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Here’s Why Craft Chocolate Is the New Specialty Coffee

Robbie Stout and Anna Davies live in the Utah desert, along with seven other bean-to-bar chocolate companies and one of the best chocolate stores in the country. In other words, there’s a good reason why in 2016 Saveur magazine called Utah “the craft chocolate capital of America.”Sure, the huge Mormon presence is a big part of it: Since Mormons can’t partake in other specialty foods like coffee, alcohol or tea, chocolate seems like a natural choice. But the triangle of Salt Lake City, Provo...

Five Points’ Condor Chocolates owners’ mother’s Ecuadoran homeland

Walking into Five Points’ Condor Chocolates is like stepping into some imagined warm comfort zone of smell, taste and sight.The cafe’s customers not only get to partake of the store’s chocolaty delights, but can actually see (and smell) the creation of chocolate bars and truffles.Athens’ Dale brothers, Peter and Nick started Condor Chocolates two years ago, to create a viable business but also to honor their mother, a native of Ecuador.“We’re choosing to kind of showcase our mother’s...

Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

This low carb ice cream recipe combines the flavours of chocolate and orange.  The result is a creamy and delicious ice cream that is perfect for a summer’s day.  Or even during winter as a pick me up.Shop bought ice creams are high in sugar, carbs and full of preservatives and artificial flavourings.   If you are like me and adore ice cream it can be the saddest part of giving up carbs.   However, once you learn to make a low carb ice cream there is light at the end of the tunnel! I’ve made...

Home brew: an expert guide to the best coffee makers

We may be traditionally known as a nation of tea drinkers but coffee is fast becoming the hot beverage of choice in Ireland with specialised coffee shops jostling for space on high streets all over the country.Expensive and complicated-looking coffee machines rule the roost behind the counter but what do baristas use to create their own perfect early morning brew?Domini Kemp, co-founder of Joe’s Coffee House, currently uses an eight-cup Chemex (€59.95) but will soon own a MoccaMaster (€215)....