Tag Archives: Chocolate

  1. Need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Go for edible gifts (with a side of flowers)

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    May 9, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The horses have barely finished kicking up dirt at Churchill Downs, yet it’s time to turn around and celebrate another big occasion.

    I’ve always thought that the Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day are just a little too close together to give moms in the state proper justice. You want me to pick a horse, down a couple of mint juleps, AND plan a bomb brunch and buy a fabulous gift for my beyond-fabulous mother all in one breath?

    Month of May, have mercy on me.

  2. Hungry for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Try these 6 edible treats.

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    February 13, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    What sad lives we lead if they are, indeed, like boxes of chocolate.


    It’s true that, like life, you never know what you’re going to get when you tear through that red cellophane. But is life also full of disappointment coated in sugary promise?


    Boxes of chocolate are the most discouraging Valentine’s Day gift. When someone mistakenly gives me one, I try to activate my dormant X-ray vision to find the two caramel-filled chocolates that are hidden in every box. Even with a little help from the Rosetta Stone of a guide that’s sometimes included in the lid, I still end up biting through ghastly coconut and raspberry filling. Yuck.


    There are other edible presents I’d rather see this Valentine’s Day. Consider these when picking out something for your sweetie.


    • An Edible ArrangementNo one in the office is upset when their coworker gets an Edible Arrangement. This bouquet of fruit (and sometimes chocolate) is meant to be shared, not envied like a traditional bunch of flowers.
    • A Panera bagel. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that my love for the cinnamon crunch bagel at Panera runs deep. Real deep. A warm, chewy bite of the pastry along with a cup of coffee would start Valentine’s Day off right.
    • Twix/Take 5. Stick with one or two types that your significant other loves if you insist on giving something from the candy aisle. My personal favorites are Twix and Take 5.
    • Cookies. Specifically, two cookies, a rose and a mixtape from the coffee shop/record store Please and Thank You.
    • Pizza. Rob and I have done the heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day, but that isn’t even essential. Order me some Bearno’s and reserve your judgement when I eat half of a large pizza.
    • Cellar Door ChocolatesThis isn’t the stale variety you find in your neighborhood drugstore. This local business offers a variety of fresh, decadent chocolate treats.


    What do you think is the best edible Valentine’s Day present?


  3. We are in the midst of Choctoberfest, so it’s time to celebrate

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    October 23, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Some of the best things happen in October. 

    There’s Halloween, my birthday *cough cough* and a gaggle of fall festivals, including the Just Creations Choctoberfest.

    Just Creations is a not-for-profit, fair-trade store that sells products from farmers and artisans, according to the organization’s website. The sale of the products helps to provide a fair wage for the artisans and enables them to pay for food, education, health care and housing.

    Choctoberfest began Monday and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27. Here is some info about the festivities:

    Customers can sample chocolate and enter a raffle to win the Chocolate Sampler Gift Park worth $100. Proceeds from the raffle and 15% of all chocolate sales during Choctoberfest will be donated to Women for Women International 

    As part of Choctoberfest, the annual Chocolate Bake Off will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. … Judges for the Bake Off include Fred Moore, owner of Coco’s Chocolate Café, Jessica Haskell, owner of Sweet Surrender, and the LouisvilleHotbytes.com Dining Duo Mary Johnson and Robin Garr.

    This event sounds like a sweet way to celebrate the season.

    Just Creations Choctoberfest

    Where: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville

    When: Now through Saturday, Oct. 27; bake off is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24

    Cost: Free, but you can buy goodies at the store

    For more information: Just Creations website

  4. Bits and pieces: Chocolate shop, junk food and IQ, and other food news from the web, 2.14.11

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    February 14, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. My gift to you? The news: A chocolate shop/cafe is scheduled to open in April on …
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  5. Bits and pieces: Chocolate shortage, Betty Crocker’s PMS solution and other food news from the web, 11.10.10


    November 10, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Starting next week, Bits and Pieces will return to Mondays. Now, on to the news. This first news item brought …
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