Chocolate Dessert Recipe Ideas for Your Summer Party

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

The summer months are a great opportunity to show off your party hosting skills and have fun gatherings with people you love. At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we have come up with a few fun chocolate dessert recipe ideas that will wow your guests at your next event!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #1:
Chocolate Dessert Cups

Chocolate dessert cups are a fun chocolate dessert recipe option because they can dress up any old dessert. Instead of using plastic bowls or dirtying another dish, you can make chocolate cups to hold the dessert, and your guests can eat the dishes instead of you washing them. You can also use the homemade chocolate cups to hold fresh summer fruit!

If you have a child eager to help you with your party preparations, this chocolate dessert recipe can be a fun way to teach them about making chocolate. Blow up small balloons, and dip the balloons in melted chocolate. Place the chocolate-dipped balloons in the freezer to solidify the melted chocolate.

Your next step in the chocolate dessert recipe is to take the balloons out after a few minutes and pop the balloons! This part of the chocolate dessert recipe can be especially fun to do with children. Pull out the remainder of the popped balloons, and now you have chocolate dessert cups!

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #2:
Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Dessert RecipesChocolate pudding is a rather fast chocolate dessert recipe, so you can take more time to enjoy the company of your guests. You can even make chocolate pudding ahead of time, and the dessert can be refrigerated for up to four days.A delectable chocolate dessert recipe option is rich chocolate pudding. Though creamy, chocolate pudding can still be enjoyed on a summer evening because it is a chilled dessert. A change in the seasons does not doom you to offering chocolate-less desserts, rest assured.

Chocolate Dessert Recipe #3:
Flourless Chocolate Cake

chocolate dessert recipesThis chocolate dessert recipe also requires the use of a stout beer like Guinness, which can be especially fun for Guinness lovers. The alcohol content will disappear during the baking process, so children can still have this cake.If you have guests who have an allergy to gluten or have a gluten-free diet, try a flourless chocolate cake to please them. This chocolate dessert recipe is a little more advanced, as the optional meringue requires some patience and skill.

Guinness does not have wheat in it (unless you try Breo White Beer), but do keep in mind that the protein in barley could cause some discomfort for a gluten-sensitive guest. Check with your guests ahead of time to make sure the use of stout in flourless cake will still work for them. If so, enjoy the delicious flourless cake!

Dorinda’s Chocolate Dessert Recipe Solutions

If you are running out of time for your event, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates and pick up a Chocolate Fondue Kit or a Gourmet S’Mores Kit. These chocolate dessert recipe alternatives can be a real life saver in a snap, so you don’t have to disappoint your guests by sending them home without something sweet! Both the Chocolate Fondue Kit and the Gourmet S’Mores Kit make an easy chocolate dessert option while still adding an extra flair to entertain your guests.

For more chocolate dessert recipes and ideas to entertain for your next summer party, stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates on the Reno Riverwalk!

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Chocolate Gift Baskets: The Perfect Gift

Posted on May 19, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 1 Comment

Some people are hard to shop for. We all have that friend that already has it all, from fun gadgets to a library of great reads. If you’re not sure what to gift someone for a recent graduation, birthday, promotion, or Mother’s Day, our chocolate gift baskets are sure to please.

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

As the “Duchess of Chocolate,” I want my chocolates to delight families and friends. There are lots of options for chocolate gift baskets so you can find what’s right for you.

Here at Dorinda’s Chocolates, we offer different types of chocolate gift baskets to fit all types of people in your life. Got a girlfriend who loves caramel? Caramel Lover’s Chocolate Gift Basket. Thinking about Father’s Day and have a dad who is obsessed with pretzels? Try the Pretzel Lover’s Chocolate Gift Basket!

The Formula for a Great Chocolate Gift Basket

There are many places to get chocolate gift baskets, but finding the right chocolate gift basket is simple as 1-2-3.

  1. Is the basket made up of homemade gourmet chocolate? Check.
  2. Do we use whole, fresh ingredients to make the best chocolates? Check.
  3. Can the baskets be shipped? Not to worry. You can order online and have your chocolate gift basket shipped to your door.

Sweet & Salty Gifts

Pretzel Chocolate Gift BasketsThe Pretzel Lover’s Chocolate Gift Basket is a great option for those people in your life who have that salty craving with their sweet tooth: Sea Salt Caramels, My Signature Chocolate Covered Cherries, Peppermint Bark, Dipped Pretzels, Caramel Sauce, Coffee Beans, Orange'ettes, & an Almond Tasting Bar.

Chocolate + Caramel = LOVE

While studying at E’cole Chocolat to become a professional chocolatier, I learned that caramel will never go out of style. That’s why I created the Caramel Lover’s Chocolate Gift Basket, which has Sea Salt Caramels, Caramel Sauce, individually wrapped Caramels, and individually wrapped Chocolate Caramels.

Fun Chocolate Gift Baskets

S'mores Chocolate Gift Basket RenoThe official Dorinda’s S’Mores Kit Bucket contains 16 house made butter cookies, 8 discs of chocolate, a whole bag of marshmallows, and 8 Sea Salt caramels, which we recommend putting on your s'more, but we've also heard it makes a great mouth cleaner at the end.

As the summer nights heat up and friends gather around a fire pit to share stories, a super fun activity is roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. We’ve got you covered! Our gourmet s’mores kit is perfect for fun summer nights with a gourmet chocolate twist.

Corporate Gift Baskets

Want to have a special gift for your boss or for a corporate party? We offer corporate gift baskets with gourmet chocolate that will help you get the coveted corner office...or at least some very happy coworkers!

For any corporate needs we can put your logo right on the chocolate! Corporate gift baskets a fun and delicious way to add some flair to a delicious gift and promote your company at events.

If you need something extra special for your event like a wedding, we also do custom orders!

Come visit us on the beautiful Reno Riverwalk to try our homemade gourmet chocolates today.

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5 Handmade Gourmet Chocolates From Around The World

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

A chocolate craving can hit you any time, anywhere. Are you prepared? If you’re having a serious gourmet chocolate craving and are not around Reno or Squaw Valley to stop by Dorinda’s Chocolates, here are some other yummy destinations!

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we understand the importance of using whole, fresh ingredients without preservatives or an artificial taste leftover in your mouth. Here are some of our favorite places that make high quality gourmet handmade chocolates just like we do! If you’re looking for expert advice on chocolate, you can also check out Seventy% or The C-Spot for information on high quality chocolate.

NYC Chocolate: Jacques Torres Chocolate

Handmade Gourmet Chocolates Jacques Torres

If you find yourself in the Big Apple, take a bite out of some chocolate by Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate. Jacques Torres Chocolate uses fresh ingredients without preservatives, so the confectionary treats are delicious and good for you!

You must taste the infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chicago Chocolate Treats:
Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Handmade Gourmet Chocolate Bacon Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the “Best Chocolates in the US” by Food & Wine. Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff creates special chocolate truffles using additions from spices to liqueurs! Vosges Haut-Chocolat is also Rainforest Alliance Certified, so you can enjoy your chocolate guilt-free as you help save the rainforest.

Want a sinful combination of salty and sweet? Try their bacon chocolate bars!

Paris, France: RICHART

Before visiting the Eiffel Tower, go to RICHART to get your artisan chocolate fix. You can find their handmade gourmet chocolates at multiple boutiques in France.

Seven-time winner of the Ruban Bleu, the most prestigious honor for confectioners in all of France, the Richart family makes chocolates with the best ingredients they can find from all over the world. Richart was also recognized as one of “The 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World” by National Geographic for the handmade gourmet chocolates.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Puccini Bomboni

The traditionally handmade gourmet chocolates at Puccini Bomboni are all made on the premises with the finest natural ingredients. They don’t deliver, but their chocolate creations are worth the trip!

Zurich, Switzerland: Teuscher

Handmade Gourmet Chocolate Tuescher

The chocolatiers at Tuescher have been making amazing chocolate treats for over 70 years, so you know it must be good! They have created hundreds of varieties of chocolates for generations, and their artisan chocolate is free of chemical, additives, and preservatives. They make chocolate bars, biscuits, pralines, truffles -- you name it!

Want a real adventure? Try their Schokoladentorte, a chocolate cake made without any wheat flour.

While their flagship store is in Switzerland, you can find their gourmet handmade chocolates in the United States

Handmade Gourmet Chocolates in California & Nevada

At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we strive to to make chocolates that people can really enjoy and eat. People like quality chocolate, nuts, and caramels—real flavors. It is always fun to try a lavender or Matcha tea truffle, but how many of those can you actually eat? Dorinda makes chocolates that can be enjoyed, such as a lemon truffle, which is made with real lemon juice. You can taste the freshness, the lemon, without preservatives or an artificial taste leftover in your mouth. Every piece of Dorinda’s chocolates tantalizes the taste buds, leaving you craving more.

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Yelp Reno's "Haute" Chocolate at Dorinda's Chocolates

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Last Saturday (1/17/2015) Yelp Elites kicked off 2015 with some haute chocolates, courtesy of our gracious host, Dorinda's Chocolates. Elites and their guests got the inside track on what makes Dorinda's just so darn special, with a start to finish tour, decadent chocolatiering demonstration, and an opportunity to savor several different pieces of chocolate perfection including Yelp Burst Bon Bons, dark chocolate truffles, and of course, Dorinda's famous dark chocolate sea salt caramels! Dorinda's makes everything by hand, using only the highest quality chocolate and ingredients to create their confections, and Elites got an afternoon filled with education straight from master chocolatiers, Dorinda and her son Dustin! To cap off and compliment this delightful day, Mark Trujillo, owner of Hub Coffee Roasters, came over and shared The Hub story over a cup of Coumbian coffee, which he'd personally sourced on a recent visit. 

Big thank you to Dorinda's Chocolates and Hub Coffee Roasters, and of course our ever present party papparazzi, Chris Holloman of Chris Holloman Photography. Check out all the reviews on the official event page here, check out all the cool party pics in our gallery, and RSVP for more great Yelp Reno events here

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The Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Growing up, your parents probably told you that eating too much chocolate would make you sick—but they were only right to an extent! There are many health benefits to eating chocolate, as long as you don’t over-indulge at one time. Scientists have proven that eating chocolate leads to a healthy heart! Eating one to two servings of dark chocolate a week reduces the risk of heart failure. Dark chocolate also acts as a natural cough suppressant, much like cough syrup, without leaving you feeling drowsy, due to the chemical that chocolate contains called theobromine. On top of that, dark chocolate actually helps you lose weight! It is light and filling, and helps you eat less salty and fatty foods. AND eating chocolate reduces stress! Clear, healthy skin is another positive side, and eating chocolate over time increases your skins ability to resist sunburn for longer periods of time. When overloaded at work, eat a few pieces of chocolate, and it will help you relax. It has been proven that pregnant mothers who eat chocolate deal with stress better, and actually have happier children once their babies are born. Most importantly, eating dark chocolate leads to a higher level of intelligence, as it boosts blood flow to the brain, increasing brainpower and alertness for two to four hours. People who eat more dark chocolate have scored higher on cognitive tests than those who don’t. What else could you ask for of this delicious food? At Dorinda’s Chocolates, we search for the perfect combination of dark chocolate and natural ingredients. The Naked 70% is a perfect example! Made of 70% dark chocolate ganache and dipped in 70% dark chocolate, this piece meets the requirements for benefiting your health and increasing your intelligence level! I guess that means we should all just eat more chocolate.

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How to Taste Dorinda's Chocolates

Posted on September 21, 2013 by Dorinda Vance | 0 Comments

Before anything, look at the chocolate. Focus deeply on the shine, color, and smooth texture. Colors can range from creamy ivory, to red browns, to deep dark oak. The color reveals the different types of cocoa beans used.

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