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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Sneak Peek at What’s Coming

It has been a fun couple of weeks in the SL kitchen!  To be completely honest, this is my most favoritest………(No, you won’t find that in the dictionary.  I’ve been in a creative mood and sometimes there aren’t words in any of the languages I know that adequately describe my thoughts, so I have to make up my own new words.)….so……………it’s my most favoritest thing to do in the chocolate kitchen—create new chocolates and flavor combinations!!!

The holidays might seem like a distant occasion, but we have to begin planning for them early.  So……..my most recent responsibility (which I take very seriously) is to create new chocolate confections for you to enjoy during your family celebrations in November and December.  I even worked on some new pieces for Valentine’s Day this week!

The molds below give you a peek at the first attempt at our Artisan Ornament Collection that is coming for the Christmas season.  Just today I finalized the flavors and finished the samples for product photos.  I tried a number of different techniques and finally found one that performs like I want it to.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I can say that the finished product looks MUCH better than anything you get a glimpse of in the picture below.


We will offer two sizes of Artisan ornaments.

The larger ornament will be a Limited Edition with a look and flavor profile only available in 2010.  We plan to create a new look and flavor for next year’s edition.  This year the gorgeous, glossy milk chocolate shell will be filled with a Vanilla Butternut Buttercream, Toasted Almonds for a delightful crunch, and Caramel Ganache. 


The smaller ornaments will come in three varieties making up a 7pc box.  The flavors you are soon to enjoy are Pecan Caramel in milk chocolate, Maple Walnut Caramel in dark chocolate and Toasted Macadamia Nuts in solid white chocolate.

We’ll keep you posted!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Get your ribs while they last!

This is our friend Sam McIntosh and his super duper amazing smoker rib cooker wagon.  (He did not ok this wording, but we hope he won’t mind our description.)


The combination of Sam, all the great Pettisville Meats staff and the shiny, incredible BBQ apparatus equals one thing—slobber all over yourself DELICIOUS!

We have tried all summer to pin Sam’s menu and production schedule down so we can share it with you.  But Sam is a creative sort of guy, and when it comes to meat fixin’s, you just can’t pin him down.  All we know is the guy next door to Stella Leona is cooking up some mean ribs and whatever other meats strike his fancy on any particular afternoon. 



Stop by for some lunch take-out or offer to “cook” dinner for the family.  Shoot, you could even eat these for an afternoon snack!  You’ll just have to be a little adventurous ‘cause you never know for sure what will be on the grill, but you can be sure it will include out-of-this-world taste!  The smoker isn’t smokin’ quite every day, so you might want to call Pettisville Meats at 419-445-0921 to make sure it’s a take-out kind of day.

Of course, an even better idea is to pick up a mess of Sam’s ribs, some potato salad or their famous cole slaw and then stop by Stella Leona for some dessert to go with it all.  Taking home dinner AND chocolates could get you some serious points at home!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Feel the Love

Congratulations to Justin and Dessa!  They celebrated their marriage and shared the love with their friends, family and guests via some Stella Leona chocolates created especially for the occasion.



These specially created heart boxes were tasty gifts for the bridal party.  We were so excited about them and getting the entire order packed up for the big day that we forgot all about taking pictures of the platters of assorted chocolates for guests and the reception favors which were our chocolate covered pretzels in eggplant and white to match the wedding colors.  That’s too bad because they were adorable! 

Check out all our wedding and event favors by clicking here.  We also love customizing chocolates to be uniquely yours, so contact us if you are interested in a variation of the favors on our site.