A new wave of chocolatiers are transforming DFW’s confectionery landscape with some of the best handcrafted chocolates in the country. You don’t need a special occasion to indulge in delicious chocolates, but if you want to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with scrumptious confections from any of these extraordinary DFW chocolate shops.
Kate Weiser Chocolate
3011 Gulden St., Suite 115
Kate Weiser’s upcoming chocolate shop, slated to open in April, is one of the most anticipated openings of 2014. Chocoholics have been following Weiser’s chocolate trail ever since she was crafting up an array of stunning hand-painted chocolates during her reign as executive chocolatier at Chocolate Secrets. Weiser’s forte is playing around with flavors and textures like she does with her peanut brittle bonbons, featuring a smooth peanut milk chocolate ganache blended with chunks of homemade peanut brittle. Some of her other tasty sensations include a buttery popcorn bonbon made with a white sweet corn ganache and a key lime pie bonbon filled with a white chocolate graham cracker ganache and key lime pate de fruit. Until the new shop opens, you can find Weiser’s chocolates at Eatzi’s, as well as Ascension Coffee—where Weiser will also be hosting a special Valentine’s pop-up shop featuring an assortment of her chocolates and French macaroons February 12th through 14th.
831 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
If your sweetie loves shoes and has an affection for chocolate, then Andrea Pedraza’s chocolate high-heeled shoes and cowboy boots will make a perfectly delicious gift. Pedraza also makes mouthwatering European-style truffles in a wide variety of flavors— ranging from raspberry lavender and cinnamon to dulce de leche and Fortunado No. 4 (a rare Peruvian dark chocolate). Stop by the shop for a sampling so you can decide what to put into the beautiful new heart boxes the shop has in just for Valentine’s Day.
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Dude, Sweet Chocolate
2925 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Katherine Clapner’s chocolate creations are truly one of a kind and a visit to any of her three DFW locations will leave your taste buds in ecstasy. Clapner likes to incorporate a variety of unusual ingredients into her chocolates— like porcini mushroom powder in the fungus amongus toffee and dehydrated blue cheese in the albatross fudge. While the combinations seem strange, the chocolates are outstandingly delicious and certainly different than any other confections you will find around town.
908 Market St.
Allen, TX 75013
Troy Easton’s chocolates not only look like beautiful works of art, but they taste absolutely heavenly as well. Sublime’s diverse selection of handmade chocolates include flavors like honey caramel with Hawaiian sea salt, white chocolate curry coconut, dark chocolate lavender, Turkish coffee and Vermont maple cream. Packaged in elegant gold gift boxes or miniature purses make these chocolates an absolutely sublime gift for Valentine’s Day.
2515 E. Rosemeade Parkway
Carrollton, TX 75007
Don’t let the drab strip mall location put you off because the artisan chocolates from this shop are anything but dull. Chocolatier Stacy Johnson crafts exquisite chocolate creations, making the shop a favorite stop on the Dallas by Chocolate tours. Johnson’s chocolates can also be found at Neiman Marcus and Dr Delphinium. These creamy, buttery confections include flavors like key lime truffles dipped in white chocolate and sea salt caramel covered in dark chocolate. Pick out a selection of beautiful chocolates and have them packaged in one of Johnson’s ornately decorated boxes to give to all of the sweethearts on your list.
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