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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

wait, it's fall already?

Where did the summer go? Things have been very busy in the chocolate kitchen, and there are lots of exciting things to come. I'd like to introduce you to the first exciting thing now - a new look for the website! There are still a few wrinkles to iron out, but I hope you'll find it easy to navigate and easy on the eyes. I'll be adding new pictures in the next few weeks, and you'll see that there are new flavors to be tried.

There's also a new blog format, and I'll be switching from posting on blogger to posting there. This shouldn't affect your email or feed subscription, I'll change the link over tomorrow, so you should continue to get email updates as usual. As always, if you have any questions, send me an email, I'm always happy to help.

Here's to an exciting fall!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Finally! New Stuff!

Just in time for Father's Day and this glorious late spring/early summer weather, I've got new treats for you.

First up, an assortment of favorites that should put you in excellent standing with your old man...Bourbon and Black Pepper Truffles, Sea Salt Caramels, Bacon Caramels, and Pecan Caramel Truffles. If you're familiar with LUCA Chocolate, you'll know three of those already, so let me focus on the new flavor...I've taken freshly toasted pecans and blended them with a just-right caramel, then mixed all of it with 60% chocolate and Homeland Creamery's finest cream. It's what a chocolate turtle would taste like if it stopped off in truffle-land.

Next, I've got a few old favorites and some fresh ideas for a sweet summer. It wouldn't be summer without Key Lime Creams, so they're back and ready for action. The strawberries are particularly delectable this year, so I've processed them as little as possible and put them in a dark chocolate shell to bring you a bright burst of that perfect summer fruit. If you're sipping juleps on the veranda, you're going to need a couple of blueberry cordials - a boozy blend of blueberries and creme de cassis in milk chocolate. And last, but certainly not least, my favorite summer fruit, the peach plays nicely with a little passion fruit in a white chocolate ganache.

I'm looking forward to a lovely summer, and with a few boxes of chocolates, I'm sure you will be too.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

On the Radio! and new flavors

LUCA is all over the internet airwaves this week. In a big surprise to me, the folks over at the 404 on CNET reviewed my bacon box (listen here). Let me tell you, it was rather painful for me to listen to, the guys get a bit dramatic, and of course I had no idea this was coming, but in the end, I think everyone liked it.

Also, tune in at 6pm EST on this Thursday to hear me in the inaugural episode of "Chocolate Covered Bacon - The best in Independent Food Finds". Just visit and click the player to tune in. (I think? this is all very new to me!)

Finally tonight - Mother's day flavors are up on the site! Here's your sneak peek:

Lavender Honey Buttercreams - dreamy Provence lavender melts into honey buttercream in a milk-dark chocolate shell

Rose Pistachio Creams - rosehip buttercream with a center of pistachio fondant in a milk chocolate shell

Lemon Chamomile Truffle - fluffy white chocolate ganache infused with lemons and chamomile tea, enrobed in white chocolate

Fennel Toffee - rich, buttery toffee infused with anise liqueur, brushed with dark chocolate and studded with candied fennel seeds

Violet Nougats - delicate violets lightly flavor and beautify bright white nougat mingled with apricots, mangoes, almonds and pistachios, half dipped in dark chocolate

Rhubarb Caramels - spring rhubarb flavors classic caramel, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with a candied rhurbarb slice

You may recognize some of the flavors - especially if you're one of my fabulous chocolate of the month subscribers (not one? what are you waiting for? go here), but this box is all about flowers and springtime, and it's a very limited edition, so order early, it may disappear very soon.

I'm also offering the biggest box yet, 36 pieces for $48.95. Why? Because your momma is worth it! Be sure to leave a note in the ordering instructions if you'd like me to add in a special note, wrapping or puppy (puppy availability not guaranteed).