The other day a long-time customer stopped by and I was reminded why I love Elmira so much. She was one of our first customers 12 years ago when we started Never Enough Thyme and over the years we’ve been a part of her family through food at weddings, showers, and many birthdays.

In addition to food, we’ve shared laughs, visits, and friendship.

It’s a great feeling to know you’ve contributed to someone’s life in such a positive way and that you’re able to be a part of so many important events and milestones. And there are many people and families just like this who make my day when they come to visit and catch up. These are the relationships that have become a joy and privilege over the years within our family.

We feel blessed knowing we can walk down the street and people say “hi”. Small towns and small businesses don’t exist without the support of the community. The Downtown Elmira BIA is one such supporter who has worked hard to improve the shopping experience in the downtown core.

It’s been almost 13 years since we moved to Elmira, and it’s grown as time has passed, but you’ve continued to include us in your busy lives – and for that, we thank you!

Enjoy this dessert as a token of our appreciation, or make it for someone special to show them yours. There are a few bowls to clean afterwards, but it’s so worth it!

Chocolate Grand Marquis


  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped, melted and smooth
  • ½ cup butter + ¼ cup butter, both at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar + ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup 35% whipping cream


  1. Line spring form pan or loaf pan with plastic wrap.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat ½ cup of butter until fluffy, then beat in first ¼ cup of sugar and the cocoa powder.
  3. Whisk 4 egg yolks, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup butter, and second ¼ cup sugar in metal bowl.
  4. Set over simmering water in a double-boiler, whisking constantly, until it reaches 160˚F (about 5 minutes).
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the warm yolk mixture until thick and cool, about 5 minutes, then beat in cocoa mix.
  6. Fold in melted chocolate and vanilla.
  7. In another bowl, beat whipping cream into soft peaks and fold into chocolate mix.
  8. Spread into prepared pan and freeze.
  9. Enjoy!


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