“Initially, it was just a way to make money back in my High School days. However, it wasn’t long before I began to fall in love with the profession. As I became more and more involved, my passion for hand-crafting chocolates only grew stronger. Watching the faces of our customers when they try our award winning Sea-Salt Carmel for the first time, or bite into our Hazelnut Praline ganache filled ‘Kraken’ Truffle definitely makes all the tedious man hours preparing those pieces with it.”

“Aside from feeding people chocolates and bestowing ‘mouthgasms’ on dozens, (You would be astounded to find out how many times we hear that word!), I think the business aspect is just as interesting. I have been incredibly fortunate to have assembled such an outstanding staff and managing these people and being a part of the team effort to succeed is an amazing feeling. Sure, the business can get dirty and there are always jobs that need to be done; jobs that are not as glamorous as others but I have been our maintenance man, the delivery boy and just about every other position we have here but it is all worth it to be able to stand behind the name Dorinda’s Chocolates and feel the sense of pride that I do.”

Chocolate is one of those rare delights that is so wonderful, you often deprive yourself of enjoying the experience at it’s full potential. Many chocolate lovers find a piece in their hands and immediately pop it in their mouth and melt into a state of culinary bliss (guilty over here as well). However, on your next adventure into the wonderful world of chocolate, try and take a few extra moments to enjoy your chocolate or truffle the way they deserve.

First, take a beat and look closely at your chocolate. Enjoy the shine, color, and smooth texture of properly tempered chocolate. Do you seen any colors you were not expecting to find in your truffle? Colors can range from soft ivories to ruddy browns to deep dark oaks. If you have any experience handling cocoa beans then you may be able to take a guess at the type of bean used in your truffle.

Now, we have all seen wine fans burry their noses into the glass to be immersed into the aroma of their wine as much as possible. Whether you smile at how silly this looks or you are someone who takes your wine seriously, (again, guilty),  this same concept holds true for chocolate. Take the time to enjoy the rich, full-bodied scent of your chocolate. If you’re creative enough, you can even try and picture tropical region that the cocoa beans were harvested before being hand crafted into a Dorinda’s Chocolates truffle.

When you go to taste your chocolate, snap a piece off the whole. Properly tempered chocolate will have a sharp snap when it breaks. Chew slowly and enjoy the wide variety of flavors as they melt in your mouth. To enjoy both the subtle and robust flavors, it is best to let the chocolate melt on your tongue. On your next bite, try and find the scents that the chocolate releases while in your mouth. Hopefully you will find the same flavors as your previous bite, but intensified now that your nose and taste buds are working together.

Don’t forget to savor your next chocolate experience and remember to keep indulging!  

Pairing wine and chocolate together is one delicious passion! Wine and chocolate paired is the perfect way to explore the complexities of flavors and textures that both of these yummy items poses. Some of these flavors are subtle, and others have the potential to be much more robust. Learning to appreciate and enjoy these difference in flavors could turn from a pastime to an obsession in the blink of an eye. Ready to try pairing yourself? Take these tips and tricks into account!

The first tip?

Make sure to go for high quality chocolate. Do your best to find chocolates that originate for high quality manufacturers.  When looking for the perfect smooth gourmet chocolates, make sure you find a chocolate manufacture with a good reputation. Smaller shops will often be able to detail the origins of their ingredients, and some chocolatiers even explore the cocoa plantations personally. Not only will this provide you with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of delectable flavors, but the story of a chocolates origin is usually fascinating!

A group of ladies enjoying one of our Summer Wine Pairings.

Now that you have your chocolate, its time for wine.

Make sure to keep your wine sweeter than your chocolate. Though this may seem slightly counter-intuitive, it’s a must for pairing. If you allow your chocolate to be sweeter than your wine, you will likely find that the wine will take on a bitter taste. You may decide to try a few slivers of chocolate to make sure that you have the sweetness ratios correct. When does the work end, right?

           When pairing wine and chocolate, the darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. This makes milk chocolate ideal for pairing with Port, Burgundies and other dessert wines, while extra dark chocolates (70% and above) are going to be complimented by much darker reds. Cabernet Sauvignons, Bordeaux’s and Malbecs are all viable options. If you decide that you would like to pair chocolate with white wines, consider fruity and intense pours. These will provide you with a better opportunity to match a wide range of flavors. 

 To enjoy all the subtleties these pairings will have to offer and send your taste buds to nirvana, arrange your tasting from light to dark. Starting with white chocolates or light milk, working your way to milk and then darks. End your tasting with the most intense wine and chocolate you have in your pairing list.

Dustin explaining chocolate and wines.

The last tip is crucial.

Remember to have fun! You have the opportunity to enjoy wine and chocolate together, get some friends together and enjoy this dynamic duo. Take a few notes on your favorite pairings and share them with other in your group. This will make selecting your wines and chocolates that much easier the next time. Now, time to get tasting!

We all know chocolate is an aphrodisiac – that isn’t anything new. But how did chocolate become so connected to love and our sensual side?

 Chocolate is undeniably sexy. Its shine. It’s dark color. The gentle snap and the way it just instantly melts in your mouth.  Chocolate is decadent, and represents passion. 

 Historically, chocolate was considered “the food of the gods”- it’s regal, fit for only deities. If you will, it is a forbidden fruit, but nonetheless a forbidden seed that satisfies. 

As of the mid 1800s, chocolate was marketed specifically for lovers. The heart-shaped chocolate box was originally created by Cadbury – the Cadbury that still leads the chocolate industry to this day! The boxes were covered with cupids, hearts and roses in order to use it for keeping love letters and tokens of affection. 

Later, Hershey came out with chocolate kisses. Whenever you give someone a simple piece of chocolate, you give them a kiss! Such a clever move that marketed love with the sweet treat.

Chocolate became even more sultry with the introduction of the “lingerie box” in the mid 1900s. The boxes were designed with black satin and lace, filled with chocolate, and screamed sex. The media picked up the seductive symbol of chocolate and placed it in films, so that then chocolate became as much connected with sensuality as even Marilyn Monroe!

Strawberries ready to be dipped!

There is a reason that chocolate covered strawberries became the go-to on Valentine’s Day. The bright crimson of the juicy fruit, dipped in the snappy chocolate brought chocolate full circle as it became the not-so-forbidden chocolate covered fruit. It may not be an apple, but chocolate covered strawberries came close. Valentine’s Day, the day for lovers merged with pagan fertility, gained the tradition of gifting chocolate because of the pure passion that chocolate induced. 

Chocolate can be naughty, and for the reasons of mischief and lust, chocolate is the most popular Valentine’s Day tradition. People buy their lovers chocolate because history says so, but also because it is a catalytic component of love, passion, and happiness. No really! Chocolate is know to release endorphins into the brain!

As Elle Woods in Legally Blonde says, “Endorphins make you happy; happy people don’t just go out and kill their husbands” (Men- I guarantee the safest way to survive the romantic holiday is to buy your wife a box of chocolates.)

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