Visit These Black-Owned Chocolate Companies This Valentine’s Day
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
It’s that time of year. When love and chocolate are in the air. And nothing says I love you more than handcrafted, locally sourced, and visually stunning chocolates. Satisfy your sweet tooth and support these black-owned chocolatiers during Valentine’s Day and all year long.
Chocolate Secrets – Dallas, TX
You can purchase these delectable chocolates in-store or online. Chocolate Secrets hand makes over 52 flavors of bonbons and truffles, 25 flavors of macarons, 12 flavors of ice cream and sorbets, and over 15 different pastries. You can also plan a date night to enjoy the live jazz, open mic nights, and fine art gallery throughout the week.
Philip Ashley Chocolates – Memphis, TN
Designer chocolatier, Chef Phillip Ashley Rix, has developed an international following for his wildly imaginative chocolates. Each chocolate at Philip Ashley Chocolates is handcrafted in small batches using ingredients from around the world, focusing on seasonality, with the finest fair-trade chocolate. Each item is visually stunning and breathtakingly decadent.
Cocoa Bella Chocolates – Little Rock, AK
Owner, Carmen Portillo, is on a mission to marry her classically trained European chocolate making skills with her Southern roots. At Cocoa Bella Chocolates, she creates an experience through chocolate that makes people smile. You can stop by her Little Rock location Tuesday through Saturday to try everything chocolate butters to Mississippi Mud Pie Bark.
Pure Chocolate By Jinji – Baltimore, MD
Since the beginning, the priority at Pure Chocolate by Jinji has been maintaining a high level of sensitivity to the farmers who grow and harvest the cacao, and to the earth that yields the fruits. Along with local, seasonally selected ingredients, the chocolates also pay tribute to the ancient art of storytelling, creating rich flavor profiles that are both complex and memorable. In order to preserve the integrity of the chocolates, they are each handcrafted, and free from dairy, gluten and all refined sugars. You can purchase their products at stores throughout Baltimore.
Magnolia Chocolatier – Stamford, CT
Margaret King’s journey as a chocolatier started early. Today, at Magnolia Chocolatier, she sources premium-quality ingredients from around the world, choosing local options first, as you’ll see in her Mauby & Nuts Chocolate Bar and Pomegranate Orange Chocolate Bar. “ I love creating unique flavor profiles with complex combinations to bring you beautiful artisanal chocolates and confections that awaken your senses,” says King on her website. “At Magnolia Chocolatier we produce in small batches to focus on quality.”