Valentine Guide to Chocolate

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by Sander Wolf

There are a lot of amazing things going on in the world of artisan chocolate this Valentine’s Day. So, ditch those chalky hearts and get your true love some truly lovely chocolate. Check out our list below for some amazing offerings and special Valentine’s Day deals from some of the best chocolate makers and chocolatiers in the world.  

Dr Sue’s Chocolate (Grapevine): 
Couples Chocolate Tasting: ($50 per couple) Enjoy a complimentary bonbons and bubbles reception then get some serious instruction in making dipping sauce and truffles. Couples will dip strawberries and create their own truffles which will be packed for them to take home. Dates: Friday, 2/10, Saturday 2/11, Tuesday, 2/14 at 7pm. To Register:

Chocolate Secrets (Dallas): 
Fourplay Event! Enjoy four artisan desserts, a bottle of bubbly, live music, and a gift to take home! Available February 11-14 at 6:30 or 9:00 pm. Call 214-252-9801 for more info and reservations.

Raaka Chocolate (Brooklyn): 
Raaka is offering 15% off 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions on their craft chocolate bars now through 2/10. Use the code BEMINE15 checkout. All subscriptions ordered before 9 am on 2/10 will arrive before Valentine’s Day!

Yelibelly Chocolates (Southlake): 
Yelibelly will be all over town this week at pop-up shops around the Metroplex to get you Chocolate Wasted: Feb 9/10 at Bank of America Building in Dallas, Feb 13 at 2 City Place in Fort Worth, and many more. Check out their Facebook page for more locations.

Poco Dolce (San Francisco):
Send your love this Valentine’s Day with Poco Dolce’s Champagne and Strawberry Truffle Box. The nine-piece box is a combination of their light, smooth champagne truffles; strawberry balsamic truffles; and a single chocolate ganache-filled heart nestled in the center.

Haute Sweets Patisserie: 
Let Haute Sweets Patisserie help you with your Valentine’s Day dinner prep! HSP is partnering with One90 Smoked Meats to provide you with meat and sweets! Try their smoked tenderloin with raspberry mousse filled chocolate hearts (like in the picture at the top of this email) for dessert. Call to place your order for pick up Saturday, 2/11, Monday, 2/13 or Tuesday, 2/14.

Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village: 
February 10th – 14th Valentines Weekend – Wine and Chocolate Pairing. Featuring truffles from Joe the Baker and a flight of five different wines chosen by their Sommelier. Cost: $45 not including tax and gratuity; you get 5 – 2oz pours of each wine. All wines will also be available by the glass and for retail purchase at a discounted price.

Dallas Caramel Company (Dallas): 
Bacon Armadillos are back for a limited time this Valentine’s Day! Grab a sleeve of Dallas Caramel Company’s award-winning turtles that layer dark chocolate, creamy caramel, Texas pecans, and real bacon! Now that’s amore!

Pacari (Ecuador):  
Receive 15% off of the unique Ecuadorian bean-to-bar chocolate maker’s bars at with the code DALLASINLOVE17. Code valid until Feb 28th.

Bark Chocolate: 
Come to the Valentine’s Day Pop Up Shop at Urban Scene (5820 Velasco Ave. in Dallas, TX) from 11:00 – 4:00 on Saturday, February 11th to grab delicious chocolate from Bark Chocolate, and other groovy local treats.

CocoAndré Chocolatier (Oak Cliff):
CocoAndré’s Valentine Chocolate and Art class will be fun AND delicious.  Sunday, Feb. 12 from 5:00 – 7:00

Whole Foods Market (Addison):
Shop at Whole Foods Market in Addison on February 21st and 5% of your purchase will be donated to the Dallas Chocolate Festival’s scholarship program. Our program provides full-year tuition to pastry students at El Centro and Collin College so we can support our up-and-coming chocolatiers.

Sander Wolf is owner and curator of the Dallas Chocolate Festival. Sander promises that 2017 is going to be the biggest Festival yet, and he is excited to bring all that chocolate goodness to the heart of Big D. This year the festival will be at the F.I.G. (Fashion Institute Gallery) in the Dallas Arts District.

The theme will focus on the fun and energy of a circus. “The Greatest Chocolate On Earth!” Which, Sander thinks is a pretty modest assessment of the vendors that come to our event year after year.

Stay tuned for more details for that fun-filled chocolate weekend.

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