I am of the mindset lately that when shitty things happen to me personally, the best way to overcome them is to do something nice for someone else. Because there is a theory – don’t quote me on this, as I’m paraphrasing – centered around the law of attraction which says that if you put out positive into the world, positive will find you. I’ve had an interesting few months outside of this world, and I try my best to navigate it all. Thankfully, my business partner is also my best friend. In doing nice things for her, I feel like I’ve made the world a little bit brighter. And if you know Catherine like I do, you’ll understand that chocolate is always a good way to make her happy.
If you are like me, you enjoy the look on someone’s face when you give them a gift. Especially if it’s a “just because” gift to make them feel loved and appreciated. Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to JACEK Chocolate Couture and I IMMEDIATELY knew that I had to get some of their amazing products for Catherine. As mentioned, few things make her happier than chocolate, and I like to believe that small gestures like ordering some of their products online helped her have a better day.
Not only is this Canadian company creating quite a name for themselves as they slowly expand west from their home in the prairies, but they products are incredibly inventive. And did I mention incredibly Instagramable?
The Market Chocolate is a little different this week… although the star ingredient is not from the market, it is something incredibly special that we have wanted to offer for a long time. This beauty is a Takasago Plum Sake Ume Truffle! The sake is made from plums from from Kanazawa area in the Ishikawa prefecture (northern part of Japan ?? ). This region is known for its delicious plums. Thank you @sakegamicorp for the bottle of this beautiful sake. Available tomorrow at 104th and the Sherwood Park location for one day only. #sake #saketruffle #plumwine #yegfood #sherwoodpark #japan #japaninspired #plums #markettruffle #artisanchocolate
This is EXACTLY the reaction that Daniel was hoping for when he ordered some @jacekchocolate for his BFF ? Because most of the time when he wants to do something nice for @catherinescabinet, #Chocolate is always a good idea. Stay tuned to #DoTheDaniel this week as he tells us why they are one of our favourite makers of fabulous chocolate in Canada ??? #JACEK #Sponsored
So why JACEK? You’ve seen that we work with a lot of chocolate brands – and I love them all (if you have chocolate, it will never go to waste at our office). JACEK has an amazing story that really spoke to me about building a brand in Canada, and doing what you love because you love it. I’ve been a little introspective as you’ve noticed, and it just felt right to partner with them and support their brand.
You can read more about their story here, but to give you a bit more context about why I love them so much:
“JACEK Chocolate Couture was started as a one woman show in late in 2009 in a basement in Sherwood Park, and now includes a production facility, three retail boutiques (Sherwood Park, downtown Edmonton and Canmore), an online store and a talented team of dynamo’s! In addition, JACEK has partnered with leading retailers who sell their line of chocolate bars and confections.”
I also love the idea of buying their gift sets and upcoming holiday items for people on my shopping list because it’s something a lot of people in Toronto might not know about yet. DID I ALSO MENTION THEY ARE DELICIOUS? So, there’s that too. Because I wouldn’t recommend something we didn’t enjoy – we’ve been doing a lot of testing this week at the office and it’s been pretty sweet. See what I did there? #DadJokes
Check out their website for your next just because gift idea, or in anticipation of their incredible holiday gift sets. Let us know what you think about them on social media – I’d love to hear what you think! Hand made chocolate, made with love, for those you love. This couldn’t be more up my alley.
And there is something to be said about making some delicious memories with my BFF. You’ll have to ask Catherine which of the items from JACEK Chocolate Couture she’s loved most. And of course, to join in on the social media conversation with us, make sure to follow @jacekchocolate on Instagram, @JACEKChocolate on Twitter, and by ‘Liking’ their Facebook Page.
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