Green and Black’s Chocolate Event!

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Yesterday evening, I had the unique opportunity to attend a chocolate and wine flight, hosted by organic chocolate company Green & Black’s.  I was first introduced to Green & Black’s 5 years ago, when I devoured a Maya Gold bar.  While I enjoy a chocolate bar as much as the next person, it was really interesting to learn more about manufacturing process, ingredient sourcing and nuances of this particular brand.  Of course, I was also distracted by all the desserts lying around!  There were a ton:

The recipes for all of these concoctions are in the newest Green & Black’s cookbook, and included a buche de Noel, just in time for the holidays:

Chocolate, cranberry and pistachio layered pots:

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie (I just wanted to dip a spoon into this one!):

Christmas puddings:

Strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake:

This was called “Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake.”  Hmmm, really!! Looks pretty guilty to me – looks can be deceiving I guess!

A tower of even MORE sweets, including “ultimate” chocolate brownies, white chocolate and blackberry cupcakes, and chocolate marshmallows – mmmmm:

 

There were also chocolate martinis (with real cocoa beans as garnish):

and chocolate, chocolate, everywhere!

 

 

And then it was time for the main event to start:

Facilitated by Green & Black’s Head of Taste Micah Carr-Hill (gee, I’d love to be “Head of Taste” for something!), we were led through 6 types of Green & Black’s chocolate paired with 6 specific wines:

 

The 6 chocolate varieties included: white, peanut and salt (my absolute favorite!), almond, cherry (the cherries were pucker-sour, yum!), 70% dark and 85% dark.  Micah led us through each of chocolate/wine pairings:

…as well as some fun tidbits about each product.  For example, Micah purposely chose a more sour cherry for the cherry bar – a sweeter fruit would have been overpowered by the chocolate.

We then worked with the chocolate first-hand, making mille feuilles:

as well as trying Micah’s recipe for tiramisu:

I loved making these.  I loved eating them even more. 😉

I left the event with a goody bag filled with MORE chocolate, my apron, hot cocoa mix, and the newest Green & Black cookbook, which had the recipes for all of the desserts pictured above.  Stay tuned, as I attempt making some of these delectable delights!

The Green & Black’s event was educational, fun and delicious.  Not only did I learn more about the nuances of both chocolate and wine, but I stuffed my face as well.  And that, in my book, is a great night. 🙂

Which of the above desserts should I prepare?

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    November 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I got a sweet tootache just looking at all of this. Maybe try the Christmas puddings since the holidays are coming up?

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    San Jose Love
    November 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    wow I'm so jealous of the things you get to go to. But then again, keep em coming. There's no other way I'd be exposed to these events except through your blog. Looks cool!

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    lavenderpug
    November 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    i simply can't choose. buche de noel, perhaps? but then again, i'm a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter. oh the choices, the choices!

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    kimberly michelle
    November 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter pie… no doubt! 🙂

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    M and C
    November 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I want your life!! Green and Black's is my favorite ever. I love the Maya Gold bar. It tastes like Christmas and reminds me of living in England.

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    mintedlife
    November 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a great event!! I'd totally go for the chocolate and peanut butter, but that's because you can never go wrong with that combo.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
    November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Can I move to NYC and go to all these awesome events with you? OMG I want chocolate right now!

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    lobster
    November 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    what a great event! and awesome goodie bag.

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    Nellie
    November 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    that looks like a ridiculously awesome event!

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    Christina
    November 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Yum, yum and yum!

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    Jessica
    November 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    HolyChocolateDeliciousness.
    I'm 99% sure I got a green and blacks chocolate bar in my stocking last year. Ate it so fast the wrapper was a blur though.

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    Sugar
    November 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

    OMG. YUMMMMMMMM. Make all of them and send them fed ex to me!! Please. kthanks.

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    fromscratchblog
    November 18, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I am totally jealous — YUM. As a chocoholic, this looks like heaven to me! And, um, please make a bouche de noel. 😉

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    Runrgurl10
    November 18, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Peanutbutter pie. For Dahlia's party 🙂

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    Tiffany
    November 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Pretty sure I got tears in my eyes from reading this. Oh, how I love chocolate! Now if only I could find an event devoted solely to chocolate…

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    Katie
    November 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Wowwwww…I am supremely jealous of your experience! Those treats look insanely good, and paired with wine? I die. Please, can I have some of that bouche de noel?

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    Mo
    November 21, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Omigosh I am so so jealous, this looked uh-maze-ing!!! Green and Black's is our fave, we're big fans of the toffee and mint flavors.
    Make the guilt-free/totally guilty chocolate cake!

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    Kelly
    November 25, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog. I'm incredibly jealous as this looks like an amazing time. I did a chocolate and wine pairing class a couple of years ago and it was fun to see how the taste of one impacted the other.

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    Pink Thumb
    November 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Kewl! Mr. Snow Pea's aunt works for Green & Blacks and we get samples every year!

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    Anthony
    May 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Hi, my name is Anthony Accomando, me and my girlfriend Angela Rivera prepared all the food for the Green & Blacks tasting. We would really like to link our site to this blog about the event, and possible use some of the picture as they are waaaaaay better than ours! Please let feel free to contact me and let me know what you think. It would be really appreciated. We have just started to do some cooking classes and cooking parties. Thanks so much!
    Anthony

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