Category Archives: Chocolate

Dude, Sweet Hearts You

dude2by Steven Doyle

I love me some Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and not a week goes by that I don’t stop in for a visit and to snoop for something new from the warped and talented mind of Katherine Clapner. Be it her Trixie and Chim Chim bar which is a Szechuan peppercorn and lime chocolate bar, or the Fungus Amongus, a soft butter toffee made with porcini mushroom and pepitas.

Chef Clapner is always coming out with something new and interesting, and it pays to drop by one of the three locations which we list below.  A recent visit netted a beautiful box of foie and caramel coins that was only available at the Preston Center shop.    Continue reading

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Dallas And Fort Worth Locations Open For Dude, Sweet Chocolate

DSC04340by Steven Doyle

Dude, Sweet Chocolate owner Katherine Clapner wants you to have a sweet holiday season and has opened two new shops to assist you with your gifts and to satisfy your primal need for chocolate. The smallest version is at 8304 Preston Center Plaza in Dallas sandwiched between Taco Diner and R+D Kitchen, the other is in Fort Worth at 2925 Crockett. Both of these shops geographically enhance Dude, Sweet’s proliferation of Clapner’s special design on chocolate.  Continue reading

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Dallas Chocolate Conference and Festival

by Sander Wolf       photos by Susan Migdol

You’d have to visit a chocolate factory the week before Valentine’s Day to see more chocolate than what you’ll be able to see (and taste) at this year’s Chocolate Conference & Festival. With over two dozen chocolatiers and chocolate makers sampling their gourmet chocolate creations, there’s bound to be enough to satisfy every craving.   Continue reading


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Bark Chocolate Premiered This Weekend At Carbone’s

by Steven Doyle

The word local as it pertains to the food we consume is bandied around to the point where we have almost become desensitized to the entire concept. Please do not allow this to happen.  The very idea that we can source products from people we live near not only supports our ecology, but our health and pocketbooks.

The latest young entrepreneur to step up to the local food movement in Dallas is Katy Priore. You may be familiar with her mother Susie who ran beautiful single named restaurants such as Suze and Iris, and is a champion of our local food scene.  It only made sense that her daughter, who herself is a food enthusiast, would eventually break out on her own to open chocolate business named Bark.       Continue reading


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Grapevine ChocolateFest Showers Crowd With Enticing Samples

by Jeanine Stevens

The rain didn’t keep chocolate aficionados from savoring the 8th Annual Grapevine ChocolateFest, held in the historic Grapevine Palace Arts Center. While event organizers admitted the crowds were somewhat less than expected because of the weather, the abundance of chocolate creations brightened the day for attendees of all ages. More than 14 vendors artfully presented their chocolate samples to guests who had paid $10 for 10 chocolate samples.       Continue reading

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ChocolateFest In Grapevine This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

When a physician tells us to do something we generally take heed. Recently we spoke to Dr Sue Williams who also happens to own Dr Sue’s Chocolate. The good doc is all about eating healthy, fighting obesity and generally staying fit, and she recommends we eat her chocolate.

Dr Sue uses European-style dark chocolate chockfull of cacao flavanols (that’s the healthy part) then adds various super foods such as blueberries and ginger to create the perfect treat.    Continue reading

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Taste Dallas by Chocolate Tours

by Jerry Stewart

Something pretty fascinating is going on each weekend in Dallas. A busload of food enthusiasts load up and discover Dallas by Chocolate, a fun recreational peek into all things culinary.  The main thrust of the tours has been chocolate but there will be a concerted focus in coming months to branch out into other food related arenas and going into unusual local markets, farms, cheese makers, restaurants and shops.   Continue reading

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