About:
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

Contact:
Telluride Truffle Website
104 Society Drive, Unit C
Telluride, CO 81435
Off Season Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 3pm
970-728-9565 (local)
866-543-0108 (toll free)

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About:
Over the last 90 years, the “Mile High” city of Denver, Colorado has seen a number of fine chocolate and candy manufacturers come and go, but the candy company founded by Carl T Hammond Sr. in 1920 is one that is still very much in business. At Hammond’s Candies today, we still make candy the way Carl Hammond made it, with the same tempting recipes and same careful craftsmanship. Toffee is still dipped in rich chocolate and hand-rolled in crunchy almonds. Our hard candy is still hand pulled to extra shine and even with all that handwork, we still make and offer hundreds of different candies. Chocolates and creamy caramels fill our showcases, along with lollipops, candy canes, and much, much more. That’s a lot of variety for one small company, but as Carl Hammond taught us, it’s more interesting and more fun!


Contact:

Hammond’s Candies
5735 N Washington Street
Denver, CO 80216
Direct: 303-333-5588
Toll Free: 888-226-3999
Fax: 303-333-5622

Chocolove

About:
Tucked away in Boulder, Colorado sits an unassuming building where a little magic takes place… Every day, decadent chocolate bars are carefully crafted using the timeless combination of chocolate and love.

Chocolove chocolate bars are available in ten distinct flavors that range from a sweet, creamy Milk Chocolate with a 33% cocoa content, up to an Extra Strong Dark with an impressively strong yet smooth 77% cocoa content. Tied to chocolate’s natural counterpart, love, each bar resembles a love letter, complete with a romantic poem.

Chocolove started as the classic entrepreneur story – a dream, a garage, extended credit card debt and loans from friends and family. With its visionary chocolatier, and a solid concept, Chocolove became, and continues to be, a pioneer in the chocolate industry.

Timothy Moley is the founder, owner and chocolatier at Chocolove. A tall and slightly eccentric man, he reminds you a little of Willy Wonka. His laid-back attitude, wry grin, and lanky physique would never lead you to believe he is a man who lives and breathes chocolate, and has been consuming two chocolate bars, every day, for the past ten years. Seriously.

Contact Information:
PO Box 18357
Boulder, CO 80308
ph: 303-786-7888
toll free: 1-888-Chocolove (246-2656)
fx: 303-440-8850

Chocolove Website