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Patricia makes chocolates with style and substance. From top clockwise, in box: Lemon Cardamom, Michigan Blueberry, Tawny Port Raisin and Blood Orange. All photography by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

STEPHANIE ZONIS writes about specialty food and organics.


 

February 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Chocolate

America’s Boutique Chocolatiers:
Part III

Page 4: Patricia’s Chocolate

 

This is Page 4 of a six-page article. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.

 

Patricia’s Chocolates

There is a real Patricia behind these chocolates. She and her husband Paul worked as school psychologists for thirty years, proving that they’re more than tough enough to work with as temperamental a material as chocolate. With training at The French Pastry School under her belt, support from neighbors, and the necessary municipal and county permits firmly in hand, the couple built a commercial chocolate kitchen in the lower level of their home in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Patty Christopher has been turning out chocolates ever since, but these aren’t just any old confections, as you can see from the photos. They are carefully decorated, well-conceived examples of the chocolatier’s art—one might think she’d been an artist rather than a mental health professional.

Consider Patricia’s Coconut piece. White chocolate is combined with coconut milk, coconut rum and shredded coconut, then covered in dark chocolate; on top is a fanciful pattern of circles large and small—they look like happy bubbles. (You can see the more than two dozen stunning choices on the company website.)

If you prefer something more up-to-date, there’s an Earl Grey Tea chocolate, in which the tea is infused in a blend of milk and dark chocolates and covered with dark chocolate. The circle and square design motif is Grecian, in white and Aegean blue.

Among Patty’s newest creations is a dark chocolate-enrobed ganache containing puréed lemon and green cardamom (shown in the photo at the top of the page with the yellow script “L”). Talk about exotic!

Most of this business is wholesale; Patty sells to a very limited number of boutiques in the Midwest. There’s no retail store and no online ordering. You must call or e-mail to order, but doing so is more than worth any minimal extra effort.

Patricia's Chocolate
Above, a tribute to the home state, Michigan Blueberry: dried Michigan blueberries, Maine wild blueberry wine, vanilla bean and cream in dark chocolate. Snuggling behind is Passion Fruit Mango, passion fruit and mango infused in a creamy milk chocolate caramel and dipped in dark chocolate, decorated with a heart.

 

PATRICIA’S CHOCOLATE

  • 2-Piece Package
    $4.60
  • 4-Piece Box
    $9.20
  • 6-Piece Box
    $13.80
  • 9-Piece Box
    $20.70
  • 12-Piece Box
    $27.60

Learn more at PatriciasChocolate.com

To order, telephone 1.616.842.5999

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Patricia's Chocolate


*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them. Purchase information is provided as a reader convenience.

 

Do You Love Artisan Chocolate?

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