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  • Derek

    A Chocolate Fate

    chocolocateteam — 1 year ago

    You could say that Derek Barr is a strong believer in fate. What will be will be. At least that seems to be the way his chocolate trail was laid out. As a young lad he seemed the least likely to be a chocolatier. He had his sights set on the mining and engineering industry. But when the job market dipped at the same time he graduated from University he decided to switch his focus entirely.

    First detour: the military. With his enrolment date booked Derek was finally sure of the direction his career would take. Then, destiny intervened when his enrolment officer mysteriously stood him up. Out of work and eager to learn, Derek was at a crossroads. So when a local chocolatier offered him an apprenticeship; a chance to learn from his wealth of knowledge, Derek jumped at the opportunity. And so his chocolate trail was set. Singing: "Que sera, sera”.

    ChocoFood, ChocolateShops, GourmetChocolate

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  • Chocolate, Meat Bacon

    chocolocateteam — 2 years ago

    I once had a friend who could eat a whole package of bacon in one sitting. In the generation of 'Epic Meal Time' (see the 'Slaughterhouse Christmas Special'- think a grotesque, meat filled, testosterone enhanced ginger bread house, only less gingerbread and more meat) it was only a matter of time that meat found its way into chocolate.


    ChocoBliss, ChocoFood, Chocolate, ChocolateMakers

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  • Chukar

    The Quintessential Chocolate-Covered Cherry

    chocolocateteam — 3 years ago

    What do Isaac Newton and Pam Montgomery have in common? Both were hit by a fruit when their life altering ideas hit them! While, Pam’s bonk on the head might not have change the course of physics, it’s equally as important in the realm of chocolate covered fruit. Pam owned an orchard and the season for cherries is short. So, Pam thought why not dry the cherries when they are fresh so they can be eaten all year round? In 1988, Pam leased a building from the local Port authority and opened a factory and storefront. But fruit was just the beginning. While vacationing in Europe, Pam tasted fruit covered with delicious chocolate- Eureka! Dried fruit is great but chocolate is universal!

    ChocoFood, ChocolateShops, GourmetChocolate

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Choco-locate in the Media

Choco-locate in Ontario Business Report

When award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna was in Silver Springs, Maryland, pitching PBS on her new documentary "Semi-sweet," she found herself in a mall looking for some of the sweet stuff to take to the meeting. That's when she had a "light-bulb moment" about the perfect "transmedia" extension to her documentary about "the world of chocolate," which she was proposing to shoot at locations in Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. To read more click here.

Semisweet on the Radio

  • Listen to Director Michael Allcock speak about the film on 570 News Kitchener Waterloo click here.

  • Check out Ron and Nadine being interviewed live on Moose FM 93.5 Radio

  • Tune in live on June 6th to Haliburton Radio (Canoe 100.9 FM)

  • Tune in live on June 8th to the CBC's Lang/O'leary show

Semisweet in the Press

Semisweet in the Globe and Mail


'Film tells the not-so-sweet side of chocolate'

What do you think of when you think of chocolate? Decadence? Dieting? An industry rife with exploitation and labour abuses?

Toronto director Michael Allcock offers a peek at the various sides of chocolate in the new documentary Semisweet: Life In Chocolate, airing on TVO on June 6. The film tells four stories – of Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis, two raw food enthusiasts; of employees who live and work in Hershey, Pa., known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and more. To read more click here.

Did you know?

Chocolate is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine. Indulgence? I call it self preservation!

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