It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest decisions can change your life. I sat down with Laurie Douglass of Laurie’s Chocolates this week and learned how her Bucks County, PA based chocolate company was created.
Ten years ago Laurie Douglass decided to take a chocolate making class while vacationing in South Carolina with her family. It was fun. Laurie discovered she liked working with chocolate…really, really liked it. The rest is history as they say. Delicious chocolate dipped, covered, and filled history.
She headed back home to Ohio and started making chocolates. In the beginning Laurie gave the treats away to friends and family. They were so well received she thought, “I could sell these”. Laurie sought out chocolate classes in Dayton and Cincinnati and Columbus and took them all. She honed her skills and began using the finest quality Guittard Belgian-style chocolate to make her confections. Today Laurie sources local cream, butter, and even locally produced wine for her truffles, barks and bars.
When I visited her chocolate studio this week she was busy making a Ohio favorite, the “buckeye”. She happily educated this former Jersey girl as to its origin. A buckeye, named after the state tree of Ohio, is a peanut butter confection dipped in chocolate. She had several orders to fill from her former home state for March Madness Ohio State fans.
With Easter just a hop, skip and a jump away, Laurie is busy making bunnies, crosses and a fun new treat she is offering – truffle pops.
After the busy Easter season, you’ll be able to find Laurie’s Chocolates at the Ottsville Farmers’ Market and various local and regional food events. Laurie is a great supporter of the community and regularly donates her time and chocolates to local fundraisers and charities including the Gourmet Getaway and the Travis Manion Foundation. I had a great time chatting with her and enjoyed hearing her chocolate story.
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