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Find­ing the Per­fect Cho­co­late

RSWLiving - - Department­s - BY PA­TRI­CIA LETAKIS Pa­tri­cia Letakis is the ed­i­tor-in-chief for TOTI Me­dia.

Nor­man Love may be among the most out­stand­ing choco­latiers in Florida, but one look at the choco­lates in his dis­play case and it be­comes clear that not only is he a master of the swirling silk sweet, but the man has an artis­tic bent that makes his con­fec­tions look like works of art. Be it gold flecks or a splash of color, be it a round shape or a heart, be it shiny or matte, his choco­lates re­ally wow the eye—and the taste buds. Love uses co­coa from far-flung places like Tan­za­nia, Ghana, Peru and Venezuela to make his Black sin­gle-ori­gin dark cho­co­late. His milk cho­co­late cre­ations sur­prise with each bite, re­veal­ing fla­vors like a caramelize­d Ba­nanas Fos­ter, a cof­fee-in­fused Caramel Mac­chi­ato or a tart Pis­ta­chio Cherry.

This spring the Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions choco­latiers have cre­ated some ex­tra-spe­cial choco­lates to honor moms on their spe­cial day, May 10. The pie-shaped, pas­tel-col­ored wedges come in fla­vors such as Cherry Cheese­cake, Cho­co­late Dipped Straw­berry, Cup of Tea and Root Beer Float.

Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions is a great place to find hand­crafted ar­ti­sanal choco­lates for any oc­ca­sion, from wed­dings to gift-giv­ing hol­i­days or just be­cause you want a lux­u­ri­ous cho­co­late in­dul­gence. His shops also fea­ture pas­tries and desserts.

An­other ad­di­tion to his sweets se­lec­tion is Ar­ti­san Gelato. Visi­tors can en­joy the frozen dessert known for its in­tense fla­vors, ar­ti­san pre­sen­ta­tion and nu­tri­tious value. The au­then­tic hand­made Ital­ian gelato is made daily without preser­va­tives and pro­duced with the same cre­ativ­ity and in­tegrity that goes into his choco­lates. Love trained with se­cond- and third-gen­er­a­tion gelato-mak­ers to en­sure that his prod­uct is al­ways au­then­tic.

The Fort My­ers–based choco­latier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a lead­ing con­sumer rat­ings magazine, in­clud­ing recog­ni­tion six times for pro­duc­ing the best ul­tra-pre­mium choco­lates in the na­tion. Forbes.com in­cluded Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions Black line on its list of the na­tion’s top 10 truf­fles; The Huff­in­g­ton Post listed it among the six best United States des­ti­na­tions in its Cho­co­late Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 en­trepreneur­s for 2014.

Through a part­ner­ship launched last year, Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions choco­lates and desserts are now of­fered on 18 Princess Cruises ships through the “Cho­co­late Jour­neys” part­ner­ship.

Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions cho­co­late sa­lon is lo­cated at 11380 Lind­bergh Blvd, off Daniels Park­way east of In­ter­state-75. Ar­ti­san Gelato by Nor­man Love is next door to the Fort My­ers cho­co­late sa­lon. Other Nor­man Love Con­fec­tions cho­co­late sa­lons are lo­cated in Miro­mar Out­lets in Es­tero and in Park­shore Cen­ter at 3747 Tami­ami Trail N. in Naples.

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