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On the eighth day of chocolate….

Today is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day!  Random for sure, but it gives us an opportunity to highlight some artisans who have mastered the art of panning.  Panning may well be the oldest form of processed confection, dating back over 1,000 years.  A simplified  definition of panning would be  a continual and controlled cover-up of a center (usually nuts) by the application of chocolate (or other coating) and cold conditioned air inside a revolving vessel (pan) until the desired size and smoothness is achieved.  Classic panning would be M&Ms.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  We can tell you it is not.  It takes an investment in quality equipment and practice, practice, practice.  For that reason alone, we recommend that you celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day by purchasing amazing chocolate-covered items from this list of artisan chocolatiers.

Chocolate-Covered Deliciousness

Michael Recchuiti is the master of most everything chocolate.  Add to that an amazing assortment of chocolate-covered treats.  From Cherries Two-Ways to Peanut Butter Pearls, this is the real deal.

http://www.recchiuti.com/overview.html?area=05&id=M7XB28mg

The Madelaine Company in Rockaway, Queens has been in business since 1949.  They specialize in panned malt balls.

http://www.madelainechocolate.com/index.php/products/list/C70/

Another favorite, Lake Champlain Chocolates offers a nice selection of chocolate-covered nuts.

http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/caramels-fruits-nuts/chocolate-covered-nuts/?gclid=CKLTzszXha0CFcVgTAodSSenTQ

If you have a Trader Joe’s in your neck of the woods, they have a fun and interesting assortment of chocolate-covered items.  They even have Egg Nog coated almonds!

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article.asp?article_id=357

Finally, one of our favorite distributors of high-quality nuts and dried fruit has a nice selection of dark chocolate-covered nuts.  Try them!  It’s another family run business that never disappoints.

http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/almonds/dark-chocolate.html

photo courtesy of 21food.com

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