A Legacy of Lemonade and Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Lemonade and Homemade Peach Ice Cream

This time of year, I am reminded of making ice cream for the family and lemonade for the neighborhood when I was a boy.

Typically, on a Saturday in June, my father and I would go to the grocery store, and we would get two carts to load up with ingredients for what we were making that day. Some days we would make ice cream; his favorite was peach ice cream. Some days we made lemonade for a lemonade stand I would run. 

From my father, I learned that in the store, there was a produce manager, and that you could negotiate with the produce manager on the price of fruit if you were buying two or three lugs of fruit.  If we were making lemonade, we had a cart full of lemons and sugar, and a cart full of ice and cups.

Thinking of the scale in which we made food at that time was an eye-opener for me as a boy.  I later had some context and understanding when I learned that my father’s father owned a ginger ale company.  As a boy, my father had seen his father making large batches of beverages. 

Learning to make food and beverages to feed large numbers of people created in me a joy for the entire process of batching, tasting and getting it right.  I also enjoyed the feeling of sharing what we made and seeing how much happier people were on a hot summer day to get fresh peach ice cream or a cup of fresh lemonade.

Those values of planning, hard work, and attention to detail are still with me today in my work at Chocolove.  And I still enjoy seeing others enjoy what we make.

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Savoring the Pursuit of Happiness with Chocolove

Chocolove Raspberry in Dark Chocolate bars, one opened and still in its foil wrapper, arranged next to pink spring flowers on a grey marble surface

Happiness Is a Warm Puppy is the title of a book by Charles M. Schultz.  In the book the author shows a variety of things people experience that illustrate what happiness is to them in that moment.

What is Happiness? 

It has been pondered and written about for more than 2000 years.

“Happiness is man’s greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.”

Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC)

“The highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness.”

John Locke, English Philosopher & Physician

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 Thomas Jefferson

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

P.T. Barnum

In my philosophy, I consider happiness a choice. I choose to be happy. I choose to love. I choose to help others with their happiness. The pursuit of happiness has many stages, culminating in moments of joy that displace all other thoughts and feelings for a moment or moments. Perhaps you too are like Chocolove and derive happiness from helping others in their pursuit of happiness.

Whether you are in a quest for happiness for yourself or are of the noble mind to help another with their pursuit of happiness, Chocolove is here for you.

I like to think Chocolove is engaged in the noblest of arts.   Chocolove makes chocolate with an intent to help others in their pursuit of happiness.  Even though the happiness moment is a choice for all of us, we like to make this choice and this pursuit easier with the entire range of the Chocolove experience. 

As Charles M. Schultz said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Happiness is Chocolove

Love, Love, Love. Blogging Along Sing a Song

There’s nothing you can say that can’t be sung… There’s nothing you can say that can’t be said with an unexpected gesture at an unexpected time. It’s easy, all you need is Chocolove.

Fitting perhaps, is that during Thanksgiving we are often contemplating what we are thankful for and then resonating with that. There is a certain feeling in our hearts that comes from hanging out in that space of gratefulness and appreciation; it might be love. For me, I am there daily and more so this time of year. And we at Chocolove are there for you as well.

As we swing from feeling thankful and giving thanks, from Thanksgiving to gift giving, to giving a little bit of love, Chocolove is ready to help. What if… What if a Chocolove bar were a battery of sorts for thankfulness and love, where one could contemplate and feel thankful and charge up a Chocolove bar with a heart-to-hand connection and share the love?  Having seen the effect of a gift of Chocolove received, I think it indeed works that way, and it’s easy.  Add a note and perhaps some ribbon, a sprig of shrubbery and you will certainly have made the day of someone in your life. This season gives you permission to say thanks, to say I care about you.

Love can come in many splendid forms; from romantic to neighborly to platonic to brotherly to sisterly to self-love. By all means, be sure to put yourself on the list and enjoy Chocolove while sharing the love with others. First get your Chocolove on and then help others with their Chocolove.

Put a little Chocolove in your life and the world will be a better place for you and me, just go for it and see.

Happy Holidays from Chocolove

Easter: A Time of Renewed Life

The return of green grass, blue sky, and yellow and purple flowers is a reminder of life renewed. The change of seasons to spring and the Easter holiday have always been some of my favorites.

As I child I looked forward to Easter as it was a day filled with hope, hope on a few levels. On a simple level, I hoped for a chocolate bunny and Easter candy. Somehow chocolate made the day and time of year that much brighter. As we celebrated the changing of the seasons and life renewed, I was aware that it was somehow more colorful and refreshing with chocolate.  

On a deeper level, I felt hope of a new year. It seemed the change of the seasons from winter to spring was more like a new year than a date on a calendar. I was set free in a way to run and play in sunshine.

Easter has also always been, and still is, a time of contemplation and a search for meaning to life. This year I feel that we as a world have been in a long winter and just maybe are entering into a spring of hope and happiness. I feel what the world needs now, more than ever, is love.

Chocolove exists today for many reasons. The love of chocolate born out of the joy of chocolate in the spring and the search for deeper meaning and purpose in life many years ago are still present today in Chocolove. Happy Easter from Chocolove, please share it with someone you love.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. That there is a day (a whole day!) for giving thanks gives me pause for thought and is comforting, even days before the holiday. Giving thanks is a great way to start the holiday season and hopefully carry those feelings of gratitude through to the next year.

At Chocolove, we celebrate life and the changing of seasons with food and dining together. This year we continue this tradition with a company-wide catered lunch with a classic menu. Also, we can give thanks to have on staff a world class maître chocolatier who prepares treats for our desert. So in addition to lunch’s pumpkin and pecan pie, we have chocolate truffles.

This year, Chef Patrick (as we call him internally) has made up a couple of truffle collections for us and for sale exclusively on the Chocolove website. One gourmet gift box set is inspired by pies and has four flavors: pumpkin, pecan, mincemeat, and apple. There is also Chef Patrick’s classic round dusted truffle collection offered in a long box. Mendiants and Sacher Tortes will be back again this season and gold-dusted caramels round out the collection of our seasonal offerings.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.