It was during a trip to Costa Rica in 2004, that chef Hallot Parson made a discovery that changed his life. There, in the town of Escazú, he visited a small chocolate shop and the idea of opening a business that produced fine chocolate, from bean to bar, was born.
Back in the U.S., Parson founded Escazú (named for the Costa Rican town) in Beaufort, North Carolina. In 2007, he moved to Raleigh and soon he and business and… read more
Hello everyone and welcome to fall. I know we all thought we’d never make it through the hot summer alive but we did it!! Now it’s time to celebrate with candy, but not just any candy…new candy (oooh aaaahh). There are also some new hot chocolates coming in that are sure to pique your interests as well. Let’s discuss.
The first company on the docket is a great company from Kentucky called Cellar Door Chocolates. Cellar… read more
Since chocolate is one of the world’s most popular products (and we take great pride in our huge selection of sweet treats) we thought we would share a few fun and interesting facts:
The scientific named for the cocoa tree is theobroma cacao. Theobroma is derived from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (food). So…essentially chocolate is the “food of the gods.”
Cocoa trees are native to the tropical regions… read more
We love chocolate as much as anyone and it has always a big part of our store, but during this week we take it up a level! Come learn more about the world’s most celebrated sweet treat, sample, taste and enjoy special offers in the store and restaurant.
Watch Chris Grass, our Chapel Hill, NC, Pastry Chef, demonstrate just how easy it is to make chocolate truffles. Full recipe here.
Chapel Hill, NC
Everyday… read more
Well, hello there! Looks like you survived Valentine’s Day and came back for Mother’s Day. Yay, you! Mother’s Day is swiftly coming up on the horizon and what to do what to do! Kids are really what Mother’s Day is all about in so many different ways, especially when it comes to making them feel included in the choices made for Mom.
In our stores we’re getting so many different kinds of boxed chocolates in for Mom!… read more
Hoppy Easter Everyone! See what I did there? Although it’s not quite here yet, it is just around the corner, and we want you to be prepared. Sometimes, even the Easter Bunny needs a little help. I mean, that bunny has all kinds of stops to make this time of year!
Easter is not just for the tiny tots in your life but it’s also for the grown-ups you love oh so much. Chocolat Moderne was founded in 2003 in New York City by chocolatier… read more
I have always been a “Life is short, eat dessert first” kind of gal. For as long as I can remember, I would jump right to the dessert menu when eating out. At family gatherings, I would salivate over the plentiful and elaborate dessert offerings. Sure, I LOVE food, but it’s the sweet things in life I crave.
I guess my “foodie” start came early in life. As a kid growing up in New Jersey, we… read more
Welcome back! We missed you…where did you go? Oh! Did you have some sort of fabulous vacation over the holidays…because I must have lost my invite, hmm. Anyways, another year has passed and another holiday will soon be upon us. Up next: Valentine’s Day! Now Valentine’s Day evokes all sorts of feelings–good, bad, glorious and ugly–but it also involves the thing that makes it all better CHOCOLATE!
First let’s… read more
Hello fellow sugarholics, my name is Megan (hello Megan)! I know you all have bowls of Halloween candy floating around and have been endlessly eating from them. Now’s not the time for judging, I swear, BUT don’t think you can forget about Thanksgiving. When making a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner instead of hearing birds chirping, seeing deer peacefully grazing outside and having daydreams of Martha Stewart proclaiming… read more
Whew, it’s been a busy summer around here and I’m sure you’re feeling the same way. We opened a new store in Richmond last month and while it was a fun, Icy Hot-endorsing experience it is definitely time to surround myself with my besties again…….the candy. Something that’s fast becoming a trend in today’s candy market is (drum roll please………seriously do it. Much more fun that way)… read more