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1/25/2017 12:38:00 PM  

If you’ve been by our website or a shop recently, you might have spotted Matcha.

Our take on matcha is a creamy ganache crafted with real matcha green tea powder, butter and white chocolate (made from only 100% sustainable cocoa) inside a milk chocolate shell.

But what exactly is matcha, how’s it different than other teas and why is our chocolatier Rachel McKinley excited to creatively craft chocolate confections using matcha?

Matcha and regular green tea come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis, native to China. But sometime in the early part of the 12th century, Japanese Zen Buddhist monks brought back from China a new kind of tea: one that had been steamed and ground into a fine powder.

In other words, matcha.

And while matcha became less and less popular in China, it became a staple of meditation for Zen Buddhist monks and then a favourite of the warrior class and the Shogun rulers. Today, matcha is essential for tea ceremonies throughout Japan, and around the world it has gained in popularity as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes.

Matcha tea leaves are prepared in a special way. A few weeks before harvesting, the tea bushes are protected from direct sunlight with cloths, and these shaded conditions stimulate the plant to create more chlorophyll and amino acids, deepening the flavour of the tea leaves.

Whole leaves are expertly picked, steamed to preserve the colour and nutrients, then dried, deveined and destemmed. The leaves that are deemed ideal for matcha tea are known as tencha.

Tencha is ground into a fine powder in a very slow, gentle process done with large granite wheels. The process is done this way to avoid scorching the leaves. That fine powder is called matcha, literally “ground tea”.

Matcha has a strong, robust umami flavour that plays really well with cocoa. Have a taste.

1/20/2017 9:55:00 AM  

Cocoa butter spraying is an artisan process done by hand, and our chocolatier Rachel McKinley (that’s her in the photo!) has been perfecting this process, experimenting with colour formulas, recipes and even spray textures on the dome moulds.

You’ll be seeing a lot more of cocoa butter spraying on our lip-smacking new chocolates, like Matcha.

And psssst, our next cocoa butter spray piece is inspired by a famous festival, colourful petals and a really popular flavour in Thailand.

So what's the process for cocoa butter spraying?

Plain cocoa butter, a natural oil extracted from the cocoa bean, is blended with dyes from only all-natural sources like plants and minerals. The primary colours (red, yellow and blue) come from berries and herbs, and the white comes from a naturally occurring mineral that is also used in vitamin tablets and supplements.

By mixing all these colours together, we can create an infinite number of colour formulas for our chocolates (and yes, we’re finalizing the famous Purdys purple!).

The colours are sprayed into the moulds before the chocolate is moulded—that’s right, we spray the moulds first, and then the chocolates are moulded into the painted mould cavities to get a glossy, gorgeous finish.

Cool, huh?

1/16/2017 3:47:00 PM  

About this time last year, one of Purdys' longtime fans contacted us with an idea.

Charleen, said fan, thought it would be "incredibly tasty" (her words) if we blended our famously creamy white chocolate with Cinnamon Hearts candy.

She's right.

Introducting Cinnamon Sizzle, white chocolate peppered with sizzling Cinnamon Hearts for a spicy sweetness that goes on and onnnn and onnnnnn.

It turns out Cinnamon Hearts have actually been around for a while. There's a reference to "red cinnamon candies" in a recipe in the Evening Indepedent newspaper in Florida from 1929. Cinnamon Hearts, also known as Red Hots or by the generic name cinnamon imperials, were a huge favourite to use in applesauce recipes back in the day.

It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that Cinnamon Hearts have always been associated with Valentine's Day.

And what better to pair with Cinnamon Hearts than our sweet, creamy white chocolate? Usually the sweetest of all chocolates, white chocolate is made from cocoa butter. In the process of chocolate-making, cocoa is separated into cocoa liquor (also known as cocoa mass or unsweetened chocolate) and cocoa butter. Milk and dark chocolates are made with cocoa liquor and cocoa butter but white chocolate is made with just cocoa butter.

Go on, try this sweet & spicy pairing for Valentine's day with that special person in your life...if you can find it in your heart to share.

1/4/2017 6:02:00 PM  

Purdys Chocolatier is once again proudly supporting Variety – The Children’s Charity in partnership with Global BC.

Since 2012, you've helped us raise $75,000 to help BC's kids with special needs.

Help us reach our 2017 goal of $20,000 by buying your special Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels Helping Hearts pack today.

$2 from the sale of each pack will be donated to Variety – The Children’s Charity, at the 2017 annual Show of Hearts Telethon taking place February 12th.

You can purchase Helping Hearts chocolates online at purdys.com or at any Purdys Chocolatier shop in British Columbia.

For more information on Variety, visit variety.bc.ca.

12/20/2016 3:16:00 PM  

Create a special custom bar wrap at select Purdys shops

No, really, we mean it. It’s a wrap.

A customized, personalized, unique chocolate bar wrap with a special message and photo from you.

We dare you to find a sweeter Stocking Stuffer or last-minute gift anywhere else.


Here’s how you can get yourself a custom bar wrap:

1. Drop by a participating Purdys shop. Currently, we have the custom bar wrap available in BC at Pacific Centre, Coquitlam Centre and Tsawwassen Mills; in Alberta at Chinook Centre and Edmonton City Centre; and in Ontario at Vaughan Mills and Rideau Centre.

2. Choose a background for your wrap, upload your photo and write your message.

3. Print your wrap and #BeAGiftHero this Christmas.

Got your gifts sorted already? Custom bar wraps also make the best birthday, anniversary, graduation and just-because gifts.

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