"I admit it: I’m a fan boy of Elaine Hsieh Chocolatier. A huge fan. I have a double subscription to their Chocolate Of The Month Club. I buy their chocolates anytime I get the chance, like when I’m at the Farmer’s Market or Formaggio. I’ve attended their class. I bring their chocolates as gifts to people in Japan knowing that there are no finer chocolates, anywhere. I’ve run side by side comparisons with other high-end chocolates and written about it on yelp." Continue Reading.
Now that Mother’s Day is almost upon us and we’re wrapping up the last of our boxes to go to market on Saturday, I’ll be focusing the next few days on creating a very special confection called the “Blister Bar” in honor of the relay team I am on – Blister Monkey. 12 members on a team running a total of 200 miles in 24 hours from Mount Wachusett to Westport, MA on May 18-19 in the Reach the Beach Relay.
I know, crazy, right?
Our team Captain (Oh Captain, my Captain!), George Anderson, requested a custom confection bar that could help us power through the race. After soliciting ingredient requests from the team, I can see it’s divided between the anti-oxidants (chia seeds, hemp seed, flax seed, cocoa nibs, honey) and the anti-anti-oxidants (bacon, bacon, bacon, scotch).
I’m thinking it will be a mash up between the EHChocolatier Ancho + anti-oxidants, + anti-anti-oxidants…ah, the snack bar of champions! I’ll let you know how it turns out!
“I appreciate my mother so much more since having my own children. Every time I pack my kids’ lunches, I think of how my mom would send delicious meals to school with me. The best part would be the small treat she would tuck in at the bottom of my paper bag – two cookies wrapped up in a napkin. I can’t resist passing on this tradition with my own kids. A chocolate from Momma with love.”—Elaine Hsieh
"Somerville-based, artisan chocolate-makers EH Chocolatier is offering a hand-made selection of 24 chocolates beautifully wrapped and wonderfully varied, from cinnamon and citrus to lavender and vanilla, in honor of Mother’s Day. Order by May 7 to get your shipment to mom by the 13th.” See the other great local finds!
“Our house was built on an orchard, so we had many apple and plum trees, grapes and currants and my mother used all the fruits to make jams, pies, and canned everything not used fresh for the winter months. We would come home from school and immediately climb into the apple tree and pick apples to then plead with my mother to make pie!”—Catharine Sweeney