The percentage of cacao on a dark chocolate bar refers to the cacao content by weight. Cacao can be added to a chocolate bar in a variety of different forms, including liquid, butter or powder. If you pay attention to chocolate bars, you may notice that some brands give a cacao percentage, while other brands give a cocoa percentage.
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Here at Asher’s we love chocolate, but we also love all delicious treats! Like jelly beans! How sweet is it that today is National Jelly Bean Day?! How did the colorful little sugary confection come to such national prominence? Continue reading The Sweet History of Jelly Beans
As Earth Day 2015 approaches, we take you on a trip through history to explore the origins of chocolate. Learn how man derived it from the earth to create the sweet treat we all know and love today! Continue reading Earth Day 2015 – The History of Chocolate
One of spring’s richest traditions at Asher’s Chocolates is the Asher’s Chocolate Easter Egg. Decades of expertise means that this quintessential seasonal treat meets expectations year after year. Asher’s Chocolate Easter Eggs have been enjoyed by generations of consumers. It all started with Chester A. Asher, a Canadian farm boy with family roots in Scotland. He his passion for fine chocolates to launch one of the country’s most cherished providers of finely crafted chocolate confections. Continue reading History of the Asher’s Chocolate Easter Egg
People love to debate and there is no greater source of discussion than can be found in the realm of food. As far as chocolate is concerned much of the debate centers on what country has truly ‘mastered’ the art of chocolate production. For ages there has been a debate raging: is Swiss style chocolate better than Belgian style Continue reading The Differences Between Belgian and Swiss Chocolate
In honor of National Potato Chip Day, we’ve got some wild and weird facts about America’s favorite snack food. Enjoy!
-To start, President Thomas Jefferson introduced fried potatoes to America first. He did this after trying the delicacy in France.
-Potato chips lovers originally called them “Saratoga Chips”
-Favorite chip flavors vary around the world: spaghetti (France), seaweed (Hong Kong), roast chicken (Ireland), oregano (Greece), mayonnaise (Japan), and mint (India).
-Yukon Gold potatoes make the very best potato chips.
-The British often call potato chips “crisps” and French fries “chips”. Got that?
-During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, high Vitamin C content made potatoes highly valued. Consequently, miners traded gold for potatoes.
-After death, the man who invented the Pringles can was cremated. Additionally, his family buried his ashes in a Pringles can.
-Manufacturers slice regular potato chips to less than 1/10 of an inch. Ridged chips, like those used in our Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, are four times thicker than regular potato chips.
-Interestingly, the potato was the first vegetable Astronauts grew in space.
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As we look back on 2013 and all the great memories we created, it’s hard not to think about all the delicious candy that we made at Asher’s this year. This year we made well over 8.5 million pounds of chocolate, all while staying true to the same recipes we’ve been using for over 100 years! That must mean our recipes stand the test of time! Take a look at what our top ten chocolate covered treats were for 2013 and why our customers enjoy them so much. Continue reading Asher’s Top 10 Chocolate Covered Treats of 2013
Here at Asher’s, we love for you to meet the staff! Brian Derstine started working at Asher’s Chocolates Co. in April 1995. Asher’s hired as a delivery driver and then promoted to assistant distribution manager after 6 months. As assistant distribution manager, Brian, helps direct and schedule shipment activities to consumers, helps coordinate shipments of outbound product, maintains a safe working environment for employees and most importantly, he makes sure your chocolate arrives to you in perfect condition. Continue reading From Delivery Driver to Assistant Distribution Manager: One Employee’s Story
Most of the holidays celebrated in western culture are observed on the same calendar date every year. Halloween is always on October 31; Christmas is always on December 25, and the Fourth of July — well, that one explains itself.
However, we celebrate other holidays on dates that fluctuate every year. For example, we hold Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. Hanukkah can be even tougher to remember. Its dates of observance are based off a lunar calendar, unlike other holidays. Continue reading Celebrate Early this Year with Hanukkah Chocolate!
The traditions of Halloween are familiar and fun. Dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and of course the treasure trove of candy at the end of the night are just some of the best parts. Halloween treats have taken many new and exciting forms since their humble beginnings. How then, did we get from baked goods to the wrapped candies that we know today? The answer is a complex one indeed. Continue reading Chocolate Covered Treats on Halloween