A Dream Come True

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From the time I started sculpting with chocolate I had a goal of making it on the Food Network. It was ambitious, to say the least, especially when you consider the strange path I took to becoming a chocolate sculptress.

 

Food Network Comes Calling

A recruiter for Food Network had seen my work online and wanted to know if I could make a sculpture 4 to 5 feet tall for a new special called “Outrageous Chocolate.” I had never built anything that large and I only had a week to do it, but there was nothing that was going to keep me away from the challenge. This was it, my dream was coming true.

A very small part of the very large sculpture

I worked up until the very end of my deadline. I had to come up with new ways on the fly of how to support the massive 5 foot tall, 65+ lbs sculpture. Some worked, some didn't.

I won't give away too many details about my sculpture quite yet, but let's just say it's "for the birds." 

When the film crew arrived I was excited but also nervous. But Cary and her crew quickly made me feel at ease and I had the time of my life filming my segment. I learned so much from them and hope someday to get the opportunity again.

The Premiere of “Outrageous Chocolate”

The show airs tonight, February 7th at 8pm (EST). It re-airs at 3am (for you night owls) and then again on Sunday (02/08) at 5pm.

The team at Lake Champlain Chocolates has become my family. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. I’m thrilled to represent our company – and the Burlington, VT arts community – on national TV.

It’s an honor and I hope you’ll tune in.

The "Chocolate Sculptress" on Food Network. A dream come true.

The "Chocolate Sculptress" on Food Network. A dream come true.

 

 

"Odd Jobs" Segment

Many thanks to Jennifer Costa for coming by the chocolate factory and filming me at work for her "Odd Jobs" segment on WCAX. Jennifer is traveling around Vermont and highlighting hard-working or creative people with unusual careers. I love that my career is considered unusual. I wouldn't have it any other way. You can watch the segment here:

McCracken’s loved three dimensional art for as long as she can remember. But after graduating art school, a degree in 3D illustration and ceramics wasn’t paying the bills. So, she traded clay for cocoa and took a job managing the chocolate company’s retail store. That is until her bosses discovered her background.
— Jennifer Costa

Caramel Apple Segment on WCAX The :30

Apple season is in full swing here in Vermont and there's no better time to start dipping them in caramel, nuts and chocolate. Last night I was on WCAX The :30 with a quick lesson on how to get started making your own caramel apples.

The video and full recipe are available here.

My thanks to the WCAX team for such a great time! 

Dr. Oz Chocolate Sculptures

Prepping chocolate sculptures for the Dr. Oz show.

Prepping chocolate sculptures for the Dr. Oz show.

On October 23rd, 2012 one of my chocolate sculptures made an appearance on the Dr. Oz show, the episode was titled "Have Medicine's Most Controversial Leaders Found the Fountain of Youth?"

While my chocolate "Dr. Oz logo" only made an appearance for a few seconds, it was a wonderful experience. Plus, I'll never forget how stressful it was driving chocolate sculptures 6 hours from northern VT down to New York City in the back of the car! Luckily everything made it there in one piece.