Friday, February 10, 2012

Forget Love, I'd rather fall in Chocolate.

Do you dream in CHOCOLATE?


 If you are not sure how to get your chocolate fix, don't worry; I took on the tough assignment of checking it out for you. I discovered some local indulgences, listed according to the three all important Ws: WHO WHAT & WHERE. Scroll down to see where to get your fix.

Everybody loves the idea of pairing chocolate and wine, and with good reason. It's a dynamic duo which evokes romance. What's not to like? Don't you love it when someone says says red wine and dark chocolate are good for you? But the flavors of chocolate and wine aren’t always that compatible. Here are some tips for a blissful union:

Chocolate and Wine Sip Tip #1: Pair lighter chocolates with lighter wines; darker chocolates with full-bodied wines. Go from light to dark in your tasting session, starting with milk or lower percentage cacao chocolates and their corresponding wines.

 Chocolate and Wine Sip Tip #2:
Suggestive pairings for Milk Chocolate: Merlot,  Riesling (debatable), Sauvignon Blanc and Dessert wines.

 Chocolate and wine Sip Tip #3
Pairings for Dark, Bittersweet and Semisweet chocolate: Zinfandel, Syrah, Tawny Port. Armagnac, and Cognac. If you're looking to pair up Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Sangiovese reds, they need to be well-aged to suitably pair with darker chocolates.

WHERE.... WHAT..... WHY

Twigs Bistro
Chocolate Kiss Martini
"A perfectly delicious nightcap"                                                    

Spokandy                                                             
The original “Murphy”
"It’s a Timeless tradition"

Latah Bistro
Chocolate Sampler
"A flight of fancy"

Cda Candy Company
Idaho favorites
"Two words: Huckleberry Heaven"

The Melting Pot
Chocolate Fondue
"Take a dip. I'm fond of fondue"

Nordstrom
Habits
"A Chocoholics addiction"

Macy’s
Frangos
"Classic mint is a must"

Rocket Market
Mocha Orange
"Mocha-my-day"

Sees Candy
Classic box of assorted
"A blissful treasure hunt"


Chocolate Apothecary
Owner’s choice
"A prescription in bliss"

Brickhouse Spa
Chocolate pedicure
"I'll step up"

Ben and Jerry’s
Chocolate Therapy
"A cool chocolaty creation"                                   

Bruttles
PB and chocolate
"A classic combo"


Huckleberry’s
Theo Chocolate Bar
"Know your worth"

Boehm’s
Encores
"Repeat when necessary"

Knipprath Cellars
Au Chocolat! Port
"A chocolate PORT in the storm"

Pixie Dust Chocolates
Solid chocolate with shimmer dust
"solid magic"

Want to know where to get your hands on some of the area’s best sweet treats?

Chocolate Apothecary, Spokane, WA.
Delight your senses with the rich aroma of pure chocolate. Taste the steaming hot or icy cold drinking chocolate.

Bruttles Spokane, WA.
Available at a cute little shop across the street from The Davenport Hotel, The Coeur d'Alene resort and at the Bruttles candy factory near the old U City mall in the Spokane Valley. Peanut Brittle and Chocolate are a classic combination.

Spokandy, Spokane, WA.
A sweet Spokane tradition, Spokandy has been selling their original, delightful treat the "Murphy" since 1913.

Chocolate Myracles, Spokane Valley, WA.
Handmade truffles and logo chocolate for your business from a master chocolatier. (New location near Nodland Cellars - how convenient)

Pixie Dust Chocolates, Spokane, WA.
Handmade solid chocolates with creative cocoa butter paint or shimmer dust. Great selection at the Rocket Market.

If you’re willing to travel…

Icicle Ridge Winery - Leavenworth, WA.
Chocolate Cherry Passion wine was intoxicatingly delicious.

Brown and Haley Almond Roca - Tacoma, WA.
In 1923, the company hit the jackpot with a crunchy, log-shaped candy piece suffused inside with butter and coated with chocolate and diced almonds. They still make the world famous ALMOND ROCA® butter crunch toffee one kettle at a time at the factory in Tacoma WA.

Fran’s Chocolates, Seattle WA.
Obama family favorite. The Obamas love Fran's Chocolates, an artisan chocolate brand from Seattle. The president prefers Fran's Smoked Sea Salt Caramel in Milk Chocolate ($24 for a 16-piece box); wife Michelle prefers dark chocolate, says Sean Seedlock, Fran's marketing chief. (Source: USAToday.com)

Theo, Seattle, WA.
With Chocolate, you get what you pay for. In this case a $5 Chocolate Bar is worth it. Theo is not only tasty but a sustainable organic choclateur. Tours available. Reservations requested.

Fall in chocolate. It's usually sweeter.

Sip's post was published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine.
Feburary 2009. (Updated February 2012)
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