It’s Valentines week and the wonderful smell of warm chocolate coming from our CY Chocolates kitchens permeates the air. We’ve been extra busy dipping thousands of strawberries to send to our customers’ valentines. They’re sure to be delighted when they open their gift boxes, and especially when they bite into our premium, real chocolate enrobing a fresh, sweet and juicy berry.
At A Gift Inside, we are passionate about chocolate, and obsessed with maintaining premium quality and flavor using only real, premium milk, dark and white chocolate. Sure, it would be a lot easier to use compound “chocolate” confection as many dipped strawberry retailers do. While compound confection simply needs melting before dipping, real chocolate (defined by its ingredients: the inclusion of chocolate liquor and use of cocoa butter instead of oil) requires a process called tempering, which involves raising the temperature to certain level, “seeding” it with more chocolate pieces, then reducing to a narrow range of temperature putting it “in temper.” It’s a specialty process but worth the effort for the resulting exceptional flavor, melt-in-your-mouth texture and beautiful, glossy finish.
Before we launched CY Chocolates (tag line: Confectionately Yours) we undertook a long process of trying many types of dark, milk and white chocolates; it was a dirty job, but someone had to do it! With the help of numerous panels of blind tasters, we discovered chocolate formulations that taste as delicious on a berry as by itself. Naturally, it must also taste delicious enrobing pretzels, chocolate cookies, caramel pecan turtles, and much more…not too sweet, not too bitter, just perfection on the palate!
We’re just as picky about our berries. As fruit growers and packers, we truly understand the importance of starting with a fresh, firm strawberry. We have the packing know how to ensure quality arrival to our customers.
We hand dip every berry, and then specially decorate for every occasion and holiday.
This year, we have made an exciting new addition to our Chocolate Strawberry offerings – Berry Bites! We added additional sizes to our berry collections, so that consumers who desire a slightly smaller indulgence—and more of them— can enjoy these exquisite offerings. Packaged in sets of nine and eighteen, because sometimes more is better than bigger!
Given the very perishable nature of strawberries, our customers know how important it is to shop with a company that cares about arrival. We guarantee each delivery—and considering some of the wild weather experienced across the nation lately, it’s a good thing that we stand behind our product! You’re always safe trusting us to make it right if something goes awry.
There’s only one downside to working in a place surrounded by the delicious smell of chocolate: it’s triggering a craving! I think I will head over to our berry packaging area and perform a “quality taste test.” Ah, the sacrifices I make for our customers!
Enjoy your berries everyone!