Today I'm taking part in the What's your Chocolate? Blogfest hosted by M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight.
The task - post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.
Well my favorite chocolate is from Newfoundland Chocolate Company of course! Each piece melts in your mouth, and offer a unique taste of the island with local partridge berries, blueberries, and my favorite - bakeapple!
I had a chance to talk with Brent, the head chocolate officer and ask him a few questions:
How did the Newfoundland Chocolate Company come about?
Company started out of a passion for great chocolate - pure chocolate without additives and chocolate made from quality, single sourced cocoa beans. I was an eater of chocolate then, not a maker, but frustrated at the lack of options available in Newfoundland for great chocolate and further frustrated that the really good ones were being made half a world away. So I started to make chocolate, as a hobby and that was ten years ago. I trained as a chocolatier and turned the passion into a business about 4 years ago.
Where do you get your inspiration?
We're inspired by fine chocolate, by Newfoundland natural flavorings such as the bakeapple you are so fond of and by pure chocolate that makes your close your eyes and say "oh my!"
Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
In ten years? We want to bring Newfoundland Chocolate to the world and show that Newfoundland is known for many incredible things - our unrivalled natural beauty, our rich colourful history and culture, our wonderful music, our fabulous people... and our incredible, world class chocolate.
Since I love my island, and I love Newfoundland Chocolate... I'm gonna give away a box of Newfoundland Chocolate Company chocolates!!! To enter, you must be a follower of my blog, and leave a comment below, for an extra entry please tweet about the giveaway (and leave me the link). Winner will be randomly chosen Sept 30th. :)
I've never heard of Newfoundland Chocolates, but I'm all for supporting local businesses! Buying local keeps our economies alive - we have some great chocolatiers on Cape Cod as well (although that's not what I posted about...) Great idea and count me in for your giveaway ;-) Off to tweet it now!ReplyDelete
you find some great things when you shop localDelete
Chocolate and berries? Almost a healthy combination. Don't worry about entering me. I bet you'll have a slew of rabid chocolate fans hoping to win that box.ReplyDelete
they're more sinfully delicious than healthy :)Delete
Aaahhhhhh-Chocolate. Need I say more? However, I will share a short story to show how long I've loved chocolate.ReplyDelete
My mom had a small general store when we were growing up. She tells about when I went missing at about three years of age. They were all in a panic searching for me and I was found sitting under the main counter, eating a chocolate bar. I guess my love for chocolate started when I was real young-ha ha
does she remember what kind of bar it was?Delete
I'll bet they're good. We have a mom and pop chocolate shop here in Guelph too.ReplyDelete
they are yummy! I've been to guelph, but didn't buy any chocolate - next time :)Delete
If you come back to Guelph you have to come see me....I'll take you to the chocolate shop.Delete
That box looks gorgeous! The blueberry ones sound like they'd be my instant favourite :-)ReplyDelete
bakeapple is my fav, blueberry a very close 2ndDelete
My favorite is homemade fudgeReplyDelete
I consider fudge more a cookie, and it is one of my fav cookies :)Delete
How inspiring that he turned his hobby into a business! Those chocolates look beautiful.ReplyDelete
find what you love and figure out how to make $ doing it right?Delete
Great interview, you are the most creative blog stop yet to do an interview, neat!!ReplyDelete
thank you :)Delete
This chocolate sounds incredible, I love good quality chocolates like this and this stuff definitely sounds like a real winner, thanks for sharing Bay Girl!ReplyDelete
quality chocolate is what its all about - melt in your mouth goodnessDelete
I'm glad you need not travel far for your favorite chocolate.ReplyDelete
PS Oy vey, how could I forget THIS blogfest? Thanks for visiting. I just reposted an 'ole chocolate piece. It doesn't follow the assignment, but it's chocolaty.
I was amazed when I didn't see you on the listDelete
Oh wow. Those look fantastic. Baked apple? I would love to try that and partridge berry. We have marrion berries in Oregon.ReplyDelete
bakeapple aka cloudberries are local to the IslandDelete
I've never tried a marrion berry
Berries in chocolate. Now that's interesting.ReplyDelete
I've never seen this brand on the west coast of Canada - don't they export to other provinces?
My fave choc is Dark.
right now I think they are only available in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and AlbertaDelete
Yes, I will follow for chocolate, or even the chance to win chocolate!ReplyDelete
good luck :pDelete
Great post! An interview and a giveaway! That chocolate sounds delicious.ReplyDelete
it is yummyDelete
Something new for me :) I adore hot chocolate and chocolate muffins :))) maybe I am lucky! Thanks for the opportunityReplyDelete
white hot chocolate is amazing - so hard to have regular hot chocolate nowDelete
Yours is the first interview I've encountered in this blog hop... very original!ReplyDelete
How great that you have such a high-quality local supply!ReplyDelete
it is! and its deliciousDelete
I love you did a little interview. Those chocolates look good!ReplyDelete
thank, they are good :)Delete
I have never heard of these chocolates but everyone at my office absolutely loves to snack on chocolates and try new ones so it would be a delicious win.ReplyDelete
best of luck in my draw :)Delete
I've never heard of Newfoundland chocolates. I'm going to have to check it out. Cool packaging.ReplyDelete
a lot of the pieces are named after Newfoundland communities :)Delete
Never had or heard of Newfoundland chocolate, but I love that they have no additives. They look good.ReplyDelete
they are sooo tasty!Delete
It's cool that your chocolate is connected to your love of your island. Never had that kind of chocolate.ReplyDelete
the packaging and names are connected to the Island, which makes them extra specialDelete
I joined your blog (GFC) and I'd love to win those chocolates!!ReplyDelete
thanks for following along!Delete
I wonder if NFLD Chocolate is available on the internet? YUM!!! Would love to win! :)ReplyDelete
it is if your name is drawn :) lolDelete
I love the enthusiasm of chocolatiers. They're so passionate about their products. Thanks for introducing us to a new brand of chocolate.ReplyDelete
you are more than welcome!Delete
(Not entering) I'd have a hard time picking a favorite chocolate, after all... is there really such thing as bad chocolate? If there is, I haven't found it.ReplyDelete
very true ms ADelete
those local chocolatiers are the best! how cool you interviewed them!ReplyDelete
and northeast? gotta be good! (i was born in plymouth =)
:) love localDelete
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I really enjoyed reading the story of how your local chocolate company got started... a man with a passion!ReplyDelete
and talent! :)Delete
That is a great job title - Head Chocolate Officer. Awesome.ReplyDelete
I'd like to be head chocolate taster :)Delete
Mwelt in the mouth chocolate. MmmmmmReplyDelete
Definitely the most unique post yet I think. I didn't even know NFL had it's own chocolate company. Granted, I grew up in AB and only made it as far as Nova Scotia.ReplyDelete
I might gather up the courage to try some when I have to head out there for a wedding next year. :3
you will love them! and the IslandDelete
There's a question I would have asked him outside the box. Sir, has anyone ever burglarized your establishment and left a chocolate fingerprint behind and subsequently been arrested? LolReplyDelete
next time I email him :)Delete
Hi Baygirl, Brent here, CCO (that's Chief Chocolate Officer) of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. thanks for the lovely writeup and nice comments about our chocolates - my dear, you're sweeter than a partridgeberry truffle! just fyi to your followers, yes we do mail orders and soon our new site will be launched which will feature an on-line store. current website is www.newfoundlandchocolatecompany.comReplyDelete
Thanks Brent! I can't wait for the online store :)Delete
You're doing a great job of bring=ing the Newfoundland Chocolate Company to the world here!ReplyDelete
You've given me yet another reason to visit Newfoundland! Thanks for joining the blogfest. :)ReplyDelete
hopefully you make it to the island :)Delete