A delicately prepared chocolate can make a woman's heart sing, a child's mouth smile, and a crossing guard's whistle taste even more like justice. Stock up on tasty times with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a box of 16 handmade artisanal chocolates at Chocolat Céleste in St. Paul (a $44 value).
Chocolat Céleste owner and artisanal chocolatier Mary Leonard crafts handmade chocolates using ingredients sourced from local farms and first-cut cacao imported from Europe. Mary permeates her chocolate confections with inventive flavors, such as dark chocolate infused with hot chili peppers or white chocolate ganache kissed with a smidgen of lemon. Each bite-sized sweet comes nestled in shiny foil or adorned with hand-stenciled hearts and swirls; 16 truffles and bonbons dutifully count off as they hop into a golden tray to be wrapped in a signature pink bow. Before opening her shop, Mary trained extensively with master chocolate makers, including Tom Cinnamon and Count Chocula.
Chocolat Celeste owner and artisanal chocolatier Mary Leonard crafts handmade chocolates using ingredients sourced from local farms and first-cut cacao imported from Europe. From extensive training with master chocolate makers under her belt, Mary expertly crafts collections such as the beer-pairing collection, which infuses chocolates with complex beers from craft brewer Rush River Brewing Company. The Pan Asian collection’s flavors—such as jasmine crème and Asian pair pecan—are inspired by the Far East, and Celeste Bichon Frise bonbons thrill dog lovers with Michel Cluizel ganache centers and decorative pics of the pups.
Each preservative-free bite-size sweet comes nestled in shiny foil, and several are decorated with geometric graphs and swirls. Customers can also personalize their sweets with corporate logos, colorful designs, or phrases such as “Happy Birthday” or “Please Do Not Disturb."