2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salon

2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salaon
Courtesy montereychocolatesalon.com.
Chocolate event coming up on May 2, 2015.

2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salon at Carmel by the Sea, CA

"Discover, Savor & Taste From Some of the Finest Chocolatiers and Confectioners"

Event Details:

  • Chocolate Salon: montereychocolatesalon.com
  • Save the Date: May 2, 2015 - 11am to 5pm at the Sunset Cultural Center on San Carlos St.
  • Chocolate tastings, chef and author talks, wine tasting, TasteTV's Chocolate Television, confections, demos, and more.
  • Advance purchase tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Children under 6 free (limit 2, more than two children under 6 is 10$), children 6 to 12 is 10$.
  • Sampling of the speakers and presenters: Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate; Ever in Transit blog; Former Dean of Le Cordon Bleu Chef Gigi Gaggero. Check later for the full list.


Maker Monday: Glazing Marzipan Figures

Short video on how to glaze marzipan. The recipe from the ExpertVillage video is below.

Marzipan Glaze Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour into a dish.
  3. Dip or brush the pieces with the glaze.

Maker Monday Video - Isomalt Jewels - How to Make Shiny Edible Isomalt Gems Using a Piping Bag

Here is a helpful video - simply how to make isomalt jewels. Begin with heating isomalt dry, without any water. If you've been tempted to try it and haven't done it yet, this video does a great job taking you through the basics. It is done by the Artisan Cake Company, one of my favorite YouTube cake decorating channels.



Girl Scout Cookie Mini Oven - For Those That Want Thin Mints, Trefoils and More Year Round

Photo courtesy Wicked Cool Toys, wickedcooltoys.com.
Looking for the perfect toy for a Girl Scout this fall, or perhaps the little baker of the house? Wicked Cool Toys is coming out with a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven this Fall, 2015.

Wicked Cool Toys - Girl Scout Cookie Toy Oven

From the press release:
The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven lets aspiring bakers experience the hands-­‐on fun of making their own Girl Scout Cookies. A real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow girls to make cookies that look and taste just like the real thing. There’s also a viewing window that lets bakers see the treats they’re making and a warming station to heat and melt delicious cookie coatings and frostings. The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven comes with a mix to create Thin Mints®, a spatula, baking pan and measuring tool. SRP is $59.99.
Refill packs will be available - Thin Mints, PB Sandwich, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Sugar and Oatmeal - each for $6.99. The Deluxe refill packs will include these packs:
  • Thin Mints and PB Sandwich - $14.99.
  • Trefoils - Three cookie pack (Trefoils, Chocolate Shortbread, Lemon Cookies) - $14.99.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Caramel - $14.99.
  • Chocolate Chip / Sugar / Oatmeal - $14.99.
For those that want to role play, too, a Girl Scouts On-the-Go Wagon ($129.99) and a Girl Scout Cookie Stand ($79.99) will also be available.

For full detail, visit the Wicked Cool Toys Girl Scout Cookie Oven press release or contact Wicked Cool Toys directly.


Trademark Law: The Open Letter from Piece, Love and Chocolate

Those in the Boulder, CO and surrounding area already know about Piece, Love and Chocolate. For those that don't, it's a 'sweet shop dedicated to all things chocolate' - a little place that will 'amuse your bouche and enchant your soul.' A quick look at the Google reviews (and the overwhelming majority are glowing reviews) will show that the shop showcases truffles, baked goods, and gluten-free cakes. And the chocolate boutique features classes (like the upcoming Chocolate Pots de Creme, Pudding & Creme Brulee by Chefs Genny and Sarah).

It is also facing a battle with Vosges Haut-Chocolate. Piece, Love and Chocolate issued an open letter to them and the company's founder, Katrina Markoff, regarding the cease and desist letter it had received from their attorneys. It seems Vosges Haut-Chocolate believe Piece, Love and Chocolate have infringed on the 'Peace, Love, and Chocolate' trademark.

I first saw the news on my twitter feed, and I found it interesting, especially after @dallasfoodorg pointed to his followers the many instances of others using the same phrase in business (tshirts), published books, and Piece, Love and Chocolate's own LLC filing - all before (and in some cases many years) before the 'Peace, Love, and Chocolate' trademark was registered.

There are many questions here, especially when the situation is between a prior user vs. a federal registration. And why a cease and desist letter was issued now when the business has been so active and in the public eye in the state of Colorado for so long. And considering the phrase in question is spelled differently (piece vs peace even) - unlike Peace Love and Chocolate which has the same exact phrasing and spelling.

Many will be following this to see how it ends. Especially those who love chocolate and support small, thriving businesses that benefit their communities.


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