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1527 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-0776

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Anniversary Madness Chocolate Sweet Sixteen
Beginning on June 11, each happy hour through July 30 will be a competition among 16 bars of chocolate. Think the NCAA Championships of chocolate in our "Chocolate Anniversary Madness" competition.

Here's how the competition works. We've chosen 16 bars to compete, initially arranged into 4 groups. Each week these brackets of 4 bars will compete in a blind tasting with voting during happy hour. The two bars with the most votes will move to the next bracket. We'll reveal the winner on July 31 at the end of the competition.

If you turned in your fantasy bracket by June 11 at 4pm, you'll have a chance to win a Golden Ticket. The fantasy bracket deemed most perfect by our Chief Chocophile will win a Golden Ticket (a free bar of chocolate every week for a year). The deadline for submitting fantasy brackets has passed (June 11).

The 16 bars competing are:

Group 1
Taza Wicked Dark
Marou Tiên Giang 80%
Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No. 1 80%
Grenada Chocolate 82%
 
Group 2
Escazu Carenero Venezuela 81%
Rogue Tranquilidad 75%
Dick Taylor Camino Verde Ecuador 76%
Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70%
 
Group 3
Escazu Goat’s Milk (Matagalpa, Nicaragua) 60%
Guittard 45% Soleil d’Automne
Cluizel Maralumi Lait 47%
Valrhona Lait Bahibe 46%
 
Group 4
Fruition Hispaniola 68%
Amano Dos Rios 70%
Fresco 214 Madagascar 74%
Dandelion Ambanja, Madagascar 70%

Fantasy Bracket Ground rules & format:
  • Happy hour tastings will be blind
  • Only 1 vote per person per round (but you can taste as much as you'd like!)
  • Fantasy brackets must be turned in no later than June 11 at 4pm to be eligible to win a Golden Ticket
  • The bracket deemed "most perfect" by the Chief Chocophile will win the Golden Ticket.
  • There will only be one bracket chosen as the winner.
  • If you don't live in the Seattle area and you win a Golden Ticket, you're responsible for the shipping charges for your bars.

Free Chocolate Happy Hours
Thursdays 5-9pm

Thursday, June 11
Group 1: Chocolate Anniversary Madness

RESULTS:
 The winners of this round were Marou Tien Giang 80% and Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No. 1 80%. These two bars will move onto the next round.

Taza Wicked Dark 95%
*Marou Tiên Giang 80%
*Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No. 1 80%
Grenada Chocolate 82%

Thursday, June 18
Group 2: Chocolate Anniversary Madness
The second group in our blind tasting for our Sweet 16 of Chocolate includes bars from some talented craft chocolate makers.  Stop by the store to taste and vote for your favorite bar. The two bars with the most votes will move onto the next round.

RESULTS: The winners of this round were Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70% and Escazu Carenero Venezuela 81%. These two bars will move on to the next round.

*Escazu Carenero Venezuela 81%
Rogue Tranquilidad 75%
Dick Taylor Camino Verde Ecuador 76%
*Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70%

Thursday, June 25
Group 3: Chocolate Anniversary Madness
The third group in our blind tasting for our Sweet 16 of Chocolate includes some of our favorite milk chocolates.  Stop by the store to taste and vote for your favorite bar. The two bars with the most votes will move onto the next round.

RESULTS: The winners of this round were Guittard 45% Soleil d'Automne and Valrhona Lait Bahibe 46%. These two bars will move on to the next round.

Escazu Goat’s Milk (Carenero Venezuela) 60%
*Guittard 45% Soleil d’Automne
Cluizel Maralumi Lait 47%
*Valrhona Lait Bahibe 46%

Thursday, July 2
Group 4: Chocolate Anniversary Madness
The fourth group in our blind tasting for our Sweet 16 of Chocolate includes some of our favorite bars from Dominican Republic and Madagascar.  Stop by the store to taste and vote for your favorite bar. The two bars with the most votes will move onto the next round.

RESULTS: The winners of this round were Fruition Hispaniola 68% and Fresco 214 Madagascar 74%. These two bars will move on to the next round.

*Fruition Hispaniola 68%
Amano Dos Rios 70%
*Fresco 214 Madagascar 74%
Dandelion Ambanja, Madagascar 70%

Thursday, July 9
Chocolate Anniversary Madness

Taste samples and vote for your favorite bar! The two bars with the most votes move onto the next round.

RESULTS: The winners of this round were Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70% and Marou Tien Giang 80%. These two bars will move on to the next round.

*Marou Tien Giang 80%
Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No. 1 80%
*Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70%
Escazu Carenero Venezuela 81%

Thursday, July 16
Chocolate Anniversary Madness

Taste samples and vote for your favorite bar! The two bars with the most votes move onto the next round.

RESULTS:
The winners of this round were Fruition Hispaniola 68% and E. Guittard Soleil d'Automne 45%. These two bars will move on to the Final Four!

*Guittard Soleil d'Automne 45%
Valrhona Lait Bahibe 46%
*Fruition Hispaniola 68%
Fresco 214 Madagascar 74%

Thursday, July 23
Chocolate Anniversary Madness

Taste samples of the Final Four and vote for your favorite bar! The two bars with the most votes will move on to the Final Round.

RESULTS: The winners of this round were Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70% and Fruition Hispaniola 68%. These two bars will move on to the Finals next week!


Marou Tien Giang 80%
*Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70%
*Fruition Hispaniola 68%
Guittard Soleil d'Automne 45%

Thursday, July 30
Chocolate Anniversary Madness - FINALS
Taste samples and vote for your favorite bar to crown the winner of the Chocolate Sweet Sixteen!

Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70%
Fruition Hispaniola 68%


Attend a Chocolate Tasting Class
Similar to a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting provides you with the opportunity to taste and compare chocolate made with cacao from different parts of the world while learning about artisan chocolate and cacao farming and production. Class participants taste 5 single-origin chocolate bars made by the finest small batch chocolate makers and compare them with a childhood favorite. After the tasting choose a cup of drinking chocolate from our menu and a Chocolopolis truffle. Our chocolate tasting classes provide an opportunity to discover the best chocolate the world has to offer!

Classes are $30 per person and last about 45 minutes. Class participants receive a 10% discount on all purchases during the class. Give us a call at 206-282-0776 to sign up for a class.

Class Dates:
More dates to be announced soon!

Anniversary Month - Celebrating Seven Years!

July 2015
Chocolopolis opened seven years ago on July 2, 2008. We launched within a year of the first five American craft chocolate makers, and we've been proud to be at the forefront of the craft chocolate boom ever since. The landscape has grown significantly, and it's been a really fun ride for us. Help us celebrate seven years by joining us for one of our many free chocolate events throughout the month of July. Attend six events and be entered into a drawing for a Golden Ticket. Winners receive a free bar of chocolate every week for a year.

Detailed schedule of events

Schedule of Free Events:
July 2, 5-9pm: Chocolate Sweet Sixteen voting, Round 4

July 9, 5-9pm: Chocolate Sweet Sixteen voting, Round 5


July 11, 12-1pm: Demonstration: The Traditions of Drinking Chocolate: Our chocolatiers demonstrate how we infuse flavor into drinking chocolate. Samples included!

July 11, 2-5pm: Sidewalk Sampling:
 Join us and our neighbor food businesses for a sidewalk sampling event. Celebrate the great food options in Queen Anne by stopping by each of our tables and tasting samples of what we have to offer. Get your Sampling Passport punched at each business and turn in your completed Passport to be included in a drawing for prizes. Participating businesses include Cederberg Teahouse, Lloyd-Martin restaurant, Robert Ramsay Cellars and Queen Anne Olive Oil.

July 15, 6-7pm: Frequent Bar Club Curation Training and Overview: Open to all current and aspiring members of our Frequent Bar Club. Join Chief Chocophile, Lauren Adler, for an overview of how we curate our craft chocolate collection. Lauren will discuss our process, conduct a tasting of some special bars, and provide information about how to become involved in our monthly Frequent Bar Club tasting panel. Please RSVP to cs@chocolopolis.com to be included in this event. If you are not already a member of the Frequent Bar Club, you may sign up at the event.

July 16, 5-9pm: Chocolate Sweet Sixteen voting, Round 6

July 18, 1-3pm: Meet the Maker: Rob Anderson, Fresco Chocolate:
Stop by to meet local craft chocolate maker Rob Anderson of Fresco Chocolate and taste samples of his single-origin chocolate bars. Located in Lynden, WA, near Bellingham, Fresco offers some great single-origin chocolate from origins that include Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and Peru. Stop by any time between 1 and 3 to talk chocolate with Rob and taste his chocolate. While we can't promise anything, Rob often brings his latest test batch with him to these events, where he offers tastes in exchange for honest feedback.

July 23, 5-9pm: Chocolate Sweet Sixteen, the Final Four!

July 25: Frequent Bar Club Curation Training and Overview: Open to all members of our Frequent Bar Club. RSVP required. Space limited. Please email cs@chocolopolis.com for information about the time of the event and to RSVP.

July 25, 1-3pm: Sampling Event: Chocolate Research & Development: Our chocolatiers have been hard at work creating new chocolates. Now it's your turn to get in on the game. Join us to taste prototype chocolates and provide feedback. There will be a lot of great chocolate to taste, and the crowd favorites will be added to our chocolate collection.

July 27, 5-7pm: Meet the Maker: Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate: Don't miss craft chocolate maker Art Pollard of Amano Chocolate. Art joins us from Utah, where he's been creating bean-to-bar chocolate since 2007. One of the founding members of the Craft Chocolate Makers of America, Art is a veteran chocolate maker who crafts some of the best chocolate in the world. Don't miss an opportunity to kibbitz with Art and taste his chocolate.

July 30, 5-9pm: Chocolate Sweet Sixteens, the Finals!

July 31 - Winner of Chocolate Sweet Sixteen Fantasy Bracket announced

July 31 - CLOSE AT 5pm FOR INVENTORY


Frequent Bar Club

Our frequent bar club is for those of you who like to try a lot of chocolate! Here's how it works. For every different bar of chocolate you purchase, we'll mark your frequent bar card with the name of the bar. Once you've purchased 10 different bars, you receive a bar of equal or lesser value, free (the value is based on the most expensive bar listed on your card). Each bar must be a different one, so purchasing 10 of one bar counts as 1, but purchasing 2 different bars counts for 2 stamps. We hope this encourages you to try many different bars of chocolate and expand your palate.

Signing up for our club means that you agree to be on our newsletter mailing list and that we sign you up as a frequent customer. FBC members are invited to exclusive events a few times a year.. This is a great opportunity to explore the world of chocolate and meet fellow chocophiles.