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Abusing the term chocolatier


I know we stretch the word chocolatier to include many things, but at-home chocolate party host?
It seems that Mars Candy Co. has developed some kits for chocolate parties, and they have set up an entire system for people to sell Dove chocolates at parties they host — like parties to sell designer purses or Tupperware.
The people who host the parties call themselves chocolatiers. Seems a bit much to me.
I think chocolate parties sound like a great idea — maybe our local chocolatiers could use this idea? Offer party packs of their truly delicious chocolate for fondue, candy making, hot chocolate, cakes, etc.? Sounds like fun to me.

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A writer/designer, Nancy lives in Oakland with Ronnie (AKA cacaopod), her husband of many years & fellow chocolate enthusiast.

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Date posted: February 16, 2010. This entry was posted in News, Recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Abusing the term chocolatier

  1. Kim says:

    The Dove chocolate parties are indeed a lot of fun. I am in S. CA and I can tell you, this new venture has but a few chocolatiers (if that) in the greater SF Bay area….so, it’s a great opportunity.

    As for my label, Chocolatier…I attended the Mars Inc. chocolate school, and have had additional training, including at our recent Dove conference at the Culinary Institute in Napa. Not sure if a PHd is required to use the term, but in any case, we have a lot of fun….everything from serving chocolate martinis…tempering chocolate to make creative treats, and showing off our ready to eat gift items.

    Dove is a leader in fine chocolates…with high standards, no animal fats…and doing a great deal of good in the ecological arena to increase chocolate sustainability and standards.

  2. Thanks, Kevin. We now have a “Contact Us” link at the bottom of every page of the site.

  3. Kevin says:

    We were hoping to talk with you about the upcoming 4th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, but there’s no “Contact Us’ information on your great site. Cheers!