Telluride Truffle® began in November, 1997. Well actually, that is when the first truffle was sold. For 6 months before that I was testing different flavorings and giving them to my roommate to judge. She was about 5’6 and 100 pounds and had an unbelievable ability to eat 10 truffles at one sitting. Of course she was a raving lunatic after eating that many – sugar buzz and all, so I don’t recommend doing that … ever. But she was great to have around when you wanted feedback.

The idea for Telluride Truffle® began way before that – when I was the assistant pastry chef at a 4 star hotel in Telluride. The pastry chef at the time (a mad man with a sweet heart) taught me how to make truffles or his rendition of them. Later, after leaving that profession to become one of the managers of a ski school, I would whip up truffles flavored with Jack Daniel’s to take to pot lucks (a favorite past time of locals here.) My friends raved about them and told me to start selling them, but since they were friends – I thought they were greatly biased.

So, one summer evening, I took truffles to a very big party where I didn’t know many people. People were asking who made these chocolate things and then finally some guy yelled, holding one up in the air (the room was packed) “who made this?” So – I figured maybe I should look into this idea of selling them. I had always wanted to start a business – I come from a long line of entrepreneurs – father, brother, grandfather – you get the idea. So – I got some good Belgian chocolate and started experimenting.

Finally I was ready, I packaged them in a little white box with a red ribbon and a chocolate colored tag and went to town during my lunch break with 20 boxes in my back pack and a tray of samples. I went to one real estate office after another. And if you’ve every been to a ski town, you know we have quite a few of these. Actually I only made it to about 5 of them – everyone who tried one, bought a box or two. I was so thrilled and shocked really – you just can’t imagine. I had one more box left and, feeling very empowered by all the good comments, I timidly walked into one of the very best gift stores in town and asked if she would be interested. She took a bite and wanted to know how fast I could get them to her. I went back to work floating. By golly, I thought, this may just work. A good friend of mine very generously rented me her commercial kitchen for a pittance of money and I began making the truffles in quantity.

That was five years ago. And the business has increased every year. Last summer I changed the shape of the truffles to triangular and hired a wonderful local graphic artist who also hired what must be the best package designer in the business and the new packaging was born – a deep black triangular box with a red and gold label (which recently won a very prestigious award in San Francisco). In January of 2002, I left the day job and am now a full time chocolatier.

I’ve been told more than once, and by people who should know, that these are the best truffles they’ve ever had. I have a great deal of respect for many other chocolatiers so I take their comments with MUCH appreciation and humility. Maybe its the loving energy I put into them – that make them so good.

They are fresh. In fact because they do not have waxes or preservatives, they only have a shelf life of 1 month. I and my employees care a great deal about every truffe we make. I sincerely hope you like them as much as I do — and yes, I still eat them. I’ve eaten a great deal of these over the last 5 years and I STILL love them – really …. I’m not just saying that.

Patty Denny
Owner & Chocolatier

Telluride Truffle Website
104 Society Drive, Unit C
Telluride, CO 81435
Off Season Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 3pm
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866-543-0108 (toll free)


It was Christmas 1983 and my best friend Joan came over to bake with me. We baked toffee and cookies and 7-layer bars and caramel corn and rum cakes and so much more. Then, we gave them away to friends, family and neighbors.

As expected, we received many calls of thanks. They liked the toffee. They liked the 7-layer bars. They liked the caramel corn and the cookies. But they were going to CRY if they didn’t get more rum cake.


As the years went by, no matter what was going on in our lives, Joan and I got together every December to bake. We also continued to refine the rum cake every year. (People were already offering us their first-born for these cakes. What more did we want? World cake domination?)

We baked together for 23 years.

But this story takes a sad turn. My best friend, my confidante and my baking buddy, Joan, passed away from cancer in June 2007. Just the previous Christmas, we had talked about selling our cakes one day … and now here I am. I don’t sell the toffee. I don’t sell the 7-layer bars or the cookies. I sell the rum cakes.

I do this in her honor and in gratitude for her friendship.
Enjoy … and be sure to share this cake with your friends!

Contact Information:
Rum Cakes by Kelli Website
1-888-339-CAKE (2253)


About Us:
The majestic Rocky Mountains…long before cowboys, wagon trains, and gold rushes the Rocky Mountains were a vast and unknown territory. Imagine the many generations of people that have journeyed through its rugged terrain.

Beginning in the early 1800’s, adventuresome beaver trappers and traders explored this expansive wilderness, encountered American Indians, and built Forts that still stand today. They were the first from the East to see the Rockies and the lands from the plains to the Pacific. Theirs was a life of wild, exciting, and perilous existence.

During this time, it was not uncommon for the fur traders to carry a supply of rum with them wherever they went. Not only was it used for trading, but for cooking too. One legend has it that on a cold winter’s night, one of these mountain men was enjoying some cake but found it to be too dry. So, he doused it with some of the rum he had been drinking. It was so good he later developed a method of immersing the cakes in rum syrup and used it for trading at outposts all along the Rocky Mountains.

We hope you’ll enjoy our Rocky Mountain Rum Cakes®. Born from a centuries-old handcrafted recipe and perfected with the finest ingredients, each cake is still made the old-fashioned way – in small batches. Every bite takes you back to when the West was wild and the mountain men of the fur trade roamed free.

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8200 S. Quebec St., Suite A3-260
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 799-6094
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