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one year in downtown Orillia

July 22 is the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of the DWN retail store in downtown Orillia and we are ready to celebrate $25 for two 80g bars + one 50g bar (July 22 and July 23 in-store and online) $20 for one 150g tumble + one 50g bar (July 22 and July 23 in-store and online) free gift with purchase (limit one per customer, while quantities last, in-store and online July 22 and July 23) draw for a grand prize of chocolate worth $75 (no purchase necessary)

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One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is where I get my inspiration for chocolate flavours. The answer is all around me.

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chocolate easter egg colouring contest

DWN Craft Chocolatier is launching its first ever Easter Egg Colouring Contest. This is your chance to see your own design recreated as a chocolate egg. Two winners will be chosen and will be given two replicas of their design in the form of a chocolate Easter egg – one egg to enjoy themselves and another to spread the chocolate love. From March 16 to April 2, 2022, everyone is encouraged to submit their egg design. Download the colouring sheet or pick one up in store at 11 Mississaga St E, Orillia. Submissions can be returned to the store or emailed to The DWN retail store is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. This contest is open...

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the bar that started it all

One day I decided that I wanted to open a chocolate company. Actually the idea percolated for about five years. I had almost eight years of chocolate making and chocolatiering under my belt and I felt that it was time to venture out with my own creations.  The first goal was to develop six items to make up the launch menu. In 2019, I took two professional development classes to level up my skills. On the first day of Mackenzie Rivers' class on craft chocolate the students had to choose three types of chocolate to make. It was decided that we would make a dairy-free ginger chocolate, a hazelnut milk chocolate and a sesame white chocolate. That sesame white chocolate recipe became the jumping off...

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Charcuterie platters are all the rage right now; not only are they available from local restaurants but there are tons of people on social media marketplaces offering to create one for your next event. These platters are great for snacking and typically consist of a variety of cheeses, fruit and cured meats.The first chocolate dessert charcuterie platter using DWN chocolate was made by my friend Theodora who was (finally!) having friends over in the summer. Her platter consisted of two-types of chocolate-covered almonds, some chocolate-covered hazelnuts, a sesame chocolate chip bar, a caramelized hazelnut bar, a rhubar and an Earl Grey lavender bar. It was a hit with her guests!As you start making holiday plans with friends and family, consider making your own chocolate dessert platter. Your platter should be a...

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