Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Many thanks to all of you who came out to the Pike Place Artisan Food Festival! It was so much fun talking with you and spreading the word about Pink Peony Chocolates! To all of you who sampled and purchased our chocolate, THANK YOU, and we hope it brought you joy and left you wanting more! Visit the Chocolate Box in Seattle or Bon Bon on Bainbridge Island to satisfy further cravings! We appreciate your support!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Artisan Food Festival

This weekend, Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (10-5), at Pike Place Market is the Artisan Food Festival. And guess what? Pink Peony Chocolates will be there within the Chocolate Box booth. We will have some delicious samples as well as selling select signature 4 pc. boxes. Annnnd we will be introducing a new treat! The festival should be a great way to spend the weekend...music, beer garden, local vendors, demonstrations and of course us, so pencil it in!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Back to the land of Chocolate!

Best 'vaca' ever in Phoenix with our daughters! So much fun! Roadtripped back...straight through...23 1/2 hrs. 1100 truffles made this week! Up 48 hours straight...was awesome!
Working on recipes for homemade caramels to dip and still have to test out my newest flavor idea for a truffle. Exciting stuff!

Monday, March 22, 2010

vacation continues

Just had fabulous dinner with the family at The Parlor Pizzeria...3 amazing pizzas: The Funghi; The Spicy Barbecue Chicken and Yukon Gold Potato! YUM! Spinach salad and gorgonzola and bacon burger, too. Finished with a really good tiramisu that could possibly rival my own!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pink Peony Chocolates in NW Source!

We were so lucky to be featured in a lovely article written by Alison Brownrigg in the Daily Finds of NWsource. Read her awesome article below!

Powerful flavors make Pink Peony handmade truffles a treat with bite

By Alison Brownrigg
November 19, 2009
NWsource shopping columnist

"Pink Peony Chocolates' Mary Kay Johncock has a knack for making truffles. Before launching her Bainbridge Island-based chocolate company in 2005 with best friend and partner Linda Darley, this former nurse tinkered for months on her recipes before settling on premium European dark, milk and semisweet chocolates, which temper well and have a nice, glossy finish.

Pink Peony chocolates contain no butter, oils or preservatives and are made completely by hand by both Johncock and Darley, a former human relations manager. Their dense and decadent ganache is an excellent base for the dramatic flavors the duo create, including Maple Bacon Goodness, Coconut Carmelicious and Tequila.

No demure little nibble, these truffles are big and gutsy, with a thick chocolate coating and powerful flavors. When asked what inspires their creativity, Darley says, "Our truffles have to taste better and be more beautiful than anything else we've tasted."

Other standout flavors from the 22-piece Pink Peony menu are Dark Chocolate Caramel with French Sea Salt -- the thick swath of sea salt that tops the confection sets off the bittersweet ganache and homemade caramel; Marzipan, their take on the classic European almond treat; and Lemon, which explodes in your mouth like a burst of sunshine.

The aforementioned Maple Bacon Goodness and Coconut Caramelicious deserve more description, as they are truly unique flavor experiences. Maple Bacon Goodness is like breakfast chocolate, constructed of bittersweet ganache, maple syrup and substantial bits of bacon all topped with a sprinkling of fresh cracked pepper. Coconut Caramelicious, one of Pink Peony's newest additions, has a luscious caramel flavor that is perfectly balanced against the nuttiness of the toasted coconut.

When I asked Johncock and Darley which truffle was their favorite, Johncock exclaimed, "Well, that's just as hard as picking your favorite child!"

Pink Peony chocolates retail for between $2.75 and $3 and are available at Chocolate Box in downtown Seattle and at Bon Bon Confections on Bainbridge Island. For a listing of all their truffle flavors, visit http://www.pinkpeonychocolates.com.

If you have a shop, sale, event or great product tip you'd like to share, e-mail seattleshopping@nwsource.com.

Copyright © The Seattle Times Company"