When you bite into a piece of chocolate, you may not fully grasp the time and talent it took to bring that smooth, sweet, delicious treat to your home. The art of chocolate making is astounding, and Kansas City chocolatiers use their talents to make headway on national platforms. These nine chocolatiers bring their passion for creating fine chocolates with ingredients from around the world to Kansas City residents. Read on to learn about their accomplishments and find the perfect chocolate for your Valentine's Day celebrations!
Founded in 2013, Panache runs on a passion for creating luxury chocolates. They pride themselves on using only the highest-grade, sustainably grown cocoa from farmers worldwide. The combination of Colombian and Belgian cocoa accentuates the rich flavors of European chocolate. In 2018, Panache was named Premier Artisan Chocolatier by the International Chocolate Salon. They also received Best Chocolatier and Confectioner and Master Chocolatier honors in 2019. As a six-star Grand Master Chocolatier three years in a row, Panache holds esteemed authority among Kansas City chocolatiers.
Bliss specializes in hand-painted bonbons, chocolate bars, and other fine confections. Founded by mother-daughter team Jessica Washburn and Pat Jarstad, Bliss strives to bring customers the finest chocolates and confections in Blue Springs. Jessica's training with chocolatier masters like Melissa Coppel and Kriss Harvey equipped her to take on the title of master chocolatier at Bliss. Their artfully crafted desserts are made from sustainably grown couverture chocolate, fresh dairy, ripe fruits, purees, nuts, and spices to make impeccably delicious recipes. Bliss's beautifully decorated, made-from-scratch chocolates are bursting with intense flavors that will satisfy any chocolate craving.
Annedore's Fine Chocolates brings whimsical gifts, handcrafted truffles, and 30 years of experience in the chocolatier business to Kansas City. They offer a variety of confections ranging from European-style truffles and unique chocolate gifts to caramels, toffee, and brittles. Each batch of sweet delicacies is hand-made and stirred in a copper kettle to extract maximum flavor. Their chocolate truffle collection completes a romantic date night, while their lifesize chocolate football will satisfy any sports lover. You can visit this charming chocolate shop in Westwood Hills and Shawnee, or online.
Bizz & Weezy's
Inspired by their game handles in World of Warcraft, Amy and Jonathan chose ‘Bizz & Weezy’ as their business' personal and unique name. They started making truffles for friends and family in 2008, and as demand grew, they eventually moved their business into a commercial space in the Crossroads District. They now offer a cafe and coffee shop with a lunch menu that includes salads, sandwiches, warm bowls, and sweet treats. They also deliver brunch boxes to bring their delicious pastries and breakfast foods directly to clients.
Since 1970, Kansas City residents have trusted Laura Little's to provide the best in quality service. Laura's takes pride in creating fudges and candies using only the finest ingredients. They make chocolate the old-fashioned way, using fresh ingredients cooked in a copper kettle and stirred with a wooden paddle. Along with chocolates, they sell popcorn tins, fudge and assorted candies. Laura Little's fudge and candies are the perfect way to sweeten any date night.
Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro
As Kansas City's first artisanal brigadeiro shop, Sweet Kiss brings authentic Brazilian sweets to the midwest. Regina Antunes and Jessica Harris, founders of Sweet Kiss, say that the candy holds fond memories. For the mother-daughter duo, making brigadeiros is sharing some of their fondest family memories with their customers. Each candy is handcrafted with high-quality ingredients and gourmet chocolate. Customers can feel their passion and dedication to Brazilian sweets in each bite of their delicious treats. Brigadeiros are the perfect way to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture without leaving the comfort of Kansas City.
A Kansas City tradition for more than 65 years, Andre's gives customers plenty of opportunities to taste handcrafted Swiss-style chocolates. The Bollier family has maintained the tradition of Swiss confections for three generations through their passion for making precise, bold and beautiful chocolate. Magazines including Forbes, Bon Appetit, Food Network, and USA Today have featured Andre's delicious chocolates. Treat yourself to a box of Andre's unique Swiss chocolates for a truly traditional Kansas City Valentine's Day.
For 19 years, Christopher Elbow has combined modern culinary arts with diligent craftsmanship to produce fine chocolates and chocolate confections. Their chocolate bonbons and confections are handcrafted and bursting with rich flavors from around the world. Their unique holiday collection is perfect for small family gatherings or romantic date nights. They also make corporate gift boxes for employees, clients, and CEOs. When people see the Christopher Elbow logo, they know they are getting some of the finest quality chocolate in Kansas City.
Chip's Chocolate Factory
Since 1983, Chip's Chocolate Factory has become an internationally known premium confectionary company. As a family-owned and operated business Kansas City-based business, they have extensive experience handcrafting deliciously tempting chocolates, nuts, fudges, and cotton candy. In the kitchen, they use the original marble tables, hand utensils, and copper kettles from their opening 39 years ago. Their broad selection of sweets creates memorable experiences for visitors to Crown Center.