At first, the Aztecs punished their enemies by pouring hot chocolate down their throats, until the proud warriors found out their foes actually liked it and promptly switched to molten gold. Relive the pleasure of those lucky few conquistadors with today's deal: for $18, you get one dozen hand-dipped and swizzled berries from the Berry Factory, which has three area locations (a $36 value). The Berry Factory's owner Shari Fitzpatrick jumpstarted her first gourmet treatery after her previous gig as a mortgage broker, where she handmade her chocolate delights for clients. Now equipped with more than 20 years of confectioneering experience, Fitzpatrick and her team have gained hosts of sweet-fanged followers that feast on luscious favorites like the swizzle berries, which drizzle fresh, juicy strawberries with form-fitting coats of dark, white, and milk chocolate.
KCRA interviewed Shari Fitzpatrick in February 2010. Sacramento magazine recognized the Berry Factory in its feature 2010 Best of Sacramento. Three Insider Pagers give the Berry Factory a four-star average, and three Judy's Book reviewers give it a perfect five stars.