We're less than two weeks away from Valentine's Day, which means local florists and candy shops are ramping up business. Gina Bullard found one chocolate company who's Made in Vermont chocolates stand out.
David and Angela Emerson believe chocolate is the answer, no matter the question.
The couple own Amarah's Chocolate Company in Williston. "We've been here 14 years," David Emerson said.
The Emerson's use a blend of three different kinds of Swiss chocolate, leaving what they say is a pallet-penetrating effect. It's soft, easy to bite through, and melts immediately in your mouth. Other chocolates often have more of a snap when you eat them and a pallet cleansing effect. The taste of Amarah's chocolate lingers in your mouth.
"We like to think it's the Swiss chocolate that we use, the creativity we have for making new and different thing," Emerson said. The Emerson's know about doing things differently. "We had worked for others for a very long time and decided we wanted to be entrepreneurs and work for ourselves."
David worked in hotel and motel management so the couple thought about opening a B&B, but decided they didn't want a 24-7 gig. After working at a chocolate company they settled on dipping the fruits of their labor in chocolate.
There are no shortcuts in this shop. Everything is done by hand. Even foiling each and every chocolate -- something they say no other local company does. Amarah's chocolates are sold in their Williston store front and in chocolate shops across the East Coast. Every day they sell hundreds of chocolates. They have lots of repeat customers who come back for their favorites at Amarah's, including their salted caramels. Customers also rave about brandy cordial cherries.
Angela Emerson: There is a certain etiquette to eating a real cherry cordial you must eat it all at once.
Reporter Gina Bullard:The whole thing?
Angela Emerson: Yes, all at once, because it's full of fluid -- there's no cream in it.
Crafting Made in Vermont chocolates bursting with flavor.
PO Box 4508