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Local chocolates: A talented, tasty tour

Feb 12th, 2014 | Category: Features

Looking for local chocolate treats this Valentine’s Day? Our northwest corner is home to a number of chocolatiers of all styles, creating delicious morsels of all flavors, shapes and sizes. Following are just some of the products available in our area.

Evolve Truffles’ newest offering include the Chia Chia Bang Bang truffle, working with local company Chia Girl, implementing her strawberry chia spread with sparkling wine and chocolate, and topped with toasted chia and strawberry dust. COURTESY PHOTO

Evolve Truffles’ newest offering include the Chia Chia Bang Bang truffle, working with local company Chia Girl, implementing her strawberry chia spread with sparkling wine and chocolate, and topped with toasted chia and strawberry dust. COURTESY PHOTO

Chocolate Necessities: Kevin Buck has been making chocolate for more than 25 years. The truffle varieties are all over the map, and there are several kind of bark, bars and chips. The store is open at 4600 Guide Meridian 109 in Bellingham (360-676-0589) and the downtown Bellingham location is at 1426 Cornwall Ave. (360-733-6666). For more information, see www.chocolatenecessities.com.

Fresco Chocolate: Award-winning artisan bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Lynden. Only three ingredients ever enter their factory and chocolate: cocoa beans, cane sugar and cocoa butter. The company was a 2013 Good Food Award winner. www.frescochocolate.com.

Forte Chocolates: Mount Vernon-based chocolatier Karen Neugebauer focuses on fine artisan chocolate and sea salt caramels. The company won two silver medals at the International Chocolate Awards 2013 competition. Their new retail space is located at 700 S 1st Street in Mount Vernon (360) 588-4859, and their kitchen and retail showroom is located at 1400 Riverside Drive, Suite D in Mount Vernon.

Evolve Chocolate Truffles: Couple Christy and Shannon Fox offer a large variety of truffles with a focus on using local ingredients, including Twin Brook cream, Bow Hill Blueberries, Spice Hut spice and teas, Bellingham Bay Coffee, Holmquist Hazelnuts, and six local spirits and wines. The public can visit them on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Dakota Creek Winery at 3575 Haynie Road in Blaine. For more information, call (360) 220-1898 or visit www.evolvetruffles.com.

Charmed Chocolates: Owner Crystal Scheer started specializes in creating unique truffles made with local wine, herbs, and spirits. Newly started, she works out of the Bow Hill Blueberries Kitchen. The chocolates can be purchased online or at Gypsies and Gingersnaps, the Japanese Garden Coffeehouse (Chuckanut Drive) or North Cove Coffee. Stay tuned for her  chocolate/wine/spirits/coffee tour for Valentines Day. For more information, visit www.charmedwares.com.

Diana’s Ultimate Truffles: This Ferndale-based maker Diana Robison offers a variety of flavors, characters and designs. She can be reached at (360) 383-6567 or robisondiana@yahoo.com. Follow her Facebook page for updates.

Chocolate hearts at Sweet Mona's in Langley. PHOTO/SWEET MONA'S

Chocolate hearts at Sweet Mona’s in Langley. PHOTO/SWEET MONA’S

Sweet Mona’s: Owner Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of chocolates and treats – truffles, caramels, toffees and brittles, fudge, pecan clusters, seafoam and more – at her Langley based-shop at 138 2nd Street. Products are available at multiple locations. See www.sweetmonas.com or call (360) 221-2728 for more information.

Raw Cha Cha Chocolates: Bellingham-based company operated by Marlene Riviere uses raw ingredients and offers a variety of confections. Her products are available locally at the Downtown and Cordata Co-op, Terra Organica, Skagit Valley Co-op and Sudden Valley Market. Call (360) 676-2594  or visit www.rawchacha.com for more information.

Luna Vida Raw Chocolates: Lisa Tenney’s Luna Vida offers handmade chocolates using organic, raw and vegan ingredients. Available at the Trapeze Bakery in Bellingham, or online at lunavidaraw.com. Call (360) 961-0799.

Chocolate Flower Farm: This Langley farm, owned by Marie Lincoln, offers chocolate themed products from candles and teas to jams and plants. See www.chocolateflowerfarm.com for more information, or call (360) 221-2464.

Buchanan Chocolates: This Snohomish-based company offer a variety of truffle flavors. The company is located at 6328 68th St SE in Snohomish and can be reached at (425) 377-8327. See www.buchananchocolate.com for more information.

The Hungry Pelican: This Snohomish restaurant offers a variety of goodies. Past truffle flavors were made with Skip Rock Distillers’ Raspberry Liquor, Cocoa, Whiskey Bacon and Nocino Walnut. See thehungrypelican.net. Located at 113 Ave C in Snohomish. Contact (360) 243-3278 or visit www.thehungrypelican.net

Snohomish Chocolate Walk: Stay tuned for this event on Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Snohomish. Tickets are $15 per person and includes one treat from each chocolate stop. For a complete list of  participants, see http://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org/snohomish-chocolate-walk.asp.

To submit local chocolate information, send to editor@grownorthwest.com.

 

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