What's Artistic, Sweet, & Shouldn't Be Wrapped Until Christmas Eve?
We all have that one person in our lives who is impossible to buy a Christmas present for. Either she has no idea what she wants or he really doesn’t need anything. Fear not—a discovery has been made! Write this down: Kate Weiser Chocolate. You’re welcome.
Last Saturday night, my chocolate palette was forever changed for the better. There were six of us, all girls, and it was the first time I had seen all of us dressed to impress at the same time. This was a big deal, obviously. We rode together (in a minivan jamming to hits from 2005) to West Dallas for our night at Trinity Groves. I had never been to this area, but I’m already planning my next visit.
Trinity Groves opened their first restaurant in 2012, but it wasn’t recognized as a development until the beginning of 2014, the sacred year Kate Weiser opened her shop. Trinity Groves is like Epcot without the Disney flair, so basically a foodie theme park. One of their goals is to give life to the dreams of budding chefs with their incubator program. You can actually access the incubator form on their website, and if selected, professional restaurateurs are ready to guide and support your vision.
Enter Kate Weiser. Before branching out on her own, she honed her chocolate skills at Chocolate Secrets in Highland Park for four years. Deciding it was time to further cultivate her craft, she opened Kate Weiser Chocolate, and even though I’ve only just discovered it, I’m apparently behind as her shop was not the least bit short on hype.
Walking in, I wasn’t sure if I was in an art museum or about to meet Willy Wonka. It’s a small shop with a few white, round top tables with chocolate ordering forms and pencils. Because there are around thirty-five flavors of bonbons alone, it’s courteous of her to give her customers time to mull over their choices instead of quickly ordering at the front of the line. The entire back wall is lined with already boxed options. Caramels, chocolate pumpkins, and liquor-infused bonbons looked more like decorations than dessert—but that certainly doesn’t stop anybody. I chose a box of seven bonbons serving as her fall collection. The box included truffle honey, apple sage, orange butterscotch, port, pumpkin spice, sweet potato, and dark chocolate caramel. These seven darlings stood at $2.50 a piece, but they made for such a fun treat for my husband and me, so I deem them absolutely worth it. Each piece was unique and tasty, but my favorite was the apple sage. After taking a bite, I found that tiny, perfectly baked pieces of apple were infused in the truffle. Even though I was amazed at the attention to detail, it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, considering each bonbon requires four days of preparation.
Waiting in line, I read the names of all the truffles in the glass case at the front of the shop and made mental notes of all the ones I wanted to taste next time. Included are strawberry basil, mango habanero, and red wines & berries. I was caught by surprise when I saw they also create French macarons. Obviously, I had to get a sampler of these, so I asked the girl behind the counter to just pick some of her favorites for me. They did not fail to disappoint. In fact, they were delectable by being sweet but light, the top and bottom pieces like crisp air with a thin chew of sauce in the middle.
I see many date nights and girls’ nights to Trinity Groves in my future, and each one will find me at Kate Weiser Chocolate for the win.