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Our season starts each year by setting up at the Brimfield Antiques Show in Brimfield Ma. to both buy and sell.  We look forward to our return to the sights and sounds of Brimfield and what we love most are the endless possibilities of it all.  We never know what and who we will encounter-simply driving there one morning our path was crossed by a bobcat!

Firstly the people we chance to meet are amazing.  There is such a wide array, dealers and shoppers from all over the world and all walks of life.  Brimfield is great theater, the perfect arena for people watching. It is fascinating to spy the interactions of vendors, the negotiation of a sale, or just watch the colorful crowd go by, each carrying their new found treasures.

Brimfield is considered the largest out door antique flea market in the world. It runs along nearly a mile of Route 20, which is flanked by 23 different fields, containing thousands of dealers.  From junk to museum quality antiques- If you want it, you can find it here at Brimfield.   I never cease to be amazed by variety of collections and curious objects to be found.

This season we introduced our delicious Fudge to Brimfield and it has been well received by the crowds. We offer 5 different flavors; Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut, Penuche, Penuche with Pecans and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl.  Returning favorites include our popular chocolate covered confections made with our 70% cacao dark chocolate; Almonds with M.V. Sea Salt, Blueberries, Cashews, Cape Cod Cranberries, Pie In the Sky Espresso Beans with M.V. Sea Salt and Malt Balls.   Route 20 Trail Mix is a popular healthy snack to keep you fortified for the day’s shopping marathon.

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When we aren’t making chocolates, we indulge our other passion- vintage costume jewelry.  Come see our fun selection of pretty shiny things including sterling silver,  Dorothy Bauer, Juliana, Weiss and Miriam Haskell.  Visit us at Sturtevant’s South,  have a sweet treat and carpe bling!

 

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Despite what one might suspect about winter life on an island off the coast of New England,

    Baby Love.  Photo taken by Lynn Christoffers

Baby Love. Photo taken by Lynn Christoffers

we have been busy here at Enchanted Chocolates.  True, busy braving the many nor’easters but also preparing for the upcoming season by making lots of new chocolate treats.  Most importantly we’ve been happily occupied with the new addition to our family, Finnegan Edward Roland, born January 18th to Amandine and Louis Hall.  Amandine, as Hatchery Manager of Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, is also responsible for spawning the delicious island scallops, oysters and clams we all enjoy.  My son Louis  is a teacher at the M.V. Charter School, owner of Anything Apple, and aso known to many  as the “chocolate guy” at the West Tisbury Farmers Market.  Their delightful pirate baby has captured our hearts and rules our days.  He reigns in the chocolate kitchen as head Ooompa Loompa and muse, enchanting us all.

Finnegan and his Rainbows.  Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Finnegan and his Rainbows. Photo by Lynn Christoffers

He recently inspired Finnegan’s Rainbow Nonpareils, our fun and colorful version of the classic confection.  The color combination was perfected by namesake and great-grandfather Edward Cowley and grandmother while Finnegan, Uncle Brian and great-grandmother oversaw production.  Four generations at home together, creating, working, playing in the kitchen.   Sometimes dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

On island this weekend?  Don’t miss the great food & music at the Shellfish Extravaganza & Chowder Contest this Saturday, April 20th, 7 to 10 at the Chilmark Community Center.  All proceeds go to the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group.

Contact Lynn Christoffers when in need of a great photographer- she specializes in babies and pets.  508-696-4920

Vesta of the Great Hole in the Wall, aka Smudge.  Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Vesta of the Great Hole in the Wall, aka Smudge. Photo by Lynn Christoffers

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Baby it’s cold outside- so make a cup of steamy hot chocolate  to warm and satisfy the soul!

Enchanted Chocolates' ground 70% cacao chocolate

Enchanted Chocolates’ ground 70% cacao chocolate

It’s fun and so easy to do.  Start with a good quality chocolate bar- a higher cacao will make a richer, more chocolatey flavor.  Finely chop or grate 2-4 ounces (per cup of milk) according to your taste.  Heat milk in a small sauce pan or preferably double boiler till hot – don’t let it boil though.  Add the chocolate and stir with a spoon till smooth.  Try a whisk for a lovely froth.  Pour and enjoy!

Feeling creative?  Hot chocolate blends well with so many flavors, be original and make it your own special potion.

-Scrape out the seeds of a vanilla bean and add .

-Try adding a splash of your favorite liqueur- I love Chambord, Grand Marnier or Ammaretto.

-For added richness mix a small amount of cream with the milk.

-Go Mexican- add ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick- remove stick before serving.

-Add Chinese 5 Spice for a tasty Asian flair.

-Valentine’s Day is coming, make a love spell hot chocolate- add cinnamon and  cardamom with the chocolate- all considered aphrodisiacs.  Your lover will love you for it!

-Add crushed peppermint stick for the perfect snowy day cup of hot chocolate.

-Is Chocolat one of your favorite books?  Make your own magick taking a cue from the beautiful, haunting Vianne Rocher.  Add a cinnamon stick, a seeded hot chili pepper and vanilla bean to the heating milk.  Remove all before serving.

A freshly made batch of Keep It Real Hot Chocolate in the Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker ;)

A freshly made batch of Keep It Real Hot Chocolate in the Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker 😉

Please note- Hot chocolate and hot cocoa are 2 entirely different beverages, although the terms are unfortunately interchanged often.   I much prefer the richness and depth of hot chocolate (made with melted chocolate) versus hot cocoa which is made with sugar and cocoa powder.  In my opinion the author Shirley Jackson put it best when she said  “Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?”

If you find yourself making lots of hot chocolate you might want to consider buying a Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker & Milk Frother.  Simply add milk and chocolate, turn it on and in five minutes you’ll have a great frothy cup of deliciousness.  Included is a frothing paddle which I’ve never felt the need to use as am I more than satisfied with the amount of fluffy light froth it creates without the additional paddle.  I use it with our Enchanted Chocolates’ Keep It Real Hot Chocolate regularly, making 2 8 oz. cups at a time- much more and it can splash out near the end of the heating cycle.  Despite this limitation I recommend it for its’ ease of use and cleaning.

Even Pirate Queens love hot chocolate!

Even Pirate Queens love hot chocolate!

This machine is great but if you’re making a seductive love spell  or simply a cup full of love for your family you’ll want to do it the old fashioned way- in the sauce pot with a spoon.  Stir deosil (clockwise) and with each stir focus and impart your love and energy.   Pour and serve with a kiss!

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