4 Tempting Treats for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
If you haven’t had a chance to take part in the fantastic food festivities of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there’s still time to make a difference, all while indulging in some mouthwatering pink-inspired pastries, confections, and teas.
RecipeCorner has rounded up a list of the best delectable delights that not only taste amazing, but also help you do your part to save the ta-tas. Time to improve the world one sweet treat at a time!
Pink Salted Carmel Apples
Price: Three for $15 (100% of purchase donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure)
Why we love it: These candied apples are a delicious and crisp way to help raise funds. Seasonal apples are dipped in homemade mouthwatering caramel and covered with EMC’s signature milk chocolate before being drizzled with pretty pink white chocolate and topped with sea salt.
Amazing Caramel Apples
It's officially fall — we’re wearing our sweaters and boots instead of just talking about them, and the colorful leaves are falling to the ground — and that means we're craving our favorite fall flavors.
We’re just a few short weeks from Halloween and before you know it we’ll be planning out our Thanksgiving menus. But in between the hearty stews, the bakes, and the roasts that this season brings, it's the season for some of the year’s best desserts, too.
Pies in all different flavors — from pumpkin to salted caramel — will be gracing the tables of your holiday parties and your harvest dinners. Yet of all the flavors of the season, none is quite as popular as apple. Prime apple season is fully underway and families are picking and plucking the fruit from orchards and farms across the country, so it’s hard not to have caramel running through the brain — caramel apples, that is.
Caramel apples are one of life’s best mash-ups, like peanut butter and jelly, Nutella and banana, ham and cheese, mozzarella and tomato — caramel and apples make for a happy marriage of ingredients. But then, if you add outrageous fixings like bacon, sea salt, peppermint, and cayenne, it just gets even better.
We’ve rounded up quite a few stunning apples — caramel, dark chocolate, drizzled with Belgian chocolate, rolled in coconut, or sprinkled.
Prepare to get excited.
OK! Weekly: Shop Pink!
Pink Salted Caramel Apples, Edward Marc Chocolatier, $15 for set of 3; edwardmarc.com. 100% of proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The (great) pumpkin.
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” – Linus Van Pelt
Ordinarily, Linus and I are philosophically simpatico. But on our willingness to discuss the Great Pumpkin, we disagree.
Perhaps this dissent arises from the fact that Linus and I mean entirely different things when we say “the Great Pumpkin.”
For Linus, the crutch-wielding musician/theologian, The Great Pumpkin is an elusive, yet benevolent being (à la Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny) who, each year, visits the most sincere pumpkin patch and showers it with gifts.
While I, on the other hand, use the moniker exclusively in reference to the fabulous American-made pumpkin products below which are anything but elusive. (Alas, I am much more literal than Linus.) In fact these goodies are accessible, attainable and available from the amazing US companies below simply by clicking the links.
Try them all. Each is an excellent way to celebrate fall, indulge your passion for pumpkin or, if you are like Linus, pay homage to the Great One.
11. Trick or Treat Pumpkin ($5.75) by Edward Marc
Made in Trafford, Pennsylvania
Dark chocolate pumpkin filled with candy corn. Total weight 4 ounces.
It’s hard to resist all the yummy Halloween goodies that end up staring you in the face this time of year. The never-ending supply of candy, cookies and cupcakes... sigh. But if you’re trying to keep an eye on your waistline and not have a constant sugar high, indulge guilt-free with our Halloween candy-inspired beauty picks that are yummy enough to eat -- well, almost.
Halloween is all about the candy. Sweet, delicious, irresistible candy! Here are our Halloween beauty picks inspired by some of the tastiest sweets of the season.
Who can resist the pull of creamy, rich chocolaty goodness found in Edward Marc Chocolatier's Halloween pops? Not us, so that’s why we’re stocking up on The Body Shop’s Chocomania Body Scrub to pamper ourselves in the shower and get our chocolate fix out of the way. Smooth this scrub on your skin and inhale for a ticket to a chocolate lover’s paradise. (thebodyshop.com, $19)
No Tricks Here: Halloween Treats Gift
We’re big believers in the giving gifts here at The Daily Meal because, really, who doesn’t like presents? With Halloween around the corner, swap out the usual wine and baked goods go-tos for treats that will surely please the crowd.
Take a bite out of these Halloween bites!
What makes these gifts so festive? They’re orange-colored, chocolate-based, and have a hint of spooky.
Our guide, filled with treats perfect for recipients young and old, will make mouths water — beware: your computer screen isn’t edible.
From pumpkin truffles from Godiva to curious cookies from Eleni’s and Harry and David’s edible house — yes, a haunted edible house — and more, we’ve got you covered on what to buy for your pals during the Halloween season!
These are definitely not your average trick-or-treat candies — we’ve upped the ante and you should, too.
Edward Marc Chocolatier
Witch Pop: made from Edward Marc signature chocolate. Available online. $3.25
Trick or Treat Pumpkin: A milk chocolate pumpkin filled with candy corn. Available online. $5.75
Edward Marc Chocolatier Giveaway
Halloween is brewing with fun at Edward Marc Chocolatier. This Halloween, forget the average candy bar and let your fangs bite into these new delicious Halloween chocolates from Edward Marc Chocolatier! Whether you are going to a costume party or trick or treating, these mouth-watering chocolates are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth! For more mouth-watering treats, be sure to like Edward Marc Chocolatier on Facebook!http://www.prettymyparty.com/edward-marc-chocolatier-giveaway/
Girlfriend power: Fun ways to support the breast cancer awareness cause with the gals
Who says indulging in the sweet things in life can't also give back to a good cause? I love chocolate and cupcakes more than just about anything, and I have a feeling most ladies are the same way. So here's an idea: Grab your girls for a night of sweets that give back! Order up a variety of treats that give back to the BCA cause, kick back and indulge guilt-free.
Two of my picks? Edward Marc Chocolatier's BCA Pink Salted Caramel Apples -- covered in caramel and chocolate! -- and Georgetown Cupcake's Susan G. Komen Cupcakes. One hundred percent of online sales from the apples and the full purchase price of each cupcake sold will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Pretty sweet, right?
Sobbing on Fifth
What's At My Desk
I must say that I love my large corner office with its picturesque view of Manhattan... okay, I'm actually in a cubicle surrounded by windowless walls. BUT, I have made my desk my own with all of the things that I need and use on an almost daily basis.
I always need to keep some chocolate around me, for it is a vital key to my survival. I love Edward Marc's chocolate covered pretzels. Salty & sweet, how could one say no?
$18 (12 Pieces)
RecipeCorner Review: Edward Marc Chocolatier's Caramel Apples and Truffle Pops
Halloween is quickly approaching and the RecipeCorner crew is on the hunt for the best sweets to serve during all the spooky soirees that are coming up this month. In our effort to find the perfect party confections, we stumbled upon Edward Marc Chocolatier’s festive fall line-up and couldn’t resist doing a taste-test of their goodies.
The Pittsburgh-based gourmet candy shop recently rolled out their seasonal selection of colossal caramel apples, which are currently available for $8 per apple at edwardmarc.com. Additionally, EMC’s decadent hand-dipped fall-flavored truffle pops ($2.50 each) will soon be on sale, starting on November 1.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on samples of all of these handmade treats and our editors embarked upon the tasty task of trying and rating the delicious desserts. As with all RecipeCorner Reviews, we graded each food item, giving it a “Like It,” “Love It,” or “Leave It” ranking:
Almond Butter Toffee Caramel Apple: LOVE IT
“A whole Granny Smith apple hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier homemade caramel and rolled in our crushed almond butter toffee.”
What our taste buds told us:
The glossy outer coating of the almond butter toffee was super sweet and salty all at the same time, complimenting the caramel’s richness and the Granny Smith’s tartness beautifully. The toffee’s crunch combined with the chewy caramel and crisp, yet tender apple resulted in a mouthful of textures that worked perfectly with the multiple palate-pleasing flavors that this confection offered.
Pecan Caramel Terrapin Apple: LIKE IT
“A crisp Granny Smith apple hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier homemade caramel covered in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature milk chocolate and rolled in oven-roasted crushed Texas pecans.”
What our taste buds told us:
If you like turtle candies, you’ll go crazy for this one. Tiny pieces of crunchy, salty pecans cover layers of creamy chocolate and smooth caramel that envelope the juicy apple for a gigantic fruity version of a classic holiday treat.
We thought this one was delicious, but out of the entire caramel apple selection, it was our least favorite – probably because we’ve just eaten too many turtles to be wowed by the combination anymore.
Sweet Coconut Caramel Apple: LOVE IT (RC’S FAVORITE!)
“A crisp Granny Smith apple hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier homemade caramel covered in our white chocolate and rolled in fresh sweetened coconut.”
What our taste buds told us:
The first bite of this candied fruit was absolute heaven! The coconut was so smooth that it melted in our mouths as the subtle flavor of the white chocolate was overtaken by the mild, buttery taste of salty caramel. The chewy caramel gave way to the sweet and tart apple it covered, making for a perfect crunch to finish off one amazingly flavorful mouthful.
Staci, one of RC’s food editors, happens to be a self-proclaimed “coconut hater”, but even she said it was love at first bite. She was the first one to proclaim that the Sweet Coconut Caramel flavor was her favorite out of EMC’s autumn apple line up. As Staci puts it, “the coconut flavor is gentle and not overbearing at all, blending perfectly with the caramel and apple. It was unlike any other coconut-flecked desserts I’ve tried.”
Chocolate Meltaway Caramel Apple: LOVE IT
“A crisp Granny Smith apple hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier homemade caramel and covered in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature milk chocolate topped with a dark chocolate drizzle.”
What our taste buds told us:
Biting through the thin layers of milk chocolate and caramel to the apple, our tongues began to experience a collective déjà vu – the combination of the sweet cocoa, rich caramel, and sour apple tasted a lot like the Raisinets you get at the movies. It may sound like a weird comparison, but (much like Shakira’s hips) our taste buds don’t lie!
The gooey caramel did stick to our pearly whites quite a bit, but it was totally worth the awkward licking and picking of the teeth that transpired afterwards.
Oreo Pie Truffle Pop: LOVE IT
“Oreo pie truffle center, hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature dark and white chocolate.”
What our taste buds told us:
This tiny pop’s rich dark chocolate coating is so scrumptious that it almost overpowers the velvety cookies and cream filling. As hardcore chocolate and Oreo-lovers, we were huge fans of this pie-on-a-stick.
Banana Cream Pie Truffle Pop: LIKE IT
“Banana custard truffle center, hand dipped in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature milk chocolate and rolled in a vanilla wafers crust.”
What our taste buds told us:
The strong banana flavor of this truffle’s bright yellow filling reminded us of Laffy Taffy, playing nicely with the milk chocolate’s strength and smooth texture. If you enjoy banana-flavored candies, this pop is your jam for sure.
Pumpkin Pie Truffle Pop: LOVE IT
“Pumpkin truffle center covered in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature milk chocolate and rolled in a graham cracker crust.”
What our taste buds told us:
The pinkish-orange cream center of this pop was covered in a dark chocolate layer, followed by a layer of white chocolate and a final coating of milk chocolate with a graham cracker crust. The multiple layers added another element of interest to an already intensely flavored truffle. The pumpkin filling featured notes of cinnamon extract and nutmeg, making it the perfect way to get your Thanksgiving pie fix without even turning on the oven.
The verdict: While spending $8 per apple and $2.50 per truffle pop may seem like quite the splurge, we say it’s totally worth it. The high-quality ingredients used to make these hand-crafted confections are apparent in every bite, making these candied apples and truffle pops some of the best seasonal sweets we’ve had this year.
40 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
These products will keep you pretty in pink while a portion of the proceeds are donated to BCA charities! Also, read about real women breast cancer survivors and their courageous stories.
Edward Marc Chocolatier Pink Salted Caramel Apples:
A box of these pretty indulgences comes with three seasonal apples dipped in homemade caramel and covered in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature milk, white, and dark chocolate. Each fruit is then drizzled with pink white chocolate and topped with sea salt. Drool! Give in to your tempations and a portion of the proceeds with go to Susan G. Koman for the Cure.
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Edward Marc Chocolatier Chocolate-Covered S'mores, $4.50 each; edwardmarc.com
Old campfire favorite s'mores get new twists
Where there is a bonfire, there will be s'mores.
These roasted marshmallow and chocolate treats clearly have their place at the campground, but they've also made their way into kitchens and restaurants across the country.
There is something about them that children and adults alike gravitate toward.
"Adults associate s'mores with the carefree summers they had during childhood," said Julie Waterman, owner of Indulgence Chocolatiers in Waukesha. "What we do is put a more modern twist on them so you have a balance between the traditional childhood treat and something that appeals to a sophisticated adult palate."
At Indulgence, customers can buy a s'mores kit ($9) to produce a s'more that tastes like the original - but better. It starts with handcrafted vanilla bean marshmallows that are softer and fluffier than the store-bought variety. And instead of milk chocolate, Waterman includes her signature dark chocolate sea salt bars in addition to "all-natural" graham crackers. Each kit makes four s'mores.
"The sweet and salty with the marshmallow is just a knockout combination," she said.
Similarly, Edward Marc Chocolatier's s'mores also feature a homemade marshmallow. In its variation, the Pittsburgh chocolatier sandwiches a marshmallow between two graham crackers and covers the entire thing with its signature milk chocolate - no campfire required ($4.50 each).
"We wanted to find a way to carry s'mores in our own retail stores so that people can enjoy them all summer long," said Chris Edwards, chief marketing and development officer. "They have become one of our top sellers."
Even Milwaukee's best restaurants are capitalizing on this flavor combination by offering s'mores, or a variation, on their dessert menus.
At Carnevor, pastry chef Kurt Fogle has been making adults smile for more than two years with his version of s'mores. A dome of milk chocolate mousse with a graham cracker base sits on a brûléed Italian meringue with smoked graham cracker crunch - and a scoop of marshmallow ice cream tops it all off.
"These are all things that are delicious on their own, but when you bring them all together, there is a familiarity to it," Fogle said. "You're transported back to your childhood."
Chef and owner Jan Kelly of Meritage said homemade marshmallow fluff is one reason why her s'mores cake is such a hit.
"I like the consistency of homemade fluff better," she said. "It's got a really creamy texture that tastes just great when you make it yourself. We use it as frosting on our cake and use a torch to burn the top, which gives off the same flavor as a roasted marshmallow."
Kelly's s'mores cake starts with a homemade graham cracker cake and then a layer of chocolate ganache for a dessert that's incredibly rich. "It makes for a great presentation that's very adult-ish," she said.
Firefly Urban Bar & Grill in Wauwatosa has been serving its tableside s'mores since the restaurant opened five years ago.
Belgian chocolate-dipped graham crackers, peanut butter and marshmallows are served with a mini hibachi grill for guests to make their own s'mores right at the table.
"The peanut butter adds extra flavor and gets really creamy with the hot marshmallow," said manager Chris Prissel. "People love it because it's not a typical dessert. It's more interactive, a conversation piece."
For a true hands-on experience, you can try out a recipe or two from a s'more-themed cookbook.
A lifelong camper, Lisa Adams wrote "S'mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion" (Gibbs Smith, 2007, $16.95) after trying different variations with a peanut butter cup and strawberries at her campsite.
"There were no other books like it," she said. "You can find s'mores cupcakes or s'mores ice cream, but there was nothing about changing the actual s'mores."
Originally envisioned as a spiral-bound camping book, Adams' recipes were turned into an upscale cookbook with beautiful photos.
With 60 different recipes each embellishing the classic s'more, Adams suggests home cooks experiment with different fruits, cookies, breads, sauces, candies and chocolates. Whether the recipe substitutes a brownie for the graham cracker or adds strawberries and Nutella, there is one common thread: a roasted marshmallow.
Adams is a fan of chocolate with fruit, such as strawberries or bananas, she said. "It's a component that is juicy and refreshing and takes everything to a new level."
Other recipes feature popcorn, Hershey's caramel Kisses, a soft macaroon with pineapple, or Adams' favorite, the "chocolate mint" with Andes mints and a mint cookie. "I wanted the book to be a jumping off point," she said. "Incorporate the flavors you like and try new things."
Taste of Home food editor Karen Bergner said its readers enjoy adapting s'mores flavors into other dishes, such as bars, tarts, cakes, pies and even cheesecakes. One of her favorites is a layered parfait with crushed graham crackers, chocolate pudding, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.
"Our readers love to tweak traditional s'mores and add their own spin," Bergner said. "We also have recipes that make them on the grill, oven or microwave. They lend themselves to many cooking methods while getting the same effect flavor-wise."
Friday is National S’mores Day!
This is a “holiday” I can get excited about: Friday is National S’mores Day.
In honor of this special day, we received some delicious samples in the mail. Edward Marc Chocolatier sent us some chocolate covered s’mores — and they were delicious.
So if you don’t have a backyard campfire to make your own, these are a great substitute. The s’mores are made up of a gooey handmade marshmallow stacked between two graham crackers and covered in their signature milk chocolate. These can be ordered online at www.edwardmarc.com. They really are thick and delicious.
Pittsburgh (Yes, Pittsburgh)
A few years ago, The Economist pointed out that Pittsburgh’s changing demographics would make for a “rosier future.” Sure enough, it’s a hot place for young people to visit.
Aging baby boomers in the steel industry were forced to move away, leaving university students and modern high-tech workers to their own devices…and the cultural legacy left by the robber barons of the last century.
Thanks to endowments by some of history’s most successful industrialists, like Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, Charles M. Schwab, George Westinghouse and H. J. Heinz, the city has great architecture, three professional sports teams, world-class universities and a symphony orchestra.
A wide ethnic base has added to the cuisine. Today’s generation has revived older neighborhoods and reclaimed formerly polluted areas – including the riverfront.
Where to stay. SpringHill Suites Marriott Southside Works is walkable to the fun, historic South Side district. (It’s also thorough in its ADA accessibility. Some hotels just pay lip service to the needs of the physically challenged, but not this one – not only are designated rooms intelligently laid out, the indoor pool and hot tub have special lifts.) There's a complimentary local shuttle van, too.
What to do. Before he spread his coolness all over the world, Andy Warhol was from Pittsurgh. The museum devoted to him and like-minded current artists features amazing multimedia and interactive exhibits. There’s also an update on “The Factory” where you can create your own Warhol-esque projects.
The Heinz History Center focuses on what makes Pittsburgh and surrounding western Pennsylvania great. It’s housed in an interesting industrial-style building and encourages you to walk the stairs. If you walk all of them, you get a little prize. By visiting the section on the world-renowned Heinz 57 brand, I learned that the prize given out today is the same as the one given at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Western Pennsylvania’s Whiskey Rebellion couldn’t stop Wigle from making Pittsburgh’s own whiskey. They have tours where you get to taste the product and they’ll even fix you a modern or classic cocktail. The tours are so dynamic and entertaining, they oughta be on YouTube.
Pittsburgh’s three rivers – the Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Ohio – figure prominently in its destiny. An amazing way to discover the city’s riverfront and skyline is by kayaking the rivers. Kayak Pittsburgh offers kayak and bike rentals; you can get a guided tour by prior arrangement.
Another breathtaking view of the city can be had from above: the Duquesne Incline is a vintage trolley car traveling up Mount Washington that’s $2.50 a person each direction and parking’s free. It’s a great, romantic nighttime jaunt.
On the top of the hill (of course) are some of the city’s most luxurious restaurants.
Pittsburgh’s art mavens have been active in pushing out scary, undesirable tenants and making way for art. There’s a walking tour that connects galleries with architecture and public art displays, including “Cell Phone Disco” in an alley.
Where to eat. The Milkshake Factory is nearly 100 years old, using the finest chocolates and ice creams to make their sinful 55 milkshake flavors. On Wednesdays from 4-6, they have a half-priced milkshake Happy Hour.
Can you mix healthy and delicious? Yes, at Coca Café. Breakfast and lunch are both available all day. Whether you order an exotic freshly pressed juice or vegetarian eggplant Benedict with basil pesto hollandaise, you’ll feel sinful… even while being good to yourself.
You’ve seen Church Brew Works all over the cooking channels. Pittsburgh’s German immigrants have left a solid beer heritage – and their beer is good. In a former church, reflect on their many styles of beer with a sampler.
The Strip is a neighborhood that used to just house food wholesalers, but now it’s mostly retail food shops for the public. You can find things to eat and drink from every corner of the globe. Start out at the iconic Wholey’s (pronounced like “woolies”) for fantastic fresh fish sandwiches. Sweeten up at the Enrico Biscotti Co.; take a bread-making class while you’re at it.
For an urban-chic lounge vibe with the freshest local produce, Savoy is the place to go. Owned by a former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have a deck with a wonderful city view, fine liquors and a terrific chef combining soul food and Mediterranean influences.
Milkshakes and Meals
Dawn Rzeznikiewicz, senior at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse New York and intern in the Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab is at it again--whipping up summer drinks. Here's her report on serving milkshakes with food.
This week we took The Milkshake Factory's advice and paired milkshakes with meals. Turns out shakes aren't just good for an afternoon snack or after-the-movie treat! Here in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we were pleasantly surprised to discover how well they complement more than a burger and fries.
Salted Watermelon Milkshake
We made this shake by blending ice, fresh watermelon puree, raspberry sherbet (The Milkshake Factory suggests using watermelon sherbet but we couldn't get our hands on any) and a pinch of sea salt, then topping it off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and a dollop of whipped cream.
Along with it we served an arugula salad with peppery grilled shrimp and balsamic dressing.
The result? A great summertime treat! Tasting more like a smoothie than a shake, this fruity drink was a cooling counterpoint to the hot and spicy shrimp, bitter greens, and tangy vinaigrette.
Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake
This milkshake, a blend of ice cream and bourbon syrup, topped with candied pecans and whipped cream, tastes great on its own!
Kick it up a notch by pairing it with a blackened chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries.
The result? A sweet and smoky meal. Just as a stiff glass of Jack Daniels complements a plate of barbecue, this whiskey shake matches well with the smoky flavor of pan-blackened chicken. The sweet potato fries and the candied pecans add counterpoints.
Cajun Chocolate Milkshake
You've probably noticed chipotles and jalapeños slipping into everything so why not blend a dash of Tabasco into chocolate ice cream? Garnish with whipped cream dusted with cayenne pepper.
To serve with it: A spicy Cajun burger topped with caramelized onions.
The Milkshake Factory shop is in Pittsburgh, PA. If you can't make it there, try out one of these milkshake meals or make up your own and tell us what you think!
Want more frozen drink recipes? GH has some great ones to try. And if you need a new blender, see our reviews and ratings of blenders.
Want to learn how we put consumer products to the test and keep you safe? Sign up for a tour of the famous Good Housekeeping Research Institute. If you visit, be sure to say hello when you come by the Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab.
Read more: Milkshakes and Meals -- Great Way to Serve Milkshakes - Good Housekeeping
Pittsburgh's Milk Shake Factory shakes things up
Have you had a milkshake lately?
"Hmmm," you may be saying to yourself. "No, I haven't. I'd love to have a big ol' chocolate shake. Or maybe a strawberry!"
And you would sound so hopelessly behind the times and boring.
Like everything else, shakes no longer come in just vanilla and other simple flavors.
At The Milk Shake Factory on the South Side, which aspires to not only local but also national fame for its shakes, you can choose from at least 55 flavors, including Dulce de Leche and Red Velvet.
On its menu, chocolate and vanilla get the words "classic" put in front of them. If you want to live in the now, try ordering a Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Blueberry, or Peanut Butter and Jelly -- the last being one that was recently made permanent by customer voting via social media.
Of course, the Milk Shake Factory likes to shake things up and keep 'em fresh. There's a flavor of the week, and seasonal flavors, such as this summer's line of BBQ shakes, which have flavors that would go well with barbecue: Bourbon Vanilla, Cajun Chocolate (with cayenne), and Salted Watermelon. In fact, the store encourages people to make them at home and even recommends food pairings: The Watermelon with an arugula salad topped with seasoned grilled shrimp, the Bourbon with a blackened chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries, and the Chocolate with a spicy Cajun burger with caramelized onions.
On Mothers Day, the place launched a Sunday brunch menu of flavors, including Blueberry Pancake, Banana Nut Muffin, and Applewood Bacon. The Blueberry Pancake has actual pancakes blended into it. And the Applewood Bacon has actual bacon, blended into the vanilla ice cream and milk with real maple syrup.
The bacon one proved so popular that it will become a permanent flavor, too, says Chris Edwards, as he pours tastes of one. The trick, he says, is to cook the bacon very crisp and chop or process it very fine before the shake is "hand spun" on the milkshake machine.
Not their grandpa's shakes
Mr. Edwards and his sister, Dana Edwards Manatos, are the fourth generation in this sweet family business that their Greek immigrant great-grandparents started in 1914. It evolved into a candy company that now is Edward Marc Chocolatier, which is made in Trafford and also is sold in this Carson Street storefront and one in Monroeville. There's also a Edward Marc chocolate shop in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where the two siblings used to work in politics and still live; their brother, Mark, is setting up a Southern office for the company in Houston, Texas.
Their grandparents' soda fountain is in the back of the Milk Shake Factory, but the milkshake concept was a college project of Dana's that the family adopted in 2003. And recently, the shakes are what are bringing people in the door. Especially on Wednesdays, when from 4 to 6 p.m., the "happy hour" has them lining up, sometimes out the door, talking and laughing happily over the whine of the milkshake machines.
And while the store still spins chocolate shakes, it's also selling plenty of bigger, bolder flavors, too.
"I think people have become more daring with their milkshakes," Mr. Edwards says over the din. But people's palates have been getting more adventurous with everything from ethnic food to craft beer, which is why the Edwards "kids" have pushed their parents -- Dona and Jeff Edwards, who live in Hampton -- to be more adventurous, too. The bacon shake took some convincing -- "They thought it was too extreme and too weird," says Chris Edwards -- but there is plenty of precedent out there for bacon desserts. Even Burger King recently launched a bacon sundae.
While this is a perfect time of year to thirst for milkshakes, their moment might have been a year or so ago. But they're popularity never seems to ebb. New York City's famed Shake Shack, which started as a cart in Madison Square Park in 2001, keeps expanding, just last month opening a store in Philadelphia that serves seven flavors of shakes with burgers.
Edgy, even alcohol-spiked shakes started popping up in Pittsburgh last year at trendy hamburger joints. That's where you still can find some of the most outrageous shakes.
BRGR, with eateries in East Liberty and Cranberry, has concoctions such as Pretzel Covered Chocolate (rum, pretzel crumble, salty caramel and dark chocolate) and Toucan Slam (Loopy vodka, vanilla bean and Fruit Loops cereal), for $8. Non-spiked flavors are $5.
Burgatory, with locations at the Waterworks Mall and Consol Energy Center (and, soon, the Pointe at North Fayette), serves "heavenly shakes" made with its own ice cream in flavors including Apple Pancakes & Bacon, as well as Burnt Almond Torte that contains Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte, a "real tasty way of keeping things local." Most of its "hard" shakes are $8 and its non-alcoholic ones are $6.
Burgatory periodically releases charitable celebrity shakes (watch this Halloween for a Red Velvet Cake Shake topped with a Bloody Eyeball), and there's a special flavor offered each weekend. Today through Sunday, it's Chocolate Pistachio Cannoli, made with cannoli shells, chocolate cannoli filling and crushed roasted pistachios, garnished with whipped cream, pistachios and a piece of cannoli -- plus, in the hard version, chocolate vodka.
Milkshakes are popping up at a few places, too, such as Cafe io, formerly Iovino's, in Mt. Lebanon, which does a Banana Krak Shake (Kracken dark rum, banana, and vanilla ice cream, for $8.50). The Diamond Market Bar & Grill, Downtown, serves classic and hard shakes, including Apple Pie (vanilla ice cream with Maker's Mark, caramel and homemade apple syrup for $7.95).
Fast-food shakes seem to have gone upscale, too, in that Burger King does hand-spun shakes, as does Chik-fil-A, which is bringing back for summer its Peach.
If you can't eat or don't like dairy products, you still can have milkshake fun. The Quiet Storm in Garfield is this weekend bringing back its popular vegan milkshakes, which it temporarily stopped making when its local source of non-dairy frozen dessert dried up. Shakes, in a wide range of flavors including several made with tea, will again be available vegan or not. New flavors include Thai Chill (vanilla, orange blossom tea, lavender) and Albino Monkey (white chocolate, banana, hazelnut) and Berry Nutella (chocolate, hazelnut, raspberry). Most are $6; vanilla and chocolate are $5; vegan ones are 50 cents extra.
"Milkshakes take time & loving care," notes the menu. "Please be patient -- they're worth the wait!"
Make your own
You can get in on the fun at home, using your blender (though purists will tell you a milkshake machine gives a better consistency).
The current July/August issue of Food Network Magazine comes with a booklet that tells you how to make "50 Milkshakes" for two, including "fun new twists" such as No. 2: Toasted Marshmallow:
"Broil 8 marshmallows on foil, turning, until browned. Make Vanilla Milkshakes (No. 1), adding 6 of the toasted marshmallows. Top with the remaining marshmallows."
I'm also intrigued by the fire element of No. 13, Lemon Meringue: "Blend 1 cup each lemon sorbet and vanilla frozen yogurt, 1/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons jarred lemon curd; pour into glasses. Beat 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons superfine sugar until stiff. Spoon onto the shakes and brown with a kitchen torch."
You can find other ideas in the newly released paperback version of "Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Thick and Creamy Shakes You Can Make at Home." First published in 2009, the book is by Adam Ried, who was a longtime recipe tester for fuss-budgety Cook's Illustrated magazine; he still works at "America's Test Kitchen" and writes a cooking column for The Boston Globe.
He provides recipes for both basic shakes ("Your Father's Oldsmobile") as well as unconventional ones ("Not Your Father's Oldsmobile)," including a Sweet Corn and Basil, Marron Glace aue Cognac (Candied Chestnuts and Cognac), and Toasted Oatmeal and Brown Sugar.
At The Milk Shake Factory, Mr. Edwards says the flavor offerings will continue to expand. For instance, they'll soon start doing shakes containing popular breakfast cereals. They're also planning to open a Milk Shake Factory in Washington, D.C. -- by spring 2014, to mark the company's 100th year.
But, as is often the case, he thinks that the more things change, the more you appreciate the tried-and-true.
"My favorite ... anywhere I go, I always try their vanilla shake," says Mr. Edwards. "If you can't make a good vanilla shake, you shouldn't be in business."
Check out The Milk Shake Factory at themilkshakefactory.com.
Salted Watermelon Shake
The Milk Shake Factory gets watermelon sherbet from Perry's Ice Cream; it's sold at a couple of area ice cream stands (find them and retail stores at perrysicecream.com).
8 ounces watermelon sherbet
4 ounces whole milk, cold
4 ounces soda water
2 ounces watermelon puree
Pinch sea salt
Chocolate chips for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a milkshake machine or blender. Garnish with chocolate chips, which look like seeds.
-- The Milk Shake Factory
Capitol Inspired Chocolates
Stand up for your country in chocolate! As we were working on our upcoming Chocolate Trends report, we came across these great items and just had to share them in time for the July 4th holiday. These Capitol Inspired Chocolates are from Edward Marc Chocolatier in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA. They are from a company that creates handcrafted chocolates and obviously has a sense of national pride. They are also a company with a heart. With its One Sweet Gesture program, Edward Marc Chocolatier says it is helping to transform social and corporate responsibility in America by donating a percentage of every catalog purchase to charity.
The company has a few roots in politics, with family members who formerly worked in the White House. Could be these chocolates will find their way back. In the meantime, you may want to use them for your own celebration!
Washingtonian Bride & Groom
Edward Marc Chocolatier White Chocolate Capitol Dome featured and photographed in “Editor’s Letter,” Summer/Fall 2012 issue
Edward Marc Puts Sweet Spin On Father's Day Gifts
Face it: Your dad couldn't possibly fit another tie in that rotating rack he has in the back of his closet. So, if you're doing some last-minute shopping for an amazing Father's Day gift, don't even think about getting him one. You could, however, splurge on something sweet ... that's in the shape of a tie.
Fan favorite Edward Marc Chocolatier has been delighting taste buds since 1914, so any chocolate box that features the Tiffany blue lid is a winner. Especially the seven-piece Chocolate Tie Box: For this particular gift, four of the company's top fillings are used — salted caramel, dark honey coconut, white-mocha meltaway and peanut-butter meltaway. Even better, the ties feature different colors and patterns — perfect for the guy who likes variety.
If you're serious about buying this gift, hurry — but really: Keep Edward Marc's One Sweet Gesture program in mind when checking out so that a charity can benefit from the purchase. Sweet deal!
(Edward Marc Chocolatier products are sold at The Milk Shake Factory, 1705 E. Carson St., South Side, 412/488-1808. For more info or to order online, visit edwardmarc.com)
US Weekly Mommy Must-Haves
Katie Holmes, 33, rewards Suri, 6, with Edward Marc Chocolatier's candy-topped pops. ($2.50, edwardmarc.com)
All the President’s Men
Politics is not exactly what you’d call a sweet business, especially when compared to making chocolate. So when Christian Edwards had his fill of the former after serving on the 2000 Bush presidential ticket and in various roles inside the White House, he decided to return to the family chocolate business, and took his fellow politico sister and brother with him.
“After seven years in politics — because the amount of work and pressure and hours put in — we all thought it was time to leave the White House,” says Christian, who rallied with his siblings in plotting out their post political gambit. “We figured the only thing we can do after flying around the world on Air Force One is to go into the chocolate business."
Chocolate runs through the Edwards’ blood. In 1914, his great-grandparents traveled from Greece to New York to Pittsburgh to make a new life for themselves. They started a family and a handcrafted chocolate company, Chocolate Creations. Fast forward a few decades — through a depression, World War and the Baby Boom — and their company grew from a family-run operation to employing over 200 people by the year 2000. In 2007, Edwards and his siblings signed on to help reposition Chocolate Creations as a national gourmet brand. For two years they drummed up new recipes and packaging and renamed the company Edward Marc Chocolatier.
Today, Edward Marc has a cult-like following among such political figures as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the 33,000 Pentagon employees who visit its boutique there. Out of Washington, Edward Marc is sweetening up the shelves of Saks Fifth Avenue, where everyday shoppers as well as celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes clamor for the brand’s signature salted caramels and peanut butter meltaways.
Make Mom Happy: The Best Mother's Day Gifts
Edward Marc Chocolatier — The Pearl Tower of Sweets
Surprise your mom with this gourmet 32-piece chocolate set complete with 16 oz of Roasted Almond Bark and 12 oz Pecan Caramel Terrapins. Yum!
Win Anderson’s Mother’s Day Prize Pack
Anderson's Mother's Day show with his special co-host, his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, was an hour celebrating the hardest-working women in our lives -- our moms!
The studio audience, packed with moms, left with special Mother's Day gifts from Red Door Spas, Satya Jewelry, Teleflora, Edward Marc Chocolatier and more. Now, it's time for our viewers and AndersonCooper.com fans to enter for a chance to win these special gifts for any mom!
Enter now for a chance to win the following:
Edward Marc Chocolatier
A box of pecan caramel terrapins, and one of their white or milk chocolate daisies.
The US Weekly Buzz-O-Meter
Sweet! Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore crave this gourmet candy.
Black Friday Deals & Ultimate Gifts
Edward Marc Chocolatier has created a new twist on a classic chocolate treat that is sure to satisfy any chocoholic. Using recipes passed down from their great grandparents, these pieces of gourmet pretzels are covered in Edward Marc Chocolatier signature chocolate. Try Edward Marc Chocolatier Pretzel Bites in Milk Chocolate, White Frosted, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter for the ultimate taste sensation. Price per bag: $10.00http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2011/11/23/black-friday-zico-godiva-tinyprints-pretzel-bites/#518614-1-112311_thanksgiving_bites_4
Watch the Edwards Family appear on Emeril's Table airing October 18th!
The Edwards Family will be making an appearance on the Hallmark Channel's new show hosted by the world famous Chef Emeril Lagasse. Emeril’s Table will feature the Chocolatiers on October 18th at 11:00am on the Hallmark Channel.
Click the link below to preview Emeril’s new show and look out for the Edwards family making their famous Cajun Chocolate Shake. Come to The Milk Shake Factory and try one today!
To check your local listing, search the channel locator at: www.marthastewart.com/marthatv
Inside the Day of Indulgence Party
After grabbing a handful of Edward Marc’s salted caramels, Jennifer Garner went on the hunt for kids clothes, picking up pieces from Little Woo. Garner also found a few things for herself, including Cosabella intimates and necklaces from Lizzie Scheck.http://news.instyle.com/photo-gallery/?postgallery=70449#9
The Best Chocolate Favors: Edward Marc Chocolatier
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so why not use this chocolate holiday as an excuse to try some sweet-tasting wedding favors? Order a few options, give them to your fiancé for V Day, and then spend a romantic evening taste-testing them together. Your chocoholic wedding guests will thank you, whether you end up offering truffles, chocolate bars or chocolate-covered Oreos. We searched the Web to find five delicious options, all of which come individually wrapped and are $6.00 or less per guest. If any of your guests forget to take theirs home, pack them up and enjoy them on your honeymoon! We'll reveal a new site every day this week, so be sure to check back.
In 1914, a young Greek couple left their homeland to bring handcrafted chocolates to America. Since then, the family recipes have been passed down, and the couple's descendants have continued the trade in the Pittsburgh headquarters of Edward Marc Chocolatier, making high quality chocolates of only the finest ingredients. Their 3-piece truffle boxes-which contain milk chocolate, dark raspberry, and white Champagne-make a fabulous favor and come in the company's signature blue box. We also love their innovative handmade chocolate menus, which come in milk, dark and white chocolate, and would look heavenly beside the centerpieces on your dining tables (price upon request). $6 for the 3-piece truffle box at edwardmarc.com.
The Milk Shake Factory on Pittsburgh's SouthSide has been doing milkshakes, sundaes and floats since 1914 and with that they are probably one of the last few standing true ice cream parlors around.
The Milk Shake Factory offers 55 different home-made flavors of ice cream. Don't forget to ask the Shaker behind the counter about the flavor of the week. Are you creative? You can mix together your own combination of flavors to create your special milk shake. They offer flavors like Strawberry, chocolate, Vanilla, Oreo, Bear Claw, Peanut Butter, Red Raspberry, Banana, Cherry Whitehouse and more.
If you are in the mood for a sundae, The Milk Shake Factory has 11 different menu options. How about an Old Fashion Banana Split, Mint Meltaway, or the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Sundae. An other opportunity for you to use your imagination and create your own special sundae for yourself is to ask for an Inspiration and create your own. You can add your own flavors of ice cream and toppings.
The Milk Shake Factory completes its menu with Chocolate and Vanilla Egg Creams which is a beverage made of chocolate syrup, milk and soda water, Floats, Ice cream sodas and spritzers.
While you are waiting for your milkshake or sundae to be complete. Walk around and check out their home-made gourmet chocolates and candies. Perfect for a Christmas gift, wedding anniversary, valentines or a nice treat just for yourself.
No matter what you order I promise it will be amazing. You will enjoy the old time feel and look of The Milk Shake Factory and the genuine attention to the desserts and the great aroma that it all the candy creates.
Check out the Chocolate Navigator recommended by The New York Times.http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/chocolate/index.html
Overrated, Underrated in Pittsburgh
View Pittsburgh Magazine's most underrated Happy Hour.http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/January-2011/Overrated-Underrated-in-Pittsburgh/
Stumping For Chocolate
Few former Bush aides still have a foothold in the Pentagon, but Christian Edwards and his sister, Dana Manatos—both of whom were aides for President George W. Bush—are more firmly ensconced there than ever. This time, as chocolatiers.
Edwards, 33, landed a job in the White House's advance office after volunteering on Bush's 2000 campaign. When Manatos graduated from college in 2003, she joined him. While Edwards traveled with Bush, Manatos, 30, plotted the President's schedule in five-minute slots. Both were promoted in 2005, but after years of sleeping with their BlackBerrys decided to leave during the summer of 2007. "It was a difficult decision," says Edwards. "We got to know the President in a way most people couldn't."
Instead of leveraging their connections into government jobs, they chose to revive Chocolate Celebrations, the Pittsburgh-based business that had been in their family for nearly a century. To reposition the business as a national gourmet brand, Edwards and Manatos raised $150,000 in personal funds and bank loans. For two years they experimented with recipes and packaging while setting up contracts with vendors. (The project was delayed when Edwards became Sarah Palin's deputy chief of staff in late 2008.) In 2009, they took the renamed company, Edward Marc Chocolatier, to market and brought on their younger brother, who, as "chief candy maker," had devised a menu of new flavors.
Their biggest coup was landing a coveted 1,500-square-foot boutique in the Pentagon this February. The location helped them win contracts with the State Dept., embassies, and members of Congress. "Working at the White house opened their horizons for what the family business could go into," says Dana Perino, Bush's former press secretary. "If you hadn't worked [there], you really wouldn't think your chocolate company could get a contract with the Department of Defense."
The siblings are planning stores for New York, Los Angeles, and Georgetown. Meanwhile, they're adding clients from both sides of the aisle—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among them. Says Edwards, "The chocolate business is nonpartisan."
When Life Is A Box of Chocolates
250,000: Pounds of cocoa used by Edward Marc this year, up from 30,000 three years ago
47: Percent increase in the chocolate company's sales from 2008 to 2009
$150,000: Money raised in 2007 to begin rebranding the family's chocolate business
18,968: Number of fresh-dipped strawberries sold since Feb. 1, at $29.95 a pound
Edward Marc featured as a wedding favor in this brides.com article.http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2010/09/edward-marc-washington-dc-chocolate-company.html
Edward Marc Chocolates, based in Pittsburgh, have been crafted since 1914, but the company just opened a shop in the Pentagon concourse (at the Metro entrance) in February. Its pecan caramel terrapins are made with fat Texas nuts and are some of the best turtle confections we've tried. Covered in milk or dark chocolate: 12-ounce box, $20; 20-ounce box, $30. Call 877-488-1808 to order, or go to www.edwardmarc.com.
Source: The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)
Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 Under 40
Mark Edwards named to the Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 list.http://40under40pittsburgh.org/?cat=3
Oh, What a Night!
Source: Capitol File magazine, Summer 2010 (www.capitolfilemagazine.com) Images from Capitol File magazine's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner afterparty.
Edward Marc: Charitable Chocolatier
Food & Spirits: 95-year-old family-owned confectionery and chocolate company Edward Marc Chocolatier combines global flavors, in both classic and avant-garde combinations for delicious specialty chocolates. Sourced ingredients include nuts from Africa and the Middle East, vanilla from Tahiti, cream from the American Midwest and other select ingredients all to complete mouth-watering flavors.http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/dining/feature-589520.php
Pittsburgh-based Edward Marc Chocolatiers careful in approach to growth
It might sound odd for a chocolate company to say it doesn't want to be as big as Godiva.
But Chris Edwards says, with all due respect to the chocolate behemoth, he wants his family-owned company, Edward Marc Chocolatier, to keep the focus on quality; not quantity.
A Sweet Deal
Christian Edwards can tell you the exact page in Sarah Palin’s book where she mentions his peanut butter meltaways.
As Palin’s deputy chief of staff, he stocked the candidate’s plane with chocolate from his family’s company, Edward Marc Chocolatier. “Knowing that Governor Palin felt better after a long day just by eating our chocolate was very rewarding,” says Edwards.
He and his sister, Dana Edwards Manatos (she’s married to Tom Manatos, an advisor to Nancy Pelosi), are fourth-generation chocolate makers who run the company from a chic townhouse in DC’s West End. Their brother Mark is the CFO and oversees manufacturing in Pittsburgh.
The siblings have always made a good team. In fact, they worked right across from each other in the Bush White House. Edwards was the director of press advance for President Bush, and Manatos was the associate director of public liaison. “Working in the White House was great preparation for running the chocolate business,” Manatos says, “because of the organization, work ethic and long hours required.”
After leaving the White House, Edwards and Manatos decided to go back to the family’s gourmet chocolate company and were thrilled to discover that their political connections delivered them a clientele of high-powered chocoholics. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given out their chocolate medallions embossed with her signature and the State Department logo, while Speaker Pelosi routinely gifts Edward Marc chocolates bearing her name.
The family also runs a shake shop, called The Milkshake Factory, in Pittsburgh in the space of their great-grandparents’ original 1914 soda fountain. An Edward Marc Chocolatier outpost opened earlier this year at the Pentagon (the first retail location for the company in the DC area) and another Milk Shake Factory may not be far behind.
Edward Marc Chocolatier offers amazing customized products for weddings. Menus printed on rich slabs of milk, dark, or white chocolate are a delicious twist on the traditional tabletop staple, while medallions with custom monograms can add a sweet touch to cakes, favor boxes, or napkins. In addition to providing unique and delicious accouterments for your big day, Edward Marc will also give 20% of the purchase to your choice of eligible charitable organizations through their One Sweet Gesture Program. Call for lead times and pricing on personalized chocolates; edwardmarc.com, 412.488.1808.
Last Minute Mother’s Day Frenzy at The Pentagon
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is the epicenter of our nation's military and a hub of activity. An estimated 25,000 people work at this largest low-rise office building in the country.
It is also home to more than a dozen shops located in the Pentagon concourse.
The 96-year-old family-owned Edward Marc Chocolatier and Conklyn's Flowers were packed with people Friday, making last minute Mother's Day gift purchases. Both stores report high traffic and huge sales for the Mother's Day holiday.
Make A Marc
KOOKY FOR COCOA: Get on mom’s sweet side with a box of Edward Marc chocolates. The 95-year-old, family-owned company has box sets made especially for Mother’s Day. The Pearl Tower is a 32-piece gourmet assortment of chocolate truffles and roasted almond bark, while the Chocolate Indulgence will bring mommy a year’s worth of all kinds of chocolate treats once a month.http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/want-this/Make-a-Marc-92431664.html
Out of the Spotlight, Ex-Officials Touch Lives in Global Rescue
There was chocolate. The wine flowed. But when a clutch of ex-White House officials and friends gathered recently in an elegant West End townhouse, it was not the average party. Former Laura Bush chief of staff Anita McBride and a circle of colleagues including former labor department official Martha Newton got together to support the Touch A Life Foundation, a group that rescues enslaved and abandoned children worldwide.http://www.georgetowndish.com/thedish/out-spotlight-ex-officials-touch-lives-global-rescue
Rich & Tanecia's Valentine's Day Wedding
"A Valentine's Day wedding would not be complete without a chocolate table by Edward Marc Chocolatier. Our guests were able to fill up a box with the chocolate they liked to take home." - Tanecia, bridehttp://www.theknot.com/contests/my-real-wedding/photo/147641/rich-amp-tanecia039s-valentine039s-day-wedding?sms_ss=twitter
Chocolate gifts that give back -- perfect for Valentine's Day
Thinking of gifts for Valentine’s Day? We found a sweet idea which will really warm your heart.
Edward Marc Chocolatier of Pittsburgh, PA offers gifts that give back via their "One Sweet Gesture" charitable initiative. More than just a simple box of gourmet chocolates, 20% of each purchase made via EdwardMarc.com (or via phone at 877.488.1808) is donated to one of three partner charities:
* The Make-A-Wish Foundation
* The Wounded Warrior Project
* The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
Candy Review: Edward Marc Gourmet Chocolates and Pretzels
Independent review of Edward Marc Chocolatier's chocolates - chocolate assortment and peanut butter pretzels - on the Candy Addict blog.http://candyaddict.com/blog/2009/12/21/candy-review-edward-marc-gourmet-chocolates-and-pretzels/
Edward Marc Chocolatier & 'One Sweet Gesture' for Valentine's Day
This Holiday Season & Valentine's Day, Edward Marc Chocolatier offers gifts that give back via the "One Sweet Gesture" charitable initiative. More than a simple box of gourmet chocolates, 20% of each purchase made via EdwardMarc.com (or via phone at 877.488.1808) is donated to one of three partner charities.http://chictvblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/edward-marc-chocolatier-one-sweet.html
95 Years and Still Going Strong!
With the sad news of the Bead Mine closing there is some cheerful news for South Side shops and it just so happens to be located right next door.
For 95 years Edward Marc Chocolatier has been creating homemade chocolate creations using only the finest ingredients with a family recipe and tradition. Their products are now gaining national recognition with being featured on Fox News, Dr. Phil, and used by Iron Chef Cat Cora in recipes.
Sneak Peek into Santa's Sexy Stocking
Who doesn't love chocolate? Edward Marc, the prestigious 95-year-old- Pittsburgh-based gourmet chocolatier, is delighted to announce its ongoing charitable initiative, 'One Sweet Gesture', which allows customers to contribute 20 percent of the proceeds from the purchase to the company's partner charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Children's Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project.http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/entertainment/2009/12/10/sneak-peek-santas-sexy-stocking?slide=15#slide=15
Edward Marc Chocolatier featured on the Dr. Phil Show
Edward Marc Chocolatier was featured on the Dr. Phil show as part of the 'Holiday Surprises' episode . Iron Chef Cat Cora used Edward Marc white and dark chocolate to create her delicious desserts!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egNTCdDcs
Holiday Gifts that Give Back
Blog post from www.extraordinarymommy.com about gifts that give back - including Edward Marc Chocolatier's One Sweet Gesture campaign.
"Obviously this year hasn't been the easiest, based on the economy. So we wanted to make sure that we were giving you some ideas about gifts...that give back."
"Here's a sweet option for you: chocolate. EdwardMarc.com - and that's Marc with a 'C' - they have a program called One Sweet Gesture; 20% of the proceeds from your purchase can be donated to one of three charities that they're working with..."