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, sugar) to create fabrics.  The …

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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!  Check out the photos of …

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Marie-Antoinette Collection 2015 Photo Shoot… Chocolate, champagne, and JOY!

How could we possibly launch a Marie-Antoinette Collection, and not take the opportunity to do a photoshoot to celebrate her, and this amazing time of opulence! Randall MacDonald and I got all dolled up on a hot summer’s day (like, really hot!) to take some shots for a collection that would be launching 4 months …

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A note from Randall MacDonald- the inside scoop on the Marie-Antoinette Collection!

We are so excited for the launch of the Winter Collection 2015 this Friday, October 16th!  We met with Randall MacDonald nearly a year ago, where he shared some of his research and love of the eighteenth century. The Note: When Jacqueline Jacek asked me to work with her team as they develop their Marie-Antoinette …

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Recipe: Roasted Strawberry, Brie & Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese

Today, April 12th, just so happens to be National grilled cheese Day. So to celebrate, we’ve created a grilled cheese that contains some of our favourite things; roasted strawberries, triple creamed brie, and of course, a 64% dark chocolate. This sandwich is the perfect addition to any crisp spring day. Thanks to our amazing 104th …

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Valentine’s Coffee & Chocolate Pairing Recommendations

A great alternative to going out this Valentine’s Day (especially for those with little ones) is to have a date night at home!  Geoff, Chelsea and the team at Credo Coffee had the ‘difficult job’ (dripping with sarcasm, of course) of drinking coffee and tasting chocolate this afternoon to find some exceptional pairings.  These will …

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Champagne, Coffee and Chocolate Tasting for Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day (Saturday, Feb 14th, 2015), we have partnered with Credo Coffee and Charton-Hobbs Inc. for a great evening of learning, fun and fine products.  This two hour event will be a series of mini-tastings (3 samples in each), starting with champagne (Moёt & Chandon), then coffee (Intelligentsia) and finishing with chocolate by yours …

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JACEK Pairing Recommendations- Christmas in November 2014 Guests

As promised, please find below the pairing recommendations that were made in the Chocolate Demonstration at Christmas in November 2014:   Cheese & Artisan Chocolate Bar Pairings (all cheese’s from Quebec) Caprano Goat Cheese (soft & buttery) with the Audrey Bar Soeur Angele (double cream rind cheese) with the Frank Bar Le Douanier (semi soft …

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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 when it comes to flavour …

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Better Know Thy Cocoa Nib… Autumn recipes!

Better Know Thy Cocoa Nib by Kirk Bueckert, Chef & JACEK Chocolate Chocolatier As yet another autumn begins, many of us will be daydreaming of turkey dinners and pumpkin spice lattes. Though ‘tis the season of time honored staples, we Chocolatiers remember a less conventional member of the holiday pantry: the cocoa nib. An integral …

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Hiring: Sales Associate (104th st)

Fine Chocolate Sales Associate Job Description   JACEK Chocolate Couture is an award-winning chocolatier based in Sherwood Park, AB and we are excited to be opening a flagship boutique downtown Edmonton in July 2014. www.jacekchocolate.com Overview JACEK Chocolate Couture is currently seeking a motivated and outgoing chocolate lover for our sales team to help us …

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The first interview about our new location!

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Stephanie Medford, Local Good Writer, a few weeks ago to chat about JACEK Chocolate, and our imminent growth with our second location on 104th St (and Jasper Ave) in Edmonton.  The expansion is starting to feel real!! Enjoy the read: http://www.thelocalgood.ca/innovative-chocolatier-jacqueline-jacek-opens-location-on-104-street/

An ‘Africa Inspired’ Collection? Thoughts by Simone Demers-Collins

Per my previous blog posting, my parents and their cousins Simone and Pat are still in Bulembu as voluntourists.  Simone sent me a couple more thoughts from their time on Safari, which I wanted to share.  This is making me think that maybe we should do an ‘Africa Inspired’ Collection:   From Simon Demers-Collins: I …

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We are sponsoring you to ‘Pay it Forward’- Jan 16th, 2014

January tends to be a dreary month; with the end of the holidays and the frigid weather, so we wanted to dedicate a day to Spread Joy this month!  On January 16th, we will sponsor spreading joy by giving away 150 boxes of our Black Tie Collection to people who want to make someone’s day. We …

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#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) – Available at the JACEK Boutique …

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#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 cookie. In fact,  we pair …

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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) Marshmallows (about 20 minis) 1 …

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# 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 Valrhona Ivoire chocolate, chopped into …

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# 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 1/2 white sugar 1 large …

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# 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 1 Cup dried cranberries 1/4 …

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