How many monster apples can you eat?

Boudreaux_rI have this really cool side job promoting The Chocolate Crocodile™ on social media. In case you haven’t heard about The Chocolate Crocodile, in which case I’m not doing an effective job, you need to know that it is the most fabulous candy/chocolate store around. They can dip anything (that’s legal). The Monster Croc Apple is their most popular specialty. More about that in a moment.

IMG_0318In 2005, Jim and Cyndi Ragon decided to leave their full time jobs in Minnesota, move to Bossier City, Louisiana and share their love for chocolate at the newly established Louisiana Boardwalk. Ten years later, they have opened two more stores: Cypress, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama. They are committed to bringing life´s goodness in an elegant, personal atmosphere. Their love extends by specializing in the finest chocolate and caramel delicacies covering the largest juiciest fruits and wrapped in the tastiest crunchiest nuts.

Here are some things you might not know, but should:

  • The Chocolate Crocodile™ uses only the finest chocolate to cover everything from apples to strawberries, peanut butter balls to twinkees, and anything between that you can dream. [If it’s legal – :)] If you don’t see it, they can custom dip it, just ask.
  • They make their caramel fresh, right in the store each day. Yes, homemade. It takes about three hours for each batch. That’s why it tastes so yummy.
  • choccroc4They dip approximately 1300 bushels of apples each year. That’s 83,200 APPLES!
  • In addition to their most popular Monster Croc Pecan Apple, they have 36 different varieties of dipped apples. Each start with a super sized Granny Smith Apple, homemade caramel and layers of chocolate, nuts, sprinkles or confections. (Consider trying the Margarita Apple).
  • Worried about how to eat a Monster Croc Apple? No worries, they will slice your apples so that you can dig right in. I’ve seen the knife, it’s big. Maybe machete is the better word.
  • 10906483_898323243541969_8634360711497633935_nLet’s talk strawberries and apple sizes. Have you seen them? Extra large may be an understatement. The Chocolate Crocodile™ special orders their strawberries and apples. Quality is very important to Jim and Cyndi. If they run out of the fruit, there will be no run to the corner grocery. The standards for consistency in size and quality are of the utmost importance.
  • IMG_6382The Chocolate Crocodile™ has chocolate tours available for groups. Jim, or one of the chocolatiers, will show you around the store, give you the history of chocolate and allow you to have a hands-on experience with dipping chocolate.
  • Are you a wine and chocolate lover? Well then you will want to book a Wine and Chocolate Experience at Jimmy’s Seafood & Steak inside the Margaritaville Resort Casino To book, contact Ashley Davis at 752-1455 or adavis@woodmont.com.
  • They even doggie treats. Their non-chocolate treats are specially formulated so don’t worry about ill effects to your dog.
  • And the last point that I’ll draw your attention to is that you can order The Chocolate Crocodile™ yummies from ANYWHERE! Yes, they have ONLINE ORDERING. Check it out.

Today, The Chocolate Crocodile™ appeared on the KTBS First News morning show to discuss the upcoming Monster Apple Eating Contest that will be held at the KTBS/KPXJ Independence Day Festival. On-air personalities, Rick Rowe and Brian Fowler took a shot at an early challenge.

Who do you think was the winner there?

So now, let’s talk about how many monster apples you can eat. Let’s find out on the 4th of July. Head down to the Independence Day Festival at Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. 2015_Choc_Croc_Apple_Eating_FlyerThe Monster Apple Eating Contest begins at 3 pm on the Community Stage, under the Farmer’s Market Pavilion near the train depot. Adults and children are encouraged to give it all they’ve got! You will have 7 minutes to eat all the Monster Croc Apples that you can. There will be cash prizes for 1st thru 3rd place for both adult and children categories. Holiday Lanes will provide water for the event and has provided game passes for anyone who signs up, along with prizes for the winners. My good friend Thomas at Maccentric has provided the apples for the event. (good fit, don’t ya think?)

Sign up online now and don’t forget to follow The Chocolate Crocodile™.

That just happened.
Robin Williams,
Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

In Case You Haven’t Heard

When I was a kid, my dad told me that as I got older time would fly by faster. Boy was he right! It seems like yesterday that we rolled into 2012 and now the first quarter of the year is almost gone. As a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat, I am not required to write a blog about new businesses in Bossier, but I made a personal goal when I started to report on those duties. I’m not sure if time is really going faster, or I’m just slacking, but I have been falling short on my goal. I thought I’d better catch up before I give up all together. In case you haven’t heard about some of the businesses in Bossier City that have celebrated since January, here’s what you’ve missed:

January 30Newk’s Express Café celebrated their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting. Newk’s is an express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness and flavor. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes from Newk’s open kitchen.

Ruth (Catering Manager) & Jeff (General Manager)

On my first visit, I enjoyed the half sandwich and soup combination. The Shrimp Po-Boy was delicious. My personal favorite menu item is the Debra Pizza. A pizza topped with grilled chicken breast, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, roma tomatoes and pesto. Fabulous! I was impressed with the friendly service and the warm atmosphere. As info, the name “Newk’s” does not refer in any way to microwaved food, the name is a play off of the founder’s name “Newcomb”. Not to worry, the food is made and served fresh! Newk’s is located at 2501 Beene Blvd, Suite 100, Bossier City, LA, 71111. Check out their menu

January 30Texas Classic Productions – Texas Classic Productions organizes and hosts Oil and Gas industry and special-interest related events such as expos, fairs and trade shows. TCO is organizing a Job Fair in Marshall for the Oil & Gas Industry, and while this is not a public event, it will have a 20 million dollar impact on our local economy. The services offered by Texas Classic Productions range from selecting a venue, developing operation plans, Database marketing and exhibitor services for Oil and Gas related companies. If your company is interested in setting up or hosting an industry specific exhibition, make sure you call Texas Classic Productions at 866-918-5550.

Robin & Melanie accept Diplomat of the Year and Business of the Year Award

February 2Bossier Chamber of Commerce Gala – The Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted a Night of Stars, Old Hollywood Style on February 2nd at the CenturyLink Center. The Chamber rolled out the red carpet for their members and recognized the outstanding members and businesses that helped make 2011 a success. I was humbled to accept the Diplomat of the Year award, as we celebrate with Melanie Warkme, as Holiday Lanes receive the Business of the Year Award.
2011 Bossier Chamber Awards

    Media Partner of the Year – Bossier Press-Tribune
    New Member of the Year – Stephens Services
    Education Partner of the Year – AT&T
    Chamber Partner of the Year – Barksdale Air Force Base
    Government Relations Partner of the Year – Cook, Yancey, King and Gallaway
    Community Partner of the Year – CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System
    Military Relations Supporter of the Year – Eldorado Resort and Casino
    Diplomat of the Year – Robin Williams (Holiday Lanes)
    Patriots of the Year – Tracey Hilburn, Bossier Parish Communications District #1; Officer Tina Smith, Bossier City Police Dept; Reverend Billy Pierce, Lieutenant with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office; Chief Jimmy Phillips, Bossier City Fire Dept.’s Assistant Director of Fire Protection; Master Sergeant Jose Areizaga, 307th Bomb Wing; Staff Sergeant Stephen A. Lammers, 2nd Security Forces Squadron; Master Sergeant Carolyn D. Magsby, Air Force Global Strike Command; Senior Airman Adam N. Wells, 608th Air Operations Center; Technical Sergeant John C. Knight, 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron
    Business Person of the Year – Chancellor Jim Henderson, Bossier Parish Community College
    Business of the Year – Holiday Lanes

Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Patriots are nominated by the Bossier Chamber Membership and voted on by randomly selected members. All other awards are selected through a nomination process by Chamber Committees and voted on by members.

Jimmy Buffett in Bossier City

February and March – The following celebrated with ribbon cuttings, open houses or ground breakings:

    February 3 Providence Classical Academy – Open House
    February 7Eustis Mortgage – Ribbon Cutting
    February 16Stephens Services, LLC – Ribbon Cutting (individual blog to come)
    February 22Hampton Inn – Ribbon Cutting
    February 29Margaritaville Hotel & Casino – Ground Breaking
    March 9The Joint – Ribbon Cutting (individual blog to come)

Members network at Cash Point

Kathy & Robin working the Boomtown TLA desk

If you are looking for ways to network with other business people, the best way is through the Bossier Chamber of Commerce After Hours, TLA events. TLA stands for “The Last Appointment”. Usually held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5-7pm, it is a great opportunity to Network with top business executives, who are the decision makers in Bossier/Shreveport. New members receive a 30 second presentation opportunity.

The following businesses opened their doors in February and March for After Hours TLA’s:

    February 23Cash Point
    March 22Boomtown Hotel & Casino

Now that I’ve caught up, I will try to post more frequently. It’s important to support local Chamber of Commerce Businesses. (BTW – Are you following them on Facebook?) I hope that you will join me in frequenting the businesses mentioned. If you haven’t heard, Bossier City is Louisiana’s fastest growing city and I’m proud to live here. How about you?

See ya around Bossier,

Robin Williams,
Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat & Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes