Have a Sweet Summer!

Pittsburgh in the summer is never dull. With hockey playoffs underway, baseball season in full swing, concerts, festivals and more, there always seems to be something to do or somewhere to be. Keeping busy in the summer isn’t a challenge, but finding time to cool off and relax can be. When you need a little…

The History of Saint Valentine

Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on the 14th day of February.  It is marked with the exchange of cards, chocolates, and other tokens of affection.  This holiday, like many others, began as a religious celebration of a Saint.  There are at least three different Saints associated with this particular holiday, the most popular is of…

Common Chocolate Questions

As the owner of a chocolate shop in Pittsburgh I tend come across people asking the same questions pretty often.  I’m here to tackle those questions! If you have other chocolate questions, leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to address them.  Chocolate is loved worldwide, with something so favored why not learn a…

Trends in Chocolate

When you think of sweets or chocolate in particular, a lot of our thoughts tend to head in the direction of women liking this confection.  However a UK study by Mintel showed that 87% of men admit to eating chocolate (compared to 91% of women).  As the chocolate industry expand there are lot more options…

What are Chocolate Meltaways?

A meltaway refers to the various types of cakes, cookies, and confections that to seem to melt in the mouth.  Meltaways, in a confectionary term, are a eutectic candy.  A eutectic refers to a combination of fats that melt at a lower temperature than a singular fat by itself.  This is what creates the creamy…

Review from Eat Shop StayLive

Nothing is more flattering than our customers coming in to purchase the chocolate I am passionate about creating.  Except when they write us great reviews too. “First the owner of the shop isn’t the absentee kind. He’s a mad genius behind the counter creating dare I say it sinfully delectable chocolate creations that befuddle the…

Happy 2014!

The new year is upon us and many people make resolutions to have healthier diets in the new year.  Did you know there are health benefits associated with eating chocolate.  We’ve highlighted our 5 favorite below. Heart Health: Keep your heart going strong with chocolate! Regular dark chocolate consumers are benefiting their hearts by helping…

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween is fast approaching and Pittsburgh has been named one of the top places in the country to trick or treat.  The official hours for Pittsburgh’s treat-or-treating is 5:30 to 7:30pm on Thursday, October 31st.  We’ve got a list of the best candies to give out.  Does your favorite make the list? 1. Snickers –…

Chocolate: The Myths vs. The Facts

There is a lot of talk out there about the benefits and downsides of eating chocolate.  Not only do we want to create outstanding chocolate that you enjoy, but we want to help educate you about it too! Test your knowledge with these myths and facts. Myth: Chocolate Causes Acne Moms and dads everywhere are…

A Guide to Chocolate Pairing

You love chocolate; milk, dark, truffles, creams and everything inbetween.  You even have a have a favorite chocolate combination – maybe it’s classic like chocolate and peanut butter or a slightly more daring choice of chocolate dipped chili peppers.  The risk of becoming sick of chocolate is thought that will never cross your mind, but…