Every year we go a little crazy.
But this year went a little farther than usual.
If I want to blame someone for the madness, I could blame our friend Aaron who started it all four years ago when he enticed us into his chocolatey trade. Or I could blame Chris for upping the ante with his homebrew chocolate tempering machine and his eleventh hour ganache innovations.
But I know that I really only have myself to blame. Every year, I look forward to our chocolate extravaganza and make up lists of new ganaches to try. I buy out all the cute little candy boxes at the Decorette Shop. I let my kitchen get taken over and I’m the one saying, “We can do just one more round, right?”
It’s crazy and it’s messy, but it’s also creative and exciting. And it results in a really lovely gift that we can share with our friends and family. Even though every year I swear I’ll never make — or eat — chocolates again, I’ll always come back for more because, really, it’s a great time. Plus, the aftermath of the chocopacalypse gives me a good excuse to give the kitchen one of the few deep cleans it’ll receive all year.
So without further ado, I give you: Chocopalooza, 2011!
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