Making chocolates by hand takes time, precision, and the willpower to refrain from devouring your own sugary palms. Leave chocolate making to the professionals with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of premium artisan chocolates at William Dean Chocolates in Largo.
Helmed by owner Bill Brown, the talented artisans at William Dean Chocolates handcraft premium candies with the type of inimitable designs and flavor combinations that have made the confectionery the repeated winner of a slew of prestigious awards. Select single chocolates such as crème brûlée teeming with white-chocolate ganache, vanilla beans, and raspberry Chambord jelly, or transport taste buds to the border with Mexican mango––a savory bonbon packed with fresh lime juice, mango pate de fruit, and sea salt infused with green chilies and a miniature mariachi band. Customers can opt for boxes of chocolate assortments, choosing their own mixes in a five-piece ($12), nine-piece ($18), 10-piece ($22), 20-piece ($40), or 36-piece ($70) assemblage, or they can trust the experienced staff to select morsels for them based on dessert preference and each sweet tooth's astrological sign. Chocolate bars such as the orange-peel ($5) and wasabi bars ($5) introduce distinct concoctions to discerning palates, and the pate de fruit 18-piece gift box ($18) swarms with handpicked fruit puree in flavors such as kiwi, guava, coconut, and Caribbean cocktail.
Because William Dean Chocolates knows that palates are piqued by an eye-catching presentation, each decadent, preservative-free chocolate is forged to be an edible piece of artwork, from the fleur de lis shape of the banana's foster chocolate to the fiery, marbled shell that encases each mouthful of passion-fruit puree. The cozy storefront beckons cocoa lovers to linger among the rich, rust-colored interior while admiring the portraits of sweet, multihued morsels that blanket the dark walls in frames forged from the finest nougat.
William Dean Chocolates
Bill Brown never imagined a future in which he made chocolates for a living—let alone chocolates that appear in movies. But in 2008, he left his corporate job to open William Dean Chocolates, which he named in honor of his father and grandfather. Often airbrushed with bright jewel tones, his chocolates got their big break when they made a guest appearance in two of the Hunger Games movies, but they're just as delicious off-screen. The only possible downside is that they're almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost, but not quite. Flavors include the likes of blackberry sorbet, Irish coffee, raspberry rose, tiramisu, torrone, pistachio, peach sorbet, and apple pie
12551 Indian Rocks Rd.
Largo, Florida 33774Get Directions