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  • 6 Helpful Tips for Surviving the Seattle Chocolate Salon

    The Seattle Chocolate Salon is this Sunday, May 5th! We expect to see all those familiar faces from last year, but if your new or wanting some insight, here are a few helpful tips. It may not seem like much, but 14 chocolate companies is a lot for your pallet to handle in one day.

    1) Check out the exhibitor list before hand and decide who is in your must see list. I've provided links to each of the chocolate vendors below. Consider if local matters to you, and consider a mix of sweet and not-as-sweet vendors to keep it interesting.

    2) Bring friends to share in the experience. They can help pull you over to hidden gems you may have missed along the way, and encourage you to talk out what you are tasting, and what you do and don't like, and why. This is especially true if you are not already a chocolate veteran.

    3) Bring a water bottle. They provide water near the door, but on occasion the water jug is empty. Have a back up plan. Water is key.

    4) Plan for a lunch break about an hour into your adventure. It may seem early, but after and hour of tasting you'll want to sit down, enjoy a bite to eat, and then finish your rounds. Too often we see people continue without taking a break, and by the time they reach the last chocolate vendors they aren't enjoying themselves anymore. Most vendors bring plenty of chocolate to share, so there is no need to worry that it will run out. You've got time. Take it slow.

    5) Bring cash. Most of the vendors have a way to take a credit card thanks to Square, but cash is much faster and you'll have preplanned exactly how much you are willing to spend on your favorite chocolates of the day before you even begin.

    6) Ask questions! These chocolates are a labor of love for the chocolatiers, and they want to share their story with you. It will give the chocolate so much more value if you know the philosophy and efforts behind it.

    If you are still looking to buy tickets, you can do so the Chocolate Salon website. We hope you enjoy yourselves, and see you there!

  • Custom Chocolate Wedding Favors

    Sometimes you need a small gift to give a lot of people. That can be tricky, especially when it needs to be customized too.

    The boxes hold two flavors on either end in a small paper sleeve that opens at the side. The inside of the sleeve has a small message reminding people to take their time and enjoy the chocolate. And to customize it, you pick the flavors.

    This is our double 2-pack truffle favor, tied with our signature chartreuse ribbon, crafted for an upcoming wedding. Bride and groom actually designed the tea-shrub-flower flavor with chef Aaron Barthel in a personalized class at Intrigue Chocolate Co (and it's really, really tasty).

    If you're interested in such a class, give Aaron a ring at the shop: 206-829-8810, or email him at: aaron@intriguechocolate.com

  • Intrigue Chocolate Co, Meet Pinterest

    We're up on Pinterest. It's a nice way to share some of the amazing photography taken recently, and to celebrate the stunning photographs being taken of chocolate from around the world. The above photo is a teaser. Cacoa is such a complex and wonderful thing.

    If any of you are on Pinterest also with a chocolate related board, let us know so we can follow you!

  • Intrigue Shop Closed April 1st - April 8th

    Next week we're off to Palm Springs, so heads up that the shop will be closed for a while (April 1st - 8th).  Everybody needs a break, Aaron especially, after a wild start to the year.  Thank you all for that; now we're going to enjoy sunshine and a pool.

    Anything else you'd recommend we do while there, chocolate related or otherwise?  Do you have a favorite desert herb or spice?  We do not make a peyote chocolate.  Yet.

  • Jason Grube Posts an Intrigue Chocolate Co. Bit

    Jason Grube, designer extraordinaire, posted our project on his website with some of the new photography. He's posted some really interesting projects. Worth taking a look, if only to give your eyes a vacation.

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