Nothing conjures love more than chocolate
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2/10/13 at 7:30 AM
Love is in the air.
And so is the sweet scent of chocolate at Tulsa's local chocolate shops.
See what the creative chocolatiers have in store for you and your Valentine.
Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat
205 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
Christine Joseph, owner of Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat, was inspired to make her special Valentine's Day chocolates by the recent naming of Broken Arrow's Main Street corridor as the Rose District.
Joseph is a master artist with high-quality Belgian chocolate and is offering two rose-shaped chocolates, one flavored with raspberry and a hint of rose petal syrup and another dark chocolate with white chocolate ganache and rose petal syrup.
She sells a half-pound box of chocolates for $22.50.
Joseph is also selling Cutie Pies, cake balls dipped in chocolate decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles.
And there still might be time for a few special orders of chocolates in personalized shapes and designs, another specialty of Nouveau.
"We gladly take the challenges that our customers give us, and we have fun with it," Joseph said.
2501 S. Harvard Ave., 918-251-2263
Dan and Jennifer Brandt have set extended hours at Dutchess Chocolates to make sure every Valentine has a chance to shop their extended selection of chocolates.
They will be open this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Some of the special chocolates that they are unveiling this Valentine's Day include the Evette Noir, dark ganache with French vanilla, caramel and caramelized cacao nibs rolled in French cocoa; the French Champagne truffle; and the Mistress Violette truffle, which is dark ganache infused with violet and raspberry, topped with candied violet petals.
Dan Brandt said that some of the new chocolates that they are selling were developed while Jennifer finished her apprenticeship to become a Certified Master Chocolatier. They will go to British Columbia in the week after Valentine's Day to receive the certification.
"She has been working on this for a very long time, and we are very excited," Brandt said.
The shop also specializes in candies including turtles, fiddlesticks, fudge and chocolate-covered cherries. And they don't take shortcuts, making things such as the toffee used for truffles, as well as their marshmallows, by hand.
15 E. Brady St., 918-938-6368
Glacier Confection always offers unique, high-quality chocolates in beautiful, one-of-a-kind boxes.
Owner Bill Copeland said he will be creating a few special chocolates for lovers this holiday such as wild strawberry in dark single origin 71 percent cacao, heart-shaped shells paired with another heart-shaped truffle with an Italian limoncello center.
"We are also doing Australian glazed orange slices and ginger slices hand dipped in rich 64 percent Peru cacao," Copeland said.
Copeland said that the chocolates can be packaged in elegant designer jewelry boxes or designer heart boxes in many shapes and sizes.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
101st and Sheridan and 410 S. Main St., 918-299-7623
Rocky Mountain has two locations on either side of the city to pick up your Valentine's Day sweets.
They are offering long-stem strawberries for their Valentine's Day Special. If you pre-order by Monday, you can receive special prices.
The heart box with a dozen chocolate dipped strawberries is $39.50, a half dozen in a clear box is $24.50 and a combination of six strawberries and six truffles is $39.50.
The also have caramel apples decorated for the holiday.
Nicole Marshall Middleton 918-581-8459
Valentine's Day chocolates from Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat in Broken Arrow STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World
Dutchess Chocolates (from left) Mistress Violette, Evette Noir, Pistache Royale, Champagne Truffle and Juliette Bonbon Praline CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Rocky Mountain chocolate caramel apples. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World
Glacier Confection offers unique, high-quality chocolatesin beautiful one-of-a-kind boxes. CHRISTOPHER SMITH/ Tulsa World