Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Cacao (Ka-Kow!) tree grows in Ohio

I am thrilled to say that this wonderful cacao tree has officially been planted in North East Ohio. Painted by a local muralist, you can see that's it's already beloved by tropical birds and even came bearing ripe fruit. The seeds from the cacao fruit, or pods, get fermented and dried on the tropical areas in which they are grown. The seeds then undergo a roasting process and later, mix with vanilla and sugar to eventually become our favorite flavor. This, and other amazing chocolate related facts and exhibits are soon to be unveiled at a fabulous location in Ohio. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Candyland Class at ICE in NYC

I taught a really fun class last weekend at the Institute of Culinary Education. You can see the agenda pictured. I demoed my now famous Goat Butter and Honey caramels while the class produced fluffy Marshmallow and nutty Nougat. We then headed into chocolate work and I demoed an easy (and alt white sugar) Chocolate Toffee. Following, the class made Tipsy Truffles and Chocolate Bark. Read below for one of many sweet notes I received following the class:

Hi Beth, I took your Candyland class last weekend at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. I just wanted to thank you for showing me that candy making is not as intimidating as it is made out to be and I am now excited to begin a new journey of candy-making obsession! Your enthusiasm on the subject of candy is truly inspiring and I have a new found passion for the subject as well. I ordered both your candy and chocolate books and I can not wait to begin reading them and making delicious creations! I hope that you will be teaching more classes in the NYC area on the art of candy making-I would love to take a class or two on caramel making. Thank you SO much again for instructing the amazing class-I learned so much and am obsessed with the thought of making more candy!!