Some Local Love with Taza Mexican Chocolate Fudge, and a Giveaway!

by Kate on April 4, 2013

Taza Mexican Chocolate Fudge

When anyone asks where we’re from, I usually say “Boston”, but we actually live in Somerville, which is about 10 minutes (not counting the 24hr a day traffic on 93) from the “city”.  There are mixed feelings about Somerville – it wasn’t always the nicest place to live in years past, but has really gone through quite the metamorphasis over probably the last decade or so.  It’s a mecca of college kids, young adults with small families, and then those that have lived here their entire life.  Quite the melting pot to say the least.  With more “Squares” than I can name on one hand, Somerville has become one of the foodie capitals of the city of Boston.  Chefs from all over are opening restaurants in the most seemingly obscure neighborhoods, with food combinations that are nothing you’d ever dream to put together, but after your first bite, it leaves you wanting to go back to the kitchen and shake the chef’s hand –  maybe even kiss him on the mouth – (or maybe that was just me).

Recently, I was contacted by Katie from Local Sprouts, a “blogazine” all the way from Sydney, Australia, which aims to showcase people and cultural & food experiences, all with a local focus.  And since Somerville is oozing with Local goodness, I knew exactly what ‘local gem’ I was going to showcase in my recipe: Taza Mexican Chocolate.  Taza is literally right down the street from Dave and I and has grown to be a powerhouse in the local community. It began when Taza founder Alex Whitmore visited Oaxaca, Mexico and had his first experience with stone ground chocolate.  He liked it so much, he decided to start his own factory right here in Somerville. Taza crafts stone ground chocolate from the cocoa bean straight to the bar (chocolate bar that is), with bold and unique flavors that are hard to find any where else in the world. You can read more about Taza here, and if you’re ever in the area, they do tours and tastings all week – it’s definitely worth the trip!

Taza Mexican Chocolate Fudge

Anywho, check out my interview on Katie’s fabu-blogaroo here. 

But what’s even more exciting about this recipe is that  we’re tying it in with our very first giveaway! Because we’re lucky enough to have Taza right down the street and can enjoy it any day of the week, I want you guys to have the same chance to taste the magic that is their stone-ground chocolate!

Taza Mexican Chocolate Fudge

So you could be the lucky winner! All it takes is a logging in below with your email, or through Facebook, and then leaving us a comment at the bottom of this post sharing your favorite local product in your area – it can be anything! Share the local love.  Just make sure that in addition to leaving your comment, you also login below with either Facebook or your email address- only because that’s how the fabulous Rafflecopter works and helps me to a) pick the winner at random and b) get in touch with them to let them know they’ve won!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oh and, once you win your Taza prize package, you can make this fudge!

Taza Mexican Chocolate Fudge

Yield: 1 - 8x8 inch pan

Adapted slightly from Elizabeth LaBau of About.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 & 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 - 1.3 oz Taza Mexican Chocolate Discs, broken up into pieces ( I used 1 cinnamon flavored disc and 70% chocolate flavored disc - so about 3oz mexican chocolate total)
  • 14 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • toppings of your choice: sprinkles, nuts, candy pieces, etc.

Instructions

1) Prepare an 8x8" baking pan lined with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Place the butter, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla and mexican chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring together until all the sugar dissolves.

3) Let the mixture come to a boil and let it continue to boil, making sure to stir constantly, for 5 minutes.

4) Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips, mixing until they are fully incorporated.

5) Pour into your prepared baking pan and add any toppings you wish - or just leave plain (I can't get enough sprinkles in my life, so I added them to the top for a little crunch - but nuts or chopped candies might work well too!)

6) Place in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour to allow the fudge to set. Once chilled, cut and serve!

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aimee @ like mother like daughter April 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I love this idea and hope I win! One famous thing for my area is fry sauce :)

Kate April 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I hope you win too Aimee (esp. since you told me there was an “R” missing in my facebook link ahah) Fry sauce sounds deadly – maybe you could share a recipe for it with me!

Caitlyn April 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

stone ground cheese grits! Can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Kate April 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Oh well those just sound deadly – and ME TOO!!!!

Meg April 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I LOVE me some Taza chocolate!

Kate April 5, 2013 at 2:42 am

Oh well now, I’d say that’s bias MEG :)

Emily April 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

Even the packages on the chocolate look intriguing! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Kate April 5, 2013 at 2:41 am

They are Emily! Almost makes you feel bad eating them – but not really :)

Audrey April 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I like buying local produce when I can.

Kelly April 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

If I can’t pick Taza (which truly is my favorite), I must pick Grillo’s Pickles!

Susan Christy April 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Curley’s BBQ Sauce – so good!
http://www.curleysbbq.com/

mariah April 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Trappist Jams are made locally- love them! Esp. seedless raspberry!

Jennifer Chu April 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

One local item I love near my house is the made-from-scratch peanut butter from a restaurant called Hell’s Kitchen! Made with honey, spices, peanut butter… absolutely delicious!

Tricia April 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Jalapeño cornbread in Sactown from a restaurant down the road called Bandera. To die for!

Ashley April 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Jack’s Abbey Beer! Best craft beer!

Ashley April 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Correction, Jack’s Abby. Sorry!

Mona April 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

Looks so yammy!
Hope to win!

Mona April 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Forgot to tell you my local love! Im from Norway so its not so easy to find a local food you all can experience, but The soap from Alveland is great ( http://www.facebook.com/Alveland ) and I bet the ship if you ask. They make the soap out of local berrys, Blueberrys cloadberrys and so on. And you can’t it, it but that one you can try (if the ship).

Try it!

Mona April 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

And of course we have local chocolate! This one is made in my town http://www.nidar.no/Produkter/Sjokolade/Kremtopper, its called “Kremtopper”. This one is good too, but its not so sweet as other chocolate (but I kind a like that) “Stratos” http://www.stratos.no/om-stratos/historie/

Camila Faria April 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Oh, WOW! I’m a chocolate fan, so I’m super excited about this giveaway!

One of my local favorites (I’m from Brazil) is a chocolate-marshmallow combo called Nhá Benta, take a look: http://www.kopenhagen.com.br/site/classicos/nha-benta-tradicional-40g/

:)

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