Juneteenth Freedom Day

When I try to find words of meaning, and struggle with what to say that’s not be said before, I almost always hold back, rationalizing it’s pointless to add my voice to the mix when I don’t have anything original to say. There are already so many voices out there with more weight than mine,…
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Nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free Maine sea salt caramel sauce

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, and as Always, Nut-Free Chocolate There’s a big wide world of allergies that affect individuals and families every moment of every day. The six biggest allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat (gluten), according to WebMD. Other high-frequency food items that cause allergies are fish, shellfish, and seeds, like…
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Chocolate for Mother's Day Dean's Sweets

The perfect pairing: mom + chocolate. There are stay-at-home moms, work-outside-the-home moms, moms that make sourdough bread, moms that make mojitos. Just like moms, Mother’s Day chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes. My mom was a chorale musician who played poker with a straight face, drank bourbon,  and liked the black jellybeans best. Since our job is to…
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Vegan chocolate form Maine

Making the decision to “go vegan” and never eat meat or consume products derived from animals is a major life decision. For some people, just the notion of giving up bacon on their breakfast sandwich is a deal-breaker. But the vegans I know, whom I admire greatly for their commitment to their health, the Earth,…
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Dean's Sweets: Cocoa bomb hot chocolate

Answering the Calls for Cocoa Bombs – The New Hot Chocolate Craze The first cocoa bombs started in 2019 as a TikTok viral phenomenon. We started getting calls for them in fall of 2020. That’s when we and folks like the Today Show and the Washington Post finally caught up to the fast-moving social media world.  So while the…
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Dean's Sweets: Chocolate conversation hearts

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day… it’s all about sending out love to the ones you love. Valentine’s Day chocolate gifts are not just cupids and hearts for romantic partners anymore. Besties, buddies, bros, we all want those love arrows! Valentine’s Day Chocolate Online Gift Guide It’s not always easy to shop online for the…
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