14 Days of Valentine Ideas – Texas Chocolate

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.

“Handcrafted confections combining nostalgic flavors, modern design, and meaningful bespoke details. Made in Austin and packed with personality, our gourmet chocolates and candies are gifting perfection.”

 

Totally Texas Chocolates by Maggie Louise Confections
What’s Inside (1) Texas in White Chocolate filled with Hazelnut Cream (1) Cactus Flower in Milk Chocolate filled with Peanut Butter Candy (1) Textured Heart in Milk Chocolate filled with Pecan Pie (1) Message Tile in Solid White Chocolate

 

Artisan Chocolates by Maggie Louise Confections
Our Sunset Sweetheart chocolate box with a variety of milk, dark, and white chocolate made in Austin, Texas. It is the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life. If you didn’t already know the way to a Texan’s heart, it’s “tacos”, in white chocolate to be exact.

 

Gillen’s Candies, Blanco

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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… Bonnat-Bon-Bons-DSC01321-300x199

From Gillenscandies.com

“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.

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One Night Stand Chocolate Sauce

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.

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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.Chocolate-Sauce

“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!

Cheers y’all,

Cami

Totally Texas Road Trip to Wimberly Glassworks

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Entry to Wimberly Glassworks off of Ranch Road 12 between Wimberly & San Marcos.

Well, best laid plans, right?  We were supposed to make it up to the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair in Ingram that Saturday but the fates aligned against us.  Just one of those days, I guess.

It started out just fine.  We awoke early because we were going to head out for Ingram right after my husband, our brother-in-law and nephew, moved a fridge they hauled all the way from Corpus Christi to Lockhart, into my laundry room.  It arrived covered in monarch butterfly carcasses.  🙁

First they tried to put it in the kitchen (NOT the laundry room).  They move the old fridge out of the way and get the new fridge into position with much ado (there was a tractor involved), but neglected to measure the width of the space and, you guessed it, it did not fit.  Okay fine, it will fit as originally planned in the laundry room.  But it will not fit through the interior door. 🙁 🙁  SO, back out the front door with the new fridge, into the bucket on the tractor and around the house to the back door that opens into the laundry room.  Now the back door to my house is about 5 feet off the ground, with just a small platform for a back porch and metal railings up the stairs. Did I mention this fridge is HUGE?  After much effort, they do finally get it inside the house again.  And, after breaking off the light switches to my laundry room, they finesse it into place.  WHEW!  Now they just have to move the old fridge back into place and we will be on our way, only three hours later than planned.

It all worked out in the end.  I am very grateful for all their effort.  The freezer was going out on the old fridge and we can’t really afford a new one at this time so, you know.  Thank goodness for family, right?  And not for nothin’, I can buy ice cream again! 🙂 🙂 🙂

So the day was cut short.  After eating some tasty barbeque ribs from Luling City Market with the family, we headed out to salvage what was left of Saturday and found our way to Wimberly Glassworks and their ‘Gourdgeous’ Glass Pumpkin Patch.  And so glad we did!

Check out our cool photo gallery of the glass blowing process and all the pretties they had on display.  This is a great day trip y’all.  There was live music, refreshing beverages (including beer and wine) and it is fascinating to watch the glassblowers at work.  They do demonstrations throughout the day.  This was not our first trip to WGW either.  We were there about a year ago for a free concert by the Queen of the Blues herself, Ms Marcia Ball.

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Marcia Ball doing her thang at Wimberly Glassworks in 2017.

There is always something going on at Wimberly Glassworks.  You should follow their Facebook & Instagram pages to watch for upcoming events.  Especially with the holidays approaching.  They have some beautiful gift ideas.  Everything from the affordable $ to the extravagant $$$$.  And guys, there is some gorgeous, reasonably priced, jewelry for the woman in your life. (hint, hint Bill 😉 )WGW-Promo-Poster