Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and even though you can find chocolate just about everywhere these days, here are seven Austin-area chocolate shops where you can get all kinds of chocolate treats, as well as a handful of Austin-made bon bons, brownies and other goodies.
What: Tessa Halstead makes fine truffles and classic caramels, as well as the molded chocolates her dad was famous for making in Dallas. Her niche is making both traditional chocolate confections and single origin truffles to showcase the different flavors from cacao grown in different regions of the world.
Where: 7425 Burnet Road, chocolaterietessa.com
Maggie Louise Confections
What: The place to go for the most eye-popping chocolate truffles you’ve ever seen. Owner Maggie Louise Callahan knows fashion and design, and it shows in the brightly colored treats she sells online and at her East Sixth storefront.
Where: 1017 E. Sixth St., maggielouiseconfections.com
What: Nicole Patel’s chocolatier flair comes in the form of her countless truffle fillings, whose flavors range from fried chicken to red velvet cake. You can taste the widest variety in her Anderson Mill tasting room, but the truffles are also sold at Breed and Co., Con Olio, Central Market and the Lakeline Farmers Market.
Where: 2000 Windy Terrace #2c, delysia.com
What: One of Austin’s oldest businesses, Lammes continues operating today out of a chocolate factory on Airport Boulevard, where they make their famous Longhorns and chocolate-covered strawberries. (It’s the only place that sells them enrobed entirely in chocolate, without any green stems sticking out.)
Where: 5330 Airport Blvd., Lakeline Mall (entrance between Macy’s and Dillard’s), Barton Creek Square (next to Nordstrom, first floor), 2927A W. Anderson Lane, and at the Market at Round Rock, 110 Interstate 35 frontage road; lammes.com
What: Austin’s only bean-to-bar company from Bob and Robin Williamson, who are opening a craft chocolate factory and retail store in Taylor next month. They sell single-origin chocolate bars and bars with add-ins, like cranberry and rose petal for Valentine’s Day. The bars are available at many neighborhood markets, including Whip In, Wholy Bagel, Rosedale Market, Pour & Press and River City Market.
Where: 117 E. 3rd St., Taylor (opening in March), srslychocolate.com
What: Edis Rezende started selling her chocolate truffles at the Barton Creek Farmers Market 15 years ago and in 2011 moved into a storefront in Northwest Austin, where she sells all kinds of chocolate confections as well as cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
Where: 3808 Spicewood Springs Road, edischocolates.com
Crave Artisan Chocolate
What: Owner Krystal Craig has been making chocolate confections in Austin for more than a decade, including a stint selling sipping chocolates. She now makes bars and truffles for wholesale online, but her latest project is collaborating on Intero Ristorante, a restaurant on Cesar Chavez Street where she’ll soon have a chocolate counter.
Where: 2612 E. Cesar Chavez Street, craveartisanchocolate.com
Austin has many bakeries, cupcake shops and candy stores, but if you’re just looking for a little chocolate treat while you’re out and about, you might stumble upon one of these locally made chocolate products:
Miles of Chocolate
What: Miles Compton sells a chocolate dessert that’s a cross between a brownie and a truffle. It’s soft in the middle, a little crispy on the outside and rich all the way through.
Where to find: Retailers include Central Market, Whole Foods, the Grove and Live Oak Market.
Love Puppies Brownies
What: Joel Haro created this gourmet brownie company after attending culinary school, and he continues to make them in a number of flavors to sell at markets and fast-casual restaurants throughout the city.
Where to buy: Many local retail shops and some restaurants, including Torchy’s Tacos, throughout Austin.
What: Tom Pedersen invented his own chocolate confection back in 2004 when he coated a roasted cocoa bean in layers of white, milk and dark chocolates and cocoa powder. He started selling these Kakawa Cocoa Beans at the downtown farmers market to great enthusiasm and has continued to make this single product, to perfection, ever since.
Where to buy: Sold at the downtown farmers market and online.
Mary Louise Butters Brownies
What: Mary Louise Butters’ brownie company started out selling gourmet brownies and brownie ends;
but, after closing it closed for a few years but is now back on local shelves. She’s also selling cookies and other treats, too.
Where to buy: Local retail shops and markets, including Irie Bean Coffee, Ingredients and Cherrywood Coffee House.
Serena Lissy Chocolates
What: Austin blogger Serena Lissy started selling her artful chocolate truffles online in 2014 and has continued to grow the business and her skill. She doesn’t have a storefront, but you can browse her latest creations online.