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DWN on CTV News

DWN is starting the new year on a high following last week's CTV Barrie News interview with Kraig Krause — Orillia Chocolatier Takes on the World⁠ Watch the full segment:

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2022 by the numbers and a huge thanks

When I started this company, my approach was not to create a better version of chocolate that was already being sold but to create chocolate based on my favourite recipes, unique ingredients, and interesting flavour combinations. I believe that DWN produces original chocolate flavours, and by simply trying to create these flavours and constantly setting out to improve our chocolate, I end up creating chocolate no one else had made. I understand that in today’s world, you have many options for treats and I am thrilled that you chose DWN. We put an immense amount of passion into each of our products, but you are the heart and soul of this business. Thank you for your loyal and ongoing support! 2022 by the numbers1 retail store +...

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the construction of the eggnog chocolate bar

The first rule when its comes to chocolate is that it does not like water. The addition of water to chocolate will cause the chocolate to seize because the sugar in the chocolate is binding with the water and not with the fats. So when it comes to creating unique flavours of chocolate, the ingredients need to be dry to be successful. The eggnog bar is a great example of how to approach the creation of flavour. In this case there were two ideas; freeze-dry liquid eggnog and grind the flavour into the chocolate, or try to recreate the flavour of the beverage with its ingredient components.I am not a fan of drinking eggnog but I do like the cocktail version. So...

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ways to delight over the holidays

It is a year of where many things seem uncertain and as we head into gift-giving and gatherings, I want to share some ideas about how chocolate can fit into your plans regardless of budget.A handcrafted bar of chocolate is a wonderful gift. Whether you are looking for a stocking stuffer or need to create a wonderful tasting experience for a group of people, DWN has a solution. Send your bestie your favourite chocolate bar and grab one for yourself so that you can share an experience together whether you are near or far.If you are hosting a holiday gathering, consider making a chocolate charcuterie board. A beautiful tableau can be created with pieces of different chocolate bar flavours, bowls of chocolate-coated nuts, along with fresh...

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2022 holiday releases

We are super excited to share the 2022 holiday releases, which are now available in-store and online.The eggnog bar is made by soaking Venezuelan cocoa nibs in rum for over a month before being ground into a spiced mylk chocolate. Dark chocolate ground with sour cherries is the base of the black forest bar and it is finished with a swirl of house-made whyte chocolate. Both bars are naturally dairy-free. Inspired by Italian plum cakes that I used to make for family meals, Ontario-grown purple plums are ground with almond flour and bay leaf-infused cocoa butter to create the luscious chocolate bar. Returning this year are the speculoos malt balls: house-made milk chocolate spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and cardamom enrobing crispy malt balls. Finally, the dark...

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