Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holidays Recap Winter 2011

It is far too close to Christmas to make an official Saturday Sacrament post for you all, Sisters and Brothers.  Instead I want to recap those companies and chocolatiers who asked us to reveal their products to you these past two months.  While it may be too late to order for tomorrow, none of them only make products for Christmas so you should still check them out.  We have a few posts scheduled for Valentine's Day all ready but please, if you have chocolate shop you love or a company you recommend, let them know about us here on The Chocolate Cult and we'd be honored to add them to our growing of places who have been featured here for your reading and viewing pleasure.

We'll go back cover these chronologically starting way back in November with Amy Sue, a Lindt Chocolate R.S.V.P. Consultant sending us several items.  The first was the teddy bears for Lindt Bear Day while the second included the Advent Calendar we have been using.  Here are a few of the chocolates we've found so far.

PastaCheese.com sent us some intriguing Italian caramels that we really enjoyed sharing with you all plus a special discount you can still find on the right column of our blog just for you, Sisters and Brothers.

American Heritage was another wonderful lesson in the history of chocolate and they are in the running for "best of 2011" -- any feedback on this, would be greatly appreciated.  The company and chocolate must have been featured as a Saturday Sacrament or Special Sacramental Review during 2011.

Farthest Star Cookies had a survey at the same time we featured their delicious cookies?  Did any of our readers win?

Taraluna is once more the place to shop if you care about empowering women, small business, and global practices that help us all.  Their Sjaak's Christmas treats were great.

We were honored to feature Charbonnel et Walker from the UK this year.  I hope we'll team up with other UK and European chocolatiers in 2012 expanding us beyond the North, Central, and South American companies we've worked with even further.

It may not be too late to find the DOVE Chocolates we looked at, loved, and used this holiday season.  Here are some photos from how I used them in my baking for our annual holiday party.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms with Dark Chocolate Snowflakes



Red Velvet Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Snowflakes next to Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


































Fullmoon sent us more chocolate soap to use and enjoy. Remember this is a seasonal item only so you must check them out in January or February if you want to get this treat.

The folks from J. Drizzle Gourmet Popcorn were next in line for your review and remember to check their  feature so you can get in on the Giveaway before it is too late.

We ended the season with Chocolate Says It All but we'll be returning to that same company again in 2012.

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