When you have the option to purchase store-bought chocolates or handcrafted treats from the first + only Certified Professional Chocolatier in Arkansas for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, the choice is clear.
Carmen Portillo, a Little Rock native and owner of Cocoa Belle Chocolates, produces a variety of artisan truffles and treats. While living abroad in England for a time, Carmen encountered gourmet chocolate truffles prepared by professional chocolatiers. Inspired by their craftmanship and instilled with a desire to learn the trade, she attended the Notter School for Confectionary and Chocolate Arts in Florida and earned a certificate from Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolate Arts.
Carmen says that with Cocoa Belle Chocolates, she seeks to combine her Southern roots with her classical training to create more than a product – an experience – for her customers.
Check out some of Carmen’s top picks for you to ‘wow’ your spouse or significant other this holiday!
Handcrafted Chocolate Truffle
Each truffle highlights a combination of flavors that take chocolate to another level. These are definitely not your box of chocolates you find at the store. Cocoa Belle Chocolates only uses the highest quality of fair-trade and organic ingredients.
Mississippi Mud Pie Bark
Inspired by a Southern favorite, Mississippi Mud Bark has dark chocolate, cacao nibs, marshmallows, toasted walnuts, flaky pie crust with a touch of sea salt.
Chocolate Sauce & Chocolate Butter Collection
In October 2017, Cocoa Belle Chocolate’s made Vogue’s Culinary Collection with these amazing chocolate sauces and chocolate butter. Perfect on desserts, pastries or on a spoon!
Limited-Time Specials for Valentine’s Day
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Special for Valentine’s is the classic chocolate covered strawberry made with the highest quality chocolate. No waxy coating here. You can order with crushed pistachios for an added crunch.
These classic french cookies are decadent and elegant. Featured for Valentine’s is Milk Chocolate Strawberry and Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel.
Cocoa Spiced Pecans
Think the edges of a brownie but a lot better! Cocoa Spiced Pecans are great on ice cream or sprinkle in your morning yogurt.