Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Perennially popular, chocolate is lately becoming a THING, meaning big corporations have spotted $$ potential. 1. Hershey now has a subsid, Artisan, and acquired two Calif boutique chocolatiers: Joseph Schmidt and the (much more prominent) Scharffen Berger. 2. Mars has a new gourmet line called Ethel’s and an accompanying chain of Ethel’s cafes. Locally, the action started last yr w/ Noka (which sells ridiculously expensive chocolates), then Xocolatl Room (NYCE, 7-28-05), and now Schakolad, a growing chain (franchise but each store is individually owned, w/ 3 area branches) doing European-style choc + beverage bar where they do make lattes but the pick is the "Schakolatte", hot or iced.

106 East 4th St FW 817-870-2400
601 S. Main St. Suite 103 Grapevine 817410-4720
7140 Bishop Road Suite 1122 Plano 972-801-2577

40 Comments:

At August 17, 2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

More chocolate is ALWAYS a good thing (unless it's that nsaty white stuff).

 
At August 17, 2005 2:01 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

White chocolate doesn't give you pimples.

 
At August 17, 2005 2:43 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

I HATE Hershey's chocolate. It tastes so fake. I like my chocolate to taste like chocolate. It's the difference between table salt and sea salt!

 
At August 17, 2005 4:13 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

kosher salt beats most sea salt

 
At August 17, 2005 4:19 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Well I was gonna say Kosher, but then I figured I'd start a salt war as well as a chocolate war.

 
At August 17, 2005 6:53 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i could get more excited about salt than, ho hum, chocolate. one of my best recent finds was a vintage souvenir of st. louis shaker. it's great looking and pretty large,like you use on the stove, and has holes big enough for kosher salt. it didn't look like it had ever been used and was 59 cents at a thrift shop. it gives me pleasure every day.

 
At August 17, 2005 7:33 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

tg: your link to "ethel's" was a link to the chocolate maker "ethel m" in las vegas, which i've visited on my MANY (1) trips. is that what they have purchased? i thought that was a small family owned factory.

 
At August 17, 2005 7:34 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

CHOCOLATE JUST KILLS ME.

 
At August 17, 2005 7:53 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

The truth is chocolate contains theobromine that is toxic to dogs in sufficient quantities.

Clinical signs:
Hyper excitability, Hyper irritability, Increased heart rate,
Restlessness, Increased urination,
Muscle tremors, Vomiting, Diarrhea

Sounds to me like Twisted Dog has had his share of M&M's!

 
At August 17, 2005 8:22 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

i love chocolate, but i only eat it in moderation.

 
At August 17, 2005 9:54 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

a friend of my daughter who knows i am a rum-raisin ice cream fan just brought me a Ritter Sport bar from germany. it is chocolate, rum, raisins and hazelnuts. you can really taste the rum. delicious. now if i just had a really good cup of coffee to go with it.

 
At August 17, 2005 9:56 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

i'd JUMP for that!

 
At August 17, 2005 9:59 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

clairvoyant: with you esp powers, you must have cleaned up on those trips to las vegas!

 
At August 17, 2005 10:02 PM, Anonymous polar negri said...

gosh, a lot of people seem to be here late. of course, it is much earlier in greenland, where i am visiting my parents and discussing my greataunt pola, the great vamp of silent films

 
At August 17, 2005 10:04 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

jealously prevents my sister from mentioning that i also am in greenland visiting our parents and discusing our greataunt pola, the huge star of silent films. chocolate is in short supply here, but there is plenty of blubber to chew on

 
At August 18, 2005 9:55 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I'm not a big fan of the German chocolate. A little too heavy for me. I like the Swiss and English stuff. Can't beat a real Cadbury's.

 
At August 18, 2005 10:04 AM, Blogger TG said...

german? what would be a german chocolate?

in this one area of food, i go american. (not the major mfrs but the boutiquey americans like see's.) it has a nice bit of grit that lets me know i'm eating something. cadbury's is ok but the swiss/belgian stuff is too slick/oily

 
At August 18, 2005 10:06 AM, Anonymous soofsayer said...

I wonder how clairevoyant, who ranks as one of the biggest chocolate fans in the world, feels about American vs. European styles? I'm a soofsayer, I'll take a guess: She's going to say that she likes ALL chocolate.

 
At August 18, 2005 10:15 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Ms.ery's the German chocolate expert. TG: I'll give you the boutiquey thing. It's the mass market sickly sweet crap I can't stand. I think the chocolate counter at Fortum & Mason is so refined. And you can get some of their stuff at Macy's!

 
At August 18, 2005 10:19 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

re the german chocolate: it's the combo of flavors that makes the bar so good; some of you chocolate purists might not like the rum wallop.

tg: have you seen the all-KH reviews on guidelive. i liked the bit about the lamb chops that were so tender "they melted on the TASTE BUDS. i always thought tender was more a mouth feel than a flavor, but what do i know?

oh, yeah, she found a 2-1/2 star chinese place in your neck of the wood, too.

 
At August 18, 2005 10:26 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I saw that. Must have been Dottie's week off. Lamb=The other red meat:)

 
At August 18, 2005 10:33 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

i wonder if there is any well-known South American chocolate since that is where it originated. the mayans and incas has good ideas for it, too: chicken mole sauces and sacrificial beverages among them

 
At August 18, 2005 11:16 AM, Blogger TG said...

Ms.Ery might be interested in cafe san miguel, a new "authentic mexican" restaurant on henderson @ corner of mcmillan, i believe, right around the corner from her lower-greenville casa. i haven't been so i can't vouch for it personally but it has a number of moles ... of which i, too, am a fan

 
At August 18, 2005 11:24 AM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

chocolate, yummmy.
okay, i guess i'll have to admit my lack of educated palate, here in front of all of you food experts. (hi, i'm clairevoyant, and i'll eat anything.)
although, i can always claim superior taste buds to twisted dog whose menu seems to include road kill, papoose, cat shit, squirrelroot and poodleroot.

 
At August 18, 2005 11:34 AM, Blogger Ron said...

When it comes to chocolate, don't discount the French such as the darlings Valrhona and Bonnat. Oh-lah-lah. Now watch those Teutonic tempereds flare!

 
At August 18, 2005 11:42 AM, Blogger TG said...

ron, you petit bonbon - merci for reminding us of le francais!

 
At August 18, 2005 12:04 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

CAT SHIT HAS THE SAME TEXTURE AND DENSITY OF FLAVOR AS FRENCH CHOC WITHOUT THE WORRYSOME CHEMICALS.

 
At August 18, 2005 1:06 PM, Blogger TG said...

clairevoyant, pshaw! your experienced palate stands up to expert opinions any time. here's an example of a euro-style chocolate: dove. i KNOW you've had that. it melts in the mouth (on the taste buds, one might say) very quickly. you like that, don't you? DON'T YOU??!!!

 
At August 18, 2005 1:20 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG: The best is Flake, if not for the chocolate, then for the provocative ads!

http://www.jakehowlett.com/tuckshop/wrappers/
chocolate/plain/flake.jpg

 
At August 18, 2005 1:20 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Would someone stuff some theobromine-laden chocolate in Twisted Dog's yap? He's the poster pup for Youth In Asia.

 
At August 18, 2005 1:44 PM, Anonymous cat lover said...

Inexplicably, Twisted dog has a real fan club here. I'm certainly not a member.

 
At August 18, 2005 1:46 PM, Anonymous Grammie-arian said...

Twisted Dog also is also illiterate.

 
At August 18, 2005 1:48 PM, Anonymous snl-savvy said...

Twisted Dog is just a Triumph wannabe, nothing more.

 
At August 18, 2005 2:09 PM, Blogger TG said...

here's a coincidence, dean: i just bought my first Flake bar ever, at my local kroger, which for some reason has an entire shelf dedicated to international (mostly english) candy. i'd read about flake on cybele's candy blog and been curious. seems like a lot of fuss for a texture experience and nothing more; but i ate it all anyway

 
At August 18, 2005 2:24 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

I'M PROUD TO SAY TRIUMPH WAS MODELED AFTER ME, EXCEPT WITHOUT THE HAND UP THE ASS.

THOUGH I AM VERY LOVED, HONORED REALLY, I WILL PEE ON ANY RICE BOY'S 19-INCH RIMS AND THEN LICK MYSELF.

 
At August 18, 2005 2:44 PM, Anonymous pluto said...

twisted: for shame! you never know where those rims have been.

 
At August 18, 2005 2:55 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Okay TG, try a a Cadbury's Caramel.

 
At August 18, 2005 2:58 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

WHAT DOES MOUSE BUTT SMELL LIKE?

 
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