Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Sweetest Day



Downtown historic Phillipsburg, NJ
October 15th is Sweetest Day.  It happens every third Saturday in October.   It doesn't have national prominence but seems to be localized to the Northeast and Michigan.  




Perhaps it was this little known and not widely celebrated holiday that had entered my thoughts that led me and my friend T. to a lovely shop in Phillipsburg, New Jersey called Antoinette Chocolatier.


an apron with a nice slogan
The scent when you enter is subtle, hints of chocolate of course, but other notes from the various fillings and additions, such as espresso and raspberry.




Antoinette and her husband, Joe, work together in their meticulous kitchen and turn out the most delectable and really gorgeous pieces of chocolate.  One of a kind.  Chocolate to melt slowly in your mouth and to be savored.  A really cool gift for the chocolate lover in your life.  




Decisions, decisions...






An aquarium scene in chocolate



hat and shoe in chocolate




spun sugar sculptures
The store is housed in a building built in 1870.  The floors are the original wood floors, beautifully restored and maintained.




Antoinette
After our tour, it was time to choose


this is called "Jane"



Going clockwise:  champagne truffle, salted caramel, nut cluster, chipotle (striped), peanut butter cup, Jane, raz-ma-taz (raspberry filling), and in the center raspberry swirl.  My favorite?  All of them!


You can visit their website and order online.  You can also read more about the health benefits of chocolate here.


I think everyone should have a chocolatier.  It might just be the key to inner peace.  And with enough endorphins coursing through our veins, perhaps a world at peace.


Joining Potpourri Friday at 2805, Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.


xo


Unsolicited review

47 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I would think that place was a little bit of heaven. I mean, not only chocolate, but housed in a wonderful old restored place. Perfection.

    And the hat and shoes are my favorites!

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  2. Happy Sweetest day. Antoniette's chocolates are the best by far. Beautiful and a very delicious post.

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  3. Those chocolates look really good!

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  4. Now that is real chocolate! I am now a fan of sweetest day and will be looking for some yummy chocolate! I love salted caramel! hugs, Linda

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  5. Hi Barbara,
    I remember Sweetest Day when I was in High school-I lived in Michigan at the time! Guess I haven't noticed it since then. Mmmmm, Antoinettes chocolates looks wonderful! Yummy post!
    -Lynn

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  6. OMGosh -- I think I just gained five pounds from reading your post! Or it could be that candy corn that Todd brought me the other day. Sheesh! I'd never heard of "Sweetest Day" before today, but I'm all for it! Have a great one!!! :)

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  7. What a lovely tribute to this store; so perfectly chocolatey; you really did a great job with your photos as well as describing it. Now I need un petit chocolat.
    Rita

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  8. Not a big chocolate fan sweetie, but will take salted caramel anytime!
    xo Cathy

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  9. Haven't heard about this, but I love chocolate!
    Love,
    Lorraine

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  10. Oh my, now that's a great visit! Love chocolate, the darker the better:@)

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  11. Who knew that this is what we needed for world peace. You should be a politician. You know me, I would love to go and try out that store! Oh chocolate heaven. They are sooooooo creative!

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  12. That chocolate shoe would make me want to put my foot in my mouth!
    Looks yummy!
    I knew kids from college who celebrated sweetest day. The lived in PA. Not here.
    Have a great weekend, hope it stops raining...2 days now!

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  13. WOW, looks fun and wonderful! I hopped over from my friend Honey's party. Love your blog and the chocolates.

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  14. Oh no...so not fair!! I was just debating on getting a handfull of chocolate chips...the only chocolate I have in the house, lol!! Now I guess I have too! Thanks for stopping by...I always love to see a comment from you:-) Thanks for posting our song too. I really hope that someone who just needs a lift might listen and have a better day!!

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  15. Sorry I have not been commenting lately, Barbara. I was having trouble with "pop up" comment boxes freezing up my computer. Very frustrating!

    This chocolate looks heavenly! I'd love to try the champagne truffle and the chipolte flavor!

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  16. Oh,Dear Barbara!!! Making me jealous, jealous having these delectable chocolates "clockwise"♡♡♡
    What beautiful works with chocolates!!! I was SO amazed with both "An aquarium scene in chocolate" and "hat and shoe in chocolate"
    I DO agree that we should have chocolatier♬♬♬ I explained my husband about your most important part of your post today for him to know, "It might just be the key to inner peace. And with enough endorphins coursing through our veins, perhaps a world at peace." Haha, I need chocolates every day for our peace!!!
    Big Hugs to my friend, Orchid*

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  17. Our oldest granddaughter would go crazy for all this chocolate! Hugs and sending wishes for a weekend filled with laughter xo P.S> my husband is from Michigan :-)

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  18. I want them NOW!!! I have no place like that where I live...
    Lisa

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  19. What a fabulous place Barbara! I love the hat and shoe.

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  20. Hi Barbara,
    I'll be right over! It all looks so good!!! And thank you so much for your sweet note, my friend. It meant so much to me.
    XO
    Cindy

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  21. Delicious-ness-ness!!Oh my how did you choose? Chocolate! And I love Sweetest Day! I may have to declare this my own personal holiday!!

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  22. What a sweet, sweet shop (pun intended :) ), but it really is. I can smell the scents in there, and feel the warmth. Lovely.

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  23. Love the idea of Sweetest Day. Chocolate ~ oh, yes!

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  24. Troy and I were just talking about it being Sweetest day. He had never heard of it until he moved here to Michigan from Utah. You should see the dessert he made for me tonight...mini dark chocolate brownies with cream cheese frosting, fresh raspberries, a slice of caramel cheese cake, everything topped with Sanders hot fudge and whipping cream! It's gonna take a week to get my blood sugar to normal! LOL

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  25. Oh, and Happy Sweetest Day to you Barb! :)

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  26. What an amazing place. I can almost smell the chocolate through my computer screen.

    - The Tablescaper

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  27. Hi Barbara,

    This is the cutest town! It looks like just the kind of place I would like to visit, and having their own choclatier is quite a drawing card :) My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Charleston many years ago, and there was a shop that made and sold Belgian chocolates. I've never found anything to beat it. Thanks for sharing this fun trip; I love the historic look of the buildings and houses. Happy Seasonal Sunday!

    XO,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  28. We need to have a day like that over here! I would also love to have a shop like that right around the corner from my place...divine!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  29. Yes every town should have a chocolatier. And tou your point, having one reminds me of how much peace and love came into town when Julia Ormond set up shop in the film Chocolat.

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  30. Oh my goodness..Barbara, if I had a shop like that near by I'd probably go broke being there all the time!

    I almost looks to pretty to eat...

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  31. How amazing! And Happy Sweetest day to YOU, too! I hope I didn't miss it! Hugs! ♥

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  32. Oh Barbara...you had me at chocolate! What a pretty place to go trolling for chocolates! Thanks for the tour and Happy Sweetest Day to you!
    Hugs~

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  33. Isn't it wonderful that chocolate is now said to be good for us which is all the more reason to eat it without feeling guilty!

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  34. Oh ! The chocolates look tempting ;-) ;-) ...

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  35. Barbara all lookj delicious I can smell the chocolate! gloria

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  36. Hi lovely lady.
    OH Chocolateeeeee love all your sweet posts can I say more !!! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

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  37. That looks SO GOOD.

    I'm not even that into chocolate and I found that mouth watering.

    So is October 15th basically a chocolate lovers' day?

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  38. Just heavenly! It looks like the sweetest day to me!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday! I appreciate you participation and you make the party even more fun!

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  39. I love everything about this post. From the wood floors to the salted caramels!!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  40. Barbara I so agree everyone should have a chocolatier...... now if I only lived closer......

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  41. Yum! What a creative chocolate maker!

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  42. OMG! that looks amazing.... I love your blog and am so happy to have found it! I am now a follower!

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  43. Wow- I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner! Those chocolates are scrumptious looking! The aquarium as well as the hat and shoe are amazing. I've never seen such "chocolate" art before! Your selection of chocolates looks perfect!
    I hope you enjoyed them! Glad to know someone else in blogland that knows what Sweetest Day is!

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  44. ok wow...what talent! HOW FUN! I never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like...HA!

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  45. I used to live 15 minutes from Hershey, PA. There was always a reason for some chocolate celebration! Also, M&M mars was in our little town, and so it always smelled like someone was baking brownies in our yard! :) Beautiful pictures!

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