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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Barkeater Chocolates, Buyer Day Exhibitor, featured in Albany Times Union

Great indepth article - learn more about this chocolate maker before meeting her at Buyer Days.


(the following is the last 3 paragraphs of article - note Buyer Days is mentioned - thank you to Morris)
Morris is intent, however, on maintaining the personal, handmade aspect, and in keeping costs down for the customer as well as her overhead. Truffles can be purchased in single flavor boxes ($9), as part of a collection ($6 for no sugar, up to $16.50 for The Elite Collection, which is organic, fair-trade chocolate in lavender and pomegranate), as party favors, in gift baskets or tins, as well as a 50-piece truffle platter ($90).
Collections have names like The Champagne or Coffee House or Umbrella Collection. The Barkeater operation doesn’t require much except a cooling room, which is on their hopeful list. “Humidity can kill chocolate,” Morris says. “We don’t need a lot of equipment, because we do handmade stuff. It’s the personal touch.”
Then her passion flares. “Everybody should be able to enjoy chocolate,” she says. And when they do eat her truffles, she wants them to think, “It’s nirvana.”
Barkeater Chocolates owner Deb Morris would never contemplate a life without chocolate.
Barkeater Chocolates is available online at BarkeaterChocolates.com and Chocolate.com, as well as at retailers scattered around the Adirondacks:
Rock Hill Bake House, Gansevoort and Glens Falls
Café Sarah, North Creek
Chapman Museum, Glens Falls
Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake
Hudson River Trading Company, North Creek
Indian Lake Theater, Indian Lake
The Annex, Northville (summers)
Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, Chestertown
The Bear’s Paw, Speculator
Barkeater also offers opportunities for fundraising to schools, sports teams and other non-profits, which get a percentage of sales). The company also works with wine and liquor stores, pairing a truffle tasting with a wine tasting. Morris also appears at shows and farmers’ markets, and will be at City Center in Saratoga Springs at the annual Adirondack North Country Association Buyer Days Gift Trade Show (as a regional producer where buyers can pick up stock) on April 6-7, 2011.

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