Chocolate Advent Calendar House

A Little History, Not So Much Chocolate Advent wasn’t always associated with little bites of chocolate hidden behind paper windows or inside cute fabric pockets. Advent itself has been observed since the 4th century, celebrating the weeks leading up to the anniversary of the birth of Christ. Historically, Christians marked their doors with chalk, wiping away…
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Chocolate snowman holiday gift

We know, you don’t want to hear or see anything about the holidays in summer. Even seeing decorations in the big box stores in October is too early. We completely get that, and we couldn’t agree more. But there are some reasons to start thinking about ordering holiday chocolates soon that are both helpful to…
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Maine Mix Chocolate Assortment

Maine has great summers, and Maine has great chocolate (see why here.). But if you add chocolate and summer together, with temperatures reaching the 80s and 90s even in Maine, you may, if you’re not careful, end up with a less-than-ideal mess of melted sweetness.  Temperatures Across the US For eight or more months of…
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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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