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Chocolates for New Year's Resolution Makers and Breakers

Sweets Liz Gutman 9 comments

One of the first things that people generally give up when trying to get back on the health wagon is sweets—particularly chocolate. But let's not forget that chocolate is actually good for you; in moderation, of course. Here are my favorite three healthy(-er) chocolate treats to start the new year off right, and three more indulgent ones for those who, like me, don't bother with resolutions. More

Taste Test: Hot Chocolate Mixes

Drinks Erin Zimmer 41 comments

Since hot chocolate/cocoa is one of our favorite insides-warmers this chilly time of year, we set out to find the best. We tried 17 brands total. Find out how Swiss Miss compared to Ghirardelli and Jacques Torres, and which was like drinking pudding. More

Recreating the Adult Brownies from Andronico's

Serious Eats Tam Ngo 24 comments

The Adult Brownie from the Bay Area-based supermarket chain Andronico's doesn't contain alcohol, tobacco, or any other "adult" ingredients. It's just a super dense, fudgy chocolate brick spiked with sea salt and coffee. And it's incredibly addictive. More

Cook the Book: Three-Bean Chocolate Chili

Serious Eats Michele Humes Post a comment

Photograph from V 2 on Flickr Today's Cook the Book recipe is a hearty vegetarian chili, rich with cocoa flavor. There's no meat to brown, and the canned beans barely take any time to cook, so it's quick and easy... More

Cook the Book: Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast

Serious Eats Michele Humes 4 comments

Photograph from jslander on Flickr In Scharffen Berger's The Essence of Chocolate, this mascarpone-and-chocolate-stuffed French toast is described as an "upgraded" version of the classic breakfast dish. It's much simpler than other stuffed French toast recipes, which call for making... More

Cook the Book: David Lebovitz's Orbit Cake

Serious Eats Michele Humes 3 comments

John Scharffenberger loves this cake and includes it in The Essence of Chocolate because it places the flavor of good chocolate front and center. With only four ingredients, the recipe really is idiot-proof, and the resulting cake is almost like a ganache pudding, just solid enough to slice. More

Chocolate Banana Caramel Cake

Serious Eats Michele Humes 4 comments

This exceptionally moist banana-chocolate cake is soaked with molten caramel just as it comes out of the oven, rendering it—if such a thing is possible—even moister. Resist the temptation, the authors note, to add more bananas than called for, as... More

Cook the Book: Homemade Chocolate Liqueur

Serious Eats Michele Humes 2 comments

Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger approved of chocolate liqueur in theory but could never find a crème de cacao in the United States quite rich enough for their liking. So they came up with their own. In The Essence of... More

Cook the Book: Baked Hot Chocolate

Serious Eats Michele Humes 10 comments

Photograph from kevinmarsh on Flickr Today's Cook the Book recipe comes to us from Heidi Friedlander, contributor to Scharffen Berger's The Essence of Chocolate, and pastry chef at Cleveland's popular Moxie. Baked in mugs or cups and dolloped with whipped... More

Cook the Book: The Essence of Chocolate

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In late 2008, Robert Steinberg, co-author of this week's Cook the Book selection, finally succumbed to a two-decade battle with leukemia. Written with business partner John Scharffenberger, The Essence of Chocolate acknowledges Steinberg's bittersweet debt to the disease. For it was his diagnosis with the illness that drove the physician to apprentice himself to a small chocolatier in Lyon, to follow the trail of the cacao bean to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, and, in 1996, to co-found Scharffen Berger. The Essence of Chocolate is an extraordinary book. It covers the history, cultivation, and lore of chocolate—and it does it in deft and lucid prose (before he was a doctor or a chocolate maker, Robert Steinberg was an English... More

Hershey's to Close Scharffen Berger Plant in Berkeley; Robert Steinberg Spinning in Grave

Ed Levine 22 comments

Photograph from orphanjones on Flickr The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Hershey's will shut down the Scharffen Berger plant it acquired when it bought the brand from Scharffen Berger founders John Scharffenberger and the late Robert Steinberg in 2005. Serious eaters know how I feel about Steinberg, who died last year, and there can be no doubt how Robert would have felt about this. I remember having lunch with him right after the sale had gone through, and he articulated his many concerns about the plans Hershey's had for his beloved chocolate company. Scharffen Berger's longtime publicist Deborah Kwan weighed in on this topic in the Chronicle story: "It was home grown. They really changed the way people regarded... More

In Memory of Robert Steinberg, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Co-Founder

Ed Levine 7 comments

Dr. Robert Steinberg, 1947-2008 My friend Dr. Robert Steinberg, whose co-founding of Scharffen Berger Chocolates foreshadowed the chocolate revolution in this country, died Wednesday afternoon. He was 61. Robert had been fighting lymphatic cancer for nearly twenty years. In fact, it was his initial diagnosis that provided the impetus he needed to leave medicine and co-found Scharffen Berger Chocolates (along with his friend John Scharffenberger) in 1996. His flight from medicine to chocolate very much exemplified who Steinberg was—a lifelong searcher for meaning, truth, and relevance. I'm not sure that he ever found peace or fulfillment (searchers rarely do). But I can tell you with some certainty, after sharing quite a few meals with Robert over the years: he... More

The Great Baking Chocolate Debate

Serious Eats The Pioneer Woman 42 comments

Our newest contributor, Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) pits run-of-the-mill baking chocolate against Scharffen Berger's stuff in her brownie recipe. And then throws in a Betty Crocker box mix to boot. See which one comes out on top. More

Edibles: Scarfin' the Scharffen Berger

Adam Kuban 2 comments

In today's installment of Edibles, Serious Eats's Ed Levine indulges his sweet tooth with some Scharffen Berger milk chocolate. Says Ed, "Now they just sold to Hershey's, so it's going to be interesting to see if the quality is still good." Eat along with Ed to find out. AS SEEN IN THIS 'EDIBLES' Scharffen Berger 41% Cacao Extra Rich Milk Chocolate. $4.50 for a 3-ounce bar. MORE 'EDIBLES' Getting Cheesy [Wednesday, January 24, 2007] Stockholm Slices [Tuesday, January 23, 2007] Palapa Azul Mexican Ice Cream [Monday, January 22, 2007] All Edibles... More

Edibles: Scarfin' the Scharffen

Adam Kuban 1 comment

In today's installment of Edibles, I indulge my sweet tooth with some Scharffen Berger milk chocolate. They just sold to Hershey's, so it's going to be interesting to see if the quality is still good. Eat along with me to find out. AS SEEN IN THIS 'EDIBLES' Scharffen Berger 41% Cacao Extra Rich Milk Chocolate. $4.50 for a 3-ounce bar.... More

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