‘Chocolat’ + Frozen Drinking Chocolate

This past Saturday evening on 104th was quite lovely – after a day full of Al Fresco festivities, a bunch of Edmontonians gathered outdoors at 10pm to watch Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp in ‘Chocolat’ . We had bars, creme fraiche and bacon brittle peanut butter truffles, and frozen dark drinking chocolate on hand to complement the title of the film.

We hope you made it out to the show, but if not, stop by the Shop to try our summer creations listed above – hickory smoked bacon, peanuts and chocolate are an amazing combo, while the creamy creme fraiche truffle has a hint of bright tartness that is perfect for increasingly warm days.

We are still working on our frozen drinking chocolate recipe to offer in the Shop, but here’s a recipe you can try at home:

Frozen Drinking Chocolate

Adapted from a recipe by Serendipity 3

Makes 1 Serving

1/2 ounce dark or milk chocolate (try your favourite bar, or the Valrhona Caraibe 64% is lovely here)

2 teaspoons of Kerstin’s Dark Drinking Chocolate

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (reduce a little if you’re going to use milk chocolate)

1 1/2 cups whole milk

3 cups ice

Whipped cream for serving (optional)


Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring until melted. Add the drinking chocolate mix and sugar. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and slowly add ½ cup of milk until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

In a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the room-temperature chocolate mixture and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve in your glass of choice with whipped cream if desired… and maybe a sprinkling of some Cocoa Nib Caviar.


Father’s Day 2010: Chocolate covered bacon and much more.

Boxes of Chocolate Covered Bacon on Display.

Boxes of Chocolate Covered Bacon on Display.

Making the Chocolate Covered Bacon
Making the Chocolate Covered Bacon

Father’s Day falls on June 20th this year, and to celebrate Dad’s this year we are bringing back our very popular Chocolate Covered Bacon again. Once again we are using locally made Bacon, this year from the Sandy Lane team on the West End. The chocolate we use is the same Venezuela 49% Dark Milk chocolate that we use for our Fleur de Sel bar, and we even put a few grains of sea salt on the outside!

Just to make things interesting, we also have created some original confections to make Dad’s extra happy. As you can see in the photo on right, we have some Pina Colada White Chocolate Golf Balls, which pair very well with the bacon.

Bacon Brittle Peanut Butter Truffles

Bacon Brittle Peanut Butter Truffles covered in chopped peanuts.

Bacon Brittle Peanut Butter Cups

Bacon Brittle Peanut Butter Cups

We also wanted to try to incorporate Bacon in other ways this year, so we made Bacon Brittle, and then we created some cups and truffles that include Bacon Brittle Bits and Peanut Butter. What a combination! The Bacon Brittle paired very well with the Peanut Butter and the chocolate.

Finally, if your Dad wants to have something to nibble on while he watches the game, why not give him some of our new organic dark chocolate covered almonds make by Taza. They are delicious and healthy too. The chocolate covered bacon was really popular last year, so come in soon and don’t miss out!

Taza Organic Chocolate Covered Almonds

Taza Organic Chocolate Covered Almonds

Bacon + Chocolate = Yum

The Edmonton Journal released an article last week on the City’s infatuation with all things bacon… Both the Zotter bars and the chocolate covered bacon, available at Kerstin’s, were referenced in the article, so we thought we’d better clarify the status of our bacon and chocolate treats.

We did get some Zotter Bacon Bits bars in a couple weeks ago, but alas, they are already sold out! We’ll be sure to order some as soon as possible and will let you know when they are in.

Secondly, the chocolate covered bacon, featured last year for Fathers’ Day will be back from June 1st to June 21st. You only have two more months to wait!

In the mean time, I will leave you with this interview from Global TV last year to get your taste buds going:

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!