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Treat Your Sweetheart (or Yourself) to Chocolates

It’s been said there are four primary food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

Taste each and every one of them from these five chocolatiers, all of whom create well-deserved decadent chocolate confections that will make any heart swoon.                                                  

Isabelly’s Chocolates and Sweet Treats
200 East Main Street, Richardson

Isabell Albert created Isabelly’s Chocolates and Sweet Treats in the Dallas Market Center more than 10 years ago, quickly winning awards for her Mexican Chocolate Truffle and Strawberry Cake Truffle. With her storefront on Main Street in Richardson, Chocolatier Albert became famous for Best Dessert in Richardson and Dallas’s Best Cake Balls. Isabelly’s specializes in Belgian dark, milk, and white chocolate truffles with a chocolate ganache center, coated in a layer of chocolate, with various sweet toppings. Savor chocolate Bon Bons, milk chocolate buckeyes, flavored-center patties, dark chocolate-covered cherries, and hot chocolate bombs that melt in a cup of hot milk.

CocoAndre Chocolate & Horchateria
508 West Seventh Street, Dallas

Specializing in handcrafted truffles in gourmet flavors, custom-made confections, and seasonal chocolate gifts, Coco Andre started more than 11 years ago in a shop in the Bishop Arts District with a Hispanic mother-daughter team. With more than 30 years’ experience as a master chocolatier, Andrea creates special hearts, teddy bears, and high heels for Valentine’s Day, plus specialty chocolates for all the ­holidays. At the café, order Latin horchatas made from rice or coconut milk, lattes, mocha chata, cold coffee, or espresso. Savor hot chocolate bombs, sea-salt caramel pecan turtles, chocolate-covered almonds, chocolate pistachio bark, chocolate-covered oranges and pretzels, and chocolate bars galore.

Kate Weiser Chocolates
Three locations: Trinity Groves, Dallas; NorthPark Center, Dallas; Shops at Clearfork, Fort Worth

Kate perfected her chocolate skills and opened Kate Weiser Chocolates at Trinity Groves in Dallas in 2014. Her hand-painted chocolate jewels in a box come in dozens of flavors; each is an artistic wonder. Kate made Oprah’s Favorite Things List for 2018 with “Carl,” the hot chocolate snowman. Toss him in a warm pan of milk, and he melts and makes lovely hot chocolate. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, choose the pre-assorted Artist Collections of the best-selling flavors and Kate’s personal favorites.

Dude, Sweet Chocolates
408 W Eighth Street, Dallas

Katherine Clapner, Chocolatier at Dude Sweet Chocolate, creates barks and nuts, bars, soft butter toffees, truffles, fudges, and beverages, all with unique and creative names. My favorites are the Crack in the Box bark and the Pebbles Chai Bar and Loco for Coco Bar. Try the Black MMMmole Toffee, a soft butter toffee topped or rolled in South American dark chocolate, and don’t miss the When Pigs Fly Fudge or Albatross Fudge.

Sablon Chocolate Lounge
3839 McKinney Avenue, Dallas

Dallas’ only premium dining lounge, Sablon offers creatively crafted dishes, drinks, gourmet bites, and small plates — all made to order from the best-quality Belgium and Italian chocolate. Indulge in decadent chocolate dishes like hot hazelnut or tiramisu chocolates, mocha frappe, or chocolate truffles and bonbons. Taste a Chocotail: Vanilla ice cream, mint, topped with dark chocolate sauce served in a chocolate-dipped jar, or with versions of caramel, hazelnut, or tiramisu. Enjoy sweet crepes like banana or peanut butter, or a Chocolate Avalanche for a decked-out chocolate sundae. You can even place an order for your favorite chocolate and have it shipped to you.

Any of these chocolate choices are sure to melt your loved one’s heart — or your own!


Janie Pace

Writer/photographer Janie Pace is a native Texan covering restaurants, wineries, breweries, travel destinations, and cruises. A member of the ITWPA International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance, IFWTWA International Food Wine Travel Writing Association, and USPA United States Press Agency; she’s a retired advertising and sales professional. http://www.journeymapped.com

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