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Author: Kim Maya

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Fine Gourmet Chocolate Turkeys, Acorns and Dipped Oreos

Bring some fine holiday chocolates to your Thanksgiving host or treat your guests to a Thanksgiving themed chocolate treat for dessert…

Thanksgiving Thursday is upon us and it’s time to start defrosting that turkey, grocery shopping for side dishes and gassing up for the long commutes around southern California to visit family and friends.

Instead of bringing a bottle of bubbly or stuffing your guests with treacle tarts and soggy pumpkin pies, stop by the shop for thanksgiving holiday chocolate turkeys, acorns, chocolate dipped Oreos with Thanksgiving designs, and fall themed box sets of truffles and confections.

And to Bring Some Cocoa Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner…

Southwest Cocoa-n-Spice Rubbed Turkey


  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black (or white) pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1/4c olive oil or 1/2c butter


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Combine spices in a bowl and mix half the spice mix with two-thirds of oil (or butter)
  • Make a pocket between the skin and turkey meat and rub oil/spice mixture over the whole breast
  • Rub the rest of the oil (or butter) over top of skin, legs, etc and apply remainder of spices to entire bird.  *If desired – stuff cavity with halved garlic bulbs, onions, cinnamon sticks, oranges and lemons halved.
  • Place turkey in roasting pan, place pan in oven for 4.5 -5 hours. *Once skin is browned, add a foil tent to top of skin to keep from burning.  Baste as needed.
  • Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 30 minutes before carving at the table.  Yield: 6-8 servings.


Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Schmid’s Fine Chocolates of San Clemente!

Gourmet Halloween Parties & Spooky Chocolates

Infuse Your Fall/Halloween Festivities with Fine Chocolate and Cocoa Inspirations

Halloween isn’t just for the kids anymore – adults also love to celebrate the darkside of fall as well, just with a little more refinement. Here at Schmid’s Fine Chocolates of San Clemente, we’d like to offer you some suggestions for making your Halloween Party infused with gourmet Swiss and Belgian chocolate.

Instead of the usual store bought sweets, we’ve got a plan for a 3 course meal and options for adult drinks which savor the rich chocolates of the season. Be sure to dress your table with luxurious black and orange linens, fall leaves and mini pumpkins filled with candles.

Begin by offering your guests some Bloody Sangria or a Ghostly White Chocolate Cocktail (non-alcoholic available). Then treat them to a Pumpkin Bisque with Spooky Spaghetti Squash Salad, followed by a Cocoa Crusted Pork Roast, and finish off the night with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Balls with Chocolate-dipped Fruits.

Your guests will be awed by your inspired dinner…

Gourmet 3 Course Meal for Halloween

Course 1

Pumpkin Bisque and Spaghetti Squash Salad

1/2 cup chopped shallots
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
½ cup apple cider or juice
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pepper
Dash ground cloves
⅔ cup heavy whipping cream or half-and-half cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional heavy whipping cream, optional
Fresh thyme sprigs, optional

In a small saucepan, saute the shallots, onion and ginger in oil until tender. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Gradually stir in broth and cider. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Stir in the pumpkin, syrup and seasonings. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Return all to the pan. Stir in cream and vanilla; heat through (do not boil). If desired, pour soup into mini pumpkins with insides removed & drizzle individual servings with additional cream and garnish with thyme sprigs. Yield: 6 servings.

Course 2

Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Bloody Berry Sauce

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee
¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ground chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (2lbs) Pork Tenderloin trimmed of fat & silver skin
½ cup raspberry jam
4 tablespoons orange juice
4 tablespoons white wine

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Combine spices in a bowl and rub tenderloin with olive oil.
Heat a cast iron skillet or heavy bottomed roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray, place tenderloin in pan and sear on all sides
Transfer pan to oven and roast for 15 minutes (or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees). Remove from oven and let sit on cutting board for at least 5 minutes.
In a saucepan, combine berry jam, orange juice and wine (blend if desired). Yield: 6 servings.

Course 3

Pumpkin Cheese Balls and Chocolate Dipped Fruit

8 oz low-fat cream cheese
¾ cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon clove
½ teaspoon vanilla
pretzel sticks and parsley for garnish

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, spices and vanilla in a bowl or mixer
Fill piping bag with cheese mixture and pipe tablespoon sized balls onto parchment lined plate/tray
Place balls into refrigerator for about 15 minutes
Remove tray and add broken pretzel sticks as stems and parsley as leaves
Serve with crackers and/or apple slices Yield: 6-8 servings.

Chocolate-dipped Fruits from Schmid’s Fine Chocolates of San Clemente
Try our chocolate dipped apricots, mangos, strawberries, ginger and almond-stuffed dates for a fall inspired treat


Bloody Sangria

2 bottles red wine (or red & white mix)
½ cup agave syrup (or 1 cup sugar)
1 orange sliced
1 lemon sliced
any additional fruit of your choice (pomegranate seeds, blood orange, grapes, etc.)
Brandy or Grand Marnier to taste

Combine wine, sugar and fruit in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 – 6 hours
Add in liquor and additional fruit before serving over ice. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Ghostly White Chocolatini (with or without alcohol)

1 ½ oz vanilla vodka
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
2 oz cream
white chocolate shavings to garnish
red sugar to garnish

Combine vodka, liqueur and cream into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
Dip chilled cocktail glass into water, then colored sugar. Strain into glass.
Garnish with white chocolate shavings (for non-alcoholic version: replace vodka and liqueur with simple vanilla syrup and soda)

Enjoy the finer sweets and luxurious confections this fall. And please have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Seven Ways Chocolate is Healthy for a Woman’s Body, Mind and Soul

Chocolate – particularly Dark Chocolate – is good for your health!

Chocolate contains healthy flavonoids and theobromine which decreases the risk for strokes, reduces body mass, eases inflammation and may even prevent cancer. And when it comes to women, chocolate packs an extra punch of added benefits. Need more reasons to get your chocolate-fix?

Here’s 7…

    • Chocolate reduces blood pressure & the risk of heart attack or strokes.
      The antioxidant flavonoids in chocolate reduce inflammation of the arteries, increases circulation and slow the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood stream. A recent study in Sweden found that consuming up to 2 bars of dark chocolate a week reduced the incidence of stroke by 20%!
    • Chocolate is good for your skin!
      German scientists believe that not only do flavonoids in dark chocolate increase blood flow but they may also be protecting skin from harmful UV rays.
    • Chocolate is good for your brain & improves your math skills.
      Again, we have flavonoids to thank for slowing oxidation of brain cells and increasing circulation to the brain. Not only does this have the long-term effect of staving of strokes, but consuming dark chocolate may have an immediate benefit of improving mental math abilities.
    • Chocolate fights off fatigue!
      Aside from all of its antioxidant benefits, chocolate contains caffeine – about 30mg or a ¼ cup of coffee – which fights fatigue. Good for women AND men needing a boost.
    • Chocolate makes you happy and gets you in “the mood”
      Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which induces euphoria and boosts the sex drive. While tryptophan, also found in chocolate, becomes serotonin – the “happy” hormone – in the brain.
    • Chocolate is good for PMS and Pregnancy.
      The iron and magnesium found in chocolate is proven to ease premenstrual syndromes and is recommended for pregnant women despite the small amount of caffeine.
    • Chocolate is a cough suppressant and fights off tooth decay.
      Theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine, gives chocolate its bitter taste. Its crystalline structure – more prevalent in dark chocolate and cocoa nibs – strengthens tooth enamel from erosion. And the chemical is also being researched as a replacement codeine in cough syrups for its ability to suppress even the most persistent coughs with few side-effects. Letting some chocolate melt down your throat is a sweet remedy!

Chocolate offers a number of health benefits when consumed in regular small amounts. So live longer – Eat Chocolate!

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