All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz
Everyone who really knows me know this about me. I’m a teensy bit insecure about gift-giving. Any time I’m called upon to give a gift, be it birthday or baby, I tend to over-analyze and over-think.
How many times have I analyzed until I’m paralyzed? Too many to count!
However, occasionally, I do find something that, because I’m so excited about it, I wouldn’t have to think two seconds about whether someone else would like it. I could give it to an old friend or a new mom, knowing that both would really love it.
When I went to Delysia Chocolatier in Northwest Austin last weekend that’s what I found. The perfect gift.
Here’s the story.
After I found a sweet spot for chocolates over on Austin’s east side, I decided it would be fun to just go ahead and tour all of the city’s chocolate shops! So, I made a list and invited friends.
Have you ever been to a progressive dinner party, where you have appetizers at one house, main course at another, followed by dessert and coffee at a third?
That’s what we did – a progressive chocolate party.
Delysia was the first stop. It’s more of an office suite than a storefront, which lends to the professional look and feel of the whole place.
On any Saturday, free tastings are offered by the knowledgeable staff, who tell the story of a Nicole, a young mom, who, when expecting her first baby, decided to make truffles for her husband to give as gifts at his workplace. After people raved about them, she was inspired to take it up a notch and sell a few.
One thing led to another, and now, customers enjoy them by the dozens – right here in the kitchen where this award-winning chocolatier makes it all happen.
From the tasting menu of the day, choose three flavors to try.
Delysia’s chocolates are all truffles, which means this.
They are made from flavored ganache, pressed atop a thin layer of chocolate, then gently encased in a covering layer of chocolate, topped with a design, popped out of the mold and boxed up for your gift-giving pleasure.
See what I mean about the perfect gift? With all the designs to choose from, finding a sweet box for someone special is easy peasy.
They can also top the truffles with your company’s logo! Or the initials of the bride and groom. The possibilities are endless.
Next time we go to Delysia, I might purchase a few truffles and head next door to the tasting room of Bent Oak Winery, where we can pair some wine with our chocolate.
If you’re looking for something a little different to do next weekend, really, you should try doing a chocolate tour of your own. As we tasted the truffles and confections, we felt like we were experiencing the very personalities of the chocolatiers themselves. It was a delightful experience.
Also, be sure to check out Delysia’s website here. There’s lots more to learn about these preservative-free delectables with the stories behind it all and tips from Nichole herself at her blog, or you can order a box for someone you love.
Thank you, Maria, for your personal attention as we tasted and toured. You made our experience one of a kind, and we’ll be back for more.
Encouraging intentional adventure, lots of love, and a little chocolate now and then,
PS – Next two stops on the progressive chocolate tour will be upcoming here on the blog. In the meantime, have you enjoyed a visit to a chocolatier, chocolate factory or chocolate shop? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, and I’ll add your favorite to my list for next time.