I met Cindy from CocoAndre a few weeks ago at the Dallas Chocolate Festival where I sampled her raspberry-lavender truffle. It was so amazing; I had to go by her shop and get more while I was in the Bishop Arts District. We found the shop in a cozy house with a white picket fence. The interior was bright and clean; shelves were full of molded chocolates – lavish high-heeled shoes, witches, state of Texas, cowboy hats, etc. – and there was a sparking glass case full of truffles.
My family and my friend Janice were with me. We loved the shop and just loved talking to Cindy. She gave us a couple of samples, but my heart was set on raspberry-lavender truffles. I bought a box of 12 and a large chocolate-sea salt-coconut witch. My daughter Kelly bought truffles, too, and Miss Hannah (granddaughter) got a couple of chocolate suckers. I told Cindy I was intrigued with the name of the store, and she explained her mother is the chocolatier and her name is Andrea, so they came up with CocoAndre. Andrea worked for many years as a chocolatier for Morgen Chocolates before opening her own shop. That’s a great resume, especially in this town.
Other customers came into the shop so we went out to sit on the porch. It was a perfect, sunny fall day in Dallas. We sat in collectible metal lawn chairs to eat a couple of chocolates with a bottle of cold water. Again, I was in love with the raspberry-lavender truffle. It passed all the chocolate tests of sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste (as I explained in my post about the Dallas Chocolate Festival).
Janice and I were quite content to sit there while Casey went to get the car. Just when I thought I’d had my chocolate quota for the day, Cindy brought each of us a piece of chocolate cake. It was also made by Andrea, and it was heavenly. Yes, they do sell it in the store. I was thinking I should have walked to the car to work some of it off, or perhaps I should take up belly dancing like Janice. She was quite the belly dancing temptress back in the day. We waved at people walking by to entice them into CocoAndre until Casey pulled up in the black Cadillac. Smooth and happy ride back to North Dallas.
Now, I can’t wait for Halloween so we can dive into the chocolate witch.