Friday, July 29, 2011


Thank you so much for following my journey on blogspot these past few years.  What a terrific platform to "learn" the business of writing about Chocolate.

I have now moved the content to the new and improved

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The new site went live on July 28th, 2011.  Hopefully the TV show we are developing is not too far behind.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

The 'Triple Double' is on the way!

I love the Oreo.  My kids love the Oreo.  Our Cookie Jar is filled with Oreos 365 days a year. My Dog is named Oreo.

We have tried every form and flavor  but now Nabisco may have topped it all.

Rumors abound that the Triple Double will arrive at the local stores this summer.  Three layers of chocolate Oreo wafers with two layers of double stuffed creme, one chocolate and one vanilla.

I'll line up early to get my hands on this newest sensation.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Online: Chocomize- Really Terrific Custom Chocolate Bars

Apology: I did this interview in November and just realized it did not post.  My thanks to the guys at Chocomize for indulging my visit, answering my questions and showing me around their facility.

I really like Chocomize!  The idea of creating your own bar from premium ingredients is a dream come true.  I had the chance to visit with Eric Heinbockel and Fabian Kaempfer of Chocomize at their facility and I so admire their vision, work ethic and tenacity.

It is not easy to start a new concept.  It takes hard work, passion for what you are doing and drive to keep going, especially in the beginning, and the guys that are bringing you Chocomize are definitely living that dream/ reality.

Praised and reported by numerous national magazines and shows, I just had to make a trip to Cherry Hill, NJ, just outside Phily to see this operation first hand.  The facility is unassuming from the outside, but on the inside they are putting together just what the customer wants... literally.

Chocomize has made it simple for us to buy whatever we want.  You go online and head to the "creation station" and start by picking your favorite base (milk, white or dark).  These guys don't mess around, they are using high quality European chocolate and then the fun begins... you get to select up to 5 of your favorite toppings- from over 100 options of nuts & seeds, fruits, herbs &spices, candy, decorations and other goodies.

I had purchased and eaten several bars before arriving in New Jersey (see September 13, 2010). I particularly liked the milk chocolate bar with oreo, dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips.  I called it my "eat more chocolate" bar- of course.  I also made milk chocolate with graham teddies and mini marshmallows- my "smores" bar.  I even tried a combo I found in a different setting at Panache in Kansas City- Milk Chocolate with Corn Flakes.  All were really good because of the exceptional base chocolate that Chocomize uses.

Terrific work Guys- you're on to something really big here..  I loved the visit. Thanks!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dallas: La Duni- Hall of Fame Desserts

Venezuelan Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake
Nutella Milk Chocolate Cake

 People often ask me where is my favorite place to eat chocolate desserts or what is my favorite chocolate.

These are impossible questions for me to answer, because I really don't have a true favorite.

I love all types of chocolate and am constantly amazed at how creative and ingenious people are in finding new ways to use this amazing ingredient..

I do have some special places I go for an immediate fix when I am in need.  One of those haunts is La Duni in Dallas.  Started by Dunia and Taco Borga, Dunia has become one of the finest pastry chefs in America.   La Duni's Nutella Milk Chocolate and Venezuelan Triple Chocolate Truffle Cakes are amongst the best I have ever eaten.

Cuatro Leches Cake

Although I just can't pick favorite chocolate treats, I do think her Cuatro Leches Cake is one of the best non-chocolate dessert I have ever eaten.  I think it has white chocolate in it and that's why I love it so much, but I'm told it does not...

When I opened my Current Energy store on Knox Street in Dallas a few years back, I had La Duni cater the grand opening party.  They made miniature bite-size versions of each of these 3 desserts.  No one left the party that didn't ask "where did those desserts come from". We had them again, this time in cupcake form, for another family celebration last year and again, these fantastic desserts were wildly acclaimed.

Definitely, La Duni is deserving of admittance into Joe's Chocolate Hall of Fame for their outstanding use of chocolate in cakes and other great desserts, too!