Every now and then I meet someone who says, in a very matter of fact way, that they don’t like chocolate. I always have the same reaction: stunned and puzzled. I usually have to stop myself from saying, “You’ve got to be kidding. Really? Really??”
But if you are not one of those kind of people, you are fortunate to live here. We’ve got quite a collection of chocolatiers in Bucks and nearby. A few of them graciously gave me a few minutes to chat at their busiest time of the year.
When I walked into Pierre’s in New Hope the first thing to hit me was the intoxicating, deep, beautiful smell of chocolate that fills the small store. I stood there for a moment taking it all in, a little dazed, because it would not be an exaggeration to say that every inch of horizontal space held chocolate of some size or shape.
Pierre’s has a loyal following—for good reason—but not everyone may know that Pierre sold the business to Tom Block in 2012. Tom has a pretty good pedigree. He opened Thomas Sweet in Princeton in 1980 with a friend, also named Tom, where they made chocolates and then ice cream, but sold it eight years ago and opened a chocolate cafe in Philadelphia.
Now he is loving being so close to home (New Hope) and making Pierre’s famous truffles like the original Swiss, Double Dark, Tiramisu, and Espresso. The chocolate-covered pretzels and turtles are also big customer favorites.
But when I asked him what he likes best, he started telling me about his Small Batch Chocolates, made with exotic flavors and single origin chocolate, say from Hawaii, or Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. “I still have fun making different kinds of chocolates.” He and his son-in-law, Justin Zaslow are creating some incredible sweets with this chocolate.
Read about Justin’s trip to Ecuador, where he traveled the chocolate “trail”, visiting cacao farms in the jungle, dairy farmers in the mountains and organic sugar cane plantations.
A list of our local chocolatiers (in alphabetical order)
The artisan behind Dolce Patisserie is Chef Alan, who creates handmade chocolates, pastries and confections every day. Chef Alan also has competed and proved himself to be a “Genius” on Food Network’s Sweet Genius.
Hand crafting “heaven dipped in chocolate” since 2002, Laurie’s Chocolates are prepared in small batches so the chocolate is always fresh. She has award-winning truffles, toffee, and more. Find her chocolates at The Larder in Doylestown, PA; None Such Farm Market in Buckingham, Jamie Hollander Gourmet foods in New Hope; and Suzie’s Hot Shoppe in New Hope.
Luv Superfoods was inspired by a Mom’s passion for real, whole, and healing foods. You can find lots of raw chocolates here, and purchase from places like None Such Farms in Buckingham, PA or Earth Foods, in Holicong, PA.
This local rescue organization is having a Valentine’s Day fundraiser to help save a dog’s life. You can purchase a box of either buttery caramels with Himalayan pink sea salt or pretzels dipped in a variety of chocolates. All chocolates come from Pierre’s Chocolates. CLICK HERE to order in time for V-Day.
Donna and Doug started their chocolate company in 2002, and they enjoy making European style artisan chocolates. Stop by for signature truffles, gift sets, dipped strawberries, and special Valentine’s Day chocolates.
66 Richboro Road
Sweet and delicious edibles that look great at the table, as a gift, or at your next event. Their toffee is one of the best! This is a home based business that you can make appointments for event planning, and receive free delivery in the local area.
A small, family owned and operated shops with special chocolates on premise. Try some small batch chocolates, dipped pretzels, chocolate bars and assortments of truffles.
360 West Bridge Street,
New Hope, PA
A family owned business by Mark and Sue Raymer, with help from their children and grandchildren. The same ingredients are used as they once did in the late 1880s. Candy orders are available for in-store pickup or online for delivery. The sea salt caramels are well-known, and they also can take your favorite wine bottle and dip it into chocolate!
21 East Oakland Avenue,
Find these confections at The Stockton Market. Sample macaroons, a chocolate bar collection, painted truffles, and their famous Cabernet Cordials, made with Stag’s Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Originally this candy store was opened in a small shop at Peddler’s Village. Now in a larger location, you can find nut free candies, chocolates, sugar-free, specialties and more.
27 Peddler’s Village
Currently under new ownership, this local chocolate shop sells fancy chocolates and confections. Right now for Valentine’s Day, you can even get your guy friends (or gals) Belgian beer-filled chocolates. Their Facebook reviews claim Chocolate Box is better than Godiva.
39 N. Union Street