Stars sample Milwaukee chocolates at Golden Globes
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MILWAUKEE - Steve Wallace has certainly heard his company's name mispronounced.
He explains the correct way to pronounce the chocolate brand is "Oh-mahn-he-nee".
Wallace treated TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray to a hot chocolate made with Omanhene cocoa powder at Anodyne Coffee Roasting, then provided a quick lesson in chocolate making.
"You get something called nibs and this is an example of nibs," Wallace explained.
"If you smell them, that's the first time it's going to smell a little bit like chocolate."
Omanhene chocolate is the darkest of the milk chocolates on the market. That chocolate paired with a special fruit filling has a moment on the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.
"We'll be part of what they call the swag baskets," Wallace said. "The attendees get gift baskets filled with various things and our chocolate confection that we developed for this event is going to be part of it."
The story behind the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company may be worthy of its own movie script. Wallace fell in love with the African cocoa producing country of Ghana on a high school student exchange trip. Decades later, his product is farmed and turned into gourmet chocolate bars in Ghana.
The labels are printed in Milwaukee.
"We're certainly not the largest chocolate company in the world, but we think we're a very special one," Wallace said.
Those new specially made chocolates that the Hollywood stars are sampling will likely be available for online order sometime soon.