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We Choose Our Hard

By Allison Zukoski | May 5, 2019

No day is ever the same at Laughing Gull Chocolates.  This is due to a multitude of reasons. It ranges from our customers, special orders, meetings, workshops and our children’s moods.  I am often times asked, “How do you do it?” referring to how we work alongside our toddlers most days and have a growing…

Allison’s Journey to Laughing Gull

By Allison Zukoski | January 6, 2019

I always knew that I was meant to do more than sit at a desk and push papers all day. I was meant to change the world in some way. Going through grad school to get my MBA, I often times felt like the “odd” person out. I wasn’t competing for a corporate job or…

10 Steps to Making Truffles

By Lauren Stone | June 22, 2017

Last summer, Laughing Gull Chocolates intern, Lauren Stone, wrote some blog posts. Here is Lauren’s guest blogpost on How to Make Chocolate Truffles in 10 steps! Along with knowing exactly what and where your ingredients are from, Laughing Gull wants the process to be transparent also. Though we can’t reveal all the secrets that making…

Cinco de cacao

By Lindsay Tarnoff | April 28, 2019

Mexican chocolate in Rochester If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that the concept is fluid. I write about the business, Laughing Gull Chocolates, the history of chocolate and the culture around chocolate. More recently, I’ve written about running a business alongside my now toddler, my business partners and their toddlers. This blogpost will…

The Last 525,600 Minutes

By Lindsay Tarnoff | February 4, 2019

As far as I can tell, the goals of the first year of running a business and the first year of parenthood are one and the same: survival. My daughter is almost six months older than our brick and mortar shop, and over the past 365 days, there have been highs, lows, smiles, laughter, tears,…

Bean to bar – a first attempt

By Lindsay Tarnoff | January 20, 2019

Growing up, my favorite treat to bake was a batch of brownies. I had the recipe memorized, and doubled each batch. I can see the cocoa stained in the cookbook in my mind; it evokes the aroma of brownies baking in my kitchen, my mom supervising, my sisters and I eager for tastes of the…

It Takes A Village…

By Lindsay Tarnoff | November 8, 2018

Laughing Gull Chocolates, the brick and mortar shop, opened on February 3. At the time, my daughter was six and half months old. It’s been just over nine months since we opened and it feels like a lifetime with all that I’ve learned about running a business. The six and a half months before that?…

Apple stars in this chocolate

By Lindsay Tarnoff | September 14, 2018

Last week, in honor of the cooler weather and the Jewish holidays, I made a Laughing Gull Chocolates version of Mexican hot chocolate. I sipped the aromatic hot chocolate, and savored the cinnamon spice in my mouth, basking in the heat of the cayenne pepper. As the hot chocolate warmed my throat and my soul,…

The Labor of Tasting Chocolate

By Lindsay Tarnoff | August 30, 2018

I don’t remember when it happened, but I do remember my reaction when I first tasted stoneground chocolate. It was after college, some time after I had decided I wanted to save the world with chocolate. I had always been a chocoholic, but until that point, had only tasted commercial, mass market chocolate. Stone-ground chocolate…

The Female Business of Chocolate

By Lindsay Tarnoff | April 24, 2018

Almost nine months ago, my husband and I were blessed with a healthy, beautiful and strong baby girl. She was full of personality from the start, and her spunk and resolve have grown as quickly as she has. Although International Women’s Day 2017 was over a year ago, it seems like just yesterday afternoon that…

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