Chocolate: the Best Candy. No arguments.

As the week is starting to settle into a post-Valentine’s Day torpor, we’re  sure that many of you have stashes of chocolate left-over from friends and lovers that will be greedily consumed over the weekend.  In perfect timing, Berkeley Wellness Alerts released an article that reports that chocolate may have positive effects on your heart – in this case, distinct physical effects, not just the emotional rush of receiving sweets from loved ones. read more »

valentineOkay, so reading Browning may not be the most romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day but neither is stressing over gifts or how you’ll impress your date. Instead of thinking of activities that are couple-friendly (you know, stuff you can do together), poor lovers-to-be make the mistake of buying chocolate for each other or dare we say it, go on a date to Crossroads. Gasp! Hear us out before you stuff your ears. read more »

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Folks, it is what it is. Ze Clog is about to get all fancy and teach ze art of winning hearts of our readers’ Valentines – with food, duh. Vat else is necessary if there is zensual chocolate and aphrodisiac strawberries involved?

But in all seriousness, the Clog’s going to tell you the basics of making these beauties. How can freakin’ chocolate–covered strawberries ever disappoint? They’ve never failed us whenever we’ve wanted to get laid we wanted to express our love for our loved ones, be it friends, significant others, or your wonderful parents –  but at this point, Mom and Dad probably want you to leave them alone and stop asking for their money more than anything else (commence laughter).

Chocolate-strawberries are delicious and relatively easy to make. For the effort you put in, the results and the appreciation from your Valentine(s) will prove to be more than worth it. Simple and yet impressive. So be you male or female, don the sacred apron and be prepared to make these babies. And if they turn out ugly, at least they’ll still taste good. Like all things, this comes with practice. Good luck! read more »

chocolateValentine’s Day was not long ago, and if you’re in the sort of relationship that such traditions are practiced (or of the mind that you should practice them on your own), this likely meant the consumption of large amounts of chocolate. And it’s not a bad tradition.

Chocolate is delicious. As a friend of the Clog recently noted, “I have been let down more often by women than I have by chocolate.”

But it’s not all sunshine and heart-shaped packaging, oh no. It seems chocolate has a “dark side” and some folks in Interdisciplinary Human Rights Minor feel it appropriate to remind you of that. They’re screening a film entitled “The Dark Side of Chocolate” in 300 Wheeler on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30p.m.

We like to think that there are some things that there is simply nothing bad to be said about, and we wish chocolate was one of those things … but knowledge is power, right?

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Earlier: Get Empowered
“The Dark Side of Chocolate” Film Screening [Facebook]


No, we are not talking about the boys at I-house. However, our discovery is definitely a close second: the Clog has just stumbled on hard-to-find chocolates at a not-hard-to-access location. You may know the Seven Palms Food Center on Euclid as it is often frequented by students going on liquor runs.

What you may not know, however, is that the Seven Palms contains hidden gems: plenty of delicious, European chocolates that are otherwise pretty hard to come by. These include German “Toifffays,” UK Cadbury’s “Crunchies” and “Flakes,” and our personal favorite, the Italian “Kinder Bueno” in hazelnut AND white chocolate fillings.

Go to town, kids.

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Warm Mochi Chocolate Cake

John Scharffenberger, a Berkeley graduate and co-founder of Scharffen Berger chocolates, was just named CEO of a quite different enterprise—Hodo Soy Beanery.

Scharffenberger first discovered the company, which makes soy milk, tofu and ready-to-eat soy products, at a Berkeley farmer’s market. The chocolate company he helped found—which produces the Clog’s favorite chocolate-flavored chapstick, was bought by Hershey in 2005 and its Berkeley factory closed in 2009.

Here’s hoping he can get tofu products to be just as delicious.

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Scharffenberger takes helm of soy food company [San Francisco Business Times]

Cacao. Food of the Mayan gods. It’s all fun and games till you realize the stuff is not necessarily an aphrodisiacChemically speaking, it is a card carrying antioxidant that keeps your blood circulating, prevents clotting, and improves blood pressure. On the pleasure scale, chocolate awakens the same brain receptors called upon in the face of a little plant called marijuana, amps up serotonin, and releases dopamine.

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West Berkeley’s Nina Wanat makes the kind of chewy candy coating that pays your dentist’s electric bill, without high-fructose corn syrup. At the recent Foodbuzz Blogger Festival across the bay, her organic BonbonBar candy bars were a major hit.

We sort of wish we’d attended. It’s no secret that the Clog lives for free samples, especially of Nina’s “single-malt-Scotch ganache—made with Talisker 1992 Distillers Edition Scotch from the Isle of Skye, topped with Maldon sea salt—and spunky pumpkin-pie caramallows, whose chewy-smooth coating contains butternut squash bought at farmers’ markets.” Almost worth a diabetic coma.

After great chapters in the Berkeley Foodie Chronicles such as this, we realize with horror that there will be a day after we graduate when we are forced out of the East Bay and into a cubicle in a boring city where “candy bars” are called “candy bars” and not “artisan confections.”

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Berkeley-Made Marshmallows a FoodBuzz-Fest Fave [East Bay Express]


Um, of course you do. So get your butt on BART this Friday morning sometime between 6 and 9 a.m. because that’s when they’ll be giving riders free Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Almond Chocolates, along with coupons, which we assume will lead to more chocolate.

You can pick up your goodies at several of the higher-traffic stations, including the Downtown Berkeley station. Hopefully this will make the pissed off commuters who can’t drive over the Bay Bridge a little less vicious. Yeah, in case you haven’t heard about it yet, the Bay Bridge will be closed starting this Thursday at 8 p.m. until Tuesday at 5 p.m. Heads up.

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BART Thanks Riders With Free Ghirardelli Chocolate on Friday [SFist]
Bay Bridge Closure [Bay Bridge Info]


The annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival hits the Gourmet Ghetto at the end of this month. Get your nails polished a “chocolate color”! Taste an “adult” brownie! Try a chocolate chicken tikka kabob! The possibilities are endless … OK, not quite, but there’s plenty of chocolate decadence to go around.

Trust us, there’s no better way to say “buh-bye” to finals and “hello, summer” than by consuming your monthly allotment of chocolate in one go.

When: Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gourmet Ghetto (North Shattuck Avenue)
Cost: $10 for 10 tickets

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Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival [Another Bullwinkel Show]
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Earlier: Chalkin’ It Up: Chalk Artists Honor North Shattuck Businesses

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