Good Food Award 2016 Finalist

Good Food Awards Finalist Seal 2016

The Good Food Awards did a news release Nov. 4, announcing the finalists for the 2016 Good Food Awards. Creo Chocolate’s Purely Dark 73% is one of the finalists. In January they will announce the winners.

There was a blind taste testing with industry leaders and an extensive vetting process.

The Good Food Award is an organization highlighting American food producers who excel in craftsmanship and sustainability.

We are humbly honored to have been chosen.

Chocolate for Change

Give back page Chocolate for Change is changing for the better.  After listening to the people in our community describing needs, we have decided to remove the limit of $1 per bar and one impact partner at a time.  We are changing to include multi Community Impact Partners at a time.

Creo is committed to be a catalyst for our Community Impact Partners who make Real Change in our world.   

By purchasing Creo Chocolate you help provide catalyst to make Real Change in the world

Raising the bar together.

Tim, Janet & Kevin

Creating,  Real Chocolate – Real Relationships – Real Change

 

There is a face on my chocolate

The smooth, warm feel of chocolate melting in my mouth overwhelms my memory of our visit to Ecuador. The warm sun felt wonderful to this Pacific Northwest girl, but the hospitality of the people I met continues to warm my heart long after I returned home.

We went to Ecuador looking for a flavor cacao bean to make our chocolate with. I hoped we would also find farmers to buy directly from and we did! Having been raspberry farmers for 17 years, our heart was still in the “dirt” which drove us to pursue a heart connection with our farmer.

Surrounded by cacao trees in my view, in Anna’s kitchen we roasted and tasted beans like she does with each fermentation batch. I appreciate how she knows her beans and actually makes chocolate from them. She sincerely takes pride in growing and selling quality. This is what I wanted to bring home to share with my community.

Being with Samuel and Anna on their farm and in their home left me with a warm connection to a face on my chocolate.

 

Chocolate Summer Drinks

Did someone say iced chocolate?

It’s time to bring out cold glasses of iced chocolate drinks!

Introducing four special drinks made with our heirloom Arriba Nacional cacao beans from Ecuador.

The Portland Chocolate Fizz  – you can have it rain or shine!

Rain is made with seltzer water and our chocolate = dark clouds with bubbles

Shine is seltzer water and chocolate with a splash of milk that creates a lovely sunshiny foaminess on top of the dark chocolatey clouds.

Our signature Brewed Chocolate can be enjoyed hot or iced and dark or sweetened with our own sweet vanilla syrup.

The Dancing Ca’Cow is a delightful swirl of Brewed Chocolate, cream and our sweet syrup.

Doing happy dance moooves!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, May 7, 8, 9th

Treat your mom to something special because, well you know, she’s pretty special!

Buy one iced drink and get another one as our gift because, well you know, we think you’re pretty special too!

Chocolate retreat in Vegas!

Kevin and Janet had the privilege of making chocolate with renown French chef, Jean-Marie Auboine, in Los Vegas this week. Three days of playing with chocolate, making friends from around the world and gleaning from the knowledge and experience of Jean-Marie Auboine and Clay Gordon, author of The Chocolate Life. We are always fine tuning our chocolate making skills and looking for ways to help others experience the delightful cacao bean.

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Raising the bar $1 at a time

During the dreaming process of starting Creo Chocolate we asked ourselves, “How could we use this company to make a lasting impact in the world we live in?” Out of this thought, the reinvestment of $1 per bar was born.

We find a lot of joy in giving back into our community in this way. We have selected Birch Community Services to be one of Creo’s partners in Chocolate for Change.

Here are some reasons we selected Birch:

  • They provide a hand up rather than a handout to the working poor
  • Each year they redistribute over 8 million lbs. of food and household items
  • Birch is run largely by volunteers.
  • Participating families maintain community gardens.
  • Mentorship is encouraged to help participating families reach the next level.
  • They provide accountability and how-to classes to help participating families make wise financial decisions.
  • They are financially sustainable.
  • They have a proven track record since 1992.
  • Their model has worked so well that each year other organizations come for training on how to replicate it their community.

Enjoy Creo Chocolate and together we will make a lasting difference. Go to birchcommunityservices.org to follow the impact.

Join with us to make Real Change in our world by helping others.

Raising the bar $1 at a time,

Tim, Janet & Kevin

Real Chocolate – Real Relationships – Real Change

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