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In which I craft with chocolate
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.
...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!
Oh - and you can check out Mom's post, too.