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Want more LOVE? Cruise with Princess!

Posted by Norman On July 31st

Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio NougatineThis week, Princess Cruises announced our delectable new partnership, the official debut of Chocolate Journeys, the cruise line’s new onboard chocolate experience, which will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings include custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by Norman Love Confections!

Chocolate Journeys will debut this fall aboard the new Regal Princess for her inaugural Caribbean season, and will continue to roll out to the rest of the Princess fleet throughout the next year.

“Around the world there’s incredible passion for chocolate, as evidenced by ever-growing consumption and the plethora of specialty varieties,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “So we’re excited to partner with one of the best chocolatiers in the world to bring some additional moments of decadence and delight to our guests with truly amazing chocolate experiences that we know they’ll love!”

Swartz added that she believes the partnership with Norman Love was meant to be, because of the line’s close association with the iconic TV show “The Love Boat” and Princess’ reputation for romance. “Based on his name alone this is a perfect match,” she said.

In a recent national survey conducted by the cruise line about people’s passion for chocolate, Princess found that 58 percent of women would choose chocolate over sex; 69 percent surveyed have frequent chocolate cravings; 53 percent surveyed would turn to chocolate over a friend when feeling sad; two thirds surveyed (67 percent) eat chocolate more often when they’re happy than when they’re stressed; 81 percent agree that chocolate improves their mood; and 84 percent would like to receive chocolate as a gift.

“One thing is for certain, chocolate makes people happy,” said Chef Norman Love. “So what I create and what Princess Cruises offers its guests are quite similar – what could make people smile more than savoring decadent chocolate creations while enjoying their cruise vacation? I think we have a winning combination.”

Love has personally trained Princess Cruises’ pastry team to deliver this unprecedented chocolate experience across the company’s fleet of ships.

Chocolate Journeys will offer Princess guests the following sweet experiences:

Decadent Desserts – Norman Love has produced 15 chocolate dessert designs for Princess Cruises that will be offered on a rotational basis in the ships’ main dining rooms, specialty restaurants (Sabatini’s and Crown Grill) and Chef’s Table experience. Examples of the desserts include a Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Mousse and Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio Nougatine, and a truly unique Chocolate Tiramisu with Mascarpone Cream and Espresso Gelato that shouldn’t be missed. (Complimentary in main dining rooms. Specialty restaurants carry a cover charge.)

Chocolate & Wine Pairings – In Vines, Princess’ signature wine bar, wine and chocolate enthusiasts alike can sample Norman Love’s exquisite Black™ Single Origin Dark chocolates paired with specific wine varietals designed to enhance the tasting experience, all selected by Love. (Extra charge)

Captain’s Welcome Reception Treats – Guests will be able to toast the start of their cruise with a glass of bubbly along with “Chocolate Love Pop” truffles created by Love, at the signature welcome reception hosted by the Captain. (Complimentary)

Chocolate Libations – Throughout the ships’ lounges and bars, guests can splurge on a number of decadent chocolate drinks including a Chocolate Salted Caramel Hard Shake, Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Bliss or a Chocolate Chile Margarita. (Extra charge)

Chocolate Dessert DemonstrationsPrincess pastry chefs will treat guests to entertaining and informative demonstrations so they can learn some simple tips for creating tasty chocolate treats back home for their family and friends back home. (Complimentary)

Chocolate Petits Fours at Formal Night – Chocolate bites designed by Love will accompany the dessert menu presented to guests following the formal night dinner, for guests to enjoy as they peruse the evening’s sweet endings.

Norman Love Renowned Boxed Chocolates Available for Purchase – Passengers wishing to bring some of Norman Love’s exquisite chocolate confections home to family or friends (or to enjoy themselves during the cruise) will be able to purchase these extraordinary creations in the onboard shops.

Chocolate Spa Treatments – Because chocolate is not only for eating, the ship’s Lotus Spa will offer guests the opportunity to relax with the aroma of pure bliss by offering a Chocolate Indulgence Body Treatment combining a chocolate renewal scrub, whipped chocolate body mask and chocolate massage oil. (Extra charge)

Additional information about Princess’ new Chocolate Journeys experience can be found at www.chocolatejourneys.com.




Norman Love Confections gift boxes were showcased among other items in the gift bags given to top celebrities participating in the 84th Annual Academy Awards! Here’s the list of celebrities who got some LOVE:

1. Morgan Freeman
2. Al Roker
3. Octavia Spencer (winner)
4. Ann Curry
5. Janet McTeer (nominee Albert Nobbs)
6. Glenn Close (nominee Albert Nobbs)
7. Tina Fey (presenter)
8. Meredith Vieira (press)
9. Viola Davis (nominee The Help)
10. Berenice Bejo (nominee The Artist)
11. Michel Hazanavicius (winner The Artist)
12. Ryan Seacrest
13. Martin Scorsese (nominee Hugo)
14. Thomas Horn (actor Extremely Loud Incredibly Close)
15. Thomas Langmann (producer The Artist)
16. Stephen Daldry (Director Producer Extremely Loud Incredibly Close)
17. Leslee Dart PR for Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep)
18. Ben Kingsley (actor Hugo)
19. Jessica Lange (actress)
20. Brad Bird (director)
21. Jean Dujardin (winner The Artist)
22. Michelle Williams (nominee)
23. Steve Buscemi (actor)
24. Graham King (Hugo)
25. Anne Seiber (Midnight in Paris)
26. Meryl Poster (casting)
27. English Actor staying under alias
28. Twin Cities Live Giveaway
29. Charity
30. GM Four Seasons

Norman Love Confections gift boxes were showcased among other items in the gift bags given to top celebrities participating in the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards! Here’s the list of celebrities who got some LOVE:

  • Elizabeth Moss, actress nominee “Mad Men”
  • Tina Fey, actress nominee “30 Rock”
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan- Winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Colin Firth, King’s Speech- Winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire- Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Helena Bonaham Carter
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Hope Davis, actress nominee “The Special Relationship”
  • Sarah Wayne Callies, actress nominee “Walking Dead”
  • Kelly MacDonald, actress nominee “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Andrew Lincoln, actor nominee “Walking Dead”
  • Laurie Holden, actress nominee “Walking Dead”
  • Olivia Williams
  • Ricky Gervais, Golden Globe Host
  •  Ethan Coen
  • Joel Coen
  • Al Roker
  • Timothy VanPatten, Director of Boardwalk Empire- Winner of Best Television Series
  • Scott Silver, Writer- The Fighter
  • Scott Frankin, Producer- Black Swan
  • Darla Anderson, Producer of Toy Story 3- Winner of Best Animated Feature Film

Top U.S. Pastry Chef Joins Norman Love Confections!

Posted by Norman On November 3rd

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Nathaniel Reid has joined Norman Love Confections. A rising star in the pastry world, Nathaniel was recently selected as U.S. Pastry Competition Pastry Chef of the Year 2010 in New York City! 

This award-winning chef specializes in contemporary, modern bakery creations with a European flair. He will oversee the production of specialty cakes, desserts and bakery items at the Norman Love Confections Chocolate Salon in Fort Myers, and consult with Chef Norman Love on the chocolatier’s new Naples location. For more information about Nathaniel, visit http://bit.ly/dChJPJ.

Now here’s a fun and interesting use of our Gourmet Chocolate!

Maura, our Production Manager, worked with Jennifer Hicks (and her staff) of the North Carolina Museum of Art to create a gourmet chocolate version of the Kirchner’s Panama Dancers painting!

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We want to send out a very big “Thank You” to everyone who helped us raise $5,000…

…for the Boston Red Sox Foundation’s Heart Walk Team with the American Heart Association by purchasing our Valentine’s BLACK Heart collections for Valentine’s Day this year!

On Monday (April 29th), Mary & I will be presenting the check to the Boston Red Sox Foundation at 6:30pm (before the 7pm Red Sox game) at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers.

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The Oscar Gift Bags – Celebrity List!

Posted by Norman On March 10th

As you may have read in our last blog post…

Our Gourmet Chocolates were in the Oscar Gift Bags.

We were exclusively invited by Hollywood Baskets to be part of their first annual SWAG gift bag, and we provided our 15 Piece Signature Gourmet Chocolate boxes for the occasion.

Just recently, we were sent a list of the actual celebrities who received the Gift Bags and thought you might like to see it too!

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Our Gourmet Chocolates in the Oscar Gift Bags

Posted by Norman On March 7th

We just received this…

…showing our Signature Box of Gourmet Chocolates in the 1st Annual Academy Awards Gift Bag!

This gift bag is presented to nominees and presenters who stay at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

You can learn more about Hollywood Baskets on their web site at: www.HollywoodBaskets.com.

You can also learn more about our Signature Box of Chocolates on our Web Site.


Our Valentine’s Day Chocolate Creations

Posted by Norman On January 31st

Available in our Salon, starting tomorrow (through the 14th), you can delight someone with our special limited edition Valentine’s Day Chocolate Creations…

Even the most sophisticated connoisseurs are impressed with the beauty and flavor of these gourmet artisan chocolates, which are handcrafted from the finest ingredients fresh daily.

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Chocolate Valentine’s Day Gifts – Our Video!

Posted by Norman On January 27th

You might have seen our Valentine’s commercial on TV…

…however, if you haven’t, here it is for your viewing pleasure!

If you’re looking for the perfect Chocolate Valentine’s Day Gifts, be sure to check all of our options online, and in our Salon.

Keep in mind, our selections won’t be available until Monday (February 1st), however, you can pre-order now on our web site, and we’ll be sure to ship them in time for Valentine’s Day.