This is going to be a delicious Artsy Fartsy. Why? Because it’s about chocolate. More specifically Amano chocolate. How can chocolate be Artsy Fartsy you ask, because it takes an artisan to create chocolate this good. We are really lucky to have Amano close to where we live in Utah. They are an award winning chocolate. Multiple awards, all over the world. I first discovered Amano at a chocolate festival here a couple of years ago. It is incredibly delicous!! We had the pleasure of taking a tour a couple of weeks ago, and this is what we learned. Art Pollard is the founder of Amano. Art is a scientist by training, and about 10 years ago he began the search for the ultimate chocolate. Knowing that the chocolate that’s made here in America in no way brings out the full potential of the cacao bean, he started experimenting with different techniques of chocolate making. Using traditional chocolate making equipment, he perfected his technique and developed a chocolate focused on quality. He begins of course with high quality beans. I learned that the subtle flavors in the Amano chocolate are actually from the bean and nothing else. It depends on where the bean was grown as to the flavor it has. The beans are then roasted in this great antique roaster. They have to be watched closely to get it just right. They then have to separate the hulls from the bean inside. This process is similar to winnowing wheat to remove the chaf. This antique machine takes care of that job. Then the beans go through a process called conching. They have an antique machine for this process too. It is a giant stone wheel in a round basin. The wheel crushes, or conches the beans. They add a tiny bit of vanilla at this stage to bring out the flavor of the beans. Kinda like salt brings out the flavor in food we cook. It is then made into giant bars of chocolate before it is prepared further for packaging. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to run off with one of these giant chocolate bars. Possibly that’s a good thing. The end result of all this hard work is some fabulous chocolate products. The small store they have here is a delight. Yes that is a chocolate sculpture. Samples of the different bars, cacao nibs, and the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever eaten are available. They also make artisan chocolate treats. Individual candies with different flavors that are amazing. By now you have probably figured out what the giveaway is going to be. Amano chocolate will send three bars of your choice to the winner of the random drawing. Please only choose the bars that sell for $6.95 each. So here is the process. Visit Amano Artisan Chocolate, decide which 3 bars you would like to try. They’re all great. (I have never tried the milk chocolate one, I’m sure it’s good though, in case you don’t like dark chocolate.) Tell me in a comment which 3 you have picked. I will have a random drawing next Monday Nov. 21st at 5pm MST and pick the winner. Good luck to everyone. And it goes without saying, don’t feed chocolate to the dogs.