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Mother's Day, History Of
By Purdys Chocolatier
4/19/2017 2:52:00 PM  



In 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson officially declared that Mother's Day would be celebrated yearly on the second Sunday in May.

And it mostly happened because of the efforts of a mother and daughter.

In the 1850s, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a women's organizer in West Virginia, created special work clubs to help other women come together and share their experience with childbirth and child rearing, in the hopes of reducing infant mortality.

Later, these same women cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War.

After Ann Reeves Jarvis's death in 1905, her daughter Anna organized the first Mother's Day in 1908 in her home in West Virginia.

Anna had a substantial inheritance and she never married. Instead, she invested her funds and tireless energy into honouring her mother's memory by promoting Mother's Day.

Soon, other women throughout the US began hosting Mother's Day events, and it gained momentum and the attention of President Wilson.

So it took some awesome women to establish Mother's Day. And it's no coincidence that MOM upside down is WOW because we took some major inspiration from moms everywhere when we designed our 2017 Mother's Day Collection.

Whether your mom's favourite chocolates are colourful flowers, an assortment of milk & dark chocolates or whether she's waiting for you to surprise her with a new favourite, you can't go wrong when you get her what she really wants (psst, it's chocolates from Purdys).




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Cherry Pickings: The inspiration for Sake + Sakura
By Purdys Chocolatier
3/31/2017 6:44:00 PM  



We don't know about you but we think it's never officially Spring until we see cherry blossoms.

And good news, even if cherry blossoms haven't come into season where you are, you can now taste them in...you guessed it, Sake + Sakura.

Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, and they’re the symbolic flowers of Spring, renewal and new beginnings. In Japan, cherry blossom parties are held with friends and family, where everyone enjoys a potluck under cherry blossoms. This custom is called hanami, which literally means “watching blossoms,” and it can be traced back at least a thousand years.

Sake (pronounced sah-keh) dates back to the 3rd century and is a Japanese fermented rice wine with an aroma that’s been described as fruity, nutty and caramel-like. There are several different types of sake as specified by the Japanese government. Sake is usually served chilled (at about the same temperature as white wine) but it can also be served warmed up, depending on the type of sake. The sake we've sourced actually comes from Vancouver's famous Granville Island, from a local Japanese artisan sakemaker there.

You'll find sake at most hanami parties, especially in Japan, so grab a picnic blanket, some friends, Sake + Sakura to share and enjoy the cherry blossoms.

And if you want to learn more about how Sake + Sakura got its gorgeous speckled look (the natural way!), read our blog post about the incredibly cool Cocoa Butter Spraying Process.




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Counting Sheep: The Creation of Sophie the Sheep
By Purdys Chocolatier
3/17/2017 4:58:00 PM  

Sophie the Sheep plushie toy

Sophie the Sheep is a pretty special sheep: She's a baaa-utiful cuddle buddy from the tip of her squishy nose to her fluffy tail (and what a fluffy tail!).

But that's not what makes Sophie really special.

Sophie started out an original sketch by Carrolyn, Merchandising & Visual Coordinator at Purdys Chocolatier. Carrolyn chose the colour of Sophie's velvety skin and soft wool, the prettiest button eyes and exactly where each stitch that makes up Sophie's nose and eyelashes had to be placed.

We think Sophie's sketch is not so much a sketch as it is a portrait—doesn't it look just like Sophie posed for a picture?

Sophie also stars on the cover of our vintage-inspired Waiting for Spring Tin.

You might also spot Finnegan the plushy bunny on the tin so if you're looking for a cute, sweet, heartwarming and so very delicious gift for someone this Easter, grab the Waiting for Spring Tin and make it come to life with Finnegan and Sophie.




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J is for Jasmine, Joy and Justgiveittomenow
By Purdys Chocolatier
3/16/2017 4:05:00 PM  

Jasmine Caramel

Hello world, we've just launched Jasmine Caramel, and it's a gorgeous piece both in looks and taste!

Inside a creamy milk chocolate shell, you'll taste a lush liquid caramel that's just bursting with floral jasmine flavour.

Each shell is speckled with naturally coloured cocoa butter, and you can read more about this incredibly cool process in our previous blog post: Into the Dome: Cocoa Butter Spraying Process.

Jasmine Caramel was inspired by Songkran, the Thai New Year, and by its famous Water Festival where thousands of people bring on the new year with epic water fights.

Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word that's literally translated as "astrological passage", which is another way of saying "transformation" or "change".

In Thai culture, water symbolizes purification and it's used to wash away bad luck to start fresh for a new year.

As for Jasmine, it's a hugely popular flavour in Thai desserts so it makes for a fitting tribute to Songkran—but it's also a piece that celebrates Spring (#nomoresnow), new things and the joy of chocolate.

We're sure you'll agree when you try it.




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Chocolate Bunnies, History Of
By Purdys Chocolatier
3/9/2017 3:01:00 PM  

History of chocolate bunnies

The very first written record of any kind of egg-laying bunny comes from the 1600s, in Germany.

The Oschter Haws (Easter Hare) brought coloured eggs as gifts for children. In later versions of the story, she hides the eggs in the garden for children to find.

Yes, she.

The Oschter Haws was decidedly a female hare. Hares have never been domesticated (unlike rabbits) but they are closely related to rabbits. So how did the Oschter Haws become the Easter Bunny, which most people identify as a male rabbit?

In the 1700s, German immigrants (later called the Pennsylvania Dutch) brought the Oschter Haws to the Eastern United States—along with an established tradition of chocolate.

There’s no record of who invented the chocolate Easter bunny but chances are good it was someone of German descent. Tins for chocolate moulds that date back to 1890 have been found in Munich, Germany.

Meanwhile circa 1890 in Pennsylvania, drugstore owner Robert L. Strohecker crafted a 1.5 meter (5’) chocolate rabbit as a way to advertise Easter.

And that's all it took. By 1925, chocolate bunnies had, ahem, multiplied in popularity. Some even had accessories like bowties or hats, which gave them a gentlemanly vibe.

We dug through the Purdys archives and found a fabulous photo (dating circa 1980s) of chocolate bunnies on display at our Kingsway Factory Kitchen in Vancouver, Canada, which is where we still craft all of our chocolates.

Charles on display at Kingsway

The largest bunny on the right is Charles, our 12 kilogram bunny named in honour of Charles Flavelle, then-owner of Purdys Chocolatier. You can still buy Charles today in select Purdys shops (look for him in the display window, you can’t miss him!).

And did you know that a group of bunnies is called a fluffle?

We have a whole fluffle of chocolate bunnies, some hollow, some solid but all made from only 100% sustainable cocoa, to guarantee a Hoppy Easter for everyone.




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