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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.

6/11/2016 8:50:00 AM  

A few months back, one of our shop managers in Ontario reached out to me with a great idea.

She wondered if we could buy books and send them to children in our cocoa farming communities. What a phenomenal idea!

I contacted Cocoa Horizons (one of our Sustainable Cocoa partners on the ground) and they suggested the Sayoubakro Primary School in Sassandra, southern Côte d’Ivoire. The school had recently expanded its classroom capacity, and 1 of the 3 new classrooms had space for a library—which made the school the best place to begin our library initiatives. Sayoubakro is also one of the first schools we helped fund through Purdys’ Sustainable Cocoa Program.

The school needed $2500 to purchase government-recommended books, build shelving and cupboards to house the books, and also set up a paper cataloging system.

Our teams in the shops, factory kitchen and support office worked very hard on employee-led fundraising events to raise the money: bake sales, barbecues, bottles drives…it’s a long and very amazing list!

In the end, we not only met our goal of $2500 but exceeded it by $1000 for a grand total of $3500.

The money raised went towards the purchase of books and didactic materials (i.e. teaching materials designed to instruct and educate) and built-in shelving units. The school has also set up onsite reading sessions which occur every Wednesday as well as a new loaning system which is monitored by one of the school’s teachers.

To me, this really goes to show that no matter who or where we are, we can come together and make a huge difference to someone. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone at Purdys who made the library at Sayoubakro possible.

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