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2024 Easter egg design contest

Here's your golden ticket to have your very own masterpiece reborn as a chocolate egg! Two egg-stra special winners will have their Easter egg design turned into real chocolate eggs. For the month of March, DWN will accept entries in person and through email. Download the colouring sheet or pick one up in store at 21 Peter St South, Orillia. Submissions can be returned to the store or emailed to hello@dwnchocolate.com. Anyone who returns their entry to the retail store will receive a participation button. The DWN retail store is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.⁠ This contest is open to all ages and the winner will be chosen by a random draw on April 5, 2024. The winner...

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a heartfelt thank you 🫶

When you have a chocolate company, there is a very small window of time for rest when the holiday season is over. Valentine's Day falls just six weeks after the beginning of the new year, which can feel overwhelming following the Christmas rush. The beginning of February 2024 seems like a blur as we finished launching the Valentine's Day collection, fulfilled special orders, and prepared for the Winter Chocolate Show in Toronto.This is a simple message of gratitude. We love our customers. We love meeting new people and talking chocolate whether it is in our retail store or on the road. Your support enables us to pursue our passion; offering distinctive and delicious chocolate treats.Exciting announcements are on the horizon, and we look forward...

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Pataxte (aka Jaguar)

This chocolate bar is the result of one of Chocolate Alchemy's chocolate-making kits. When I first opened the contents, I thought that I had received a large bag of oats (not such a strange concept since many chocolate makers use oats / oat milk powder as a dairy substitute in chocolate making). However, the bag actually contained roasted Pataxte nibs, which are commonly known as Jaguar Cocoa. The unusual, beige colour of the bean comes from the fact that it is theobroma bicolour, not theobroma cacao (classic cacao). Theobroma bicolour contains less fat and more protein and fiber than theobroma cacao. According to John Nanci (the Chocolate Alchemist), "[t]here is no cocoa flavour, with the predominant flavour being a cross between...

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I am cacao for you

The countdown to Valentine's Day has begun. Whether you want to express your love to your significant other, a close friend, or even yourself, we have a number of fun ideas to help you say "I love you."  Our raspberry toffee bar has been a favourite among our customers since its release three years ago. We're thrilled to announce that starting this year, we are making the raspberry chocolate in-house. We've also reintroduced the heart-shaped marshmallows, which are strawberry flavoured and dipped in our milk chocolate.For a more playful twist, try our conversation hearts or heartbreaker, both of which come in a dairy-free version.If you prefer a more classic gift, we have salted caramels dipped in milk or dark chocolate, as well as a limited edition Valentine's Day bonbon collection. And,...

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the notebook

This newsletter is not my review of a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling but rather a share of the DWN 'bible.' I was inspired to write this newsletter by my friend Tommy Aird, who recently opened a whole-grain bakery in Vancouver. Chefs are notoriously secretive about their recipes, so I thought that I would share a little bit about the brown notebook that is always moving around the factory.The notebook was a gift from my friend Michelle, and it's where the first six recipes that launched DWN were created. The front few pages include bar mold sizes and the weights for each tumble, followed by recipes transcribed from the craft chocolate class I took with Mackenzie Rivers. I then added tabs for almonds and hazelnuts thinking...

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