Life by Chocolate

Chocolate, white, milk, dark, in all its forms forms life. Chocolate truffles, caramels, and other confections are at the core of enjoyment. This is life by chocolate because death by chocolate is the wrong attitude.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

A box of chocolates from Life by Chocolate

Here are two pictures of a mixed box of chocolates. Enjoy. Buy some today.

What's in there? Well, there are some banana saffron caramels, there are some truffles, I see a Lapsang Souchang, that's the spikey one, and I see some of my milk chocolate covered blueberry and pomegranate molasses and sodium alginate so you know they are vegan. I also see an old style lavender ganache. I see a Jasmine Dragon, that's the one with the white chocolate shavings, I also see some milk chocolate cherry cordials, that the one with the swirl on the top. I also see a nice hazelnut pate cup. I see a dark chocolate with urfa chili, that the one in the corner with the musical notes on it. So many. Oh, I see an Earl Gray Tea truffle. I have 9 truffles made from tea, Green, Oolong and Black. Nice. I have more truffles than that, though.

We make around 40 different chocolates. Order now!

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Life by Chocolate(s) the website

The name of the store at the Greneville Arms 1889 Inn is Life by Chocolate but I could not get that for the website so that is The store on the website is not quite there. What we have up right now is the menu. So, please feel free to call us at the Greenville Arms at 518 966 5219 and order them chocolates. We ship. Come by the store. We are located in Greenville, that's 1/2 hour south of Albany New York on Route 32 north of Freehold and just south of route 81. Just turn left at the rock that looks like a bear and then right at the bear that looks like a rock and then right again at the abandoned crows nest.

Ah, forget it. Get off at exit 21 on the NY Thruway and go west on 23 and then north on 32. If you hit the Bryant Family Shopping Center, now Grand Union, you've gone too far.

Life by Chocolate
at the Greenville Arms
11135 Route 32 South Street
Greenville, NY 12083

Or better yet, call us at: 518 966 5219

Order some of the best chocolates in the world. I make them and you guy them! Come stay at our gracious inn.

ChocoVision Revolation: ChocoVision Delta Tempering Machine Not Ready

Life by Chocolate, the store, the website and now the Life by Chocolate Blog.

You and I both know that because I'm talking about the Chocovision Delta tempering machine, and because this blog is so well indexed, that anything I say will come up when someone searches for tempering machines or Chocovision, so I best choose my words with care.

Well, my Delta failed again. It went down in flames. I was ready to pull the plug and not ever use it again and go to a competitor. But I'm stickin'.

The Chocovision team, in the form of Joe Cravino, and Mike the engineer have brought me back in to the fold. They are having problems with their board, and yes, Mike, it is with the board. Remember, we didn't get the bad readings from the bad set of baffles until after you replaced the board. So, no, it wasn't JUST a bad set (2) baffles. My worst cracked baffle and the new one that Mike brought were the best working ones. (Remember, I'm also running these baffles though my dishwasher.) And yes, please make these out of polycarbonate and not PVC. Ugh.

Well, to make a long story short, they gave me a Rev X, another Chocovision machine, and they put a new board in my Chocovision Delta. They all seem to be working. More importantly, I'm going to be a tester for them. Sort of off site QA and QE. And for those of you that know me, there is no better QA or QE on the planet than moi. Just ask the directors and managers of QA/Release Engineering that have worked for me.

I remember going to a party, a bugfest, that is a company sponsered testorama at Kim's company. The QA director, after getting my test results and my beautifully written up, clear, concise bug reports, wanted to hire me. I had to tell him that I already had a job as VP of Engineering. Too bad, kids. So, you know that I will not only put these machines though their paces, the Rev X has the new board in it destined for the Rev Delta, but I'll also give good bug report.

They're talking about giving me the chance to test the 25 lb machine. With this kind of customer support, what's not to love?

Finally, I think this company is on the right road. I've found bugs that they've fixed and have reported a host of additional bugs that I know Mike is now working on. I'm comfortable. Overall, this is the best game in town. Chocovision is reworking the machine and it will be the premier machine for small batch tempering, 10 to 25 lbs.

So, go out and buy one. That's what I recommend and tell them that Mark sent you. This is a fantastic tempering machine and for small dipping and small amount of molding etc., there is none better. Eventually, I think their design could scale to 100lbs but right now their niche is a small scale tempering machine for hand work. This doesn't mean I couldn't push two hundred pounds of chocolate thought his machine per day, but you have to have a largish melter and some technique for doing that.

You taste my chocolates, look at them, feel that snap and you tell me if my chocolate isn't properly tempered. Of course it is.

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