Creams

Locals Guide: August 2018

Creams

The Item of the Month this August is our creams, not just one of them but all. There is Strawberry, Raspberry, Key Lime, Lemon, Marzipan, Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Anjou Pear just to name a few. Our  Anjou Pear Creams are a rich creamy center flavored with the very essence of pear, pureed pear to be exact, hand-dipped in our rich 58% Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Most of our creams are flavored with real fruit purees and concentrates with no added coloring.

Then we have the non fruit flavors like the Chocolate Butter Cream that is made using a extra brute cocoa powder.  Marzipan is a traditional European treat eaten like candy, often molded into fruit shapes, sometimes dipped in chocolate. It is a sweet paste made of finely ground almonds and sugar. Our Marzipan Creams start with our classic cream recipe, stir in almond paste, and then dip it all in our delicious rich semi-sweet chocolate.

We won’t be out and about in August, so come see us in the store at 1662 Siskiyou Boulevard here in Ashland. We’re just two blocks south of Omar’s, next to the Minute Market shopping center. We’re open Monday-Saturday 10-5:30 where it is always cool. If you’re lucky, you might even catch us dipping and pouring chocolate!

You can find Branson’s Chocolates on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and at bransonschocolates.com for online chocolate shopping.

Marzipan Creams

Local’s Guide: July 2017

Marzipan Creams

Marzipan Creams are our Item of the Month at Branson’s Chocolates in July. Marzipan is a sweet paste made of finely ground almonds and sugar or honey, and often flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, or lemon. It is a traditional European treat eaten like candy, often molded into fruit shapes, sometimes dipped in chocolate. Our Marzipan Creams start with our classic cream recipe, stir in almond paste, and then dip it all in our delicious rich semi-sweet chocolate.

Across the world, Marzipan has many variations. In Latin America, the almonds are replaced by peanuts, and they call it Mazapan. In Mexico, pine nuts and pistachios are substituted for the almonds. In the Middle East, Marzipan is usually flavored with orange-flower water.

Marzipan treats have an ancient history. Legend has it that during a 15th century famine when flour became scarce, bakers created a replacement using eggs, sugar, and stores of almonds.In Germany and throughout much of northern Europe it is considered good luck to receive a Marzipan pig on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Marzipan is a traditional food to eat on weddings and religious feast days in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus.

But don’t think that Marzipan is only for European history buffs with a sweet tooth. People everywhere love Marzipan so much that it has its very own holiday—January 12th is National Marzipan Day.Marzipan is even the name of a character in the Nutcracker ballet. How sweet is that?

We won’t be out and about in July, so come see us in the store at 1662 Siskiyou Boulevard here in Ashland. We’re just a block south of 7-11, in the Minute Market shopping center. We’re open Monday-Friday 10-6, and Saturday 11-5. If you’re lucky, youmight even catch us dipping and pouring chocolate!

You can find Branson’s Chocolates on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and at bransonschocolates.com for online chocolate shopping.

We will be closed on July 4th, come join us in celebrating our nation’s independence. Ashland puts on quite a party for the Fourth of July, starting with a hometown parade and ending with a fantastic fireworks display. Happy Fourth of July to you!

(Thanks to www.seriouseats.com/2010/12/marzipan-history-what-is-it-almonds.html  andwww.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/marzipan .)

Mango Creams

Local’s Guide: May 2016

Mango Creams

May means summer is just around the corner, so Branson’s Chocolates is bringing a touch of the tropics to Ashland with Mango Creams, a delectable fusion of exotic mangos and velvety chocolate. Our rich, dark, semi-sweet chocolate covers a luscious mango cream center, for a refreshing and indulgent chocolate experience. You love mangos, and you know you love chocolate, now you can love them together, and make any part of your day more delicious!

Be sure to catch our May Chocolate Talk video on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/BransonsChocolatesAshland . Our videos are directed and shot, as always, by Brian Goodwin, and feature our Item of the Month—Mango Creams. Check us out every month to catch me making our latest product and talking, of course, about chocolate. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bransonschocolates , where you’ll find out all about our latest events and happenings, and if you follow us on Instagram at https://instagram.com/bransonschocolates/ or @bransonschocolates, you know that’s where we post mouth-watering photos of our delicious chocolates.

If you want to catch us out and about in May, here’s where we will be:

  • April 30th-May 1st, Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm, we will be selling chocolates at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair at the Jackson County EXPO in Central Point. Parking is free; admission is $3 for ages 15 and up. http://www.jacksoncountymga.org/2-uncategorised/18-spring-garden-fair See you there!
  • Saturday May 21st 12pm-5pm, we will be at Paschal Winery pairing our Award Winning Truffles with their distinguished wines.
  • And the most important event of May is on the 8th, Mother’s Day! Be sure to stop by during the week to get your mother her favorite chocolate because we will be closed on Mother’s Day so that our staff can celebrate with their mothers. We want to wish everyone a beautiful & happy Mother’s Day!

Anjou Pear Creams

Local’s Guide: April 2016

Anjou Pear Creams

Spring has arrived at Branson’s Chocolates! And to celebrate springtime in the Rogue Valley, we’ve created Anjou Pear Creams. Imagine if you will, a rich creamy center flavored with the very essence of pear, pureed pear to be exact, hand-dipped in our rich 58% Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Southern Oregon is widely known for our pears, making Anjou Pear a deliciously appropriate flavor for a springtime chocolate! It’s also the perfect chocolate to debut at (Where else?) Southern Oregon’s Pear Blossom Festival. Come see us there, and try one for yourself.

Be sure to catch our March Chocolate Talk video on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/BransonsChocolatesAshland . Our videos are always directed and shot by Brian Goodwin, and feature, of course, our newest items—Anjou Pear Creams. Every month you will find me there, making our latest product, and talking about chocolate. You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bransonschocolates , where you’ll find out all about our latest events and happenings, and if you follow us on Instagram at https://instagram.com/bransonschocolates/ or @bransonschocolates, you know that’s where we post mouth-watering photos of our delicious chocolate.

If you want to catch us out and about in April, here’s where we will be:

  • April 8th-9th, Friday 3pm-10pm & Saturday 10am-5pm, we will have our new Anjou Pear Creams, and many other chocolate favorites, at the Pear Blossom Festival in the Pare-A-Fare tent (the Festival’s local artisan food& beverage tent) in the Pare-A-Fare’s new home at the Commons Park Blocks in Medford.http://pearblossomparade.org/
  • April 30th-May 1st, Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm, we will be selling chocolates at the Jackson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair at the Jackson County EXPO in Central Point. Parking is free; admission is $3 for ages 15 and up. http://www.jacksoncountymga.org/2-uncategorised/18-spring-garden-fair See you there!