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Chocolate sweet spots in North Texas

Posted 7:10pm on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

See's Candies

Description: Los Angeles-based See's Candies was established in 1921 and offers 100 varieties of candies, including toffee and fudge.

Locations: The Parks at Arlington, Hulen Mall in Fort Worth, Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville, Collin Creek Mall in Plano, Stonebriar in Frisco and coming to North East Mall in Hurst in May

Online: www.sees.com

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Description: A Florida-based company started by father Baruch Schaked and run by son Edgar, Schakolad opened its first location in 1995. It uses European techniques and specializes in hand-dipped truffles.

Locations: The Shops at Legacy in Plano and Sundance Square in Fort Worth

Online: www.schakolad.com

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Description: Dallas-based Dude, Sweet Chocolate was started by chocolate empress Katherine Clapner, a former executive party chef for Stephan Pyles. Known for her out-of-the-box pairings, she is the brain behind the chocolate heart, a 2-pound, anatomically correct chocolate masterpiece made with dark chocolate and Cocoa Puffs. It retails for $45.

Locations: Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Preston Center Plaza in Dallas and West 7th development in Fort Worth

Online: www.dudesweetchocolate.com

Hot Chocolates

Description: Co-owners Becky Henry and Lori Thomas opened this local chocolate and pastry shop in 2002. They work with all sorts of customers, even those looking for a gluten-free sweet treat. Try the hunk of burning love bar, made with chili oil.

Location: 668 Grapevine Highway, Hurst

Online: www.hotchocolates.net

Chocolate Secrets

Description: Fine artisan chocolate "loved on" by executive chocolatier Kate Weiser, who has been with the business since 2009. Secrets is known for its hand-painted bonbons, and this Valentine's Day it is offering chocolate lips.

Location: 3926 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas

Online: www.mychocolatesecrets.com

Sublime Chocolate

Description: This Allen-based chocolate shop was started by lawyer Troy Easton, whose passion for flavor is infused in every one of his chocolate creations. The shop lets patrons make their own chocolate bars. Choose your flavors, and in 15 minutes, you get chocolate magic.

Location: 908 Market St.

Online: www.sublimechocolate.com

Nib Chocolates

Description: At this studio in the Dallas Design District, the chocolate is crafted by Stephen Smith, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Nib offers fresh creations at area businesses including Bolsa Mercado in Oak Cliff and Hey Sugar Candy Store in Roanoke.

Online: www.nibchocolates.com

Coco Andre Chocolatier

Description: Family-owned chocolate shop in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Owner Andrea Pedraza offers 30 years of chocolate experience and 20 varieties of boutique truffles.

Location: 831 W. Davis St.

Notables:

Dr. Sue's Chocolate, retails in Dallas at Bolsa Mercado, Eatzi's and now Central Market. These chocolate treats are made of all-natural fruit and honey and are created by Sue Williams, an internal-medicine physician in Dallas. Find her online at www.drsueschocolate.com.

For more chocolate news, including information on classes, go to dallaschocolate.org.

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