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C’mon Lucky 7! It’s World Chocolate Day All Week Long at Stam’s

 

Lucky Us! Lucky You! We're celebrating World Chocolate Day all week long!

As chocolatiers, we may have the happiest job in the world. We get to spend our days melting and blending and filling (and tasting!) and selling our world-class confections, and we think that makes us some pretty lucky people.

July 7th (lucky number 7/7) is World Chocolate Day! (Appropriately, this year’s digits (2014) add up to 7, as well. Jackpot!) To celebrate this auspicious day, we’ve planned a week of extra-special specials in our Ingersoll store.

Day One: Monday, July 7, 2014 Roll the Die Day
Come in to Chocolaterie Stam on Ingersoll and roll a die at the time of purchase for your discount. You’ll save 10 times your roll, so a 6 will get you 60% off your total!

Day Two: Tuesday, July 8th 2014 Choc-o-Let’s Make a Deal!
We’ll give you a 10% discount, which you can choose to use, or risk it all for a chance at a prize worth up to $10. 

Day Three: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 Dealer’s Day Off
The croupier has the croup, so the cashier has to make the deal today. If you draw the high card, you’ll win a 10% discount on any purchase (excluding wine). If the dealer wins, better luck next time!

Day Four: Thursday July 10th, 2014 Better Luck This Time!
Our stakes are higher today, but you can’t lose! Draw the high card and win a 20% discount on any purchase (excluding wine). If the dealer wins, it’s your lucky day: you still get 10% off!

Day Five: Friday, July 11th, 2014 Five-Finger Discount (Rock, Paper Scissors)
Purchase $25 or more and play Rock, Paper, Scissors at checkout. If you win, you’ll get $5 Stam gift card. If you don’t win, it’s out of your hands. LOL

Day Six: Saturday, July 12th, 2014 Four of a Kind Gelato Day
Today you can score a special foursome of 2 oz. gelato and sorbetto selections for $7. Our signature gelati and dairy-free sorbettos are hand-crafted using traditional Italian techniques and ingredients. We partner with Picket Fence creamery to create some the most extraordinary frozen treats we’ve tasted.

Day Seven: Sunday, July 13th, 2014 Luck be a Lady Happy Hour
We made it to the end of the week without losing our shirt, yet we still have one more special up our sleeves! On Sunday, July 14th, between 2 and 5 pm, ladies get two-for-one gelato, cremosas, Italian sodas, and coffees.

Celebrate American Chocolate Week: March 17-23

The American Chocolate Week (March 17-23) is a celebration of all things “chocolatety” and we can’t thank them enough for a giving Chocolaterie Stam an excuse for a celebration. So, in honor of Spring we have a week full of quick and easy in-store deals.

Day One: March 17th, 2014.
Chocolate Stam’s Save-Some-Green-St. Patrick’s Day
Purchase over 10 dollars and get 17% off anything in the store.

Day Two: March 18th, 2014
Temperature’s Rising Tuesday
In Des Moines, March 18th Tuesday’s High is stated to be 39 degrees F.  Everything in the store is discounted by 39 cents.

Day Three: March 19, 2014
Pick and Chews Day
In celebration of National Chocolate Caramel Day, any $15 purchase from our selection of Chocolaterie Stam Chewy Caramels, Caramel Kikkers, or Chocolate Caramel Hearts will get you one of our famous Chocolaterie Stam Caramel Milk bars free.

*purchase must total 15 dollars.

Day Four: March 20th 2014
Stam Celebrates Spring Day
The bulbs have forced themselves on us!  Our delightful Daffolollies Chocolate Lollipops have bloomed in stores and are free with purchases of 25 dollars or more.  (Limit one with purchases of 25 dollars).

Day Five: March 21st 2014
Fantastic Four Gelato Friday
We offer all day Friday March 21st, a quad selection of 2 oz. gelato and sorbetto selections for $7.

At Chocolaterie Stam, artisans handcraft their signature gelati and dairy-free sorbettos using traditional Italian techniques and ingredients.  We partner with Picket Fence creamery to create some the most extraordinary frozen treats we’ve tasted.  Can’t decide?  Get four for the price of two.

Naia Gelato & Sorbetto Sampler

 

Day Six: March 22nd 2014
Kid’s Treat Free Saturday
We celebrate your little buds and blooms by offering one free Kids (3oz gelato) to Kid’s under 12 with any 5 dollars purchase.  Limit one per child.

Day Seven: March 23rd, 2014
Vernal Equinox* Ending
In honor of week of the “Spring Awakening” ending, we offer two ways to do the same thing:
Before 2pm, all purchases (excluding Easter items) are Buy on get one half off.
After 2pm, all purchases (excluding Easter items) are buy two get one free.

*The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

Color us hoppy!

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Easter Sunday is April 20, 2014. Stam Chocolate wants you and yours to enter our 1st annual coloring contest. Open to all ages, in the following brackets:
Toddler Apprentice—age 2 & under: Winner will receive a $25 Easter Gift Basket courtesy of Chocolaterie Stam.
Rembrandtages 3-5:  Winner will receive a $25 Easter Gift Basket courtesy of Chocolaterie Stam.
Van Gogh—ages 6-8:  Winner will receive a $25 Easter Gift Basket courtesy of Chocolaterie Stam.
Van Dyckages 9-12:  Winner will receive a $25 Chocolaterie Stam Gift Card good at participating stores.

Vermeer—ages 13+ (yes, including you, adults!): Winner will receive a $25 Stam Gift Card good at participating stores.

All received entries will be placed in a random drawing for one grand prize winner.

Grand prize in The Chocolaterie Stam Celebrate with Color, Celebrate with Stam Easter Coloring Contests will be Our 2014 Extra-large Wheel Barrel Bunny. (Valued at 69.95)

One “Best of Prizes”  are awarded in each category with one grand prize winner to be announced on Chocolaterie Stam Facebook page as well as email.  All entries whether electronic, digital, facsimile or in-store drop off must be receive by 12 midnight Saturday, April 12, 2014 for judging.  Judging will be based on the following criteria:

• Neatness
• Creativity
• Use of color

Judging and drawing for Grand prize will be on Wednesday, April 16th at 2pm. Winners will be announced by email and facebook on April 17th 2014.  All decisions are final.  No purchase necessary.  One entry per person.  Any vulgar or inappropriate entries will be discarded and ineligible for judging. All entries will become property of Chocolaterie Stam, USA, and cannot be returned.

Ready to get started? You can find the coloring pages in store starting Tuesday, March 18, or download one here.

Bar in a Jar

I adapted a recipe from an old campfire cookbook for this Christmas season using ingredients from Chocolaterie StamStam Dark Chocolate Drops and chopped Stam Stroopwafels became the gooey basis for an updated classic version of S’mores.  I called them Sta’mores and the replacement of the graham cracker contingent with Chocolaterie Stam stroopwafels was an easy and delicious personalization.

And, of course it has marshmallows and Stam Dark Chocolate Drops.  This holiday, we decided to feature this in our corporate stores as a cookie in a Mason jar. Our chocolate production elves have been busy filling quart jars with the ingredients to make this humble and kid-friendly concoction.  So easy, that all one does is spray a non-stick baking pan with cooking spray, dump the jar’s contents into the pan, and add ¼ cup of melted butter, stir until coated.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 or 15 minutes.

If you want to fill your own Mason jar, I’ve included the recipe below:

bars in a jar

Sta’mores in a Jar

In one quart jar layer in the following order

1 ½ cups Stam Stroopwafels, chopped
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups Stam dark chocolate drops

The volume may seem to be more than the jar can take however by sliding a dinner knife down the sides you  and lightly packing on the top you will be able to close the jar and place the decorative square and hangtag.

Here’s the recipe to finish to baking the Sta’mores

Chocolaterie Stam Sta’mores Bars
A campfire classic but with a Stam Twist  

Servings: 12 squares
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 12 min

Ingredients:

Sta’mores in a Jar

1 ½ cups Stam Stroopwafels, chopped
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups Stam dark chocolate drops
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Prepare a 9” square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix chopped Chocolaterie Stam Stroopwafel cookies, miniature marshmallows, Chocolaterie Stam dark chocolate drops, and brown sugar along with ¼ cup melted butter into the prepared baking dish and press firmly. Bake for 12 minutes at 350º F. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut in to bars.

Can’t hold a candle to us!

As I wax lyrical (pun intended) about myself and my relationship to my family’s chocolate, it occurs to me at one time in my upbringing my Cousin Ginger would always make Christmas candies as a present.  It was always a special gift given with love, always appreciated, and it was often made with old fashioned ingredients.  Intuitively, you would think that with a classic, original recipe, it would be wholesome and without any artificial additives.  How untrue!

Cousin’s “go to” in this case was to make chocolate fudge with food grade paraffin.  I’ve a copy of one of her favorite recipes below:

Martha Washington Chocolates
(Makes about 5 lbs)

Melt 1/4 lb. of butter or oleo and add 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 1 can coconut, 1 pt. chopped fine pecans.

Mix together, roll into small balls and dip in chocolate mix.

Chocolate Mix

Mix 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate with 1 bar (1/4 lb) of paraffin (melt over low heat or double boiler). Stick toothpick in balls, dip into chocolate mix.  Drop on wax paper to cool.

Horrors!  Carnauba wax is used in so many things from make-up to caramel apples.

Buyers beware!

At Chocolaterie Stam, you can be assured that no wax has ever come close to our chocolate.  Even as we have followed the family’s tried and true, we never come across using paraffin as an ingredient.

Stam Chocolate Christmas Store display

Stam Chocolate Christmas Store display

My warm and fuzzy memories of my cousin’s Christmas gift, always reminds me that she did her best with what she was given.  It was from her hands and heart.

But still…  My gift to you is our guarantee that no wax, or paraffin, will ever be in Stam Chocolate.  In fact, no one can ever hold a candle to us!