Friday, March 29, 2013
Easter Chocolate Bunny: What makes the holiday treat so sweet?
It’s a busy time of year for lots of chocolate makers. SPAGnVOLA, Gaithersburg's Kentlands-based chocolatier, provides a peek inside to see what really goes into the making of all those Easter bunnies.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Gaithersburg's SPAGnVOLA chocolate boutique hopes to open a second store in Bethesda, according to a report by BethesdaNow.com.
Chocolate lovers may soon have an alternative to traveling to Gaithersburg to get their fix of SPAGnVOLA. Eric Reid, owner of the Kentlands-based chocolate boutique, will likely bring his dark chocolate bars, bonbons and truffles to Bethesda "via a partnership that’s in the works with a 'high-end' existing business," BethesdaNow.com reported. “It will at least give us the ability to serve our customers that are currently in Bethesda,” Reid said, according to the report. “We want to start to build that market organically. If things go well and we have the right formula, we’d like to open up our own boutique there.” Read the full story on BethesdaNow.com.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A dating-auction website claims that more than 2,500 men in the DC area already have done so.
Valentine's Day can be challenging for people with sweethearts. Trying to figure out the perfect gift can really be stressful. For singles, the day can be even more difficult, but a dating website with a twist aims to boil it all down to something just about everyone can understand—a straight monetary exchange. Apparently, it's a pretty attractive proposition in the DC area. WhatsYourPrice.com recently released the results of a study of singles that found that 369,282 men nationally made offers for first dates in the month leading up to Valentine's Day, with nearly 2,700 of them in the DC region. WhatsYourPrice.com starts out like most other dating sites—a participant uploads a photo and a personal profile. Where it differs is in the "…
Friday, April 22, 2011
The soul of chocolate is unveiled at this unique Kentlands chocolatier.
Here’s hoping the Easter Bunny finds SPAGnVOLA, a new chocolatier in the Kentlands, before the baskets get filled. At SPAGnVOLA (pronounced spang-vola), the chocolate experience pinnacles in the perfect blend of art, science, and …well, religion. Even SPAGnVOLA’s business partner, Justin Brooks, owns up to the fact that his cacao confections “penetrate the soul.” SPAGnVOLA has assumed the auspicious mission of bringing its’ customers the freshest, purest, most exquisite quality chocolate that simply cannot be duplicated or found anywhere else. Owners Crisoire and Eric Reid have accomplished this by procuring and cultivating farmland in the Dominican Republic, where the most fertile and optimum conditions exist for growing cacao plants. …
Friday, December 24, 2010
Rum Balls and Chocolate Truffles to satisfy anyone on your list.
For those last minute gifts you always need, here are a couple fast and delicious ideas. Rum Balls - makes approximately 3 dozen 12 oz vanilla wafers (1 box) 1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar 2 tablespoons high-quality cocoa 1/2 cup pecans 3 tablespoons light corn syrup or Lyle's Golden Syrup 1/4 cup rum (cheap rum is fine.) Place vanilla wafers in food processor, process into crumbs (makes about 3 cups). Add pecans and pulse til finely chopped. Alternatively, put cookies and pecans in an extra large zip bag and smash into crumbs with a rolling pin. (This can be quite enjoyable, not to mention cathartic.) Pour into large mixing bowl, add cocoa and 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and stir until combined. Stir in corn syrup and rum, mix well. …