Cooking with Cocoa Helps you Host Holiday Guests

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Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday are around the corner, and with them comes opportunity for entertaining and hosting. We here at Stam want you to consider us a resource for hospitality, unique gifts, and of course our Fine European Chocolates.  Continue reading to discover how three delicious recipes, and other Stam amenities can help you host your next big event with class.  We even have videos, printable recipe cards, and original music from Sam Packard so you’ll definitely want to read on!

If you are lucky enough to host your holiday events, there is a good chance out of town guests will want to come and stay. We’re going to make it easy on you this holiday because everything you need can be found right here at Stam, in Ames.

1. Welcome your guests with a sweet treat: If a guest arrives late, or is a night owl who prefers a late night snack, our Chocolaterie Stam granola bar recipe is the perfect solution. They can be made ahead and are available at your snacking leisure.

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2. Feed your guest a dinner they won’t soon forget: You won’t believe how good your house will smell with this combination of spices. The eclectic and unique flavors make this one of a kind chicken dish something to show off at your next holiday dinner.

Stam Chicken Ole Mole

3. Dessert done right: This simple recipe with four basic ingredients will make your guests think you’ve slaved for hours to make it, when it literally is complete in minutes. Rich dark chocolate from Stam makes this recipe stand out and satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Save and print these free recipe cards to keep handy the next time you expect guests to arrive! 

**Note: Any of these recipes can be made with either milk or dark chocolate – your preference! Recipe Cards Stam_10.16.13 Recipe Cards Stam_10.16.132 Recipe Cards Stam_10.16.133 Recipe Cards Stam_10.16.134 Recipe Cards Stam_10.16.135

Great news for chocolate lovers – Chocolate has major health benefits that everyone, including CNN are talking about. Check out our previous blog for all the details!

We also have great hostess gifts available if you are on the other end of the spectrum. Stop in soon to browse these products and many others!

Pick up one of these beautifully decorated candy dishes filled with goodies for a hostess gift , or use as a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table!

Pick up one of these beautifully decorated candy dishes filled with goodies for a hostess gift , or use as a centerpiece for holiday decoration.

This is a Stam original filled with Iowa pride. The 12 ears of chocolate corn can double as decor and a delightful dessert.
This is a Stam original filled with Iowa pride. The 12 ears of chocolate corn can double as decor and a delightful dessert.

 

 

A special thank you to Sam Packard for allowing us to use his originally composed music as background for our cooking tutorials. He is a gifted local Ames artists who you can catch performing live most Saturdays here at our Stam store in Ames. He is only thirteen which you would never know from the intricate music he writes and beautifully executes. To learn more about Sam check out his facebook page & to order his most recent album email pwrpack66@gmail.com.

 

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