Romancing the Bar
• In response to the aforementioned study on dark chocolate and others like it, Godiva Chocolatier will be offering a wider range of such items to appeal to the (slightly) more health-conscious consumer, Mikus reported.
• Maple Ridge Farms of Mosinee, Wis. currently is offering wooden collectors’ boxes with logo imprints on the top.
• Blaine, Washington–based Chocolate Chocolate is using a Russian-nesting-dolls approach with a chocolate-filled box made out of chocolate. The whole item then is placed in a nonedible box, so it will—to borrow from another famous chocolatier, M&Ms—“melt in your mouth, not in your hands.”
THE SWEET HEREAFTER
Since chocolate has been evolving in various forms for at least the past 4,000 years, it’s pretty safe to assume its existence will continue to tantalize taste buds for plenty more to come. And there’s no better occasion to look ahead to than the upcoming season of good food, good times and good friends. “Fourth quarter is the best time to be able to take advantage of food-product sales,” said Jovetic. “Sixty-two percent of businesses give food gifts.” With all the mouthwatering options and findings that render the sweet borderline nutritious, there’s never been a better time to enable chocolate addicts everywhere.