Father’s Day at Kerstin’s Chocolates: Bacon, Truffles and more.

What do Dad’s love more than great chocolate? Great bacon! So we decided to make the ultimate treat for
Dad: chocolate covered bacon!

We partnered with a local organic farm called Sunshine Organic Farm, located in Warburg, near Leduc, to create an Albertan treat that will be unforgettable. The Horvath family have been raising organic Berkshire pork for many years, and we are proud to use their delicious bacon in our Father’s Day special.

We cook the bacon to make it crispy, and then dip it in single origin dark chocolate or milk chocolate and finally sprinkle it with cocoa nibs. The result is a wonderful crunchy, salty contrast between bacon and chocolate.

This special feature will only be available in limited quantities at The Cocoa Room from Wednesday June 17th until Saturday June 20th. There will also be free samples available on Saturday, June 20th at the Sunshine Organic Farm booth at the Downtown farmer’s market (near the corner of 104th St. and 102nd Ave.)

What else do we have, you may ask?
If chocolate covered bacon is not for you, then why not try our “triple”, sure to score points with Dad. Three of Dad’s favorite beverages inspired us to create these unique confections:

1) The Mojito: White chocolate with a rum, lime and mint infused ganache.
2) The Irish Coffee: Milk chocolate and an Irish whiskey ganache
3) The Brandy Alexander: Dark Chocolate with brandy and creme de cacao ganache.

These confections come packaged in a beautiful 9-truffle box that dad will love ($25.00). We will also have non-alcoholic truffles available just in case!

Summer chocolate making classes & tasting workshops (for kids too!)

We still have some openings in our upcoming chocolate making classes (June 25th and July 2nd) and tasting workshops (July 8th, 17th and 25th, a Saturday). We are also offering a new type of class this summer: Chocolate Making for Kids. Any child of ages 7 to 12 years old can come in to our kitchen on July 22nd or 23rd from 2-4pm and learn how to make chocolate (tickets are $40). The students get to keep everything they make, which should keep them motivated! These tickets will go fast, so buy your tickets securely on our web site.

New retail partner in Medicine Hat: Zuchini Blossom

Do you live in Medicine Hat? Do you know anyone who lives there? Spread the word that our Chocophilia bars are now available at the Zuchini Blossom Cafe. Please support this retailer and our other retail partners as well.

As always, if you would like to send us a suggestion of a retail store in Canada that would be a good fit for our chocolates, please contact us.

Indulgence a big success.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Indulgence 2009. We had a lot of fun at the event, and we hope that you did too. We create a new recipe for the event, and we were surprised by the response! We called it our “Cassis Chocolate Cup with Praline Crunch” and it was made with ingredients from two local producers: local Honey from Lola Canola Honey and local black currants from Mo Na Foods. Check out the diagram!

Diagram of our desert!

Diagram of our desert!

We hope to post some photos of the event soon.