The Bunnies Are Back!

The Bunnies Are Back!

Spring is almost here and the bunnies are back at Winans! We’ve been busy at the factory making marshmallow, bagging up novelty Easter candies and of course, making lots and lots of chocolate bunnies!
Winans has been making chocolate molds for over 50 years! Chocolatiers began using chocolate molds in the mid-1830s in France. These molds were made of sheet copper, stamped with geometric shapes to make solid chocolate candies in mass quantities. Prior to the advent of chocolate molds, chocolate was consumed in liquid form only. As the popularity of molded chocolate rose, small animals and other figures were also created in mold form.

Max Winans, founder of Winans, used metal molds from Germany. Many of the metal molds that Winans owns were made by Anton Reiche. Some are just marked as being from West Germany. Anton Reiche is a famous mold manufacturer from Dresden, Germany. He founded his mold company in 1870. German mold manufacturers excelled at making chocolate molds in a variety of sizes with incredible detail and designs. Molds of sitting rabbits or bunnies are the most common of the antique chocolate molds.
2 Metal Bunny Molds Display
We still make many of the molds that Max Winans first made at Winans in the 1960s, but we no longer use the original metal molds. Max took the metal molds and had them recast in plastic. This allows us to make more bunny molds at a time and results in a higher quality mold.

In March of 1978, the Piqua Daily Call published an article about the large collection of chocolate molds Max had acquired over the years. Check out the article, Molds / More to them than chocolate!
Chocolate picks up any imperfections in the mold. Over time metal molds lose shine and are easily scratched, both the lack of shine and scratches would show up in the chocolate. With the plastic reproduction of our original molds we are able to carry on Max’s traditions while still creating beautifully molded chocolate! Our sitting and standing bunnies, as well as our bunnies with backpacks, walking sticks, carts, baskets (as well as Race Car Bunny!) are all cast from our original metal molds. The Floppy Ear Bunny and the Big Eye Bunny are much younger than our other bunnies.
3 Metal Bunny Molds Details
Since we no longer use most of our original metal molds, we have them on display in our Hometown Store in Piqua! If you look closely at the molds, you might notice their manufacturing mark (many of them were made in Germany by Anton Reiche) or see where Max soldered the clips onto the mold. Most molds are multiple pieces and have to be clamped together with clips. To keep track of his clips and make the molds easier to use, Max soldered the clips onto one of the pieces of the mold. Today our plastic molds are held together with magnets!
4 Plastic Bunny Molds
In order to make our molded bunnies today, warm, tempered chocolate is poured into each mold. Then the molds have to be shaken in order to remove bubbles and evenly distribute the chocolate. The chocolate molds sit in a cold, refrigerated room until the chocolate is solidified and can be removed from the molds. Sometimes excess chocolate has to be trimmed or shaved from the bunny before it can be packaged and sent to a store or a customer at home.
5 Bunny Molds Need Trimmed
Our bunnies are available in milk, dark and white chocolate. A few of our bunnies are also made in peanut butter. Our biggest bunny is Big Max, named after Max Winans! He weighs in at 20 pounds and was first introduced in 2013.
We hope that one of our many molded bunnies will be part of your family’s Easter tradition this year!

If you want to learn more about chocolate molds, check out these resources below:
Das Schokoladenformen Museum: The Chocolate Molds Museum
Dad’s Follies: Antiques & Collectibles Metal Chocolate Molds—The Beginning
The Golden Glow of Christmas Past: Vintage Christmas Collectibles Christmas Chocolate/Candy Molds

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Make Winans Part of Your New Year Resolutions Part II: Mesocacao Chocolate

Mesocacao Chocolate New Year's Resolutions
 
Dark chocolate, like Winans Mesocacao chocolate, is a healthy indulgence you can include in your New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier in 2016.
Mesocacao is a single origin (bean to bar) chocolate line that Winans uses to make delicious chocolate bars. Our very own Joe Reiser has visited the cacao farms in Honduras and Nicaragua to help with the process of transforming raw cacao into chocolate.
Cacao has many health benefits and the best way to get a high dose of cacao is to try our Mesocacao chocolates. These lovely chocolate bars, molded with an intricate, geometric cocoa pod design, have the highest cacao content of all the chocolate Winans offers. Mesocacao bars are a great way to experience chocolate in its purest form. Joe Reiser, Winans owner, has a personal relationship with the cacao farmers and helped produce the first batch of this unique chocolate in Honduras. Nothing extra like preservatives, lecithin or additional sweeteners are added to the chocolate before they reach your palette.
The taste of the Mesocacao chocolate is fantastic with a wonderful texture and consistency. The Honduran chocolate is fruity with notes of dates and cranberries while the Nicaraguan chocolate has more of a nutty taste, reminiscent of a French roast.
In case you need more encouragement, these are just some of the benefits of cacao:

  • Improves weight loss: cacao can help stabilize your blood sugar, increase metabolism, control your appetite and reduce cravings.
  • Improves mood: cacao increase the amount of time anandamide, nicknamed “the bliss molecule”  stays in the body. Dark chocolate also decreases the production of stress hormones in the body.
  • Contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cacao is rich in zinc and copper, both key minerals for our immune system, as well as including flavonoids, which help prevent LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) from building up in the arteries.  
  • Improves cardiac response: cacao has theobromine and theophylline which increase the efficiency of heart muscle, can reduce blood pressure, and has both anti-inflammatory and anti-asthmatic compounds.  
  • Improves brain function: cacao contains the antioxidants known as flavonols, which increase blood flow to the brain. Cacao also has high levels of sulfur and magnesium, which help us remain focused and alert.

 
Learn more about Winans Mesocacao line of chocolates by reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Hands on Our New Mesocacao Chocolate Line!
 
Wishing you a safe and healthy, happy new year with Winans Chocolates & Coffees!
 
The information presented in this blog is offered for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as personal medical advice. This information is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.
 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Hands on Our New Mesocacao Chocolate Line!

Mesocacao
#1 Bean to Bar
Traditionally chocolate manufacturers are unable to trace back the origin of the cacao to produce chocolate to send to companies to use for various reasons. These manufacturers are usually multinational corporations with little regard to the process of how cacao beans get to their buildings. Currently Winans buys from such a provider. However, with Mesocacao we are able to trace back the chocolate to the exact farm where it came from. The phrase “Bean to Bar” is a phrase that means the process of getting cacao beans to chocolate manufacturing locations to make dark and milk chocolate to send it out and have it used in the production of chocolate bars. With this chocolate we are not only making chocolate bars but have already experimented on our own specialty pieces such as peanut butter delights and sea salt caramels, they are available in the stores now!
#2 We Know the Farmers!
Joe Rieser, one of the co-owners of Winans has been part of the Mesocacao process. He has been to Central America, in Honduras and Nicaragua, to visit the farms and actually get in on the process of cutting, fermentation, drying and transforming cacao into chocolate. He got to know the farmers of the area and got a sense of their culture, to bring back into the chocolate and coffee business. Mesocacao is proud to call Joe Rieser one of their partners in helping Central America rebuild cacao production and boost the economy. The Mesocacao team creates direct trade relationships with small farmers ensuring they are properly compensated for planting and harvesting the highest quality product. The facility that was built to produce this chocolate only uses cacao and cane sugar, which is all from farms only a few hundred miles from the facility. Local, fresh and trustworthy, kind of like Winans!
#3 This Chocolate is Pure and You Can Taste It!Copy of 11110034
Because of the lack of pesticides, preservatives, added sweeteners and extra processing we can truly call this chocolate pure. The taste is phenomenal and it has a wonderful texture and consistency. The Honduran chocolate is full of fruit notes such as dates and cranberries which makes it delicious to pair with nuts or to just eat by itself! The Nicaraguan chocolate has a bit of a different flavor profile. The chocolate has more of a nutty taste has characteristics of a French roast. It pairs well with coffee and grains. Let’s face it; this chocolate is just flat out fantastic and the moment you taste it, we truly believe you will agree.  The chocolate also tastes better when you can feel good about it! You know where it came from and how it was made with integrity and passion for the industry, which is important nowadays.
#4 Our Pricing is Competitive
Mesocacao’s streamlined production allows Winans to buy from them at such a low cost compared to other single origin chocolate producers in Europe and North America. We buy at 30% to 50% less than what others do, making it cheaper for the customers as well. The cost savings come from the absence of pesticides, preservatives, added sweeteners and extra processing, which were mentioned previously.
#5 We, As a Company, are Excited to Offer You a Product Like This
It is rare that companies can offer their customers products that they can endorse with 100% honesty and support. (It helps that it is delicious!) Each employee will read up on Mesocacao and each employee will literally know the entire process of Mesocacao chocolate. That is rare for a company to be able to say about their products. At this time it would be difficult to convert all of our chocolate products to Mesocacao simply because they do not have the capacity yet. Mesocacao is still a growing entity in the industry and so is the region that the chocolate comes from. We hope that someday this will be possible. But for now, as a Winans customer, participating in the delicious partaking of Mesocacao chocolate will aid the growth in Central America and the growth of Winans!
 
You can find even more information by going to www.Mesocacao.com. There you will find pictures and even more background on the production of single-origin chocolate.

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What Winans Thinks of Sweetest Day

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Celebrated every October in the U.S., Sweetest Day is a holiday many believe to be made up by industries to boost sales before the upcoming holiday season. Couples from all over will be put under societies pressures to buy and out-perform others for their “sweetie”. We would like to tell you a different story…
It is a little-known fact that Sweetest Day was actually launched in Cleveland, OH. The holiday originated in 1922, in the midst of the docile times of The Great Depression. You may be surprised to find out that Sweetest Day is celebrated in very few regions of the United States, mainly the Great Lakes area. At Winans we also like to celebrate it by promoting the holiday and to encourage our customers to celebrate Sweetest Day traditionally and in the modern sense.
The origin and purpose of Sweetest Day are actually quite interesting. Herbert Birch Kingston is the man responsible for starting the holiday. Kingston was an employee of a candy company and philanthropist. It all began when he and several other candy confectioners took the effort to distribute 20,000 boxes of candy to newsboys, orphans, the elderly, shut-ins and other forgotten people of the local area. Kingston believed that people in that time needed something to make them feel a little sweeter, and who better to give to than the people who had nothing? The holiday did not become popular until these efforts were recognized elsewhere and the word spread.
Later, in the 1940’s, a similar occurrence of philanthropy occurred in New York and several charities and orphanages were donated thousands of boxes of candy. At this time the holiday was proclaimed to occur on the third Saturday of every October. Not until the 60’s did Hallmark begin making greeting cards for Sweetest Day, thus, voiding the term “Hallmark Holiday”.
Today, as previously mentioned, the holiday is celebrated in a romantic sense. It is viewed as another holiday for people to “woo” the one that they are after. However, we want to encourage you to celebrate Sweetest Day in its origin as well. We hope that this year you spread some happiness to the less fortunate or someone in your life that you know works really hard and never gets recognition for it! Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, the janitor at your school, a teacher, or any number of other people would certainly appreciate a small token of your care and appreciation. (It would not hurt to take a box of chocolate home to your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend either!) As a chocolate company who donates to several charities over the course of the year, we would love to see our customers pay it forward as well.
Enjoy the holiday and spread the word about what the Sweetest Day of the year really entails. We hope to see you in our stores soon to find that perfect gift for someone special. Thanks for visiting us here on the blog!
This information was found from Sweetest Day Born in Ohio from the Mount Vernon News and Sweetest Day – National Holiday Founded in Cleveland By Sandy Mitchell

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