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Easter 2020 – Colouring Contest

Design your own Easter egg for JACEK Chocolate’s 4th Easter colouring contest! This is your chance to win two chocolate replicas of your custom JACEK Chocolate egg design filled with the goodies of your choice – one to keep for yourself and the other to spread joy by gifting it to someone special!The contest is …

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HIRING:: A Bookkeeper

About our Company: We are an award-winning small business, with 10 years in manufacturing and retailing of luxury confectionery products.  We are a Sherwood Park based organization that has two retail stores in Alberta, with wholesale partners & online sales across Canada. We are currently seeking a Bookkeeper for 2-3 days a week (12-15 hours) …

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Holiday Store Hours 2019

Visit our stores and spread joy with locally crafted, fine chocolate this holiday season! Sherwood Park Edmonton Canmore (partner boutique) 406 Kaska Road, T8A 4G8780.464.5200View on map 10140 104 St, T5J 1A7780.705.9927View on map 638 Main St (at Stonewaters)403.609.4477View on map December 23 9:00am – 7:00pmDecember 24 9:00am – 2:00pmDecember 25-29 ClosedDecember 30&31 10:00am – …

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Wine & Chocolate Tasting with Sasha McCauley at Keg n Cork

Love Chocolate? Love Wine? This tasting is for you. Keg n Cork is excited to bring you their fourth annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting on December 12. Enjoy six wines paired with six different chocolates from our seasonal menu. Taste a variety of wines- sparkling, red and white, from France and Italy. Find out what …

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$250 GIVEAWAY – Under the JACEK Mistletoe

The inspiration for the Advent Calendar 2019 is JOY & LOVE, so we designed it with a mistletoe. We want to help you spread even more love and more joy this holiday season, so post a photo showing your love with the JACEK Advent Calendar and you could win a $250 JACEK Gift Card which …

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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 response to why he was …

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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 pieces of crushed cocoa beans. …

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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 much this trip would give …

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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 chocolate… and bubbles!  We asked …

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Hiring: Retail Position (Weekends downtown Edmonton)

Retail Associate – Downtown (Part-time/Weekends) JACEK is a small 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 to hire a Retail Associate to join our small but …

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Playlist Collection Featured Genre: Pop

“Hit me baby one more time!” is what you’ll be saying after savouring our creamy pink lemonade ganache truffle, the POP, from our Playlist Collection. Accessorized with pop rocks ~ this fun, vibrant bubblegum pink truffle will have you crazy in love!! We hope you enjoy this specially curated playlist of #POP music. Tag a …

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Playlist Collection Featured Genre: Western

It doesn’t get more #alberta than this! Drenched in dark chocolate, our Western truffle from our Summer 2018 Playlist collection features Hansen Distillery ‘End of the line’ Moonshine ganache with a hint of oat straw. Take a shine to this truffle, grab your boots and hit the gravel roads with this exceptional playlist by YEGs …

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Playlist Collection Featured Genre: Oldies

Good vibrations! Our #oldies truffle encompasses that feeling of nostalgia for the golden oldies! Encased by decadent dark chocolate, our creamy cherry cola ganache takes you back to a time of mom & pop shops, vintage cars and polka dots! Our Summer 2018 collection, The Playlist, is a reflection of 6 different genres of music …

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Playlist Collection Featured Genre: Classical

Inspired by the flow of the creative process that is classical music, our Classical truffle blends vanilla bean and earl grey tea in a beautifully layered ganache, set in milk chocolate. Hand-painted like a warm summer breeze, the symphonies of flavour are sure to delight! Our Summer 2018 collection, The Playlist, is a reflection of …

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Meet Cocoanista Jacqueline Jacek & Jewelry Designer Cara Cotter

This special Mother’s Day Collection is dedicated to all the precious women in our lives. Edmonton’s talented jewelry designer and mom, Cara Cotter from So Pretty Cara Cotter  and our very own Cocoanista and mom, Jacqueline Jacek, have teamed up to treat ‘Moms of Gold’ across Canada.   Being a mom, what brings you the most …

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A cozy Thanksgiving pairing by Sommelier Sasha McCauley

When JACEK Chocolate goes to the pumpkin patch, and returns with a delicious Thanksgiving caramel, I just had to find a pairing for it: PX in the Pumpkin Patch with JACEK Pumpkin Spice Caramel. Sherry is an underappreciated wine category, which is unfortunate as it has a range of styles from bone dry to very …

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A very Merry Christmas gift of JACEK Chocolate Ornaments

Looking for some great gifts to spread Joy this holiday season? We have paired each Jacek Chocolate Ornaments to a wine or liqueur to help make your holiday shopping easier this year.  Simply pick up the beverage product and the accompany Chocolate Ornament, hang the ornament on the wrapped bottle and bring Joy to the …

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Grand Opening in Canmore – November 26, 2016!

 

HIRING:: Retail Associates (Canmore)

Click here if you are interested in the Boutique Manager role in Canmore (Full-time) Retail Associate – Canmore (Part-Time) JACEK is a small Alberta-based business that is committed to spreading joy through fine, fashionable chocolate.  We are a detail- oriented, joyful and creative team looking for someone to work alongside us to grow our brand, …

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You’re invited!

JACEK has recently launched a line of bean-to-bar chocolate in an effort to continue to develop our core purpose to spread joy. Why are we taking this step, and what makes bean-to-bar chocolate different? We are currently sourcing cacao from three origins; Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. We are opening up our chocolate studio to …

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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 a platform for continuous evolution …

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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 at JACEK’s studio in Sherwood …

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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 take it a step further …

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FaBLOOM Cointreau Fizz Recipe

A huge thank you to everyone that came to the ‘Art, Wine, Chocolate & Flowers 2016’ tasting event last weekend! Many of you asked for the recipe for the welcome cocktail, so as promised, you can find the details below.  This drink is very easy to make, super refreshing and of course beautiful! FabBLOOM Cointreau …

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The Mother’s Day Collection 2016- behind the scenes

We are so honored to have Giselle Denis (local fine artist), collaborate with JACEK to create an amazing collection to celebrate mom’s this Mother’s Day, and to have her help us to hand-paint the chocolate molds.  Check out some of the pics of our fun day together! We are super excited that Giselle has transformed …

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Tips for ordering chocolates online for Valentine’s Day 2016

A few helpful tips: 1) Please note that we ship online orders using Canada Post, so you want to make sure that you allow 5 business days for your order to arrive by Feb 12th.  Valentine’s falls on a Sunday this year, so you’ll want your order to arrive on the Friday prior. 2) If …

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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 you have in one …

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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 that our Sherwood Park store …

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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, 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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JACEK Chocolate #enJOY Contest

 JACEK Chocolate #enJOY Contest!     Tag JACEK Chocolate Couture in a picture showing how you enjoy your JACEK best. Be it with friends over wine, a coffee in the morning, or as an after dinner treat! All you have to do is tag JACEK Chocolate Couture in the picture on Facebook (JACEK Chocolate), Twitter (@jacekchocolate), …

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Recipe: Green cocoa nib smoothie

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 any smoothie as they add …

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Items needed for the shipment to Bulembu!

A wonderful team of Bulembu supporters and volunteers are putting together the items needed in Bulembu, to include in a shipment leaving in late fall.  Please note that they are only sending lightly used/or new clothing as the space in the container is limited, so we want to ensure that the goods that are being …

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The JACEK Joy Campaign (Calgary 2015)

    Last month, the majority of the JACEK Chocolate Couture Staff packed up bright and early for a day of spreading joy, inspiration, and team bonding in Calgary. Also known as, the JACEK Joy Campaign. While in Calgary, we wanted to visit and experience some of the cities amazing local eateries. Naturally, our first stop was …

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Recipe: Chocolate Espresso Mousse

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 3/4 cup cold whipping cream …

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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 BBQ Sauce Ingredients: -5.5 ounce …

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New York, Chocolate & More Chocolate

When the invitation arrived for the opening of the new Valrhona Ecole in Brooklyn, I thought about it for approximately 8 milliseconds, before deciding that this was an opportunity that could not be missed. With only three full days in New York, there was barely even a chance to touch on some of the experiences …

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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 with a few recipes that …

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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: 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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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, and great news, Devine Wines is right across the street from our 104th street location so you can make the 4th Street Promenade a one-stop-‘shop’.   2012 Campolargo Brut Rose – Petite Jackie …

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Extended hours for Valentine’s Day

We have extended our normal retail hours to make it more convenient for you to purchase your loved ones Valentine’s Chocolates.  The boutiques will be open on Thursday Feb 12th & Friday Feb 13th as follows: Sherwood Park (406 Kaska Road): 9am-7pm Edmonton, Downtown (10140-104th Street): 10am- 9pm Just a reminder that if you are …

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Tragic but sweet: How Valentine’s Day began…

February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is the one specific day a year we go out to purchase gifts specifically to show our loved ones just how much we do indeed love them. But does anyone know why we do? Why, out of 364 other days, do we choose this one to show our affection and appreciation? …

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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 Boutique Holiday Hours 2014

In observation of the holiday season, JACEK Boutique hours will be as follows: Sherwood Park Location (406 Kaska Road, Sherwood Park, AB, T8A 4G8) Tues, Dec 23rd: 9am-4pm Wed, Dec 24th: 9am-noon. Re-Opening on Jan 5th, 2015 104st Location (10140-104th St, Edmonton, AB, T5J 1A7) Tues, Dec 23rd: 10am-6pm Wed, Dec 24th: 10am-2pm Thurs, Dec …

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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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*|GRAND OPENING – 104th Street Boutique|*

*|GRAND OPENING – 104th Street Boutique|* We are very excited to announce that the new JACEK boutique will finally be opening this week!  At last, it is time to remove the paper screen on the windows to reveal the beautiful industrial chic space that is ‘the salon’ for our line of artisan chocolates on the …

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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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