Don’t you just love the name? And the store lived up to the image that came to my mind. We visited the Bishop Arts District location and found the shop just off Bishop Street, the center of all the action. It had concrete floors and industrial-looking shelving. Chocolates were packaged in Kraft paper-colored boxes and tubes. The employees were friendly cool kids with some visible tattoos and piercings, which seemed to me to go along with the hipster atmosphere.
I was traveling with my pack, of course (family and friend Janice). All eight of us swarmed the store. We giggled and showed each other different items with the cutest names! There were Flower Child truffles, Tub of Love chocolate sauce, One Night Stand Potion, Crack in a Box bark, Chubby Nuts, chocolate Salami, and lots more. Granddaughter Hannah loved the statue of Elvis on a top shelf.
I asked if the owner was in. I had read her impressive resume and really wanted to meet her. I told them I write a chocolate blog, but they said she wasn’t there; usually not on Saturdays. Ok; I paid for my things and was about to leave when I heard someone call out, “Who in here is writing the blog?” It was her, owner and Chef Katherine Clapner. She came from the back of the shop and explained she had been painting upstairs. For a woman with credentials as long as her inked arm (Culinary Institute of America in New York, Savoy Hotel in London, Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and more), she was open and down to earth; super cool.
We talked about chocolate, my blog, running a small business, her opening a third store in Plano and some other “maybe” future plans of hers. This is a busy woman. By this time, the paint splattered on her arms had dried so I felt it was time to go.
I took my Flower Child truffles, Crack in a Box chocolate bark, and a box of 12 beautifully decorated mini artisan chocolates home to sample. We ate everything over the next few days. All were delicious and had a seductive dark chocolate aroma. These are “fine” chocolates without a doubt. Don’t be misguided by the cutesy names; these will please a sophisticated palate. The mini artisan chocolates were in flavors fennel, grapefruit, rose, carrot cognac, berry. My hands-down favorite is the Flower Child truffle with dark chocolate coating and bergamot, jasmine, and orange flavored ganache. These Flower Children transported my taste buds back to the Caribbean, and that alone made the trip to South Dallas worthwhile.
I hope you will visit any one of the Dude, Sweet locations. If you are fortunate enough to meet Kate, tell her her latest fan, the Chocolate Shop Gypsy, sent you. And, do not leave without tasting a Flower Child.