A small business, a family

Our venture started in 2008 at Charlotte area farmers markets. Read and explore our tales, sometimes cautionary, sometimes exhilarating, as we’ve grown from an early idea to something great.

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We are asked for recipes or ideas for ingredient usage all the time. Let us share some of what we do, what we are learning or exploring with you. If you have a culinary confectionary question we’d love to hear it!

We put our heart into everything

Our small business depends on it. We hope you enjoy what you find here and if we can be of any assistance in your journey, stocking your shelves, or enriching your business please reach out to us.

Chocolate reviews

The American chocolate market is growing by leaps and bounds and we hope to share some of the greatness coming out it by sampling those we stock, those people are curious of, and even those beyond people bring our way.

Recent Articles

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A Quick History of Chocolate

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Interact with a timeline of the finding and subsequent expansion of chocolate across the world.

North Carolina Chocolate Makers

North Carolina Chocolatiers and Charlotte’s Best Chocolate

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It’s great to have a string of love from our backyard, North Carolina. North Carolina Chocolatiers by Our State North Carolina is gaining on a lot of great craft creations….

The Secret Chocolatier Coffee Cakes

Tasting, Testing, Baking Coffee Cakes

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Did you know Chef Bill was known as the Muffin Man once? It feels like a long time ago but he ran a small bakery called Mostly Muffins and made some…

The Secret Chocolatier Doodle

2014 Year in Review, The Chocolate Saga

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2014 was crazy. Crazy all over the place. We had some crazy good times, crazy bad times, and somehow I think we’re all ok. –let me check– toes, fingers, smile–…

Chocolate Baked Treats

Gift Giving Ideas

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We love being someones gift. It brings happiness to the person opening it and the giver can feel good about what they are giving. During the Fall I talk to…

Andy Ciordia accepts Small Business Big Impact Award for The Secret Chocolatier

Small Business BIG Impact Winners

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The Secret Chocolatier is a bridge of old world skills, new world flavors, and bound together with an assortment of technology. We’re a modern contraption run by family and great…

Chocolate Reviews

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Al Nassma Camel Milk Chocolate 70%

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Given a bar of Camel Milk, Milk Chocolate from Al Nassma The Secret Chocolatier’s Andy had to put it through the paces.

Dandelion Chocolate Ambanja Madagascar

Dandelion Chocolate Review: Ambanja Madagascar

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We recently had a visit by our friend Lowe from ChocoFiles. The man has reviewed and tasted more chocolate than maybe anyone, so when it comes to his recommendations I…

Recipes

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Simple Salted Caramel Syrup Recipe for Caramel Month

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October is the month of Caramel thanks to the National Confectioners Association and The Secret Chocolatier has what you need. First a quick dive, caramel–it can be soft, tacky, runny, buttery,…

The Secret Chocolatier Fudge

Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe Revisited

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Recently I was asked to share our easy chocolate fudge recipe for an upcoming magazine article.  I thought sure, then paused.. well we haven’t made that in a while so…

Upcoming Events

The Secret Chocolatier hosts a variety of events throughout the year.  See what is coming up and if you have interest in joining us.

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sat6jun2:00 pm- 2:45 pmIntroduction to ChocolateLearn About and Taste Chocolate!2:00 pm - 2:45 pm The Secret Chocolatier in Ballantyne
wed10jun7:00 pm- 8:30 pmWine PairingSpring treats and seasonal wines!7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The Secret Chocolatier in Ballantyne
sat13jun2:00 pm- 4:00 pmSOLD OUT: Chocolate Truffle Making ClassWanna be a Chocolate Truffle OompaLoompa?2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST The Secret Chocolatier on Providence
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Got company for graduation weekend? How about a platter of yumminess to help pass the time?

Got company for graduation weekend? How about a platter

Bet you know someone who would like fresh chocolate dipped strawberries! Available this weekend at both locations.

Bet you know someone who would like fresh chocolate dip

They shouldn't let Andy near the kitchen. When he plays it's very dangerous.

They shouldn’t let Andy near the kitchen. When he plays

Chef is having some fun creating a lesson plan for a truffle class!

Chef is having some fun creating a lesson plan for a tr

Set up crew for tonight's Sweet Escapes Festival. Beware, cuteness overload!

Set up crew for tonight’s Sweet Escapes Festival. Bewar

New spot to get your chocolate and coffee! Biscotti, brownie pops, pretzels, espresso bark, and the infamous sea salt butter toffee. All featured @julia's

New spot to get your chocolate and coffee! Biscotti, br

BoB voters choice 2015 | We are super stoked. Got this on the day we are submitting new mortals for national/international scrutiny. Good things come in pairs right?

BoB voters choice 2015 | We are super stoked. Got this

Upcoming wine, chocolate and textures pairing. Are you coming? We have a few spots open for Wednesday. http://homemadechocolategifts.com/events-classes/

Upcoming wine, chocolate and textures pairing. Are you