Colorado gift and chocolate companies team up for Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting contest

A Colorado gift company is staging a chocolate tasting contest featuring creations of local chocolate artisans

Online PR News – 08-February-2013 – Boulder, Colorado – Time: Monday, February 11, 3 - 6 PM
Location: YMCA Mapleton Center, 2850 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Colorado gift company, Regional Makers, has partnered with Colorado chocolatiers—Boulder Artisan Foods, Chocolove, and Nova Monda—to stage a friendly competition between their gourmet chocolates.

This first annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting Contest will dare chocolate lovers to try something new. Anyone can vote at, but those who stop by the Boulder YMCA on Monday will get free chocolate samples AND a free YMCA guest pass for the evening.

“We are excited to host Regional Makers’ first chocolate tasting contest,” says Jen Clink, Director of Corporate Development at the YMCA of Boulder Valley. “Exercise and dark chocolate in one night? It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Regional Makers selected five very different chocolates for the contest. Each is unique and delicious in its own right, so the test for tasters will be deciding what kind of chocolate they like best.

First, try chocolate in its purest form with roasted cacao beans—the main ingredient in chocolate. Nova Monda’s chocolate-covered cacao beans come from a single species of cacao tree, on a single farm in Ecuador. They are peeled, roasted, and rolled in 80% chocolate.

Rich Bradfield, managing member of Nova Monda Cacao & Chocolate, takes ethical and direct sourcing very seriously. “It is our mission to work directly with cooperatives and farmer’s associations to provide the best product possible. This means going well-beyond Fair Trade or Organic Certification standards to ensure that we are working with people who care as much about the earth and each other as we do.”

Second, enjoy another Nova Monda chocolate in European style: from a jar with a spoon! This chocolate is made from the same cacao beans, ground and mixed with just a splash of coconut oil and a dash of evaporated cane juice, so feel free to dig in. You can also melt it to make amazing chocolate fondue or homemade truffles.

Next, savor two classic chocolate bars from Chocolove and Nova Monda. Both have inspiring credentials. They are certified fair-trade and organic, contain high levels of cacao (73% and 80%, respectively), and they boast plenty of flavor to match all of the fancy labels.

Finally, slice off a wedge of Boulder Artisan's artful chocolate. To fit the season, their fudge-like dark chocolate ganache is cut in the shape of a heart and dipped in red wax to keep it fresh. “Our Backpacker’s Chocolate is made with the outdoors in mind,” explains Bill Sebastian, director of Boulder Artisan Foods. “We hand-dip each chocolate piece in food-grade wax to create a weatherproof and beautiful coating. To eat, simply slice a wedge, peel off the wax, and enjoy. Better yet, our profits go to the INVST Community Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.”

If you like what you taste, Regional Makers has released a limited quantity of its Valentine’s Day Seasonal Basket ($35) featuring the five chocolates from the contest.



Regional Makers helps people "give the gift of Colorado” with gift baskets full of specialty foods made in Colorado.

Regional Makers is bringing the local and green movements to the gift market. Their mission is to support the local economy and raise money for conservation projects everywhere they do business.

The company plans to release a new Seasonal Basket every three months in 2013 to promote Colorado Proud specialty foods that are in tune with the season. These will be limited-quantity and limited-time offers.

Regional Makers will continue to offer “set menu” baskets throughout the year. They sell gift baskets containing their favorite Colorado specialty foods in three sizes: the Little Colorado ($25), Big Colorado ($39), and Centennial ($99) gift baskets.

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