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Our Blog: Chocolate Talk

A New Intern's Perspective

Hedonist Intern Ken Hedonist Intern Ken Droz

Hi, my name is Ken, I’m a chocolate intern at Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

I’m no chocolate expert yet, and I should admit, compared to some I may not even have all that much of a sweet tooth.

I like chocolate. I enjoy the way it tastes, the way it looks, and the way it feels when it melts in perfect time. I understand why people love chocolate the way they do, and while I appreciate that, what I love is that chocolate does something much bigger.

I admire its charisma. I like the places it lives and the places it goes. I like the dissonant blend of childhood and whimsy with maturity and sophistication--far too sophisticated to be candy, but just a little too much fun to be anything else.

Chocolates complement the finest wines, liquors and culinary masterpieces, though they can rival all of these. It’s love, it’s selfishness, it’s decadence, and while it’s remarkably common, it’s also infinitely unique.

It’s not so much all that we love about chocolates that I’m drawn to, but what they do to us. That distinctive charisma and passion and culture derived from something so divine. I like the anticipation, the camaraderie, and that sense that you are in the presence of something you may never understand.

Good chocolates are worth the journey, and that journey inspires me.

So with that inspiration, I want to see chocolate from the other side. I want to put the passion of chocolate in things we might otherwise find ordinary.

I’m getting a feel now for the kitchen, the people, and the long road from perfectly tempered chocolate to neatly packaged barks, medallions and truffles. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, when I’ll get to enrobe the wine ganache I rolled this weekend to create my first truffles.

Although I’m being patient and don’t know when I’ll be ready to introduce my own flavors to Hedonist’s collections, it’s a rich world when you can look around yourself and dream of all you see enrobed in fine chocolate. I’ve got a lot to learn, but in the meantime I’m looking forward to doing my part to help complete the journey for those people forever in search of chocolate bliss.

 
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