Holidays

Curtsy Bella

Posting from Curtsy Bella: March 31

There is a little store tucked behind the University Village in Seattle called Curtsy Bella.  And we think it’s a find – filled with gifts that dazzle, dare and delight.  It’s the kind of place you’ll want to browse through slowly, preferably with a girlfriend who likes to giggle.

So we took our bunnies over there, knowing they would settle in nicely.  And they did.  And then the Curtsy Ladies started to work their magic…

For The Purist – just put those bunnies on a pedestal!


French Country Easter – wine, chocolate, linens and lavender…oh la la!

Sweet Whimsy – a darling, felt flower basket full of sparkly eggs, truffles and candies.

Thank you Curtsy Ladies.  We love it!

Holidays

The Chocolate Bunny

Posting from HQ:  March 26

The chocolate bunny is to your Easter basket…

what a crisp white blouse is to your wardrobe, fresh-baked bread is to your sandwich, or what warm sun is to a day at the beach.

It simply needs to be there.  It’s the foundation!

But because we might be a little biased, we asked around to see what other people put in their Easter baskets.  In addition to sweet treats, it seems people get fairly creative – from springtime PJs to puzzles to plush toys.  But the thing that almost always hops in there along with family traditions, is an irresistible chocolate bunny!

So stay tuned.  For the next few weeks we will be posting some of our favorite Easter basket ideas.  Featuring those adorable bunnies, of course!

Style

The Forecast

Posting from HQ:  March 16

Did anyone notice what happened at Benaroya Hall this week?  Seattle Magazine hosted its first ever Forecast: A Fashion Show for Seattle.  According to Seattle Business Magazine,  “Seattle ranks fourth—behind New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco—as a major area of fashion design and apparel talent.”  And the turnout on Wednesday night suggests some energy behind this!  So we think it’s time for a little shout out.  Way to go Seattle for being bold and celebrating our own unique high style.  Something we’re not exactly known for.

Um… I thought I was reading a chocolate blog, you might say.  What does fashion have to do with anything?

Well… you all know that we love chocolate, but what you might not realize is that we are also passionate about fashion.  That is why we always dress our chocolate up to the nines.  We believe that looks DO matter.  Because looking good makes you feel good.  Plus, getting noticed is a nice thing.  And giving something beautiful is a  lovely, understated way to tell someone that you think they rock!  So it’s sort of a hobby for us to watch what is going on in the fashion world.  It inspires us to keep creating good lookin’ chocolate for you to indulge in and give to your friends.

Stay beautiful Seattle!

Recipes

Mint Chocolate Mousse

Posting from HQ:  March 9

Some companies let off a little steam together over ping-pong.  But here at Seattle Chocolates we make dessert!  And there are very few easier, or more crowd pleasing desserts than chocolate mousse.  The other day, we added a twist of mint to this classic treat.  Substitute any of our truffle flavors to enjoy an espresso, peanut butter or even sea salt version.  Sure to be a hit!

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups whipping cream

12 ounces (approx 5 bars) meltaway mint truffles, coarsely chopped

1/4 teaspoon mint extract, optional

4 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon flavorless, granulated gelatin

Directions

Chill 1 1/2 cups whipping cream in refrigerator.  Chill metal mixing bowl and mixer beaters in freezer.

In top of double boiler, combine mint truffles and butter.  Melt over barely simmering water, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat while a couple of chunks are still visible.  Cool, stirring occasionally, to just above room temperature.

Pour remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream into metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin.  Allow gelatin to “bloom’ for 10 minutes.  Then carefully heat by swirling the measuring cup over a low gas flame.  Do not boil or gelatin will be damaged.  Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.

In the chilled mixing bowl, beat cream to medium peaks.  Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.  Fold in the remaining whipped cream in two doses.  There may be streaks of whipped cream in the chocolate and that is fine.  Do not overwork the mousse.

Spoon into bowl or glasses and chill for at least an hour.  Garnish and enjoy!

(If mousses are to be refrigerated overnight, chill for one hour and then cover each with plastic wrap.)

Style

Orange Appeal

Posting from HQ:  March 2

Man do we love orange.  Bright and energizing, it’s oh so hard to resist its happy pull!  And that’s something we really appreciate this time of year.  Because even with glimmers of spring in the air, it’s hard not to notice that Seattle is still a smidge gray.  In fact, it has been that way for a while.  And it is very likely to stay this way until about the 5th of July – that’s 126 more days!

Anyway,  whether you need an antidote to a dubious spring or the season is blooming where you are, we want you to know about our Veracruz Orange JTruffles.  This architectural beauty combines fresh sliced orange with a light dusting of chili powder in creamy white chocolate.

One bite and you are softly, gently transported to the Yucatan – the source of inspiration for this stunning combination of flavors.  You can almost hear the salsa music, the cry of a street vendor, the sultry slow sounds of a tropical seaport.  Mmmmm.

Our other favorite orange inspired treat is this darling new gift box.  Our designers created it to celebrate the season and we filled it with assorted truffles, perfect for sharing.  So pass on the joy this spring and brighten up everyone’s day.

Another orange tidbit.  Did you know the color ‘Tangerine Tango‘ is the Pantone Fashion color of 2012?  Love it!

p.s.   We really try not to complain . . . or to talk about the weather… in this blog.  But just in case you are lucky enough to live in San Diego, we need you to know where we are coming from.  Check out this picture we took the other day when we visited the Olympic Sculpture Park by the Seattle Art Museum.  If you live someplace sunny, you would not have chosen this day to visit the park.  Here, we just pull on a rain coat and roll with it.  We didn’t actually sit in these chairs because they were a little damp.  But we think someone at the Seattle Art Museum agrees with us about the power of orange!