Mother’s Day & Summer Artisan

new artisan chocolatesWelcome Back Chocolate Lovers!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Of course you could get her a box of her favorite candies or chocolates, but if you really want to WOW her this Mother’s Day, gift her with a box of our new Summer FM Artisan Chocolates. And don’t forget to pick up a box for yourself!

If you’re already a fan of our original FM Artisan by Norman Love chocolate line, we welcome you to try a whole new variety of fresh summertime flavors. If you’ve yet to experience our more decadent indulgence in chocolate, you’re going to love the amazingly rich gourmet sweets we’ve created!

Peanut Butter & Honey chocolate

Peanut Butter & Honey chocolate

As always, our FM Artisan chocolates are made with the finest and freshest materials from all over the globe. Whether it’s Madagascar vanilla, Swiss white, dark or milk chocolate, or farm fresh organic fruits from right here, we wanted to make sure that we had an assortment of the best materials the world has to offer. You can tell the love and dedication we put into these gourmet chocolate creations with just one bite.

For this summer season, we wanted to create crisp and refreshing flavors that would complement the warmer weather as well as a spectrum of bright colors to match. Try the burst of citrus flavor awaiting you in the playfully bright yellow and green Key Lime, or the elegant flavors of soft pink Apricot that combine fresh pureed apricots, vanilla and buttery ganache, all enrobed in Swiss white chocolate. If you’re using this as a Mother’s Day present, we’re positive that mom will love the very artsy Peanut Butter and Honey or exquisitely exotic Roasted Pineapple. This thoughtful gift is sure to become a fast favorite to all who try them.

Pear & Caramel chocolate

Pear & Caramel chocolate

We’re having a hard time keeping our hands off of these divine gourmet chocolates and we believe they might be our favorite chocolates as of yet! Don’t just take our word for it, try a box for yourself. And with our new flat rate shipping, this great gourmet gift is bound to be a steal.

Learn more about our new FM Artisan Chocolates here.

Happy Early Mother’s Day!

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What is White Chocolate?

chocolate covered strawberries with white, dark and milk chocolate

chocolate covered strawberries with white, dark and milk chocolate

Welcome Back Chocolate Fans!

We love chocolate (obviously!). The way it tastes, the different combinations of treats and desserts we can create with it, and even chocolate’s history is special to us. We love any chance to talk about chocolate, especially when the information is so deliciously good! Today’s topic is one of the most interesting facts about chocolate to learn: What is white chocolate?

Technically, white chocolate is not an official chocolate! At least, not by FDA established rules for labeling chocolate. White chocolate, like its dark and milk chocolate counterparts, originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but is still not technically chocolate. White chocolate doesn’t contain any chocolate liquor, which gives dark and milk chocolate their intense chocolate flavor and dark coloring. FDA rules state that any “chocolate” must contain chocolate liquor.

trinidads white chocolate

Trinidads with White Chocolate

White chocolate stands out obviously because of its coloring, but there is a completely different taste to it than with dark or milk chocolate, and its ingredients explain a lot about why. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, flavorings and more. By FDA standards, for a product to be considered white chocolate rather than confection, it must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% milk, 3.5% milk fat, and not more than 55% sugar (or other lecithin and flavorings usually including vanilla).

Cocoa butter is the main ingredient when making all three chocolates: dark, milk and white. It gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature and melt in hotter temperatures. Cocoa butter has very little actual chocolate flavor, because it is the fat from cocoa beans that is extracted during the chocolate making process. It’s what separates these real chocolates from imitations like confection.

We’re very proud to say that we use all forms of real chocolate! It’s what makes our chocolates stand out and contributes to our premium recipes. Our ingredients and recipes have never altered a day since we first opened in 1920, and they never will. Even with our new chocolate creations, we take every care to pick out the best materials that will satisfy chocolate lovers everywhere.

Still interested in white chocolate? Watch one of our famed chocolatiers, Elliott Callahan, talk about the world of white chocolate!

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National Pecan Day

Welcome back Fannie May Chocolate fans!

Today is National Pecan Day! Why are we excited about a random nut? Well, pecans play a pivotal role in one of our absolute favorite candy creations: they’re 1/3 of our signature Pixies!

Maybe you think it’s a little strange that pecans would get their own national holiday (then again, there is a national pigs in a blanket day so we’ve all seen weirder days). But did you know that the pecan is the only major tree nut to grow naturally in North America? Since the 1500s, indigenous groups cultivated pecan trees. By the 19th century, pecans were a major industry with large business in Louisiana and Texas.

For us though, pecans break out moment was in 1946, immediately after World War II, when we introduced our famous Pixies. During the war, when supplies for our great confections were low, Fannie May refused to alter our recipes for the sake of more chocolates. Instead, we made lower quantity batches of fine chocolates and closed our stores for the day whenever we had run out of chocolate. So imagine our delight when we could go back into major candy production and create something new for all of our loyal customers. The Pixie was born; they became an instant classic and impossible to resist. We start with crunchy, roasted pecan pieces and add decadently golden, buttery caramel and then cover it all in our rich Fannie May chocolate. They are then hand-packed and gift-wrapped, ready for enjoyment!

For years, our Pixies have been a customer favorite, and with good reason. We can’t get enough of this sweet, fulfilling crunchy treat. We’ve even added it to extra desserts! Our Pixies cake is one of our favorite creations, moist cake mixed with delicious caramel, pecan pieces and a chocolate coating. Of course we would never forget our delectable Pixies cheesecake, and once you try it neither will you! We partner with Eli’s Cheesecake for this Fannie May specialty. We take rich creamy cheesecake and pack it with pieces of Pixies, topped with layers of rich caramel and luscious milk chocolate. It’s a true Pixies fanatic dessert.

You can always add our mouthwatering Pixies to whatever dessert creation you have in mind. Add them to ice cream as a super sweet topping, or make them a top decoration on your cake of choice. Break them up into pieces and use them in part of your baking!

It makes sense to us why this seemingly normal nut would have it’s own day, so we’ll be celebrating National Pecan Day the only way we know how to: by indulging in our famous (and favorite) pecan, caramel and rich chocolate Pixies!

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Chocolate Health Benefits

Welcome back Fannie May Chocolates fans,

If you haven’t been keeping up on recent Health News, then you may not have seen our favorite story making the rounds this last week: all about Chocolate’s Health Benefits!

This is great news for any chocolate lover (or the occasional chocolate indulger). We couldn’t be happier to see our favorite sweets making headlining news. And now we won’t feel guilty about a piece of chocolate here or there. Of course all the main benefits are greater in dark chocolate and when eaten in moderation (an expert recommendation of one to two ounces a day), but there’s still no harm is a small bite of whichever chocolate is your favorite!

These helpful health finds below will have you reaching for another (small!) piece of your favorite chocolate treat.

  • Chocolate is High in Antioxidants
    Studies suggest that the cocoa in chocolate contains flavanols, which are a type of flavonoid only found in this delicious sweet! These flavonoids act as antioxidants to protect and repair cells in your body. Antioxidants can strengthen your immune system, and can also help with skin protection from UV rays.
  • Heart Healthy Sweets
    Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and LDL Cholesterol. Cocoa has blood thinning properties that help with blood flow and circulation. The antioxidants also help keep arteries clean, flushing out plaque build-up. Dark chocolate has been suggested to have inflammation-fighting properties that make it ideal for heart health!
  • Dark Chocolate is good for the Brain
    Dark chocolate has been suggested to improve memory and protect the brain from strokes!
  • Chocolate Makes you Happy
    We figured that it makes everyone so happy just to eat it, but chocolate apparently contains a natural anti-depressant called serotonin and also stimulates endorphin production which boosts your mood and makes you happy. Chocolate can really help during stressful situations, just don’t eat too much! Not that you’d have to worry much because…
  • Chocolate Fills you Up
    Studies suggest that dark chocolate is rich in fiber which helps keep your body full so you won’t eat as much or be hungry. Regular chocolate eaters who let themselves have a treat of chocolate are less likely to fill up on salty snacks or other foods that leave them feeling hungry.
  • Chocolate helps you live longer
    A study that followed 200 men over 20 years found that the men who consumed large amounts of chocolate lived longer and had lower overall disease rates than the men who ate little or no chocolate. Not to mention, other studies say that chocolate has been found to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods!
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Create Your Own Easter Basket

fannie may easter spring chocolate and candy quartetHippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

Like many, for us Easter is a special day to spend with family, filled with traditions and making new, lasting memories. Memories like waking up early to go on egg hunts and figuring out how many nooks and crannies our house and yard actually had; finding out what treats were nestled in our Easter basket and trying not to eat all of the candy before the morning was through; Memories of all our relatives gathering around the house, telling stories or catching up while waiting for a hearty Easter dinner. And each year becomes more special than the last.

three chocolates bunniesWe want to celebrate this Easter the only way we know how: with lots of rich, delicious Fannie May chocolates that have been in many family traditions for the last 90 years!

Our Easter collection is packed with so many sweet treats, it’s hard to not want to take them all home (believe us, it’s a losing battle!). But we’ve made it easy to pick and choose the chocolates and candies that are essential to your perfect Easter basket.

No basket is complete without a chocolate bunny and lucky for you our solid Chocolate Easter Bunnies come in milk, dark and white chocolate as well as in 3, 6 and 12 ounce portions! We also offer a 3-pack with all three delicious chocolates.

Seasonal chocolate treats have become our specialty, and our Extra Large Easter Eggs in Caramel Pecan Fudge, Chocolate Nut, Peanut Butter, and Cherry Nut Whip are great gourmet delights. Big enough to share!

For bright décor with something sweet hidden inside, any one of our Spring Gift Boxes, Petite Gifts, or Individually wrapped Delights would be a great addition to a festive Easter basket. Also adding a pop of color (and flavor!) are our chocolate bunny pops, chewy Jelly Bird Easter eggs, and foil wrapped chocolate bunnies and eggs.

Eater Basket Ideas:

  • A great Easter basket combination would be one of our Milk Chocolate Bunnies, the Easter Lamb plush with Assorted Chocolates (for some added fluff!), one White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Gift box, Jelly Bird Easter Eggs, and a container of Milk Chocolate Foil Wrapped Eggs!
  • Try out the 3-Pack solid Chocolate Easter Bunnies, one Spring Petite Gift, Spring Pretzels, an Extra Large Peanut Butter Easter Egg, and a Chocolate Easter Bunny Pop.
  • For a sweet collection, pair a White Chocolate Solid Easter Bunny with an Extra Large Cherry Nut Whip Egg, the Spring Petite Gift, a Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzel Gift Box, Jelly Bird Easter Eggs, and Milk Chocolate Foil Wrapped Bunnies.

Still can’t decide? We have a few pre-made Easter Baskets for your convenience! The Spring Dream Chocolate Gift Basket, Happy Easter Chocolate Gift Basket, and Hippity Hoppity Chocolate Easter Gift Basket are all overflowing with sweet surprises from Fannie May Chocolates.

Let us know what you think in the comments section: Which treats would you include in your Easter basket?

Happy Easter!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

FM Artisan by Norman Love Heart Collection

FM Artisan by Norman Love Heart Collection

Red Roses, hearts, fine chocolates…all traditional and essential pieces to a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration. There’s a reason why some things become classics. And where we’re concerned, Fannie May Chocolates have been a longstanding classic to every holiday, especially Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart how truly sweet you think they are with a sweet Valentine’s Day treat from Fannie May.

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without our classic signature chocolates like our most popular treat, Fannie May® Pixies®, which combine delectable real chocolate, smothered over rich caramel and crunchy pecans. Our decadent Trinidads are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, with layers of rich, creamy real dark chocolate covered in a golden toasted coconut shell, good to every last bite. The best after-Valentine’s Day dinner or anytime mint around, our Mint Meltaways pack a cool and soothing touch but powerful flavor. Even more irresistible are our Vanilla Buttercreams. This Valentine’s Day treat boasts smooth, sweet vanilla cream centers smothered in exquisite real chocolate. All classic candies perfect to share with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

Looking for something a little more romantic for this Valentine’s Day? We can’t think of anything better than our Chocolate Covered Strawberries, made with 100% Real Milk, Dark, and White Chocolate. This Valentine’s Day (and every day!), real love deserves real chocolate, so forget the confections used by other stores. These large, mouthwatering strawberries are absolute bliss. We guarantee that they will complete any Valentine’s Day.Valentine's Day candies chocolates Valentines Day

Of course, we can always spot a great classic in the making. Our FM Artisan Chocolates by Norman Love are the finest, most scrumptious confections that we have ever put to test, and will soon become a sweet Valentine’s Day tradition. Made with the freshest and highest quality of ingredients, our flavors are pure as pure can be. With flavors like Lemonade, Candy Apple, Birthday Cake, Mint Cookie, Double Shot Espresso, and many more, it’s clear to see that these are no ordinary chocolates. This Valentine’s Day, let your gift do all the talking; with our FM Artisan Chocolates by Norman Love, you’ll have excellence written all over you. This Valentine’s Day, our FM Artisan Chocolates even come prepared as small heart confections, a perfect way to show your loved one you care about them. These fine pieces of art are sure to become a Valentine’s Day classic.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Hurry up and don’t miss out on getting the perfect Valentine’s Day gift that sure to be remembered and appreciated for years to come.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Fannie May Artisan

Hello Fannie May Fans!

Decadent chocolate, bold flavors, and excellence; it’s what we at Fannie May Chocolates have been bringing to you for nearly a century. From our delightful Trinidads to our fan-favorite Vanilla Buttercreams in dark chocolate or milk chocolate, we put extra care and perfection into every piece of chocolate we make. That’s probably our chocolates have remained classic family traditions for so long!

Well, you should believe us when we say you’re going to love the new chocolate creations we have next for you. Made with the same thoughtful process we put into everything we do, we’ve partnered with renowned chocolatier Norman Love to create our new Fannie May Artisan Chocolate line.

Fannie May artisan chocolates and candies

We’ve really outdone ourselves this time. The Fannie May Artisan Chocolate line features innovative flavors like rich Bourbon Vanilla, Peanut Butter Fudge, delicate Birthday Cake, smoky Double Shot Espresso, Mint Cookie, tangy Lemonade, Candy Apple, and quintessential favorites such as gourmet Swiss Milk Truffle, elegant Hazelnut, Caramel, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, and our smooth 64% Dark Chocolate. All of our flavors have been made using only the finest and purest of ingredients from all over the world. Rich bourbon and vanilla from Madagascar and Swiss milk chocolate are only the beginning to the ‘round the world tour de force used in our new chocolate line.

Not only are they masterpieces of taste, but are visually striking as well. Rich hues of red, blue, yellow, and minty green contribute to our most exciting line of chocolates yet. Our new Artisan Chocolates are sure to become a new classic to the Fannie May Chocolates family.

These make the perfect gift for the Holidays, family members, significant others, or as a delicious indulgence for yourself. Go ahead and try them for yourself, we know you’ll love them.

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Create Your Own Winners

Hello Fannie Fans!

Thank you so much to all of our loyal customers and readers for your participation! We’re so glad that you’re all joining in the fun for our new postings. Everyone had such scrumptious selections, I still can’t decide what I would do with my own bag.  But luckily for two of you, your Halloween treat bags will become a reality!

Our lucky and random winners for this weekend’s Create Your Own Halloween Trick or Treats Bag Giveaway are:

  • Mary Bridget Weisberg, posted at October 8, 2011 at 11:06 am
  • Donna Sturgeon, posted at October 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Please email your names and shipping information to me at amariscal@1800flowers.com and I can send out your orders! If you would like to change any of the selections in your orders, let me know as well 🙂

We still have a lot of deliciously fun Halloween and Fall chocolates and goodies on our site and be sure to keep checking back to our Facebook page for some great deals coming up!

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Spooktacular Saturday Giveaway!

Welcome back Fannie May fans!

A lot of things have changed around here for us. We’ve been working on some great things for all of our loyal customers, like our new Artisan chocolate line debuting soon, featuring creative flavors like birthday cake, lemonade, and chocolate dipped strawberry. Check out a sneak peek showcase of the new line on our Facebook page! We’ve also recently renovated our website to make buying your favorite chocolates a much simpler process. This will be an exciting month for us and we hope you enjoy all that’s in store. But first:

October! Crisp air, changing leaves, warm sweaters, and best of all: Halloween! Definitely one of the most fun times of year for a chocolate company, we always love to put a twist on our favorite treats.

Our Halloween favorite gift this year? The Create-Your-Own-Halloween Bag! Choose from a 4-piece or 5-piece assortment all in a festively decorated bag. We have decorated striped Pixies, a ghost or cat Halloween chocolate pop, Halloween chocolate bars, hot fudge truffles, caramel apple chocolate buttons, jelly pumpkins, milk and white chocolate swirl bark, and much more! It’s quite the spooktacular chocolate gift and a delicious tradition to start with the family. There’s nothing like sharing your Fannie May favorites while designing Halloween costumes or carving pumpkins!

Are any of you as excited for Halloween as we are? Go to our website FannieMay.com and then come back and let us know in the comments section which selections you would pick in your own 5-tier Create-Your-Own Halloween Bag! We’ll pick TWO lucky and random winners on Monday who will win their own creation!

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Fannie May Mint Meltaways Party: Can you eat just one a day?

Fannie May Mint Meltaways

Fannie May Mint Meltaways

Hi Fannie May Fans! Welcome to the Fannie May Mint Meltaways Can-you-eat-just-one-a-day party! Ok so the idea behind this party is pretty simple. If you are familiar with Fannie May Mint Meltaways, you know that it is quite hard to eat just one at a time, much less one per day. Ok quite hard is an understatement, it’s darn near impossible! So we thought we’d have some fun with this fact.

So in about a paragraph or two, tell us about your experiences with eating Mint Meltaways (or if you have never tried them, where your chocolate & mint imagination goes) .

We’ll pick 3 random people and send them a box of the Fannie May Mint Meltaways. Then the interesting part comes in! After receiving their box of Mint Meltaways, we would like the 3 people to see if they can have JUST 1 mint meltaway per day and come to come to our Facebook Fan Page page each day and let us know if they were able to stick to it! Ok so go ahead and put your paragraph or two below!

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Post” Winner) Bessie Burnsed (Post on April 12, 2011 at 8:25 am)

Winner #1) Amanda (Post on April 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm)

Winner #2) Kathy Butler (April 12, 2011 at 8:45 am)

Winner #3) Rick (Post on April 12, 2011 at 10:45 am)

Go Chocolate! Go Mint! Go Mint Meltaways!

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