In which I craft with chocolate

14 Feb 2010

Mom and I had a real treat today. We got to visit the new Chocolate Craft Studio in Portland and build some edible V-Day gift boxes. Isn't Mom's cute?

The studio is in this adorably-painted house. Peggy, the proprietress, has been a culinary artist for years, and has hit upon this extremely cool business idea.

At Christmas, Mom and I had a great time building and decorating one of Peggy's chocolate house kits. (See Mom's post about it here - our house turned out so freaking cute!)

...And Peggy develops all kinds of other interesting chocolate-building projects. You can order many of them online, or you can plan an afternoon at the studio with some friends.

She has so many cool decorating goodies to play with!

Peggy does all the production, including tempering, decorating, and cutting the chocolate pieces. Here are some gift box parts, ready to play.

The "glue" you use to hold the pieces together is actually a variety of chocolate, formulated to set up quickly and bond the panels.

And Peggy developed a fantastic "modeling chocolate," which you can see in the photo at the top of this post. It's a hybrid of candy and clay, and it can take all kinds of shapes.

Here's my box - it's white chocolate, with some pretty gold dust brushed over the surface. Man, I had a great time making this!

Peggy will be opening back up for Easter, and she's developing some cool Easter-themed craft kits. You can see more on her website, and I have a bunch more images in a Flickr set, too.

Oh - and you can check out Mom's post, too.

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Okay, I love that gilding on your box! I saw more over at Pam's place, and the photos are great! I like what you did with your hearts! Did you want to make a butterfly? It looks like a butterfly to me, and I love it!


Okay, I love that gilding on your box! I saw more over at Pam's place, and the photos are great! I like what you did with your hearts! Did you want to make a butterfly? It looks like a butterfly to me, and I love it!


I don't know how she keeps up with all she keeps up with. She's a
ninja, my Mom.


Love it! Even the painted house looks good enough to eat. Looked at your Mom's blog too. Now I can see where you get all your craftiness from. She's incredible! I need some of her energy as well!


How did you do this! I dropped you off, came home and took a nap, and YOU already have a post up about our most excellent Valentine Day adventure making boxes together at Peggy's studio!

A huge treat for me just getting to spend Valentine's Day with my daughter - my sweet Valentine since the day you were born.


Aw... :-)


thats a really cool idea, and a yummy one :D both of your boxes look so good and wouldn't have lasted on the trip home lol


Heh! You can just imagine how good all that chocolate smelled!


I love a good mom/daughter valentine moment! My mom's birthday is valentines day and we spent the day making chocolates with my little boys :)


That sounds lovely!


That is AWESOME! What a fun, fabulous activity. I love this!


*offers brib* If you come visit us sometime, we will take you there! :-)


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