Totally Texas chocolate for your sweetie just in time for Valentine’s Day
Maggie Louise Confections, Austin
When I first saw Maggie Louise Confections I thought they were too beautiful to eat. Each delectable piece is a work of art, but then I read the descriptions and couldn’t resist the urge to nibble. See for yourself at MaggieLouiseConfections.com and shop their full selection of handmade Texas chocolate.
Gillen’s Candies, Blanco
Gillen’s Candies in Blanco is born from a family legacy reaching back to the early 1900s. Their family history is entwined with the history of our country. Before Russell Stover, there was Gillen’s Candies.
The Blanco store carries on the family candy traditions and adds some flavor of their own with wines, craft beers, and award-winning, preservative free, beef jerky. While I did not find any items available for purchase online, a trip to the store would definitely make for a great date. Click here to see what I mean…
“Steve W. Gillen, great-grandson of Frank E Gillen and grandson of Tillie and Frank R Gillen, has decided to continue the family business but with a little twist. “My grandfather, Frank R Gillen, believed in excellence so I am trying to continue the excellence in the chocolate and the products that I purchase.” Gillen’s Candies has evolved from just chocolate to also including wines, jerky, craft beer, and other artisan products.”
“Steve scoured the nation for the top chocolatier’s that meet the quality expected by you. “
Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Dallas
“At Dude, Sweet Chocolate we concoct, manufacture, distribute, and retail dark chocolate inspired creations as our core business. Our product line is very fluid and seasonal, but usually contains fudges, truffles, toffees, nuts, artisan chocolates, and basically anything else our chef decides to improve by introducing it to cacao.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate traces its roots to a dive bar just south of downtown Dallas, Lee Harvey’s, where co-founders Chef Katherine Clapner and Redding May were regulars. Heading towards the holidays in 2008, he partnered with her to send unique artisan chocolates as client gifts while working with Merrill Lynch. After that, she ran with the idea – pushing her chocolate creations in the summer heat at farmers markets and the like. Mid-year 2009, she brought up the idea of opening a store, and the first small kitchen/store was built-out and opened in early December that year.”
They have a nice selection available online. Click here to shop.
Looking for a unique date idea? How about touring a chocolate factory? Well, it is a 4-hour drive from here in Lockhart, but you could make a weekend of it 😉 Not up for the drive? No worries, click here to shop their online selections.
Mozna Chocolate, Hidalgo
An artisanal bean to bar chocolate factory in Hidalgo Texas, established in 2015 with a mission to make high-quality dark chocolate. They use only single origin cacao beans in their products.
“Our dream is to empower your body, mind, and soul with our one of a kind chocolate bars”
“Mozna Chocolate uses only two ingredients, cane sugar, and cacao beans, to manufacture 70% single origin cacao chocolate bars. By using these two ingredients the original flavors of the cacao beans remain intact, giving our consumers a unique, flavorful and nutritious experience. Mozna Chocolate sources cacao beans from Mexico, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Just like coffee and wine, cacao beans inherit specific flavor characteristics according to the region they are grown, creating unique flavorful chocolate bars.”
And what goes perfect with gourmet Texas chocolates?
Texas Wines of course! Check out our Totally Texas Wine recommendations here!