On any given Monday a person’s imagination can run wild with the idea of Digital Chocolate. Whether you’ve got the Monday blues or the Monday excitement of beginning a new week, the thought that a hand might reach out of your computer screen to deliver some chocolate is a very cool idea. But it turns out Digital Chocolate isn’t really about chocolate as you know it. It’s just another creative, seductive name for an app development group – albeit a very successful one. Last month they celebrated the 50 millionth iPhone game download. They also develop games such as Crazy Penguin Catapult for smart phones, Facebook and Xbox LIVE among others.
On the other hand at Vosges Haut Chocolate they have actual chocolate with a rather interesting creative process and a world of unusual flavor combinations. Their “truffle experience” includes wasabi, sweet potatoes and curry flavors. Then there’s horseradish – illustrating the bitter experiences highlighted in rap music. Founder Katrina Markoff, schooled at the vaunted Cordon Bleu says that her creative process begins with falling in love with “beauty or a cause,” connecting with its culture and acting on her dreams of a better world.
Katrina is a woman on a mission to bring peace to the world through chocolate. Traveling through Spain she was inspired by La Sagrada Familia, a church designed by Antoni Gaudi and that led to her saffron truffles. A tiger’s tooth necklace connected her to India where she got the curry flavor. The social consciousness of Bob Marley’s lyrics led her to explore flavors of things grown in Jamaica – and it wasn’t just about the coffee. At first her quirky creative ideas were dismissed – people thought she was nuts. Now Katrina is the brains behind the Vosges Chocolate stores, part of a multi-million dollar business with a green manufacturing facility and a social conscience.