BLYSS special offers, Friends and Family

Cute Alert: Bert n BLYSS

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Customer Spotlight 

Little Bert Appleby climbed into his mother’s kitchen in England and baked up a storm! He and his little brother are lactose intolerant so they love making their own chocolate with our 70% chocolate drops andcacao powder, and mum has no worries about their health in the future.

‚Thank you so much for your amazing cacao we all were all fighting over the chocolate covered berries. You have 4 new customers!!!
What an amazing journey you have/are on and wish you every success.’

 

 

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BE the change you wish to see, Ecuador, Friends and Family, Love Letter, Plantation & production updates, Social Enterprise

1200 will lose their homes in the Amazon, this month

Dearly Beloved,
The Ecuadorian government is in the process of auctioning off all the country’s remaining virgin rainforest, 8 million acres, to oil companies. Indigenous communities who live in the region are resisting the advance of oil companies into their ancestral lands.

 The Sarayaku community of 1200 people living on the banks of the Bobonaza River is at the forefront of this resistance.

This year we fund a StoryTeller who, will remain for security and their own safety reasons anonymous. They are known as the Chakarna Chronicles and produce interviews with people involved with the fight against oil. This is the first video, and thanks to VETAIL-X.com it is available with German and English subtitles. The goal is not to sensationalise-over hype, just give direct From-The-People statements and information to decision makers at the WEF and UN to make better standards and influence about land grabbing, environment and people. Chakarna Chronicles met with their Vice-President Tupak Viteri Gualinga to discuss the threat his community faces from oil exploitation and how they are resisting.

See the interview here:

Chakarna Chronicles Interview

 

For those of you who have been following our mobilisation & vocalisation project has been renamed to BLYSSfully Yours which is where we will bundle all our social and agroecology projects outside the cacao farms. It ranges from the laptop with LABDOO.ORG and recycled bike collection with Fahrrad XXL MARCKS and other film and event elements that feed into our project to support evolved action and decision making with regards to originally communities, native land and the rush to industrialisation.

We are happy to welcome a new partner this month, with SONNTAGMORGEN.COM a gorgeous coffee company and MySTID laptop and business bags who give people a 30% discount from their online orders when you:
- Donate and collect recycled bikes – thanks to Fahrrad XXL Hamburg (still seeking more)
- Donate recycled laptops – as we are the Munich hub for Labdoo.org

Of course we are looking for more companies to join our effort, you can start, by offering a goodie/discount that we can offer the people who participate in this program!

For now, you can see the evolution over a series of social media channels, all the BLYSS ones, and we will have a website up for this program in the next weeks.

BLYSSfully yours,

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BLYSS special offers, Chocolate & Cheese, Chocolate Connoisseurship, Friends and Family

My homage to fromage in Rome

Dearly Beloved,

LOCALSPOTTER just published my homage to fromage – which is the story of falling in love with cheese in Rome and the reason behind my BLYSS chocolate box – How to pair CHOCOLATE with CHEESE.

An excerpt:

It wasn’t until I went to Rome for work, on numerous occasions and the colleagues kept taking me out and talking ohhh the cheese shop miss lyss, you will look dis, y dis y dis. And then I met Roberto. Roberto ran a small cheese store in the old town and my heels teetered almost over every time I went to visit him. I started a little education with him, visiting him every time I was in Rome.  In the beginning, to be honest, it was because it was next to a hot shoe store that I liked to go swoon over.

And then over time, I would visit him and Roberto became the real attraction of the old centre of Rome for me. I would take home packages wrapped up in parchment paper to try with my friends on weekends.  I felt like the little sourcer’s apprentice.

Check it out on LOCALSPOTTER. And get yourself a 10% discount on my chocolate to pair with cheese! And I will also send you our pairing with cheese guide. :-)  (who loves you babeh?!)

BLYSSfully Yours,

 

 

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Chocolate Connoisseurship, Secrets to Great Chocolate

Where should my chocolate live?

Dearly Beloved,

Do you put chocolate in the refrigerator or in the cupboard?

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Chocolate is more sensitive than your most moody of friends. She doesn’t like light, humidity or heat. Just like the attention you have to give to your favourite wines, and olive oils; you need to take care of your chocolate.
Chocolate takes on the aromas of what it is close to, and will literally absorb the scent of what you place next to it like a sponge (so don’t store it under your armpits!).
You want to keep it in sealed packaging, in a dark and cool place.
The most ideal storage for your chocolate is 17-19 degrees centigrade (59-64 Fahrenheit) with a humidity level of less than 50%. THAT IS NOT THE REFRIGERATOR. IT IS THE CUPBOARD.
You will know when your chocolate is unhappy because she will ‘bloom’, and that’s a bad sign. Blooming occurs when chocolate is stored or served incorrectly.
There are two types of blooming:

  1. A fat blooming which is caused by temperatures exceeding, or fluctuating to-from 24 degrees centigrade. (don’t leave it in the sun!) You will know if this occurred by when you open your chocolate and rub the surface , the bloom disappears. You can either get rid of this completely be re-tempering the chocolate.
  2. A sugar blooming occurs when temperatures go below 15 degrees or too much humidity (don’t put it in the fridge!) When you put it in the fridge, the chocolate will actually absorb the moisture (and aroma) of your fridge and cause the fat and sugar crystals to rise to the surface. And if you take it from inside a fridge to the outside, on a warm day, you will get an oily film.

Although all of this looks very yukky, in fact the chocolate is still completely edible. You just moved the crystals around (which we worked very hard to put in the correct order via a funky tempering technique).

Like all foods, ‘if in doubt, throw it out’. Your health is the most important.

BLYSSfully yours,
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Body Care, Health

A little bit about our cacao butter

CACAO BUTTER
Terroir: La Tolita
Vintage: Wet Season 1, 2014.

cocao butter

Cacao Butter

Microbatch BLT14369
Pure ingredients: cacao butter.
You want this cacao butter if you don’t like reaching the burn point with your cooking. Given that cacao butter doesn’t burn until 230 degrees centigrade you’re happy to explore new cooking techniques and ways with this fabulously versatile cooking butter. You’ll spread it over a pan and quick fry fish, grate it and pour with cold water over fresh vegetables for an evenly coated stir fry in the wok. Light floral  nuances, totally devoid of nutty nuances that you typically associate with the arriba nacionale. You have the light, almost jasmine aroma with a sensual warm butter type flavour. Great for baking when grated/crushed) as an alternative to olive oil, and as a pan greaser for pancakes. Given it is naturally “sweet” you’ll find you can use less sugar in your pancakes or baking because it gives a sweet flavour profile (as opposed to olive or sunflower oils or dairy butter). For those who like a sexy massage, you’ll take a few shavings in your hand, let them warm to a soft oil and rub your partner’s back or feet. You can even get a little sexy and lick it off ;-) Warming a small pot over the stove you can put it into your hair for a natural hair moisturizer before shampooing, just like the ladies who work on plantation do.
Originally the first ingredient in sunscreen because of its’ natural UV protection, cacao butter is probably the most underestimated and utilized product in the kitchen these days.

Raw, vegan, kosher, halal, organic.

BLYSS gmbH is a third generation social enterprise. Crafted at source, by hand in Ecuador. May contain trace amounts of tree nuts.

Purchase at http://ow.ly/uXd72 

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BLYSS special offers, LOVE

A DATE WITH CHOCOLATE

“Forget love, fall in chocolate.”

Love cacao beans

Dearly Beloved,

When you need love, chocolate is your date. Chocolate loves you without condition and will fill your cup and heart with warm cuddles. Chocolate won’t argue, leave dirty socks in the bedroom or judge you. Chocolate accepts, soothes and smooths the roughness in your heart. This is our Chocolate Date, for the day when you want to come home, prepare a mini PASSION for your battered feelings and just be held in chocolate-y goodness. In these three glasses is 100% untempered virgin chocolate and cacao powder to make a hot chocolate (thick Italian style recipe inside), and a little jar of choc covered cacao beans to nibble on. Turn off your phone, light a candle, calm your soul and have a date with someone who will love you as much as you love her.

BLYSSfully Yours,

http://ow.ly/uTYKV 

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BLYSS BELOVED BEADS

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It’s quite simple. Really! 3 jars of chocolate with taste sensations inside. 70% chocolate covering either Arabica coffee beans from our neighbours in Ecuador, or dried physalis pieces grown in the understory of our cacao trees, or cacao nibs, the pieces inside a winnowed cacao bean. At BLYSS, we only do 1 thing, and we do it well: single bean virgin chocolate. These Beloved Beads are made possible by the diverse eco system which supports our trees, and that is why we pair them together. Open a jar and enjoy at any time of the day, with anyone you love. Just, enjoy!

 http://ow.ly/uPsTC 

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