also listed in the ingredients of inedible products such as cosmetics, and wondered if it’s a bioidentical product. Turns out, cocoa butter is enormously versatile. In addition to being super important in chocolate, it can be used in baking as well as in moisturizers, makeup, and health care products. 

Jul 21, 2021

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF BIG CHOCOLATE, AGAINST CHILD SLAVES

In December of 2020, The Supreme Court heard a case against chocolate giants Nestle and Cargill brought on behalf of 6 formerly enslaved children from Mali. As reported in our January 14, 2020 blog post, Nestle and Cargill were being sued for aiding and abetting overseas human rights violations using a 1789 law that allows, in some cases, for non-US citizens to seek damages for violations done by US companies overseas. The verdict is in.

Jul 15, 2021

The Ultimate Small Business Gift Guide for Every Budget

In today’s economy, it’s becoming more and more important to support small, local businesses. Next time you find yourself searching for gifts on Amazon, think small instead! Here are 15 small business gift ideas for friends, coworkers, or even yourself that range in price from under $10 to under $100.

Jul 8, 2021

BOSTON CREAM PIE, A CHOCOLATE DESSERT FAVORITE

Boston Cream Pie is a well-known dessert with its silky smooth chocolate icing, moist sponge cake, and velvety custard—what’s not to love? But not many people know the origin of the Boston Cream Pie, or why it became the official state dessert of Massachusetts (even over Toll House cookies, which are another Massachusetts specialty). Here are a few important details about the development of the Boston Cream Pie to help you appreciate and become more familiar with this delectable treat. Recipes too!

Jul 1, 2021

How To Ship Chocolate and Other Perishables in Summer

If there’s one thing we at Tangle Chocolate have learned a thing or two about during this record-breaking summer heat, it’s how to ship chocolate. We thought we’d pass on our tips in case you are curious about what we do or want to ship your own perishable goods to someone near or far.

Jun 24, 2021

Pairing Chocolate with Wine and Beer

Wine and beer tasting events are great places to learn about how specific vintages and varieties pair with chocolate. (Yes, you read that right, beer and chocolate!) People get to learn about why it’s great to serve these ingredients together and how each one complements the other. Here is some basic information about chocolate and alcohol for you to know before you attend a tasting, or perhaps to help you host your own.
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