… that today is Chocolate Mint Day? Most people agree that mint and chocolate were made for each other! Some of the most famous chocolate mint inventions include mint chocolate cake, Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, mint chocolate soap and lip balm, after-dinner mints, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Enjoy today, chocolate mint lovers!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“For what it’s worth … it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
March is the perfect time to go on a world tour from your living room. In the Northern Hemisphere, early March offers perfect weather for shipping, and a blissful shortage of Hallmark holidays and cheap chocolate.
Megan Giller and I have put together a series of interviews (and tastings!) of dark chocolate and we’re inviting you to tune in.
Find out all the details here.
The short version:
In March 2021, on my Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages, I’ll be posting live interviews and tastings with some of the greatest chocolate makers of our time. And you can pre-order the bars and taste along if you like. If you’ve got chocolate in hand, feel free to join in with comments or live feedback as we go.
Dark chocolate, made by hand, by artisans who start with the bean and take it all the way to the finished product–it’s special. There are tones and notes and flavors that you can learn to taste. It’s fun to share. It’s an affordable luxury–you can buy the equivalent of a $500 bottle of wine in chocolate form for $11 or so. You can even get snobby and talk about trinitario and porcelana beans…
And the people who grow the beans, the farmers, are some of the poorest people in the world, often at the mercy of a heartless industrial food chain. The bars we’ll be tasting are all from producers who pay their farmers significantly more than the clearing price. If we can spread the word about this craft, they’ll all do better.
Thanks to Megan for helping me make this happen, and thanks to everyone who makes things a little more delicious, bringing care and dignity to the world at the same time.
… that today is Popcorn Introduction Day? On this day in 1630, popcorn was introduced to English colonists when Quadequine, brother of Massasoit, brought some to dinner. Native Americans would bring popcorn to meetings with the English colonists as a token of goodwill during peace negotiations. It soon became an American way of life. Now go pop up some popcorn!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Some people are like popcorn: They will only succeed when under heat or pressure.”