Whether you like s’mores, chocolate chip cookies, sundaes, milkshakes, or brownies, chocolate is a favorite flavor among consumers of all ages and backgrounds. According to TasteAtlas.com, chocolate is a key ingredient in at least seven of the top ten most popular desserts in North America. The same applies to ice cream. Frozen Dessert Supplies ranks chocolate as the second favorite ice cream flavor, after vanilla.
The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) has chosen to feature chocolate desserts and ice creams in July 2021. Our member companies KahKow, Frans Chocolates, and Seattle Chocolate Company will share with you some amazing new chocolate desserts that are popular this year. Make Mine Fine lists many other companies that offer great desserts, as well as demonstrations and recipes.
On Thursday, July 29 at noon Eastern, we will host our monthly Chocolate Break/Giveaway on Instagram Live. This is a great opportunity for you to meet our three featured companies and learn about what are the hottest trends in desserts this summer. We’ll also announce the winners of the chocolate giveaway during Chocolate Break. You will not want to miss this!
In the meantime, we will be posting about these companies throughout the month — follow Make Mine Fine on Instagram and Facebook, and FCIA on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more.
What is your favorite dessert or ice cream flavor? Do you agree with the surveys mentioned in this blog? Please share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this post.
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- Like our #ChocolateBreak post on Instagram
- Follow @makeminefine @kahkow_usa @franschocolates @seattlechoc
- Tag 3 friends in the comments of our Instagram post who will also win a special chocolate delivery
Note that the prizes will be shipped only to US mailing addresses.
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This Month’s Featured Companies
Since 1905, Rizek Cacao has been known for its passion in cacao production. Their farms, located in the heart of the Dominican Republic, are distinguished by the excellence of their genetic material and their extraordinary post-harvest treatment. Rizek Cacao is ideologically and pragmatically committed to the protection of the forests of the Dominican Republic and environmental balance as a whole. Kahkow introduced distinctive recipes in the gourmet chocolate industry by being the first in the world to produce certified organic chocolate at the place of origin. They offer products online as well as at their New York shop.
Fran Bigelow is a person who loves to celebrate. She celebrates life and the pursuit of joy in any given situation, regardless of a specific occasion. From the way the chocolates are presented in the gorgeous gift boxes to savoring the first bite of one of her creations, each element is truly infused with love, care, and consideration. And it’s why Fran’s has become a key component to so many thoughtful exchanges, joyful declarations, special occasions and countless other celebrations.
A visit to Paris inspired this European-like passion for pure flavors and simple, yet exquisite ingredients. In 1982, she opened her first patisserie and chocolate shop to share that philosophy of joie-de-vivre. Many confections later, she has been credited for sparking the artisan chocolate renaissance in the United States and is considered one of the best chocolatiers in the nation. Her pursuit of maintaining the purity of chocolate and pairing it with only the finest ingredients has been an inspiration to both chocolate artisans and aficionados alike.
From the tantalizing light ganache found in her luscious truffles, to the bold and slightly addictive gray and smoked salt caramels, take a moment to note the textures and harmonious flavors that layer themselves, one on top of the other. It is the magic of this experience that compels Fran’s to continue to seek the extraordinary.
Seattle Chocolate Company
Seattle Chocolate Company began in 1991, creating their signature meltaway truffles and truffle bars in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. When the original factory was destroyed by the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001, entrepreneur and mother Jean Thompson was an investor in the company. Never one to turn down a challenge, Jean stepped up as Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolate in 2002, learning quickly along the way and creating a fresh new look for the chocolate category. She brought color, whimsy, and a keen eye for marketing to the Seattle Chocolate brand, making them who they are today!
In 2012, Jean created jcoco chocolate, a bold new chocolate brand under the Seattle Chocolate umbrella, with a focus on feeding hungry families at its core. Since then, with each jcoco purchase, they donate fresh servings of food to those in need through partnerships with food banks in Washington, California, and New York. With your help, they’ve donated almost 4 million servings to date, and are well on their way to their big goal of 10 million!