Austin’s artisan chocolate scene is booming.
From bean-to-bar chocolatiers, who focus on nibbling just a little bit of business away from Hershey’s, to intricate truffle makers crafting the most delicate, beautiful bites, we have lots of options when it comes to getting our cacao fix, and this month, another entrepreneur steps into the ring.Tessa Halstead, the daughter of the founder of Morgen Chocolate in Dallas, started making confections as a teenager at her dad’s shop, which sold European-style chocolates to upscale clients throughout Texas, including Neiman Marcus and Dean & Deluca.
Morgen Chocolate is now closed, but Halstead is carrying on her father’s traditions in her new store Chocolaterie Tessa, which opened last week at 7425 Burnet Road. The store (512-200-2837, chocolaterietessa.com) will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Halstead’s store features an open layout so customers can watch the chocolate-making process, which for some pieces includes a pass through the same specialty chocolate-coating enrober machine that her dad purchased for his company in 1984, the year she was born.
She’ll sell boxed chocolates, seasonal chocolate moulds, chocolate-covered nuts, pâte de fruits (fruit jelly candies) and other treats, including several signature Morgen Chocolate products. Early next year, Halstead plans to add chocolate-making and -pairing classes.
In other chocolate news, Cocoa Puro’s Tom Pederson is celebrating 10 years of his chocolate-covered cocoa beans. A decade later, Pedersen reports that he has hand-rolled more than 3 million of those delicious little beans, a staple of the downtown farmers markets at Republic Square Park.
Also, Nicole Patel has opened her long-anticipated, state-of-the-art production facility for Delysia Chocolatier out in Northwest Austin. The 2,000-square-foot Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center will host several events this holiday season, including a family-friendly activity day on Dec. 7, where kids can make their own chocolate bars. You can find out more at facebook.com/delysia.choc.