You would never know as you drive by a house in a nondescript neighborhood of Uintah, Utah you might be passing the house of Chocolot, an artisan chocolate company that creates delightful experiences in each piece of chocolate they sell. I never knew, I have passed this place several times on runs and bike rides. Never did I know the little world of chocolate goodness that was being created inside.
A group of us were lucky enough to meet with Ruth and see what she does and a bit of how she does it. I say a bit because it is impossible to pack the amount of chocolate knowledge that Ruth possesses in only 2 hours.
Ruth’s story begins several years ago when she assisted her mother in making chocolates. Ruth tells it that she got to make the peanut clusters, the left overs because that was hard to mess up. She must have learned something because later she published a book, Candymaking with her mother and taught several candy making classes to local women.
The serious hobby turned into a business with the help of her son Ryan and the sweet goodness continues. In 2011 alone Chocolot won a total of 6 Gold awards between the Chicago Chocolate Salon and the Bridal Chocolate Salon. In 2012 it won a Master Award at the International Chocolate Salon. As Ruth would say, it is just good.
We began our time with Ruth learning the basics of chocolate, how it is made and the basic process for candy making. We reviewed hand dipping, dipping with the assistance of a fork, and molds. We reviewed how to make proper ganache and other possibilities for fillings to use when making candy. A few things that impressed me here is the exact science of chocolate. There is an exact temperature that Ruth heats and cools her chocolate and there is an exact process that chocolate makers attempt to produce when cooling their chocolate to make candy.
We did get to sample Ruth’s chocolates treasures at the very end. What a surprise. I previewed pictures of the chocolates on their website prior to visiting, but the pictures are not as good as the real thing. The chocolates are gorgeous. A friend of mine mentioned they look as good as they taste. Although I am not completely through my little sampling of chocolate yet, I would have to agree.
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For more about Chocolot and their many flavors, stay tuned on Chocolate Fridays!
Can you say yum? Have a good weekend everyone!