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14 April 2014
Chocolalting Up Passover
chocolate matzoCacao, along with religion, are connecting ancient rituals and today’s concerns through chocolate seders. The explored theme is that as part of the Jewish Passover celebration (beginning this evening at Sundown) of Jews escaping slavery in ancient Egypt observants find links from their history to the abuse of children and adult workers  who struggle to survive on the path from harvesting to relishing chocolate.

Among the prominent proponents of the connection is Rabbi Deborah Prinz, author of On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, as well as a supporting Haggadah, generally the libretto for the evening’s seder ritual.

The idea of a chocolate seder is not Prinz’s alone to push. More …

11 April 2014
Choco-Click Here
a href=”http://www.cupidalleychoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/no-pregnancy-chocolate.jpg”>no pregnancy - chocolateChoco click bait. Chocolate porn. It’s not the only thing driving traffic to Huffington Post (or as enormous as sin such as not paying writers even as they rake in enough Benjamins that they could without sweat put one in a writer’s g-string instead of so many more stuffing into Arianna’s designer bags.
It’s admittedly a small and personal crusade. And not that we’re necessarily jealous (okay, we would like the traffic), but what the Cupid Alley Chocolatieres website probably needs is a regular series of posts featuring lol cats with Hitler mustaches explaining how eating chocolate guarantees eternal fabulous love and sex, while [stereotype alert!] ladies lose weight in the wrong places and gents gain muscle in the right ones.
Maybe it would help to regulary add some Justin Bieber and Amor de Chocolat MORE ….

29 March 2014
Choco-Hype, Healthily Speaking
darkThere is joyous screeching again about dark chocolate as the panacea for whatever ails you. It includes excitement about how dark chocolate promotes healthy teeth. Hyperventilating is also encouraged by headlines howling the news of a study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Mars (not that there is necessarily an undue amount of self-interest here in how taking a couple high-concetrate flavanol-extracted dark chocolate pills (or fake) a day will buck up the old ticker, which follows up a report on dark chocolate helping to restore flexibility to arteries for 44 Dutch fathertubbies by preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.

Not to diminish any unfettered joy with some ick, but the key seems to be something about how gut bacteria feast on dark chocolate and (better living through chemistry) how that produces burgeoning good microbes.

Speaking of “good microbes,” MORE…

16 March 2014
St. Pat’s, Excess and Chocolate
St PatrickThis year we are wrestling over what and how to celebrate with chocolate on St. Patrick’s Day. It has always been one of our favorite holidays, and we have long known that the American version embraces the ridiculous over the serious — with effect great enough to change how the holiday is observed in Ireland.

Part of why we love the holiday is aspirational. It would be great to be able [somehow] to  trace our roots to the out-of-work, immigrant Irish chocolate-maker John Hanan, who in 1765 imported cocoa beans from the West Indies into Dorchester, Mass., to refine them with the help of American Dr. James Baker (of BAKER’S ® chocolate). Another part of our feelings for the holiday is loving the idea of a guy who can chase the snakes away (even if some say there never were any), and who Arthurian scholar Norma Lorre Goodrich believes was also Merlin of the Round Table. MORE…

4 March 2014
Chocolating Mardi Gras
a href=”http://www.cupidalleychoc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/galette-rois-chocolat-02.jpg”>galette-rois-chocolat-02For too many people chocolate is only about excess. Even though they refuse to consider subtleties, we still feel compelled to dedicate to them a few words of advice on celebrating Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and the IHOP co-oped National Pancake Day) with caloric cacao celebrations.

We note that many of this ilk also consider the Mardi Gras parade as an excuse for personal excess. They will do anything to collect a few more plastic beads. However, everyone will be much happier with focus on perfecting a holiday-appropriate Chocolate King Cake, perhaps taking inspiration from Cajun Chef Ryan MORE…

13 February 2014
Cover Your Lover (in Chocolate, Of Course)
heart on chocolateA return to the roots of Valentine’s Day — the Roman ides of February holiday, Lupicalia, with its nakedness, goat sacrifices, whipping women in the streets, and lots of wine — would make 14 February a very different kind of celebration. One with a bit more innovation and adventurousness than we or you will likely see tomorrow.

Media and social notice of V Day is ubiquitous and the pressure is on to show love in some sort of unique manner, or else …. Fortunately, MORE…

30 January 2014
Up for the Game, Down for the Party Food
chocolate strawberry footballsThe biggest disappointment [so far] about Stupendous BowlTM XLVIII is that because the New Orleans Saints didn’t make it, we really don’t have a legitimate angle on which to wax rhapsodic on bourbon chocolate balls as a pre-, during-, and post-game snack.

On the good side, that teams from Washington and Colorado made it — both states that have recently legalized small amounts of personally consumed marijuana — does allow us to throw in three recipe references we otherwise wouldn’t to: MORE…

19 January 2014
Will We Call Them Chocoffs?
choco-chipsEveryone, it seems, says they love chocolate. But could America love chocolate as much as we seem to love football … and could we love it in the same way?

What if there were televised spectacularish playoffs for chocolate, similar to our inexorable yearly slog to pro football’s SUPERBOWL next Roman numeral , which will have its shadow money-college bro beginning next year? Can we live with ourselves with one “winner,” particularly if it means we have to face that we prefer crappy to better chocolate? MORE…

8 January 2014
The Chocolate Freeze
chocolate sorbetIsn’t it only natural the mind would fixate on frozen chocolate given the current weather conditions? It is for us, and thus, to avoid focusing on the freeze, we went internetting for FC news.

… and we discovered that she-of-one-name Giada recommends frozen chocolate chips [at article’s end] as a weight maintenance trick?

… additionally, there’s a mom (author @CarrieMGoldman) trapped in Chicago who used every dish MORE…

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