by Lori Holuta
This article was originally written on September 1, 2012, shortly after we returned from World Steam Expo in Detroit, Michigan. This year, we again met up with our friends from Sweet Steam at Motor City Steam Con on July 22-24, 2016. I was delighted to learn that this small chocolate company is not only still going, but thriving and expanding!
Plans are afoot to produce their delicious chocolates in a manner more condusive to shipping both far and near. And best of all, they have added new products and flavors. We especially enjoyed Sherrif Daly’s Sarsaparilla Stars. Mmm. The Orient Espresso was very tasty as well.
Please visit Sweet Steam’s website to browse all the fun chocolate shapes and flavors. These specialty designs are perfect for a special occasion or perhaps to add a little ‘steam’ to a special relationship, hmm? And do remember to like their Facebook page, too.
The original 2012 article starts here!
I would like to introduce you to some marvelous new chocolates, but first, do you know what Steampunk is?
Defining Steampunk is tricky. There are many notions of what it is – try googling “Steampunk definition” and you’ll soon be drowning in opinions. I’ll share the definition that makes the most sense to me. Feel free to explore on your own later to see if your mind takes a different path! From “The Clockwork Century” blog…
Steampunk: An aesthetic movement based around the science fiction of a future that never happened. Recall, if you will, visions of the future that were written a hundred years ago or more. Think Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and the like — telling stories featuring technology that didn’t exist at the time, but might someday. Remember that they were writing with no idea of the microchip, or the internet, or (in some cases) the internal combustion engine. Therefore, in their versions of the future, the technology upon which society would eventually come to depend is driven largely by steam power or clockwork. Sometimes electricity is likewise invoked, but it’s often treated as quasi-magical due to the contemporary lack of understanding about how it behaved and what it could do.
Now that you know what Steampunk is, keep that in mind as you learn how the “Sweet Steam Confectionery Consortium” came into existence.
Sweet Steam got its start over drinks at a pub. Every other Sunday, a group of creative entrepreneurs with a passion for science, fiction, and science fiction would get together to discuss the various projects they were working on at the time. Together, we would help each other improve our work and hold each other accountable for getting things done. One evening, during a discussion of our favorite works of fiction and fandom in general, we started playing, “Wouldn’t it be cool if….”
And that is how “What if” turned into “We’re here!” As CaribouKen and I wandered the dealers room at World Steam Expo 2012 in Dearborn, Michigan this past weekend, we were delighted to come upon these happy, friendly guys, in a wonderfully elaborate booth, offering the debut of their new products. (click the photos for a larger, more detailed view)
We were looking for lightweight gears for a special project, and when I saw packets of gears on display, I ran right over. And then I realized I was looking at chocolate. Chocolate gears. Beautifully packaged, artfully crafted, absolutely wonderful chocolate gears! After admiring the craftsmanship and delightful colors of their creations, I was offered a sample of the detailed “Clockwork Orange” pocket watch. Oh my goodness, it was good! The orange flavoring fired up my taste buds but still let the smooth dark chocolate taste slide through. I loved it.
Having enjoyed that sample so thoroughly, we purchased the “Clockwork Orange” as well as a package of Peanut Butter Chocolate gears (or cogs as they call them) to bring home. Sampling the gears later, we found the peanut butter flavor was subtle and did not overwhelm the amazingly smooth milk chocolate taste. Both of these chocolates were delicious and left us wanting more.
Please visit the Sweet Steam website where you can admire their various chokkies in glorious close-up photographs, as well as enjoy the beautiful airship graphic background of their site. And if you are a facebooker, go like them!