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We’re Minding our Bees for Youse

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 It may become a little more difficult to say, “pass the honey, Honey” in the future, as the fates of honeybee colonies continue to look grim. It is estimated that last year in 2013 in Iowa, 70% of the commercial honeybee industry collapsed due to harsh weather.

Honey production, although important, is not the only important task that honeybees provide. Pollination is the real value of honey bees. We all like to eat a diversity of foods in our diets. One-third of our global food supply depends on pollinators and much of our world’s biodiversity relies on the services they provide.

Plant, Grow, Fly

That’s why we applaud the work of the The Plant.Grow.Fly initiative. This worthwhile project is providing a gardening how-to guide for Iowans to support natural pollinators such as honeybees or butterflies.

Using region-specific garden recipes, you can plant the flowers and grasses that benefit local species the most.

The Plant.Grow.Fly project also is backed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Science Center of Iowa, Drake University, Polk County Conservation, Warren County Conservation, Madison County Conservation, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Des Moines Area Community College’s West Campus as well as a national program, Monarch Joint Venture.

Stam’s does their little part

“It is believed that no effort is too small and that each of us can do our part to preserve the biodiversity around us — just by planning gardens in our yards.” says Jesse Lowry, Blank Park Zoo’s conservation coordinator.

So, this May 2014, Chocolaterie Stam with the help of David Hance, will plant on the corporate campus in Des Moines, a small pilot plot of butterfly and bee friendly natives. Additionally, Chocolaterie Stam has established with the help of apiarist friends, a hive of honeybees for eventual use as a natural ingredient in one our future bonbons. We will continue to check-in with our progress over this first summer and keep you posted on the “buzz”.

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A whole day!

The Dutch are crazy about licorice, or as they call it, drop, with the highest per capita consumption of licorice in the world (almost 4 1/2 pounds per person per year) giving the Dutch drop market a total value of $225,157,500.

In honor of the day we have posted a craft project*

You will need:

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Waxed Dental floss (generic brand will do)

Embroidery needle ( we got ours at Hobby Lobby for a couple of bucks)

38 pieces (about 1/2 Chocolaterie Stam All Sorts Licorice

Latex gloves

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  • Step 1:  Cut dental floss to length of about 34 inches
  • Step 2:  Thread embroidery needle with the dental floss
  • Step 3:  Count out a variety of shapes and colors from the Stam All Sort Selection
  • Step 4:  While wearing the latex gloves Insert threaded needle into middle of the licorice shapes and continue until all 38 pieces are threaded.
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  • Step 5:  Tie off both ends together making sure the licorices are tight to each other
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  • Step 6:  Trim ends of the floss, and ta-da!
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We also created a matching bracelet by threading elastic through a few pieces!

If your licorice is unmanageably hard, it’ll soften right up after a few seconds in the microwave. Five seconds is usually just about right, but BE CAREFUL! Licorice will heat up very quickly and can cause serious burns.

*Young children should be supervised at all times while making candy necklaces. For safety reasons, plastic craft needles should be used to create holes in sweets instead of the sharp metal variety. Also, exercise commonsense when it comes to consuming edible jewelry that has been excessively handled and worn. Consider having the kids make edible jewelry specifically for eating and others just for wearing. Eating candy necklaces that have been played with and/or worn is not recommended.

Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest

Print this page to get started!

Des Moines: To enter online, post your masterpiece on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #ColorMeHoppyDSM. Be sure to tag Chocolaterie Stam on Facebook (or mention @StamDesMoines on Twitter). You can also drop off your art in store and we’ll proudly put it on display!

You can find more details about the contest here.

 

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.