Valentine’s Day is coming. In fewer than three weeks, the cherubs, greeting cards, flowers and singing candy-grams will be in full force. We’re already surrounded by reminders that you’re expected to get that special someone a special something. The most popular gift? Chocolate. Take a break from your Austin culinary arts courses to stop by these amazing Austin chocolate shops to grab a gift for your Valentine and a little something sweet for yourself:
Edis Rezende, creator of this delicious chocolate spot, is from Brazil. She enjoys working with chocolate and creating incredible desserts that change people’s moods. She learns techniques by spending time in France, Italy and Brazil and learning about the chemistry of chocolate. At Edis you can enjoy pastries like a pear and apple tart, or a Swiss cheese croissant as well as chocolatey awesomeness. Check out the hazelnut amaretto torte or the chocolate mousse. Enjoy a mini bundt cake or try an amazing chocolate chip cookie. They’ve got plenty of gluten free options, like Grappolo and peanut butter mousse cake and delicious coffee and teas to sip in the company of your loved one. Looking to order something ahead of time? They do special Valentine’s Day pre-orders for sassy lip-shaped cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, truffles, cakes, cupcakes and more. Stop by 3808 Spicewood Springs Road to checkout their offerings or put in an order over the phone.
Tessa Halstead owns this artisanal chocolate company at 7425 Burnet Road. Halstead’s father, Rex Morgan, is a Texas chocolate pioneer and the owner of Morgen Chocolate. The family has been in the business for more than 30 years, so it was no surprise to the Austin culinary community when Halstead started Chocolaterie Tessa in 2012. Halstead uses European techniques learned from her father to create small-batch chocolates made with the finest ingredients. If you enjoy getting a box of chocolates and picking through discovering which ones you love and which ones you’ll take a bite out of and then place back in the box, you’ll love these chocolates. Chocolaterie Tessa specializes in chocolate assortments with varieties like passion fruit, liqueur, sea salt, cherry, hazelnut and more. You can choose a true assortment or a mostly dark or mostly milk mix. (You’ll want every chocolate in the box. No more bite-and-leave method needed.) It also offers chocolate cowboy boots, cookies, Texas-shaped chocolates, malt balls, fruit jelly candies and more. You will find something that inspires your taste buds at this chocolaterie.
The creators of this chocolatier at 2002 B Southern Oaks Drive believe that the sweet treat has therapeutic and medicinal qualities. They use essential oils, organic cacao and honey from local Central Texas Bee Rescue to create amazing truffles. The chocolates have beautiful outsides with geometric designs and perfectly squared corners and come in indulgent flavors like vanilla sea salt, lavender, rose-cardamom and peppermint. You can also buy raw cacao to use in your Austin culinary arts courses baking homework or to create incredible sipping chocolate. Honey lovers will enjoy the honey bomb chocolate made with the help of local bees and amazing organic Ecuadorian cacao. Looking for something a little off the beaten chocolate path? Try the immunity truffles. These delectable desserts are made with ganache, cacao and an essential oil blend of lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary and clove. They’re packed with antioxidants that help neutralize damaging free radicals in your body. Eat one when sick, or when you simply feel like it! They also have a habañero sea salt truffle that will change the way you see chocolate.
Maybe you want to make your significant other something special but you need a little inspiration. Visit these awesome Austin chocolatiers to see how the pros do Valentine’s Day.