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VALENCIA - The artist gently molds the material, forming it in the shape of the Eiffel tower Eiffel Tower, structure designed by A. G. Eiffel and erected in the Champ-de-Mars for the Paris exposition of 1889. The tower is 984 ft (300 m) high and consists of an iron framework supported on four masonry piers, from which rise four columns uniting to form one , a swan or a piano with black and white keys and a lid that really opens.
And when the artists or workers on the production line at Chocolates a la Carte get hungry, all they have to do is take a break - and a bite of the material they are working with.
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1. To stick up or jut out: dogs' ears that perk.
2. To carry oneself in a lively and jaunty manner. , Juana Arredondo, who creates three-dimensional pieces at the factory, said she also enjoys the challenges of the work.
``It's entertaining for me because I do so many different pieces, and I challenge myself to find better ways to make them,'' Arredondo, who has worked at the factory for about a year, said in Spanish.
If visiting a chocolate factory brings to mind visions of Willy Wonka and his river of chocolate, or Lucille Ball trying to keep up with the speeding assembly line, it's not far off the mark.
There is no river at Chocolates a la Carte, but huge vats of chocolate being constantly stirred by mechanical arms can be seen throughout, and workers add toppings and trimming to chocolates as they pass on a - slow-moving - assembly line.
While the company makes the usual boxed chocolates associated with Valentine's Day Valentine's Day: see Saint Valentine's Day.
Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. - including some that allow the recipient to eat the box - it specializes in creating artistic chocolate designs for special events, cruise lines
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With chocolate imported from France and Belgium, Chocolates a la Carte creates Elvis guitars for the Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. It was founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, and their first Hard Rock Cafe opened near Hyde Park Corner in London, in a former Rolls Royce car dealerships showroom close to Hyde Park, where in 1979 they began to , glass - well, white chocolate white chocolate
Cocoa butter combined with milk and a sweetener, often flavored with vanilla.
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n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
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Elvia Gomez, a packing employee at the factory, also considers herself an artist as she trims the pieces and packs them into decorative boxes
Many decorative boxes are used as wedding favors and for promotional packaging. [Bayley's Boxes, Inc. for shipping.
And like Arredondo, Gomez loves coming to work.
``Every morning when I wake up I am enthusiastic about coming to work,'' she said in Spanish. ``I am excited to see what new products are coming out.''
Gomez has worked for Chocolates a la Carte for 10 years, starting out in the Cerritos plant and transferring to Valencia last year when the company consolidated operations into a 110,000-square-foot facility in the Valencia Commerce Center.
The new plant is more than twice the size of the former two, giving the company room to grow, officials said.
``We were getting bigger and bigger, so we couldn't accommodate the amount of business we had,'' said plant manager Rubby Garces. ``Acquiring this location allowed our company to deal with everything under one roof and become one solid company.''
Factory workers have learned to create just about any design - as clients come up with new ideas "New Ideas" is the debut single by Scottish New Wave/Indie Rock act The Dykeenies. It was first released as a Double A-side with "Will It Happen Tonight?" on July 17, 2006. The band also recorded a video for the track. and then order thousands of pieces, Garces said.
``The great thing about our company is we can create something from scratch, find a way to mass produce it, and provide our clients with thousands of units,'' he said.
But for those who don't need 1,000 pieces of chocolate around the house, the company has a Web site, www.chocolatesontheweb.com, where chocolate lovers can order a box of chocolates or some of the simpler chocolate designs at prices ranging from $15 to $60. Chocolates ordered online come straight from the factory and will be delivered the next day.
For a catalog of all the chocolate designs available, call (661) 257-3700.
(1 -- 2 -- color) Chocolate truffles, above, are bathed in a final coat of chocolate at Chocolates a La Carte. At right, a Chocolates a La Carte worker has the sweet task of plucking Plucking describes the process of removing human hair, animal hair, or a bird's feathers by mechanically pulling the item from the owner's body.
In humans, this is done for personal grooming purposes, usually with tweezers. An epilator is a motorised hair plucker. finished truffles from a conveyor belt conveyor belt
One of various devices that provide mechanized movement of material, as in a factory. Conveyor belts are used in industrial applications and also on large farms, in warehousing and freight-handling, and in movement of raw materials. for packaging.
(3 -- color) Samples of some of the designer sweets made for Valentine's Day at the Valencia candy-making factory.
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(5) Thousands of different candy molds line the warehouse at the Chocolate a La Carte factory in Valencia.