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Gourmet Chocolate Love

Artistry in gourmet chocolate delicacies for fine chocolate lovers, corporate gifts, wedding flavors, clubs.

Easter class was Eggtacular!

Posted by Norman On April 15th

Norman Love Confections’ recent Easter class attendees created an Easter egg sculpture; casted, assembled and hand painted a dark chocolate egg; and created Swiss truffles to hide within it. The completed eggs were artfully packaged for personal enjoyment or gifting. Through September, the NLC chocolatiers and pastry chefs will share techniques used to create the chocolate indulgences that are ranked No. 1 in the nation. The award-winning team will lead participants in the step-by-step process of making exquisitely beautiful chocolates and desserts. Love has planned an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9 p.m. in the Fort Myers Chocolate Salon or Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. The cost is $95 per person, per class. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For upcoming class schedule or to make reservations, call Lisa at 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

Celebrate Easter with a gourmet twist

Posted by Norman On April 11th

pr IMG 7855 rt 300x200 Celebrate Easter with a gourmet twistEveryone has a favorite Easter candy, from chocolate bunnies to jelly beans and marshmallow treats. For kids, the focus is often on getting the most candy in their Easter basket, but for the sophisticated palate sweet nostalgia comes with carefully selected high quality items.

Norman Love Confections offers your favorite Easter candies with a gourmet twist. All of our gourmet chocolate Easter items are made with the finest white, milk and dark chocolates available. In fact, all of our ingredients are carefully selected for freshness and quality throughout the year.

From the 10 gourmet Chocolate Easter Eggs in our 2014 Easter Collection to our amazingly creamy and decadent Chocolate Bunnies, Chocolate-covered Marshmallow Bunnies and Chocolate-covered Jelly Beans, there’s no denying the quality of our selection.

Explore all the Easter gifts and indulgences available now at www.NormanLoveConfections.com/store/Easter-Collection, and don’t forget to check out our recently expanded offering of Chocolate Specialties, which make excellent additions to any Easter basket.

Remember, many of these selections are available through Easter only, so don’t hesitate to try them now!

No Fooling! 15% Off Easter Pre-Orders Today

Posted by Norman On April 1st

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It’s April 1, but we are as sincere as can be with this offer! We know you’re no “fool” and will hop at this chance to order Easter treats and gifts today!

Our entire 2014 Easter Collection – including 10 delicious new gourmet chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies, our popular Easter Pail and MORE – is available for pre-order now at http://www.normanloveconfections.com/store/Easter-Collection/. Just place your order and choose a delivery date during check-out!

Here are the need-to-know details about our Easter Pre-Order Sale… Save 15%! Discount applies to online orders of Easter Collection products only. Orders must be placed on April 1, 2014 between 12:01 a.m. EDT and 11:59 p.m. EDT. Discount does not apply to shipping fees, phone orders or purchases made at the Chocolate Salons or at Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.

Norman Love has announced the 2014 class schedule for chocolate making classes at Norman Love Confections.

Through September, the master chocolatier will share some of the techniques he uses to create the chocolate indulgences that are ranked No. 1 in the nation. Love, along with his award-winning team of artisan pastry chefs, will lead participants in the step-by-step process of making exquisitely beautiful chocolates and desserts.

Love has planned an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9:30 p.m.

  • Truffles: Master the 100-year-old art from the dark chocolate hand-formed truffle to the modern Swiss shell-filled t
    ruffle; students will take home the truffles they create. Dates: May 28 and Sept. 17
  • Molded Candies: Learn how to make NLC’s famous jewel-like treasures from hand coloring to casting liquid chocolate and mixing the custom ganaches to fill the candies; then take home the treasures when done. Dates: May 14, July 9, Aug. 8 and 27
  • Cookies: Become an NLC baker for the night; learn and create rich butter French Diamant, jam-filled Linzer cookies and warm baked chocolate chip cookies while learning secrets and techniques to make friends and family jealous. Dates: June 11 and Aug. 20
  • Cupcakes: Learn how to construct custom cupcakes starting with the rich chocolate batter and toppings of fluffy butter-cream; sample vanilla-laden steps along the way and take home all your creations. Date: June 25 and Sept. 3
  • Elegant Home Desserts: Learn the art of making elegant and delicious desserts that you can confidently make in a home kitchen from the popular liquid center chocolate cake to the classic and simplified soufflé. Date: July 23
  • Chocolate and Wine Tasting: An elegant evening of chocolate and wine pairings hosted by Norman Love who will describe the unique qualities of each of the featured chocolates as well as the history of chocolate making and the processes used to create his famous confections; also learn about the art of selecting wines to enjoy with various kinds of chocolates and taste these pairings in raw and finished forms. Date: Sept. 24

“Our classes are perfect for those who define chocolate as one of the four basic food groups,” said Love. “Not only will attendees have the opportunity to see and be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, they will also be able to take home the chocolates they made themselves.”

The cost is $95 per person, per class. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. Due to health and safety regulations, closed toe shoes, minimal jewelry and sleeved shirts are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Lisa at 239-561-7215 or visit: http://www.normanloveconfections.com/classes/

This year’’s Valentine’’s Day Collection will make your Valentine’’s heart sing! Now available for pre-order, we’’ll begin shipping special Valentine’’s Day gifts on Feb. 3. Do your Valentine’’s Day shopping online now or in the Chocolate Salons beginning Feb. 3. If you’’re in Southwest Florida for Valentine’’s Day, the Chocolate Salons and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love make wonderful destinations for a sweet Valentine’’s Day date!

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The 2014 Valentine’’s Day Collection includes eight gorgeous heart-shaped confections in the following special flavors, each inspired by and named for a few of our favorite love songs!

  • Wicked Game – Devil’’s food cake; devilishly decadent milk and dark chocolate are blended with European butter and heavy cream within a dark chocolate shell
  • Only You – Vanilla bean; pure and perfect Swiss white chocolate is swirled into vanilla bean cream and butter, contrasting beautifully with a bittersweet shell
  • Sweet Love – – Chocolate fudge; sweet dark chocolate and sugars are spun into a silky fudge filling and dipped in dark chocolate
  • Sugar Sugar – – Sugar cookie; heartwarming fresh baked sugar cookies are mixed with almond ganache in white chocolate
  • Cherish You – – Cherry almond; a cherished combination of tart cherry and toasted almond ganache wrapped in a thin layer of Swiss white chocolate
  • Heart of Gold – Orange caramel; sweet golden caramel, deglazed with fresh squeezed orange juice and vanilla, covered in milk chocolate
  • Fever – Cinnamon “red hot;” feverishly delicious cinnamon-laden Swiss milk chocolate ganache truffle
    Wild Thing – peanut butter marshmallow; the combination will drive you wild with layers of sweet white chocolate marshmallow and creamy milk chocolate peanut butter

From now until Feb. 14, these eight special flavors are included with the assortment of 36 Signature flavors in our Signature gift boxes and a special heart-shaped 25-piece gift box. We also have a special 10-piece heart-shaped gift box filled with all eight chocolate hearts from the love song-inspired Valentine’’s Day Collection.

Each year for Valentine’’s Day, Norman Love Confections BLACK™™ is available in stunning heart shapes. This ultra-premium single-origin collection is ideal for dark chocolate connoisseurs.

Other year-round products make wonderful Valentine’’s Day gifts. Explore options like Gift Baskets, Chocolate Specialties, S’’more Love, NomanLove Potion™, Love Origins® , Chocolate Clubs and more at www.NormanLoveConfections.com now.

This Valentine’s Day Norman Love Confections offers many ways to express your love during the most romantic holiday of the year. Gifts from the award-winning chocolatier will capture the heart of your loved one.

Love Origins 300x191 More than one way to express your love this Valentine’s DayLove Origins is an exclusive line of premium eating chocolate – six chocolates chosen for their unique flavor qualities as well as the amazing stories of discovery, post harvesting methods and preservation unique to each. Each $26 box contains six sleeves of high cocoa mass dark chocolate wafers including Bolivian, which is made with organic beans from sustainable farms in Bolivia; Tainori, La Red and Hacienda Elvesia, made with sustainable beans of The Dominican Republic; and Alto el Sol and Fortunato No. 4, made with sustainable beans from Peru.

The organic cacao beans in Love Origins chocolates are farmed using sound humanitarian and environmental business practices. Purchasing Love Origins helps NLC to reward and support chocolate companies that invest in improving social and economic conditions for those who farm and harvest the cacao. Also, Norman Love Confections is investing a portion of the proceeds from Love Origins in the Rice Stove Project, an initiative to improve the lives of cacao farm workers and families.

Love Potion 300x200 More than one way to express your love this Valentine’s DayNorman Love Potion is 14 ounces of rich dark sipping chocolate, a rich bittersweet chocolate made with pure cane sugar and vanilla beans that will satisfy all dark chocolate lovers. Prepare the sipping chocolate hot or cold and customize each cup by adding one of the six Norman Love Potion flavored sugars. Flavor selection packages are available for $29.50 and include:

  • Unlimited Possibility, one tube each of Dragon’s Fire, Pure Darkness, Liquid Gold, Tropical Oasis and Winter’s Chill
  • Dragon’s Fire, five test tubes of sugar infused with jalapeno and cayenne peppers and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla
  • Pure Darkness, a pure devotion to dark chocolate with five tubes of extra dark cocoa infused sugar
  • Holiday Spirit, perfect any time of the year with five tubes of fresh grated spices and pure cane sugar
  • Liquid Gold, satisfyingly sweet and salty with five tubes of golden caramel and sea salt ground to fine sugar
  • Tropical Oasis, experience the islands with five tubes of sweetened creamy coconut powder
  • Winter’s Chill, stir up a wintery feel anytime with five tubes of sweet peppermint candy cane sugar

NLC Valentines Day 2014 300x200 More than one way to express your love this Valentine’s DayThe Valentine’s Day 2014 flavors include:

  • Wicked Game – devil’s food cake; devilishly decadent milk and dark chocolate are blended with European butter and heavy cream within a dark chocolate shell
  • Only You – vanilla bean; pure and perfect Swiss white chocolate is swirled into vanilla bean cream and butter, contrasting beautifully with a bittersweet shell
  • Sweet Love – chocolate fudge; sweet dark chocolate and sugars are spun into a silky fudge filling and dipped in dark chocolate
  • Sugar Sugar – sugar cookie; heartwarming fresh baked sugar cookies are mixed with almond ganache in white chocolate
  • Cherish You – cherry almond; a cherished combination of tart cherry and toasted almond ganache wrapped in a thin layer of Swiss white chocolate
  • Heart of Gold – orange caramel; sweet golden caramel, deglazed with fresh squeezed orange juice and vanilla, covered in milk chocolate
  • Fever – cinnamon “red hot;” feverishly delicious cinnamon-laden Swiss milk chocolate ganache truffle
  • Wild Thing – peanut butter marshmallow; the combination will drive you wild with layers of sweet white chocolate marshmallow and creamy milk chocolate peanut butter

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Each individual creation is handmade with the finest ingredients, no preservatives, using only the best quality of chocolates, butter, spices, nuts, purees and flavors.

The custom-designed heart-shaped Valentine’s gift boxes, filled with 10 heart-shaped pieces is $25 and a 24-piece assortment with heart-shaped and signature chocolates is $50. NLC’s famous green gift boxes feature the eight 2014 Valentine’s flavors along with an assortment of NLC’s 36 signature flavors with a five-piece box for $13.25; 10-piece box for $23; 15-piece box for $33; 25-piece box for $48.50; and a 50-piece box for $95.

The 2014 Valentine’s Day Collection is available for pre-order on Jan. 27, 2014 with shipping starting on Feb. 3, 2014. The collection is available on www.NormanLoveConfections.com through Feb. 14, 2014 and at the Fort Myers and Naples Chocolate Salons in Southwest Florida.

Our Top 13 Stocking Stuffers For 2013

Posted by Norman On December 6th

So often, in the rush to complete a long holiday shopping list, stocking stuffers become an afterthought with people impulsively adding whatever little things they can get on the fly.

Remember good things come in small packages –- really good things! –- especially at Norman Love Confections. The Christmas stocking could very well be one of the main highlights on Christmas morning if you make it one. It just takes a quick visit to www.NormanLoveConfections.com, where we recently added a whole bunch of new Chocolate Specialties to our website. Once reserved for the Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers and Naples, Fla. only, these delicious treats are now available online for the first time ever and can be shipped right to you! Check out what’s new, as well as the popular items we make every year.

Here are 13 of our favorite stocking-sized treats to try this holiday season:

1. 5-pc Holiday Chocolate Gift Box - Five confections from our special holiday collection packaged in a beautiful green gift box with a holiday ribbon.

2. 5-pc Norman Love Confections BLACK™ Gift Box – Five single-origin dark chocolate confections packaged in a stunning black box.

3. Candy Cane Chocolate Gift Box -– Get all 10 special holiday collection flavors in an adorable candy cane-shaped gift box that will peak out of stockings on Christmas mornings.

4. Chocolate Barks -– In addition to our famous Peppermint Chocolate Christmas Bark, we have four flavors in white, milk and dark chocolate varieties, and three sugar-free barks.

5. Chocolate Bars -– Our chocolate bar offering has grown considerably! We now have nine different solid and gourmet chocolate bars, and three sugar-free options.

6. Nougat Bars -– These bars are in a category all their own. Check out our three delectable nougat bars.

7. Chocolate- Covered Specialties -– We’ve always had chocolate-covered nuts, and now we have a bigger variety of nuts, and chocolate-covered jelly beans, espresso beans and orange sticks.

8. Chocolate Shells -– Perfect for the beach lover, this gift features an assortment of colorful white, milk and dark chocolate solid seashell-shaped chocolates.

9. Chocolate Golf Balls –- This gift suits golfers to a tee, and it’s just the right size to fit in their stocking and their golf bag.

10. Caramel Popcorn - We’ve folded fresh popped corn into golden caramel, adding a touch of sea salt, for the ultimate sweet, crunchy treat!

11. Chocolate Pops These fine gourmet chocolate treats have been the talk of our hometown for years, and now they are available for the first time online. Find out why locals can’t get enough of these!

12. Norman Love Confections BLACK™ Chocolate Bar -– Dark chocolate lovers will enjoy these uniquely packaged square chocolate bars from five different points of origin.

13. Sugar-Free Chocolate –- We have a variety of delicious sugar-free chocolate bars and barks that everyone agrees taste just as delicious as our other gourmet bars and barks.

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10% Off Saturday at the Chocolate Salons and Artisan Gelato

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, we want to thank customers for supporting small businesses like us during the holiday shopping season by offering a 10% discount on all products purchased in the Norman Love Confections Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers and Naples, and at Artisan Gelato by Norman Love in Fort Myers. The Small Business Saturday 10% discount is valid in-stores only Nov. 30, 2013 with one discount per person. Discount does not apply to online orders, shipping fees, pre-orders or orders previously or currently placed. Offer not valid on cake and dessert orders placed for a later date. If shipping items, discount does not apply to shipping and limit of shipping to five addresses. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount or loyalty cards. Please note: To allow our employees to share the holiday with their families, both Norman Love Confections locations and Artisan Gelato will be closed on Thanksgiving and Friday, Nov. 29.

Cyber Monday Savings on Shipping

We are extending a special offer on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, the single largest online shopping day of the year – a flat $10 rate on second-day or ground shipping within Florida on online orders of $50 or more. The offer is not valid on overnight shipping or previously placed orders. To get the discount order, choose a shipping date of Dec. 20 or earlier. Avoid the crowds and enjoy shipping discounts by shopping at www.NormanLoveConfections.com on Dec. 2!

We have holiday gifts for everyone and take pride in the quality and convenience we offer this time of year. Give the gift of Love this year!

Would you Love to receive sweet savings such as these from Norman Love Confections on your mobile phone? Sign up for our mobile club by texting the word NormanLove to the number 44544 or complete the form online to receive periodic text messages about exclusive coupons and special offers!

Introducing Two New Ways to LOVE Chocolate!

Posted by Norman On November 5th

This week, Norman Love Confections launched two new artisan chocolate creations – Love Potion and Love Origins!

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Love Potion

Love Potion is a new way to enjoy Norman Love Confections’ already popular sipping chocolate. Each package of Love Potion comes with a 14 oz. tin of deliciously satisfying Rich Dark Sipping Chocolate, a rich bittersweet chocolate ma

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de with pure cane sugar and vanilla beans, as well as a distinctive blend of flavored sugars. Six varieties of Love Potion are available: Dragon’s Fire, Pure Darkness, Holiday Spice, Liquid Gold, Tropical Oasis and Winter’s Chill. Love Potion is now available online and in stores for $29.00.

 

Love Origins

An exclusive line of premium eating chocolate, Norman Love Confections’ new Love Origins collection consists of six chocolates chosen for their unique flavor qualities as well as the amazing stories of discovery, post harvesting methods and preservation unique to each. Each box contains six sleeves of high cocoa mass dark chocolate wafers including: Bolivian, which is made with organic beans from sustainable farms in Bolivia; Tainori, La Red and Hacienda Elvesia, made with sustainable beans of The Dominican Republic, and Alto el Sol and Fortunato No. 4, made with sustainable beans from Peru.

The organic cacao beans in Love Origins chocolates are farmed using sound humanitarian and environmental business practices. By purchasing these chocolates, consumers help support chocolate companies that invest in improving social and economic conditions for those who farm and harvest the cacao. Also, Norman Love Confections is investing a portion of the proceeds from Love Origins in the Rice Stove Project, an initiative to improve the lives of cacao farm workers and families. Love Origins is now available online and in stores for $26.00.

 

Visit www.NormanLoveConfections.com or call 866-515-2121 for more information about Love Potion and Love Origins, as well as the other artisan chocolate creations of Norman Love Confections.

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With the launch of its Love Origins line of premium eating chocolates, Norman Love Confections is working to help improve the lives of cocoa farmers while also supporting sustainable agriculture.

“Just as we work to help improve lives in our own community, we want to help improve living conditions for those who work to provide such wonderful ingredients and yet lack basic necessities and live with serious health hazards,” said Norman Love. “Supporting Love Origins is about supporting socially and environmentally responsible cacao farms and bettering the lives of the people who live and work there; it is about rewarding companies that exceed the current standards of fair trade regulations and pay farmers up to

40 percent more than above fair trade prices; it’s about the benefits of organic products and investing in the future of cocoa by supporting those who use sustainable practices and promote sustainable research.”

The line uses six chocolates chosen for their unique flavor qualities and sound humanitarian and environmental business practices. Purchasing these chocolates allows NLC to reward chocolate manufacturers that invest in improving the social and economic conditions of those who farm and harvest the cacao.

Norman Love Confections is donating a portion of the Love Origins proceeds to the Rice Stove Project, a program whose mission is to build specially designed rice stoves for those who live in the cacao-rich Marañón Canyon of Peru. A few thousand people live in this remote region where residents have few creature comforts, but the fertile soil allows wild coffee, cacao and tropical fruits to grow in abundance.

Today, 5,000 farm families live in the canyon, which can only be reached by barge or long boats that cross the river. There are some foot paths, and a small number of cars and motorbikes traverse the canyon. Schools and public services exist, but life remains hard here. While farmers grow many crops and those who grow cacao are proud of the Pure Nacional that Peru considers a national treasure, another crop grows there that threatens the residents’ existence: rice.

Brought to the canyon years ago through a government subsidy, farmers now struggle to make a profit on this non-native crop, which leaves behind stacks of rice hulls up to 40 feet high. The hulls naturally contain silica, which can damage lungs. When the temperatures rise, the mounds spontaneously combust and smolder for weeks, sending silica-laden smoke throughout the area, endangering the health of the residents.

Simple rice stoves, designed by a Canadian nonprofit organization, can burn the husks safely. The free and readily available husks burn hotter and faster than wood which is expensive and rare in the canyon and creates more smoke and slower cooking times. Reducing the dependency on wood also helps with the prevention of rainforest deforestation.

A stove costs $60 to make. Dan Pearson, co-founder and president of Marañón Chocolate, and his business partner, Brian Horsley, are working with the nonprofit organization, Discover Hope, to purchase and build rice stoves for the farmers. They have raised enough money so far to build 200 stoves using materials sent from European-based donations. The goal is to eventually supply all 5,000 MarañónCanyon families with a stove.

Pearson explains what has motivated him to take on this project.

“Peruvians are wonderful people,” he said. “To have the chance to work and give back to them is the right thing to do. We must protect the farms and farmers. It’s a natural treasure.”

In order to speed the progress of the Rice Stove Project, Norman and Mary Love have made a financial contribution that will provide funds to build stoves now. When the harvest season begins in November, farmers do not have the time to construct the stoves. Proceeds from Love’s Origins line will provide funding for stoves for next year and beyond.

Maura Metheny, chef chocolatier and head of design and innovation for Norman Love spearheaded the project.

“Supporting this product is about bettering the lives of the workers and conditions of the plantations that make our business possible,” she added.

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*Alto el Sol 65 percent, from Peru is sourced from eight small family owned plantations in the San Martin region, Peru’s richest biological area. Long-term contracts for an entire harvest ensure an income for farmers and encourage sustainable harvesting practices. Farmers work with a United Nations-funded co-op created to increase the farmers’ quality of life and protect their livelihood. The beans are shipped to the upper Normandy region of France and manufactured with organic sugar, vanilla, and 100 percent traceable and fair trade beans at Cacao Barry facilities in Meulan, France.

*Hacienda Elvesia 74 percent from the Dominican Republic features certified organic and Rainforest Alliance certified beans. Swiss immigrants cultivated this cacao more than 200 years ago and the same family runs the plantation today. Using rare and highly prized Criollo and Trinitario beans, which are carefully hand sorted, the family has focused on developing a sustainable system of farming in harmony with nature, resulting in unparalleled quality beans, which are shipped to Felchlin in Switzerland for manufacturing with 100 percent organic ingredients.. The company also provides housing for the families of workers, many of whom were displaced by natural disasters in Haiti.

*La Red 70 percent, from the Dominican Republic, is manufactured by Fruition Chocolate in the Catskill Mountains, N.Y. Made from USDA certified organic beans from the La Red co-op, which is made up of 300-plus small cacao farmers who share a centralized processing center for fermentation and drying. Profits from sales to U.S. premium chocolate makers have allowed the co-op to invest in additional solar drying capabilities, an enlarged storage warehouse, a cacao nursery full of seedlings and a five-tier fermentation facility. Farmers are paid 30 percent more than Fair Trade prices, enabling them to better their lives.

*Tainori 64 percent, from the Dominican Republic, is named for the people on the island when Columbus arrived. It’s made from Trinitario beans. The plantation, owned by a local family, is a living laboratory for research and exploration in sustainable farming by converting plantations into botanical gardens that re-establish the balance between flora and local ecosystems. Studies are underway to strengthen trees for continued production and projects to improve life for farms and their residents. Long-term contacts with local workers ensure continued quality of life for farmers. The chocolate is manufactured by Valrhona in France, which supports local communities, including co-funding a school that opened in January 2013.

*Fortunato No. 4 68 percent from Peru has been DNA-certified as the original cacao. Marañon Chocolate partner Brian Horsley lives and works in the canyon with the farms to harvest, ferment and dry the beans and oversees the exportation from Lima. The chocolate is manufactured by Swiss-based Felchlin. The Marañon company is heavily involved with helping to improve the lives of families locally and cacao initiatives through the Rice Stove project as well as initiatives to preserve the future of cocoa worldwide. Local farmers in the canyon are paid 100 percent cash for wet beans. Horsley works with farmers on sustainable ways to trim trees, increasing yield and preventing insect damage.

*Bolivian 87 percent comes from a small co-op in Bolivia’s Alto Beni province. Farmers use sustainable farming methods to cultivate wild Bolivian Nacional cacao and hybrid seedlings and plant new acreage to ensure future production. Taza Chocolate in Boston purchases the beans for $500 per metric ton more than the Fair Trade customary price and publishes an annual report for growers of volume purchased and prices paid. Taza stone grinds the beans using hand-carved granite millstones, in the Mexican tradition, to create a bolder texture and flavor. The chocolate is manufactured with 100 percent organic sugar and Costa Rican vanilla.

The Origins chocolates feature 10, 3.5-gram squares per sleeve, with six sleeves per set, one of each variety. Love Origins is available online at www.NormanLoveConfections.com/store/Love-Origins