Some Like it Hot. But there is no reason why it can’t be cold? We love getting cozy with a steaming cup of drinking chocolate in the winter. Did you know our rich and creamy drinking chocolate can be enjoyed year around?
As the days start getting warmer, don’t let that drinking chocolate tin go into hibernation with the rest of your winter gear. Break out the blender and use Chef Michael's award-winning drinking chocolate mix to craft a refreshing frozen hot chocolate.
Take a look at this simple recipe and experience bliss in a cup!
Frozen Hot Chocolate
1 ¼ cup of water
10 oz (1 ½ scoops) of ice
Whipped cream (optional)
Bring 1 ½ cups of water to boil.
Add 7 ½ tablespoons of Chuao Chocolatier Drinking Chocolate mix to the water and stir constantly.
Bring to a full boil and whisk for 30 seconds.
Remove from heat and chill in refrigerator until cool.
Blend 10 oz of ice and 1 ¼ cups of chilled hot chocolate thoroughly in blender.
Or, for an iced hot chocolate, serve chilled hot chocolate over ice.
Garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!view article
Have your fill of BBQ and booze during the day. But it’s when the sun goes down the celebration really begins. The fourth is really about the fireworks, anyway….right?
Light up your party with this twist on a traditional treat.
Snap, Crackle, POP! treats (Firecracker Rice Krispy Treats)
3 tbsp butter
1 bag of Marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
3 Firecracker bars
Grease a 9x13 baking dish
Chop the Firecracker bars into bite size pieces
In a large bowl, melt the butter on high for 40 seconds in the microwave, or until melted.
Add in marshmallows, coat with melted butter. Place in microwave for 1:30, or until marshmallows are all melted.
Add rice cereal to marshmallow and butter mixture and stir until cereal is coated. Add ¾ of chopped chocolate into the bowl and stir until chocolate is evenly distributed.
Spoon the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish, with your fingers spread the mixture out evenly.
Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top of the rice krispies and press down gently.
Let cool for at least an hour for marshmallows to set.
Cut, serve and enjoy
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We are all about family at Chuao. And we all wouldn’t be where we are today without our Mothers.So this goes out to the wonderful mothers of Chuao Chocolatier and to all the mother’s everywhere. We love you!
“My mother for me is not a person, a thought or a function. A mother is like a feeling; a feeling for warm acceptance, unconditional love and shelter.”
-Michael Antonorsi, Master Chocolatier
“She’s an angel.”
-Sebastian, Brand Manager
“Her love has never failed me; she is the constant in my life.”
-Chandra, Retail Director
“She is, honestly, the strongest woman that I know. I admire her.”
-Abigail, Inside Sales & Office Support
“She taught me, by example, that love is a verb.”
-Brooke, Communications Director
"She is my inspiration in life."
-Mariana, Donations & Events
"She is amazing and I could only hope to be at least half as amazing as she is with my own children."
-Erin, Production Manager
"My mother has the biggest heart. And I am the woman I am because of her."view article
-Jane, Chocolate Concierge
Last week we shared recipes to pamper mom each meal of the day. But let’s face it; mom’s going to want to skip right to the sweetest part: dessert.
Indulge mom’s sweet tooth with these irresistible recipes. Both guaranteed to make you Mom's favorite—at least for a while.
for the simple baker:
CRISPY-CAKEY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Whisk the flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes (use the paddle attachment for a stand mixer).
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dough and refrigerate at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Drop about a tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake until golden brown around the edges but still light in the center, about 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchen
for the avid baker:
CHOCOLATE FILLED ALMOND MACARONS
2 ounces of Milk Chocolate Tasting Discs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ cup whole blanched almonds, very finely ground
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch kosher salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
For the ganache:
Combine the chopped chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pot with 1-inch of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.
Stir in the cream, vanilla and salt, and then remove from the heat.
Set aside until cooled and thickened, stirring occasionally, 30 to 45 minutes.
For the cookies:
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a small glass or cookie cutter (1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch wide), trace 15 circles on each piece of parchment paper, leaving about 2 inches between each round.
Flip the parchment over; the lines will be visible through the paper but you will not have to pipe directly onto the ink.
Fit a pastry bag with a round tip about 1/4-inch wide.
Sift the confectioners' sugar and ground almonds into a bowl and discard any larger nut chunks. (If you have more than a tablespoon of bigger chunks, grind those until powdery and then resift.)
TIP: You can use store-bought almond meal in place of the whole almonds. Sift 2/3 cup with the confectioners' sugar and, if necessary, grind the larger chunks and sift until a tablespoon or less of larger chunks remain in the sifter.
Combine the egg whites and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with the whisk attachment of a hand-held electric mixer).
Whip on medium-low speed until frothy, and then add the granulated sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip until very soft peaks form.
Add the almond extract and a few drops of food coloring, if using. Whip until stiff peaks form.
Fold about one-third of the sugar-nut mixture into the egg whites until blended, and then fold in the remaining two-thirds.
*The batter should be a bit fluid but not runny. It should slowly drip off the spatula and sit on top of the batter in the bowl for a bit before eventually oozing back into it. If it seems a bit stiff at this point, fold once or twice more until it relaxes, although be careful not to over fold. This correct texture is the key to the macaroon and it is better to have a stiffer batter than a looser one.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pastry bag. Holding the bag perpendicular over the baking sheet, squeeze until the batter fills a circle drawn on the paper. Release the pressure on the bag and pull towards you to prevent a pointy tip on the center of the cookie.
TIP: The weight of the batter in the pastry bag will force some of the batter out. To stop this, you can stick a mini marshmallow at the end of your pastry tip to block to the batter from running out the end.
Repeat with the remaining circles. Gently flatten any points on the cookies with a damp fingertip.
TIP: You can also spoon the batter onto the parchment lined baking sheets. The cookies may not be as perfectly round but will still taste great.
Firmly tap the baking sheets against the counter to release any air bubbles and let stand at room temperature until the tops of the cookies no longer feel wet, 10 to 15 minutes.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the macaroons are slightly crisp and the bottoms release from the parchment paper, about 15 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through the baking time.
Cool on the sheet 5 minutes, and then peel off the cookies and cool completely on a wire rack.
To assemble the cookies, spread a thin layer of the chocolate ganache on the bottoms of half of the cookies, about 1/4 teaspoon per cookie. Top with a second cookie, gently pressing to squeeze the ganache to the rims.
Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchen
Still need a sweet Mother’s Day Gift? Shop our website www.ChuaoChocolatier.com for great gift ideas!view article
It’s almost that lovely time of year again, Mother’s Day. Each year we long to create the perfect day for our adoring mothers. And although we can’t possibly match what she’s done for us; there are always endless ways to show mom your undying love & appreciation.
So let’s return the favor, grab the apron and give this Mother’s Day menu a shot. No need to be a Top Chef in the kitchen; it’s always the effort that counts. Remember, home cooked meals are 90% love and 10% butter. Oooh, butter!
Pamper mom morning, noon and night with these delectable recipes.
Photo & Recipe by BON APPÉTIT
Who doesn’t love chocolate and waffles with gooey syrup… it’s a must-make creation for your dear sweet mother featuring our Spicy Maya Bar. Serve with mimosas or Mom’s favorite morning drink.
Photo & Recipe Martha Stewart
Lamb Burgers with Feta Sauce and Cucumber
This Greek burger is light and refreshing. Enjoy the Spring weather and serve alfresco!
Photo & Recipe by Everyday with Rachael Ray
Mama Elsa’s Stuffed Zucchini
This flavorful dish comforts like traditional homemade cooking. Light and healthy, the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is cuddled in bread crumb crusted savory zucchini boats.
Sangria goes well with just about any meal. The fruit lends a tropical feel, sure to keep your wonderful mother relaxed. Try pairing with our Strawberry Seduction bonbons for the ultimate treat!
Keep an eye out next week for Part Two: The Sweetest Part of the Meal: Dessertview article
We’ve got your golden ticket right here!
You’re invited to step inside our chocolate factory – from the comfort of your own home!
Tune in tonight at 8 pm EDT when the Biography Channel airs Food Network Canada’s hit show, Food Factory, featuring our very own Potato Chip bar. Discover how we combine crisp kettle cooked potato chips, a hint of sea salt and our premium milk chocolate blend to make the most crave-able creation.
Also mark your calendars for Food Factory’s episode featuring our Maple Bacon ChocoPod, airing June 5th at 9 pm EDT on the Biography Channel. See how we take creamy milk chocolate, crisp bites of bacon, a splash of sweet maple syrup, and a sprinkle of bonfire smoke sea salt to create an unforgettable chocolate experience. Everything is better with bacon.
Grab your friends and make it a chocolate tasting and viewing party! Pick up our bars at your local retailer.view article
Spring is all about new beginnings, right? And this Spring, we are all about new beginnings in chocolate. We’ve already introduced three new flavors. So why not continue to bring the joy with another exciting new flavor?
"Live in the moment." "Stop and smell the roses." "Be present." Ooh Ahh Almond is the reason these sayings exist. Salted, caramelized almonds tickle our fancy in silky, rich dark chocolate.
Dressed in Pantone’s color of the 2014, Radiant Orchid, Ooh Ahh Almond is the hottest accessory of the season.
Treat yourself to a mouthwatering "me" moment. Available now in our web store and at REI stores nationwide early May.view article
FINALLY, the day has arrived! We could barely contain our excitement about this new flavor. We’ve literally been counting the days to share our joy with you. Just one scrumptious bite and you’ll say… oh my, too!
Introducing Oh My S’mores.
Crushed honey graham goodness, fluffy mini marshmallows and creamy milk chocolate take your taste buds on a trip down memory lane. The crackling of the campfire. The children’s ooey gooey grins. The sweet smell of toasty marshmallows in the air.
Ready for the journey? Oh My S’mores is waiting for you now in our web store and at REI stores nationwide.view article
Photo by: WireImage
We have a confession – we’re obsessed with Jennifer Garner. And since today is her birthday, we want to share the Jen Love on the interwebs.
So, let us count the ways we love Hollywood’s favorite girl next door:
The obsession begins. Alias was one of the few series where we would freak out if we missed an episode. For 5 glorious seasons, Sydney Bristow kept us on the edge of our seat as she fought rival agents, terrorists, and traitors all the while keeping her butt-kicking lifestyle a secret from her friends. Jennifer Garner played the lead role brilliantly, making us gals want to be bad-ass secret agents. Thanks to Netflix, you can binge watch here with a Firecracker bar.
2. 13 going on 30.
Introducing Jennifer’s silly side. The idea was sweet and simple; a 13 year old girl wished to be 30, flirty and thriving- and miraculously that wish became a reality overnight. Hilarious antics a la “Big” ensue. Jennifer Garner carries the whole film with her charming and endearing lead performance. Make it a chick flick and Pop Corn Pop bar kinda night.
3. She is a hot mama.
If being a mother to three very active children isn’t hard enough, Jennifer does it all, simultaneously juggling the ups and downs of A-list stardom. Her favorite role to date: being a mother. Acting goes on the back-burner to play the role of super-mom to her three beautiful children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, who were recently treated to our Hopping Popping Bunny bars.
4. The Hubby.
Photo by: David Livingston/Getty
Ben Affleck: actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter, philanthropist, and political activist, just to name a few, is married to the beautiful and equally talented Jennifer Garner. Together, they are one of Hollywood’s elite power couples and have a loving marriage that we all envy. We’d give that hottie a Maple Bacon bar any day!
5. She’s a fashionista.
Photo Credit: Max Mara
Known for her elegant and timeless style, this beauty was enlisted by Max Mara again; this time beauty for . Jennifer introduces the chic and sophisticated Jbag this season. And what better accessory to fill it with then our ChocoPod mini-bars at just 50-60 calories each?
6. She loves chocolate.
Anyone that confesses to have a cabinet full of chocolate is a woman after our own heart. And she recently got her hot little hands on our Ultimate Chocolate Bar sets! Yum!
Join us in saying “Happy Birthday!” to Jennifer and fill your cabinet full of chocolate in her honor!
Taxes are done. Whether you paid Uncle Sam or Uncle Sam paid you, the stress is gone and shopping feels good. Make like Tom Haverford from and treat yo ‘self.
Indulge in the Ultimate Chocolate Bar Set, a coveted collection featuring our award-winning chocolate bars, for the ultimate chocolate tasting experience. Take the chocolate party to the next level and pair with craft beer, a fruit forward wine or even your favorite whiskey.
Tell us, how will you spend your tax refund?view article
We have to agree with the cute little girl from the AT&T commercial:
More is better than less
because if there's more less stuff,
then you might want to have some more.
But then, your parents won't let you because there's only a little.
If you really like something, you'll want more of it.
We want more,
We want more,
Like, you really like it,
you want more.
We follow you sweetie. With chocolate, more is better than less. Always! Our Sweet & Salty ChocoPod mini bar is so wildly popular that we decided to make it in a full size bar.
Get your Sweet & Salty fix now in our web store and starting next week at your local Cost Plus World Market.view article
“For me, pretzels dipped in chocolate are very comforting. Toffee dipped in chocolate is delicious. Now pretzels and toffee dipped in chocolate should be outlawed. I am always trying to test the limits of our culinary pleasure and I have come to realize that there is none. So I went ahead and put these three elements together so I can have the most comforting delicious experience every time. Join me?” – Chef Michael Antonorsi
Experience another joy in chocolate: crunchy mini pretzels and buttery toffee dance in dark chocolate. Pretzel Toffee Twirl now available for your enjoyment in our web store and starting next week at your local Cost Plus World Market.view article
It’s no secret that Chef Michael likes to put a Chuao twist on classic flavor profiles. Our Potato Chip bar combines two of the most crave-able creations on the planet for total taste bud domination: creamy milk chocolate and lightly salted kettle cooked potato chips. In honor of these little bites of heaven, we thought we’d share another drool-worthy way to get your potato chip fix.
Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies:
~4 sticks plus 2 tbs butter (room temp)
~1 ½ cups granulated sugar
~1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
~4 tsp vanilla extract
~4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
~1 cup rolled oats
~2 tsp baking soda
~4 cups Chuao ChocolatierPotato Chip Bars (Approximately 6 bars)
~2 ¼ cups crushed lightly salted potato chips
Preheat oven to 350
Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time on low, scraping the bowl after each addition,.
Add vanilla; Mix until fully incorporatedIn a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
Slowly add ¾ flour mixture with mixer on low.
Fold in the remaining flour with spatula.
Fold in chocolate and crushed potato chips until fully combined.
Chill dough for at least 15 minutes.
Scoop cookie dough with an ice cream scooper (approximately 2 tablespoons of dough) in order to keep all sizes equal.
Place cookies about 3 inches apart onto a parchment paper- lined pan.
Bake for 12- 16 minutes, until lightly browned.
Let cool and enjoy!
Stock up on Potato Chip bars, on sale for $3 each, now through 3/17.view article
If you are reading this then you are probably a chocoholic. Have no fear, you’re about to be even happier that chocolate is part of your daily intake.
Here are 5 more reasons to eat chocolate:
1. Happy belly, happy heart! Studies show that up to 6 grams of chocolate a day can lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. Consuming dark chocolate can improve blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
2. Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, so it can help improve cognitive function. Sounds like chocolate might be your new study buddy.
3. Chocolate makes you happy. (Really!) Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.
4. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels. It makes a great afternoon pick me up- without the sugar crash!
5. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. So eating antioxidant rich foods, like dark chocolate, can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging. Talk about a chocolate fountain of youth!
Everything in moderation, including moderation. Enjoy!view article
The red carpet will be out and all the stars will flock to Hollywood for motion pictures’ biggest night. The 86th Annual Oscars are just around the corner.
Who says only celebrities get to have all the glitz, glamour and fun? Throw your own fabulous party this Sunday. Here are some tips to sweeten up your Oscar viewing experience:
1. Add a touch of Oscar gold.
Gold accents can add a sense of chicness to your party. Serve food on gold platters. Sprinkle gold flakes into your cocktails.
2. Try a twist on your favorite movie theater treat.
Why have popcorn when you can experience popcorn popping in your mouth? Fill your bowl with our Pop Corn Pop mini-bars for delightful change of pace. Puffed whole grains, toasted corn chips, popping candy and a sprinkle of sea salt in creamy milk chocolate.
3. Celebrate like a celeb.
Just because you’re sitting in your living room doesn’t mean you can’t live it up like you’re sitting shoulder to shoulder with celebrities at the Governor’s Ball. Pop the bubbly and pair it with something sweet. Bring the luxury to your living room with our Sparkling Wine Pairing.
4. Up the ante.
Everything’s more fun when it’s turned into a game. Download a nominees ballot for all your guests to fill out before the awards are announced. Present sweet prizes to those who predict the winners.
Let us know, who do you think will win the coveted golden Oscar Best Picture?
If it were up to us, Valentine’s Day would be every day. But since that will never happen, we thought we would share some little gestures you can do every day to bring on the romance.
1.Call or e-mail for no reason. Pick up the phone for an afternoon chat or send a funny email that would be sure to brighten their day.
2. Leave a note. What would be better than waking up and finding a sweet note on the bathroom mirror before you leave for work, or finding a love note in your lunch from your sweetie?
3. Give a compliment. Showing that they’re noticed, admired and appreciated is a small gesture that gives your better half an instant lift.
4. If you feel it, say it. Those three little words make all the difference. Remind them of how much they are loved.
5. Give a gift (just because). Hint: A little chocolate never hurt anybody.
What are the little things your significant other does that make you swoon?view article
There is nothing better than a bottle of red wine, a box of chocolates and a cheesy romance novel. To get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day, this week we thought it would be fun to switch out our cheesy romance novel for your romantic stories.
We asked you to tell us your most romantic story and here’s what you shared.
“My husband moved across the Atlantic Ocean shortly after we met so we didn't have to be so far apart. And he brings me Firecracker bars. What more could a girl want??” Jessica B.
“When I met my husband, my then-three-year-old daughter was yet-undiagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and autism. Matt loved us even on my daughter's most challenging days, sticking with us unfailingly over the last 9 years, throughout her diagnosis and treatment. When we were married, Matt surprised everyone by asking my daughter to join us at the altar. He declared his love for me and her, and requested her permission to "marry her mommy". Then he presented her with a special ring to commemorate the occasion.” –Sarah M.
“One year my husband picked out the exact book I was hoping for Christmas without knowing I wanted it. Before we opened gifts we shared what we wanted. I went into detail about this book I had heard about and why I hoped to get it. Little did I know he had bought me that very book. It was a really exciting and joyous moment!!” –Sarah S.
“My (now) husband came to the US 10 summers ago to work. He was only supposed to be here for five months, and had been given explicit instructions from his father not to bring an American girl home. Well, what do you know, we fell in love, he asked me to marry him, and I went back to South Africa with him to meet his family! He got a new visa and we came back to the states together and were married. Eight and a half years of marriage and three kids later, we're still madly in love!” –Lyra S.
We love hearing these stories. Keep them coming! xoxoview article
We have to admit, we’ve had our selfish days. And there has been a time (or five) where we’ve eaten a whole box of chocolates by ourselves. But we’ve have found that life is better when you share it. Indulge in decadent chocolate experiences together. Even if it is one for him and two for you.
Which bonbon collection will you share?view article