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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.

Feb 11, 2021

The Evolution of Chocolate and Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of chocolate, flowers, and poetry. But it started out as a day of fertility rites, animal sacrifices, and coupling via lottery. How did it get from there to here?

Feb 4, 2021

Is Chocolate Pandemic Proof?

It's February of 2021. The pandemic has taken its toll on just about every aspect of life, and the chocolate industry is not exempt. Looking just at chocolate makers, the size of the company and where their chocolate is sold provides some clues as to how the company is doing.

Jan 28, 2021

CHOCOLATE OR SEX?

A number of studies have been conducted over the years as to whether people prefer chocolate or sex. The winner: chocolate...but you might not want to look too closely at the rigor of the scientific process! Read a bit more here, and take Tangle Chocolate's one-question survey which asks which YOU would choose.

Jan 14, 2021

Chocolate at the Supreme Court

Even today in the US, there are a few things that we generally agree on. One of them is that most of us have a soft spot for chocolate, and another is that we don't support enslaving children or enforced laborers of any kind. The Supreme Court recently heard a case against Nestle SA and Cargill that it's important to know about.
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