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10/4/2016 7:22:00 PM  

No question about it, the cocoa bean is the best bean in the world (sorry, coffee lovers, real talk).

We found out some epic trivia about cocoa beans while researching Aztec drinking chocolate recipes.

Make yourself a mug of Purdys’ Aztec Spiced Hot Chocolate and read up on these cool facts about cocoa:

Ancient South American cultures, like the Mayans and the Aztecs, mention cocoa as part of their creation myth—cocoa was a gift from the gods. This actually inspired the cocoa tree’s scientific name Theobroma cacao, which literally translates to “Food of the Gods”.

Originally, chocolate was strictly a ceremonial drink. Cocoa beans were fermented, roasted and ground into a paste to be mixed with water and spices to create xocolatl (‘bitter water’).

The Spanish conquistadors took chocolate back to Europe and tweaked the recipe by adding sugar.

Soon enough, enterprising bakers took an interest in the actual cocoa beans.

In 1828, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, inventor Van Houton created the cocoa press, which separated cocoa powder from cocoa solids. Chocolate bars became a thing, and the demand for raw cocoa was such that cocoa trees (originally from South America) were planted near the equator in regions such as Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Want to know where Purdys’ cocoa comes from? We purchase only from 100% sustainable sources that benefit cocoa farmers and the environment. Check out Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program.

8/19/2016 7:00:00 PM  

Once again, our chocolatiers have come up with a winning recipe.

Yes, our chocolatiers don’t just invent incredible chocolates, they also invent the recipes to go with them. It’s a talent.

The most recent recipe we’ve come up with is our Grilled Pineapple with Tequila Chili Pepper Chocolate Sauce. It’s a bit of a mouthful to say but you can bet it’s a mouthful to enjoy!

In fact, it’s the kind of recipe that’ll make you want to buy an indoor grill (if you don’t already have one) and make this recipe pretty much every weekend (why not?).

Here’s the recipe to make and share:

1. Peel and slice one whole pineapple into quarter inch rounds.

2. On barbecue heated to high, grill pineapple slices for about 5 minutes on each side.

3. Whisk together 1/4 whipping cream, 6 pieces of Chili Pepper chocolate, 1 oz of orange juice and 2 oz of tequila until melted and smoothly blended together.

4. Drizzle sauce over grilled pineapple and done!

7/28/2016 6:34:00 PM  

Feeling the heat this summer?

Cool down with an original recipe from Purdys’ creative chocolatiers.

You see, we’re not just about creating epic chocolates. Once in a while, we love coming up with satisfying drink recipes or show-stopping entrees.

Inspired by the heat and happiness of summer, we’ve come up with—drum roll, please—Chococado Pops, a delightfully simple recipe that combines Hedgehogs, avocados, bananas and milk.

Here’s the recipe (makes 4 ridiculously yummy treats!) for you to share, pin, fave, like, retweet and enjoy!

1. Heat 1/2 cup of milk for 1 minute in the microwave.

2. Whisk 4 Purdys Hedgehogs into the milk.

3. Peel and pit 1 avocado.

4. Peel and slice 1 banana.

5. Blend chocolate mixture, avocado and banana in blender until smooth.

6. Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze

6/30/2016 2:37:00 PM  

maple syrup

Sorry Beavers, Justin Bieber and actors whose first name is Ryan, you just don’t make the cut.

Maple Syrup is the most Canadian symbol out there.

And as Canada’s chocolatier, you can bet we love creatively using maple syrup in our chocolates.

Like our Brown Butter Maple Caramels.

Or Mini Maple Caramels.

Or Canadian Maple Toffee.

Want the full list? Sure you do.

There’s no official story on how or when maple syrup was first invented, but we can all agree that, like chocolate, it’s one of the sweetest inventions in the world.

Historica Canada explains that early French settlers in Eastern Canada learned about maple sap from local First Nations People, and the process of making maple syrup is pretty straightforward and hasn’t changed. You boil maple sap in a pot until it’s reduced to a thick syrup.

So there’s a little bit of Canadian history for you, just in time for you to win the Canada Day trivia game at your house.

6/17/2016 1:44:00 PM  

Want to see Purdys’ 3D chocolate printer in action? It’s the only one in Canada!

If you’re near Richmond on Saturday, June 18, drop by the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library between 1pm to 4pm to meet our Chocolatier Rachel McKinley and watch live demos of our 3D Chocolate Printer.

The printer makes magic with tempered, premium quality Belgian dark chocolate—but our chocolate isn’t just that. Purdys' chocolate is also made from only 100% sustainable cocoa.

Rachel will explain in detail how the 3D chocolate printer works, why sustainable cocoa is crucial to cocoa farming communities and last (but not least) we’ll be raffling off the 3D creations throughout the event, which means you could win a 3D chocolate printed design!

If you’re going (you should!), don’t forget to tag us @purdyschocolatier (on Facebook/Instagram) and @purdyschocolate (on Twitter) on any photos you share on social.

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