I found a new candy/chocolate store that has some absolutely delicious looking and tasting chocolate! Like those above are chocolate filled with caramel! I did not know that until just now when I went to grab some photo's or I might have picked that to review!
It comes from a candy by the name of The Madelaine Chocolate Company. Wow, you should see all the different shapes and sizes of the Christmas candy that they have made. It was really hard to decide where to go and what to pick because I knew nothing about this company. I waivered back and forth for about an hour and then just picked something I thought a child might get a kick out of because one part of the candy product can be used again.
Oh, isn't he too cute? It really was hard and because everything else I am getting lately, is bars of candy or in round shapes, I wanted something to really be more Christmasy and it may not have as much chocolate as a bag or bar might have, but the pail was really what I was going for as a keepsake that hopefully someone will keep and put out every year and think about whoever it was that gave it to them.
So, I hope everyone understands the concept behind my choice. There was also this snowman to think about but he would fall apart faster due to being cardboard. He's not as pretty but he was quite interesting in a way. This snowman would have had small balls in his hats that were milk chocolate covered rice crispy like treats, sort of like a Crunch bar but in balls.
I found an area on their site that tells how chocolate came to be and it's an interesting story and how in the heck they traced it back so far I have no idea and I didn't copy it all because it would be best if you read it all yourself anyway.
But, here is a snippet of how chocolate came to be:
Chocolate history starts out around 1000BC in Latin America, where cacao wild. The first people to use chocolate were probably the Olmecn of what is today southeast Mexico, and their word, "kakawa," gave us our word "cacao.
Chocolate beans are the seeds of the cacao tree. They are encased in a sticky white pulp inside the fruit of the cacao tree (pod). Almost 2000 pods per year are produced on a single cacao tree. Beans are harvested twice a year. They are fermented in earthen pits or wooden bins covered with banana leaves. During fermentation (from a few days to a week or more) the bean darkens in color and loses some of its bitter flavor.
Finally the beans are dried in the sun for about a week. The Mayan Indians in equatorial Central America harvested the cacao bean to create a Mesoamerican beverage. But the Mayans prepared chocolate strictly for drinking. Chocolate beans were used as currency and in religious ceremonies.
When the Aztecs conquered the Maya, they kept the chocolate tradition alive. From about 1200-1500, the Aztecs dominated the region and continued using cacao as currency. The Aztecs drank their chocolate much like the Maya, although they sometimes liked it cold.Now, what about that? At one time, chocolate was used for currency! I bet you didn't get far if you kept eating up your "currency" instead of using it more wisely. I love finding out these kinds of things and I hope that some of you do also.
I like to know where it's coming from and how it started. I bet most things that we take for granted have some far off similar story that we just don't know about because we don't take the time to find out. That is why I also looked up how Madelaine's Chocolate Company came to be:
Established in 1949, we’ve dedicated ourselves to perfecting the superior taste and quality of our chocolate. Our belief that everyone should be able to afford great tasting chocolate is what drives our commitment to our customers, and ensures that we never compromise on flavor or quality.Connect with Madelaine's Chocolate Company several ways:
Located in Far Rockaway, Queens, we're proud to say that as an American family-owned and run company, our chocolates have been made solely in New York and have been part of the American family life for 60 years. From holidays and birthdays, to Easter, Valentines and graduations - The Madelaine Chocolate Company has always been there.
Using the finest quality chocolate, innovative shapes and unique Italian foils, we’re proud to help make every moment special.
9603 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-1398
Tel: 718-945-1500 or Toll-free: 800-322-1505
The Madelaine Chocolate Company has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Winter's Coming Giveaway Blog Hop Event that starts on November 1st and ends on the 15th, their very own Santa Pail filled with chocolate truffles. Thanks so much! Good Luck Everyone! Open in the U.S. only.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.