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A basic history of Chocolate


The Aztecs created a beverage called “chocolatl”, a healing drink that was also used for special ceremonies. They would ferment the cacao beans, dry and grind them, and sweeten them with honey and native spices to make this refreshing beverage.

For additional history information about chocolate


The Making of Chocolate


All the chocolate made for consumption worldwide starts with the cacao bean which comes from pods of the cacao tree (Theobromo Cacao). The seeds are fermented, sun-dried, may be treated with alkali ( called Dutching), packed and shipped to a manufacturing plant or to consumers.


At the factory, the beans are sorted then roasted to bring out the color and enhance the flavors. Further reading about the making of chocolate can be found on the web at http://www.cacaoweb.net



Locations to buy artisan chocolates in Napa Valley:


Woodhouse Chocolate                                        Napa Valley Chocolate

www.woodhousechocolate.com                     www.napavalleychocolateco.com



Anette’s Chocolates                                             Vintage Sweet Shoppe

www.anettes.com                                                                  vintagesweetshoppe.com



Le Belge Chocolatier                                             Kollar Chocolates

www.lebelgechocolatier.com                               www.kollarchocolates.com

 La Foret Chocolate


  Culinary Classes


Napa Valley Cooking School



NapaStyle Culinary Class

NapaStyle Culinary Program


CIA at Greystone :: The Culinary Institute of America

CIA Culinary Program


Silverado Cooking School

Silverado Cooking School


Cooking with Julie



Cooks and Books and Corks







Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes Hardcover

by Richard Sax



The Science of Good Cooking (Cook’s Illustrated Cookbooks) by The Editors of America’s Test Kitchen and Guy Crosby Ph.D (Oct 1, 2012)



In researching on the web I used www.bing.com


The Candlelight Inn — a luxurious Napa Valley bed and breakfast. Located near downtown Napa, this lovely 1929 English Tudor inn is centrally located to all the wonders of the valley.

Secluded beneath towering redwood trees along the banks of the Napa Creek, the candlelight rests on an acre of quiet, park-like grounds. A romantic and restful backyard delights sun seekers with manicured gardens and a gorgeous swimming pool.

Classic bed and breakfast
candlelight inn

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