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  • Vegan Chocolate

    Until recently, almost everything we made included dairy. Our flagship item, the ganache chocolate truffles, was how we started in the industry of chocolate. We made something unique: dark chocolate, cream, and an infusion of flavor from many unusual ingredients. By last year we had over 400 (!) recipes. (These truffles are available seasonally now. Be sure to join the newsletter to get the heads-up when the are available).

    Because we had to close our kitchen and office when the Viaduct came down in Seattle, we shifted our focus to our craft chocolate line, and to expanding our spiced chocolate bars and our cocoa mixes. This, it turns out, means that we have many vegan chocolate options now!

    Shop all vegan chocolate options.

     

    What is “Vegan Chocolate”?

    Chocolate comes from a roasted seed, from the cacao pod fruit. You’d think this would make all chocolate vegan, correct? Well, that is as long it’s just the chocolate and nothing else. A 100% chocolate, or no sugar added (and we have a few of those options), would be vegan. But if you add more ingredients there are additional questions that must be answered.

    Many of our customers ask specifically if the chocolate is vegan before purchase, to be sure that what is added doesn’t conflict with their ethical stance on food. Sugar for instance is a very complicated subject for the vegan diet. Most white sugar goes through a process that uses bone char filtration, for instance. That's a bonus reason why we use a less-processed cane sugar.

    Dairy is an obvious no-no for the vegan diet. Did you know that for a confection to be called a “white chocolate” it must contain milk from a cow? That essentially rules out all white chocolate for vegans. Don’t worry if you are vegan, though, because we have some options.

     

     Our standards for vegan chocolate:

    • The vegan chocolate must not contain dairy.
    • The vegan chocolate should announce if it contains honey.
    • The vegan chocolate should announce if it containts white sugar.

    Let’s talk first about dairy. Although our truffles and our “goat milk” chocolates contain dairy, everything else in our store does not. This includes our vegan hot cocoa (aka vegan hot chocolate). We decided that our cocoa mix would not include powdered milk - unlike most cocoa mixes - to give you the choice of milk or alternative you would enjoy most.

    Honey and white sugar are still sometimes allowed under vegan diets, however we some exclude the items from their diets. Therefore, we have chosen to include them in the vegan collection, but announce that the ingredient is present and not include these items the chef's assortment. We use an alternative to white sugar in all our confections: Demerara cane sugar, similar to Sugar-In-The-Raw. No animal products are used in refining, and much of the natural nutrition and flavor are retained. Honey is one of the chef's favorite foods, so we use the best local honey we can find, from keepers who love their bees and are proud of their honey.

    We also offer a vegan version of a white chocolate we call “Vanilla White”. Where a white chocolate must *always* contains cows milk according to the FDA, we work around this by eliminating the dairy and using an undeodorized cocoa butter that helps to maintain a complex flavor, Demerara cane sugar for a hint of caramel, real vanilla beans, and the tiniest pinch of sea salt.

     

    Vegan Chocolate Options

    We offer vegan options in all of our categories. Check out the new Vegan Chocolate Collection to see everything that will make your vegan day!

  • Tasting Bar Turns 5 Years Old Today

    May 20th, 2015 we opened our doors to street-level retail in Pioneer Square. You can read more about that process on our blog. Start here at there are links to go backward if you want to read about the whole process: https://www.intriguechocolate.com/blogs/news/29160641-retail-update-we-re-open

    Time for some throwback photos!

    The bar tops arrived with a bit of transportation damage, so we had to hammer out some bends in the steal. Even more difficult than getting the dents out was getting the 500 lb counter top fridge up and set into that small opening! It took a few of us.

    We did a little promotional work to open the store. This image was used in a crowd-sourcing campaign that raised the funds necessary to pay the high priced items like permits and general contracting fees. (Labor for plumbing, electrical, and inspections were roughly 10 times the cost of everything else combined. This was our biggest shock during the process because we priced our our fridges, shelving, paint, etc... but then the cost of installing everything came in and really opened our eyes!)

    Today it's difficult to image the Tasting Bar in such a state of disarray. Since we work with food in this location we take upkeep and cleanliness very seriously. But from where it was at the point above, it did all eventually come together.

    It feels odd to post this blog during the COVID-closure period we are experiencing right now, but what a joy it is to look back and see how far we've come. This location evolved from a tasting bar into a functioning kitchen within the last 5 years. We've signed a new lease, so now whats in store for the next 5?!

    Of course, none of this is possible without our dear customers. Thank you for joining us on this flavor journey through chocolate.

  • Intrigue Chocolate's Health Care-Package

    Intrigue Chocolate’s Health Care-Package is off to a great start! We have generated enough funds to send out another 4 of these care packages; that makes 7 total!

    However, although we have 4 to send out we have only 3 nominees at the moment! Who is on the front line that you would like to nominate?

    If you are new to the concept of what we are offering in the “Health Care-Package”, here’s the gist: Our customers are adding a little bit extra to their online orders to put money into a fund that supports our first-response community by sending a gift of comforting chocolate for them and/or their family. We are taking nominations - an easy way to nominate someone is to email Karl@IntrigueChocolate.com, or as a message on Facebook, Instagram, or respond in the comments to this blog.

    We have received a lot of positive feedback about the effort. You can read more and participate by going here: Intrigue Chocolate’s Health Care-Package

    FAQ: Can I send chocolate to a specific first-responder?
    Answer: Yes! Place the online order like usual and make their address the shipping address. Be sure to include a note to them in the “special instructions” field during checkout. Put a few extra dollars in the fund if you would like to help a randomly chosen first-responder receive a gift.

    FAQ: Can I contribute and nominate someone?
    Answer: Yes! The contribution will go into a fund and a nominee is selected *at random*. If you would like a specific first-responder to receive your gift, simply place the order on the shopping care normally and include their address and your note in checkout.

    FAQ: What’s in the Health Care-Package?
    Answer: $30 worth of chocolate (a mix of cocoa, chocolate bars, and snacking chocolate). The other $10 covers shipping costs.

     

    Here are inspiring testimonials we’ve received. Names have been removed for privacy:

    “[Doctor] is one of the most selfless and thoughtful doctors I've known. She has been doing home visits for critical patients instead of having them compromise their SD and immune by going in public. She has also been spending her personal time delivering supplies to clients in need all over the PNW. She is amazing!

    “This is so cool, Thank you for doing this for Healthcare workers putting their lives at risk to help us in this time of need. =) “

    “[Nurse] is a Cardiovascular ICU Registered Nurse in San Francisco. He's been definitely working on the front lines and if he gets chosen to receive a care package that would just be wonderful way to show a little appreciation for the enormous role he is playing every time he goes to work.”

    “[Nurse], an ICU nurse working in the Covid unit at St. Joe's, Ann Arbor, MI. Among other things, [Nurse]'s job involves rapidly getting non ICU nurses up to speed as they bring nurses from other units in. He's was also tasked early on with figuring out how to rig up supplies in short supply. [Nurse] is working a county over from Detroit, one of the hardest hit areas in the country, and cases have been rapidly spreading out from there. [Nurse] also has a 5-year old and an 8-year old at home.”

    “Nominating [PA]! (My sister) works in urgent care as a physician’s assistant. She as hard worker and helps others whenever they need her.

    Thank you for everyone’s support! Participate in helping our first responders here: Intrigue Chocolate’s Health Care-Package

  • PreSale of the Classic Chocolate Truffles!

    We are so excited to be offering you a 12 pc box from Intrigue Chocolate this Valentines Day! Order your box online here!

    Andrea Terrinzio from Dolcetta Sweets has agreed to help us achieve this goal in her production space located in SODO. Andrea and Aaron have a long history of making chocolate in shared spaces, going back all the way to 2007 when both were making ganache in a shared space in Lower Queen Anne.

    There is a limited number of boxes we can produce. We recommend pre-ordering a box from our website for shipping and delivery by going here: [link]. All orders will be shipped out on the 10th of February to arrive the 11th, 12th, or at latest the 13th of February.

    Whatever is not pre-sold and shipped will be available in both retail locations for that week of Valentines, Friday the 7th through Sunday the 16th. There are no customer flavor assortments. Flavors will be a collection of our most popular from our 14 years of experience:

    Every day we have guests come in to request the truffle boxes, and we’ve received a lot of support and encouragement to bring them back via social media channels. Thank you for bearing with us while we work out a solution - the best way you can help us accomplish this goal is by pre-ordering a box for your someone special  today!

  • Last Week in the Kitchen

    This is the final week of our truffle kitchen space. We’ve been here for 10 years.

    But don’t worry, we are still very much in business!

    The short of the story is, when the viaduct came down our building was purchased for its new waterfront real estate value. The new owners decided not to renew leases, so for the past 8 months we’ve been envisioning the future of Intrigue without a kitchen to prepare what we sold in our retail stores.

    Unfortunately, the truffles were too complicated to survive the changes, and last July we announced we were sunsetting the truffle line. We hope to bring them back for seasonal occasions.

    Intrigue Chocolate is about exploration of flavor through the medium of chocolate. We moved production to the Tasting Bar in Pioneer Square where you can now see Aaron making chocolate from the bean first hand, and try our new Snacking Chocolate that continues our mission. You can read more about the building sale, viaduct closure, and loss of lease here.

    Thank you for 10 wonderful years in this space! Some of you will remember walking up the stairs and down the strange hallway to visit us in the kitchen. It was an era we love to remember, and we are so grateful for your support.

    If you have mail to send, please send to the Tasting Bar:

    157 S Jackson St
    Seattle WA 98104

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