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A person handing a box of JACEK chocolates to another.

Hiring: 2 Part Time Seasonal Retail Positions

Retail Associate – Sherwood Park (Part-time Seasonal, including Weekends, Weekdays & Evenings) JACEK is an Alberta-based business that is committed to spreading joy through fine, fashionable chocolate.  We are a detail-oriented, joyful and creative team that wants to make a difference in the communities that we serve. We are looking …

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George Miok, in his military uniform, smiles at the camera.

In remembrance of a Canadian hero, Sgt. George Miok

From Sherwood Park, AB Sgt Miok joined the military at age 17 in 1998, following in his father’s footsteps. He served a tour of duty in Bosnia in 2002 and his first mission in Afghanistan in 2006.  In 2009 Sgt Miok departed for his second mission in Afghanistan.  His trademark …

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A white bowl with a mound of cocoa nibs.

Integrating Cocoa Nibs Into a Healthy Lifestyle

For those of you who have yet to experience the delicious, chocolatey goodness that is the cocoa nib, it’s never too late! Especially these days in which we are seeing the nib used in exciting sweet and savoury culinary dishes or at your favourite smoothie bar. Cocoa nibs are small …

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Chocolate As a Means For Connection & Transformation

Excited, slightly nervous and exhausted, I arrived in Colombia after a 30 hour journey from Edmonton to Santa Marta, on the north coast skirted by the Caribbean ocean.  I knew that I would learn a lot of technical details about cacao, farming and processes, but little did I know how …

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The Jackie Bar chosen as one of the top 100 things to eat in Edmonton!

I was so excited to learn yesterday that ‘The Jackie‘ bar was named ‘One of the top 100 things to eat or drink in Edmonton’ by The Tomato. The Jackie is made from caramelized milk chocolate that is accessorized with Fleur de Sel for the perfect balance in flavour.  The …

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Fabric Bar Mousse Recipe

Get the recipe of the chocolate mousse featured at our Open House.

A pile of roasted cocoa beans on a white background.

A joyful new step for JACEK- The Fabric Collection (Bean-to-Bar)

JACEK Chocolate Couture started back in December 2009 with the vision of combining two facets of joy; fashion and fine chocolate. With this in mind, a business was created where a new line of artisan bonbons (truffles) was created for each fashion season. The unique model of seasonal collections is …

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A 100g bean to bar chocolate, pictured with roasted cocoa beans, and a dried cocoa pod.

Fabric Collection (Bean-to-Bar)- 12 Day Process

In 2015, JACEK Chocolate launched it’s inaugural bean-to-bar collection (read more about why), and we want to show you how it is done, and how the bean becomes chocolate in 12 days!  Chef Curtis Jones, Head Chocolate Maker, shows the process of making chocolate once the cocoa beans have arrived …

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Jacqueline on a Costa Rican farm, looking at a field of cacao trees.

A cacao adventure in Costa Rica

Not many people argue when I say that I have the best job in the world, and my latest adventure to Costa Rica brings even more weight to this claim! As you may know, JACEK started a bean-to-bar collection in 2015 (read why), and the goal of this is to …

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Chocolate Shipping Cut-Off (resumes Jan 4th)/ Holiday store hours

As Christmas is around the corner, we are no longer shipping any more parcels as they will not arrive before Christmas.  We will resume shipping of orders on Jan 4th, 2016 when we are confident that parcels won’t be sitting in the Canada Post depot over the holidays. Please note …

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Pairing Suggestions with the JACEK Fabric Collection

About the Fabric Collection Within the chocolate industry, there are two types of producers; the chocolate maker and the chocolatier.  Like most things at JACEK, the best way to  explain the difference is to use a fashion analogy.  The chocolate maker is essentially the fabric-maker, using raw products (cacao beans, …

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The container filled with items for Bulembu has sailed!

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased a Bulembu Collection this summer for the ‘container shipping’ project- 100% of the proceeds from the chocolates were donating, resulting in over $7,000!  Kudos to Sherry Dorsey and her team who collected, sorted and packed all of the items for the container!  …

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Four different wine and chocolate pairings.

Chocolate, Wine and a Bourbon Too! – Pairing at Keg N Cork

  Thanks so much to Sasha McCauley @ASmashingLife for putting together these amazing pairings! Tha Mad Hatter’s Collection is only available until May 23rd 2015.

Recipe: Dulcey & Cheddar Scones

These scones are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Thanks to our wonderful 104th Boutique Manager, Jamie Dixon, for developing this amazing recipe: DULCEY & CHEDDAR SCONES Ingredients: 3 cups All Purpose Flour ¼ tsp Salt 3 tbsp Sugar 2 tbsp Baking Powder 1 cup buttermilk 2 eggs ¾ …

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Four Fabulous Wine Pairings, by Devine Wines

Chris Arnold, of Devine Wines & Spirits, created four fabulous pairings for those that might want to do a tasting at home. 2012 Campolargo Brut Rose – The Jackie Bar 2012 Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino – The Audrey Bar Arnaud de Villeneuve Rivesaltes Ambre 5 year old – Spiced …

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Tempering Chocolate- Christmas in November Guests

Firstly, a huge thank you to those that attended the JACEK Chocolate session at Christmas in November 2014  at the Jasper Park Lodge. As promised please find below the instructions on how to temper chocolate to create your beautiful pieces for Christmas (remember, be innovative and think outside the box …

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A Molten Lava cake in a small white ramekin. It is topped with a scoop of ice cream and a fresh peppermint leaf. Beside the ramekin is a handful of dark chocolate callets.

Molten Lava Cake Recipe

Decadent Molten Lava Cake recipe… a yummy idea for a Mother’s Day dessert!

The Bulembu house, after the restoration was complete!

How chocolate built a house!

As many of you know, the JACEK Team created a Bulembu Collection of chocolates last summer, with 100% of the proceeds donated to Bulembu. We raised over $9,500 which was the cost to restore a home for 6 orphaned children living in this town filled with hope. My parents (Margo …

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A perspective from Bulembu – By Simone Demers-Collins

My parents (Margo & Tom) and my mom’s cousin (Simone & Pat) are currently in Bulembu as voluntourists!  I wanted to post one of Simone’s notes that she sent today (more to come soon!): They say that food is one of the great unifying elements of people… and this is …

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A behind-the-scenes look at JACEK Chocolate Couture!

Behind the scenes at JACEK- a short video!

Behind the scenes at JACEK Chocolate Couture- a short video.

Three Jivara & Pistachio cookies. This close-up shoes the crumbly texture and milk chocolate shards peeking out.

#1 Valrhona Jivara with Pistachio

#1 Valrhona Jivara with Pistachio By Joelle Prefontaine I couldn’t stop eating these cookies.  They are so soft and delicious… a real crowd pleaser. – 1 cup softened butter – 1/4 cup white sugar – 3/4 cup brown sugar – 1 tsp of vanilla – 1 package (4 servings) instant …

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A pile of Abinao & Apricot Jam cookies on a white plate.

#2 Valrhona Abinao with Apricot

ABINAO WITH APRICOT by Kirk Bueckert, Chef   A… 6 tbsp  unsalted butter, warm 2 tbsp vegetable shortening 2/3 cup yellow sugar ¼ cup white sugar 1 room-temperature egg 1 tsp vanilla bean paste B… 1 c Abinao, melted C… 1 cup plain flour 1 + ½ tsp baking powder …

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A close-up image of the White Chocolate & Cranberry cookie. The golden colour and hints of red from the cranberries make this cookie look scrumptious.

#3 Valrhona Ivoire Chunk with Cranberries Cookie Recipe

White Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Cookies by Natasha Romanchuk Ingredients: 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cornstarch  1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup Valrhona Ivoire chocolate (chopped) – …

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A pile of Gingerbread Hug sandwich cookies.

#4 Valrhona Jivara Gingerbread Hugs

MILK CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD HUGS These cookies are adorable and crazy tasty!  Enjoy it with a steaming cup of coffee for a slice of heaven. A… ¼ c + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, warm ¼ c +2 tbsp yellow sugar B… 1 ½ c plain flour 1 tsp ground ginger ½ …

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A stack of Pistachio & White Chocolate cookies. They are golden brown with green pistachios peeking out.

#5 Pistachio & White Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Pistachio & White Chocolate Cookie Recipe By Joelle Prefontaine I couldn’t stop eating these cookies.  They are so soft and delicious… a real crowd pleaser. – 1 cup softened butter – 1/4 cup white sugar – 3/4 cup brown sugar – 1 tsp of vanilla – 1 package (4 servings) …

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Two PB, Dark Chocolate & Bacon cookies on a small plate.

#6 PB, Dark Chocolate and Bacon Cookie Recipe

Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Bacon Cookies By Julie Harvey The cookie that blends intensely dark chocolate with the goodness of peanut butter smoky notes from the bacon.  YUM! 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 egg 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup natural peanut butter …

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A pile of White Chocolate & Chai cookies on a teal plate.

#7 White Chocolate with Chai Cookie Recipe

WHITE CHOCOLATE WITH CHAI Sweet aromatic cookies that are sure to please!  Perfect with a hot cup of tea.  A… ½ c unsalted butter, warm ½ c white sugar ½ c yellow sugar B… 1 room-temperature egg 1 tsp vanilla bean paste C… 1 ½ c plain flour ½ tsp …

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Two Manjari & Sour Cherry cookies on a table.

#8 Manjari Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sour Cherries Cookie Recipe

MANJARI (DARK CHOCOLATE) COOKIES WITH SOUR CHERRIES by Cora-Lea Black The Valrhona Manjari Chocolate is a 64% dark made exclusively from cocoa beans from Madagascar.  It has bright red fruit notes which gives the chocolate a lot of character and pairs like a dream with the sour cherries in this …

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A zebra print plate and matching tea cup, filled with a Triple Hot Chocolate Shot, accompanied with a chocolate spoon.

JACEK Triple Chocolate Hot Shot – as seen on GoEdmonton (VIDEO)

As promised, please find below the recipe for the:  VIEW THE TV SEGMENT JACEK Triple Chocolate Hot Shot Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 12 x tablespoons (1 tin) JACEK Sipping Chocolate 12 x tablespoons whipping cream, whipped 4 x tablespoons 2% milk 4 x Chocolate Spoons (available at the JACEK Boutique) …

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A pile of Cardamom & Ivoire Cookies pictured on a green plate.

# 9 Cardamom & Valrhona Ivoire Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Cardamom White Chocolate Cookie Recipe, by Julie Harvey Amazing, aromatic flavour pairs exceptionally well with the very creamy Valrhona Ivoire chocolate (available at JACEK Chocolate Couture) Prep: 12-15 mins INGREDIENTS 100g golden Sugar 70g unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar 125g unsalted butter, softened 1 medium egg 250g plain white flour 80g …

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A pile of PB, Dulcey, and Jam cookies on a white plate.

# 10 Peanut Butter, Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate & Jam Cookie Recipe

PB, DULCEY, AND J Careful… these are crazy good and very ‘more’ish!  A… ½ c unsalted butter, melted ½ c yellow sugar ½ c white sugar 1 c smooth peanut butter 1 room-temperature egg 1 tsp vanilla bean paste B… 1 + 1/3 c plain flour ½ tsp baking soda …

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A pile of Pomegranate & White Chocolate cookies on a white plate.

# 11 Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Cora-Lea Black There is no better to way to get your fruit than in a cookie!  This mouthwatering cookie features the very creamy Valrhona Ivoire chocolate which is truly decadent in this recipe. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup light brown sugar …

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A close-up image of the Trailblazer Whiplash Cookie.

# 12 Trailblazer Whiplash Cookie Recipe

Trailblazer Whiplash Cookies with Manjari Chocolate These cookies are a perfect ensemble of power snack and dessert. Dried cranberries, along with a variety of nuts and seeds, pair beautifully with the Manjari chocolate by Valrhona (64%). Ingredients 1 Cup almonds (toasted in oven for 5 minutes) 3/4 Cup sunflower seeds …

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Ideas for entertaining with fine chocolate

I presented some new ideas on BreakfastTV this morning for entertaining using chocolate this holiday season.  Check it out here!

A handful of students from the Bulembu Children's Choir during their tour of the JACEK facility. They are wearing hairnets and gloves and are smiling at the camera.

Mission accomplished – we raised over $9,500 for Bulembu!

Many customers have been asking me how and why I became involved with Bulembu, so I wanted to share the story. I was approached a couple of months ago by the team who were putting together a large fundraiser for Bulembu International in Edmonton (there is a great network of …

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