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Holiday Gift Map

Need some gifting inspiration? Look no further! We have created lists of products to suit several preferences & palates!

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

In remembrance of a Canadian hero, Sgt. George Miok

GEORGE’S LIFE 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.  …

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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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Former JACEK Chocolate storefront on 104th St in Edmonton.

Edmonton Boutique Closure

We want to sincerely thank you all for your support in these historic times. Our small team has been working incredibly hard to fulfill all orders with heightened COVID Production Protocol, and we are so thankful for the orders (and all the love!) that keeps pouring in at our headquarters …

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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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A bottle of wine placed beside a 6-piece chocolate collection.

Celebrating Women with Chocolate… & Bubbles

May is the month where we celebrate mother’s, and we want to extend this to all of the women in our lives that inspire, mentor and support us. The BLOOM Collection features six floral inspired flavours, and what better way to celebrate the fine women in our loves than with …

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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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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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JACEK Joy Campaign 2016

Joy |joi| noun – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen delight; elation. Our purpose here at JACEK Chocolate, is oddly not only to serve fine hand-crafted chocolate but to bring joy; whether it be with the chocolate you eat, the experience …

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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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A white bowl with a mound of cocoa nibs.

Green Smoothie with Cocoa Nibs Recipe

The mornings where I’m running late and don’t have the time to make a proper wholesome breakfast, this is my ‘go to’. Smoothies are a great way to get tons of vegetables and vitamins while drinking something that tastes amazing and is filling. Cocoa nibs are the perfect addition to …

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Chocolate Espresso Mousse in a glass cup, garnished with bits of chocolate and sliced strawberries.

Chocolate Espresso Mousse Recipe

Chocolate and coffee; a natural, beautiful, smooth pairing. This chocolate espresso mousse is not overly sweet or complicated. It’s a perfect simple dessert that can finish any meal off on the right note. Mousse has three main components; whipped cream, pâté à bombe, and of course, chocolate. Ingredients – 1 …

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A spoonful of thick chocolate BBQ sauce.

Recipe: BBQ Sauce

During the spring and summer months, barbeque sauce turns into a staple item for most households. So, we decide to create a spicy and smoky sauce that contains our favourite ingredient…chocolate! This barbeque sauce is perfect on steak, pork (it’s an AMAZING pulled pork sauce), and even grilled veggies. Chocolate …

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A scrumptious stack of waffles (one vanilla & one chocolate). The waffles are garnished with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, berry sauce, and fresh berries. The waffles are on a decorative plate.

Mothers Day Brunch Ideas

“ A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan To celebrate the women who raised us, encouraged us, and even gave up the last piece of pie for us; we came up …

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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.

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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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.

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 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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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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