UPDATE: All of this year’s chocolates have been claimed. Thanks to all who donated!
Yes, it’s that time of year! I’m launching my “Chocolates for Charity” campaign, this year raising funds for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. So if you’d like a box of my handmade chocolates in late November, just donate $100 or more to the museum, which you can do here. (click the “Donate Now!” button in the top right). Please put “Tien Chiu – Chocolates for Charity” in the referrer box, so the museum and I can track donations. (If you want more than one box, just donate $100/box.)
To get on the list, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) a copy of the donation receipt along with the address you want the chocolates sent to. (If you live outside the contiguous 48 states, I have to ask you to cover postage, as Alaska/Hawaii and international postage are astronomical.)
If you’re not already familiar with my chocolates: I’ve been making chocolates ever since I was a college student (that would be over 25 years now), and am pretty serious about it. I would describe myself as “semi-pro”, on par with the better artisan chocolatiers. Here’s a photo of last year’s flavor index:
You can see more photos of last year’s chocolates at http://www.tienchiu.com/2013/11/presenting-the-2013-fall-collection , and read more about my process at http://www.tienchiu.com/other-crafts/chocolate/chocolate-making/ .
Anyway: this year, as in past years, I am limiting my “run” to 20 boxes, so the first twenty donors get chocolate. (I’ll send out another announcement when all the chocolates are claimed.) The chocolates will go out December 1, the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Finally, if you are interested in learning how to make chocolates, I am looking for one more helper. (I live in the San Francisco Bay Area – Sunnyvale, to be exact.) This would be over Thanksgiving weekend, and I need someone who can help two or more days. Stuff you’d be doing? Chocolatiering from start to finish – mixing the various flavors, cutting the chocolate centers, dipping and decorating chocolates, inspecting and boxing up the finished chocolates, and eating any that fail quality testing. 🙂 You’re welcome to take home the “seconds”, and I’ll give you a box of finished chocolates at the end. Plus, it’s fun!
Usually all chocolates are claimed within 2-3 days (if not faster), so if you’re thinking of donating, I suggest you get your “order” in quickly. Again, you can donate here.