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Guittard Chocolate, Bringing Their Best Approach to Fine Chocolate

Since winter is the perfect season for chocolate beverages, we are focusing on two chefs who have a special talent for all things chocolate. Chef Donald Wressel and Chef Josh Johnson of Guittard Chocolate have shared some chocolate beverage recipes that provide a unique spin on something traditional to showcase their expertise. Check out their distinctive takes on hot cocoa on our Instagram feed, @makeminefine

Chef Donald Wressel found passion for cooking at a very young age, and grew his life around it. He began his journey at Washington State in the Chef Culinary Program, and worked in multiple locations on both the east and west coast before settling down with Four Seasons Restaurants for almost twenty years. In 1986, he began working for the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, quickly making his way up to executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills location. He remembers these times as his noteworthy learning years. 

Chef Wressel’s commitment to excellence led him to participating in worldwide pastry competitions resulting in multiple awards and medals for his talent. Donald joined Guittard Chocolate in 2006 as their corporate pastry chef, and to this day continues to create new and stunning recipes that are incomparable. He continues to master his craft while teaching others as well with his “Guest Chef Series” classes at the Guittard Chocolate Studio in Los Angeles. 

Another chef we’d like to highlight is Chef Josh Johnson. Chef Johnson’s love for chocolate began as a teenager working at his uncle’s pastry shop. He moved on to working at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, where he gained more experience alongside world-renowned pastry chefs. Josh ventured into many different pastry positions before opening Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts, his own shop in Geneva, Illinois. He soon became a teacher as a pastry chef instructor at The French Pastry School of Chicago. He was thrilled to be given the opportunity to teach others his craft, the way he was taught by so many chefs throughout his life as well. He now works as a pastry chef for the Guittard Chocolate Company, where he combines all of his knowledge and skill to bring new ideas and creations to the table.

Guittard Chocolate chef, creating a masterpiece.

We invite you to learn more about chefs and chocolatiers like these on our website, finechocolateindustry.org.  The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is the only organization focused 100% on supporting fine chocolate professionals. We promote the artistry and craftsmanship of the chocolate professional, focused on producing superior products made from premium chocolate and natural ingredients. We believe in using best practices in cacao processing and chocolate production; as well as transparent labeling and marketing practices.

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Chocolate Gifts for Spring 2021

We’re looking forward to the coming Spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) — not only for the warmer and cheerier weather, but for the many holidays to celebrate. Holi Festival, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Passover, May Day … so many opportunities to share gifts. Our craft chocolate makers and chocolatiers have put together beautiful and delicious fine chocolates, perfect for gift-giving or for treating yourself. Order soon for best selection and shipping options!


Seattle Chocolate Spring Collection

Seattle Chocolate Company has introduced cheery new bars for their Spring Collection, with bright hues and tempting flavors like Carrot Cake, Wafer Cone, and Honey Almond Coconut. And check out their Flower Power Truffle Box, with assorted truffles in a sunny decorative box.


Lake Champlain Chocolates Easter and Spring Chocolates

Smiles will blossom when your loved ones receive a luscious box of hand crafted truffles, a delicious collection of filled eggs, or an Easter basket overflowing with hand crafted chocolate bunnies, salted caramel flowers, milk peanut butter egg, and more.

Shop Easter chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates


Luxx Chocolat Spring Collection

This season, Luxx Chocolat has handcrafted Easter and Passover deliciousness, including bunnies, The Egg, The Nest, Inga Bunny, Inga Bunny Hot Chocolate Bomb, and their signature Wowza Matza salted caramel dark chocolate covered matza. As they tell us, “We are Artists. Chocolate is our Canvas.” Visit their online store to find award-winning handcrafted chocolate and confections, exquisitely designed to capture the eye, imagination and discerning taste buds.

Now available at luxxchocolat.shop.

rows of chocolate eggs decorated with violet and lemon flowers
Luxx Chocolat Lemon Lavender Salted Caramel Eggs

Fruition Chocolate Works Gifts

Bean to bar chocolate and confections from Fruition Chocolate Works make wonderful gifts. From the Passion Fruit Caramels to the Deluxe Chocolate Gift Box and More, and everything in between, you’ll find treat that are sure to delight, this season or any time.

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Fruition Chocolate Works Large Chocolate Gift Box


The Chocolate Enthusiast Spring Is in the Air / Mother’s Day Collection

The Chocolate Enthusiast has launched the Spring Is in the Air / Mother’s Day Collection, a variety of delectable chocolates with fruity and floral inclusions, plus pure dark, milk, and white chocolate bars in brightly colored packaging. You can just hear Spring popping out all over with these treats!

Shop the Spring Is in the Air / Mother’s Day Collection