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The Chocolate Chatter

The holiday season is finally here, and Dilettante Chocolates has been hard at work. Each year, many choose to share our chocolates with their friends and family. For this year, Dilettante brought together its most popular confections throughout the years in two new holiday-themed gift boxes.
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In a previous blog, Dilettante discussed how best to keep chocolate fresh. The whole post gives more information, but in essence, chocolate is best kept in a dry, room-temperature environment. Storing chocolate this way can keep chocolate fresh for several months, but is there a way to store it for longer?
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Dilettante Chocolates is happy to announce its Candy Cane TruffleCremes are back, just in time for the holiday season. These TruffleCremes are wrapped in festive red and silver foils and make a perfect gift for friends and family during the upcoming winter months.
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As the festive holiday season approaches, Dilettante Chocolates readies itself to share its chocolate craftsmanship with its supporters once again. Our chocolatiers have been hard at work, and old favorites are returning to Dilettante.com, including Candy Cane TruffleCremes and the Fruit Medley Gift Box. The upcoming winter season is exciting, but there are a few things chocolate lovers should know before picking up gifts.
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It is often said that a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of red wine before bed can help a person stay healthy. Although these two may seem like unlikely candidates for health foods, both are linked to undeniable health benefits. The only question that remains is, do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
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Dilettante Chocolates launched its Twitter page in the last several weeks, joining the already-established Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. In the last several weeks, all four of these pages have become more active with frequent posts, discounts, and new confections.

Join Dilettante's growing community on any or all of these social media sites. Following Dilettante is the easiest way to learn about upcoming products, receive valuable discounts, and learn something new.

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As the fall days continue to pass by, more people find ways to stay cozy during the cool days. For the Dilettante Mocha Café, warm coffee and mocha drinks are more popular, and more often than not, these drinks are accompanied by a hand-dipped chocolate truffle.

Espresso and chocolate have delicious compatibility with one another and have been enjoyed together for many years. The delicious taste comes from a juxtaposition between coffee’s bitterness and chocolate’s sweetness. The balance of flavor between these two makes their resulting flavor unforgettable.

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October is a festive time many choose to celebrate with decorations, costumes, and Halloween candy. During this time of year, trick-or-treaters look forward to filling their bags with sugary fall candies. It may be easy to imagine what candy looks like, but defining candy can be more difficult.

Merriam-Webster defines candy as “A confection made with sugar and often flavoring and filling.” All chocolate could be classified as candy using this definition. Yet, a hand-dipped chocolate truffle is remarkably different from a handful of candy corn.

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After many months of anticipation, Dilettante’s Bellevue Plaza Center Mocha Café is now open. Monday through Friday, the café will serve visitors freshly prepared foods and delicious coffee drinks.

Located on 10900 NE 8th Street in Bellevue, Washington, this café is in the heart of downtown Bellevue. A stark contrast to the bustling city, a quiet hum of music creates a calm and cozy atmosphere. The ample space between tables and bar counter seating also gives people the opportunity to spread out.

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From the entire Dilettante Chocolates Team, we would like to thank our supporters for their patience and understanding this summer. The last several months have brought on additional challenges, but we have been met with patience and understanding. As we enter into a new fall season, Dilettante will resume its standard shipping policy.

During this transition, warm-weather shipping may still be necessary for states with hot temperatures. To keep the chocolates from melting, states such as Arizona, Texas, and Florida will be shipped using two-day shipping with ice.

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Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans is one of Dilettante’s most popular confections. These elegant treats feature whole espresso beans in Dilettante’s white, milk, dark, and marbled chocolate blends. The mocha-like flavor is easy to enjoy, but it is important not to eat too many in the evening.

Similar to coffee, Dilettante’s Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans are caffeinated. However, eating espresso beans whole provides more energy than drinking a cup of coffee. About sixty coffee beans are needed to make one cup of coffee, but eating only one-tenth of these beans whole provide the same results.

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Several weeks ago, Dilettante created a blog post explaining where chocolate comes from. The process is complex, from sourcing cocoa beans, creating unique chocolate flavors, and learning the intricacies of high-quality chocolate. Despite the complicated process, some have voiced a desire to learn the chocolate-making process themselves.

Dilettante comes from a long line of chocolatiers, each enthusiastic and motivated to create chocolate. Dilettante’s founder, Dana Davenport, first made chocolate at home with his family. Making chocolate this way gives a better appreciation of the craft and can be a creative way to treat friends and family.

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