A young woman by the name of Anne stopped in to Chocolate Falls in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, one recent Saturday afternoon. I was there gathering information for this article when I overheard Anne talking to Nancy, a shop associate. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation and, when they were finished, I walked over to Anne and asked if she’d mind sharing her story with me.
Here’s what she told me:
Last year her husband bought her a box of Chocolate Falls truffles. He ended up eating half of them himself. Now, that’s not unusual for some of us. However, this guy, according to Anne, is definitely not a chocolate person. Anne was back in the shop to pick up another assortment of truffles, including salted caramel and black cherry. She was going to get enough truffles for both herself and her husband.
There’s no doubt that the signature piece of Chocolate Falls is the truffle. The flavors that are stocked regularly, besides the two mentioned earlier, are chocolate, Crème de Menthe, Rum Chatta, raspberry and Habanero Pepper. As you might assume, a box of the latter is popular to give as a “guy gift.” I tried the Habanero Pepper truffle and it’s quite good. It offers a sweet, smooth start and a tiny bite as a finish (just enough to let you know you’ve been treated to something unusual).
There are the seasonal truffles, of course, such as Pumpkin Spice for the fall, green shamrocks for St. Paddy’s day and pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Week. You can probably imagine what’s offered for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You probably don’t know just how good these truffles taste.
Chocolate Falls also has other sweets, such as giant marshmallows covered in dark chocolate and tipped with white chocolate and sprinkles. These marshmallow birthday cakes on a stick include candles that can be lit. The shop’s peanut butter Buckeyes were a huge success during the Falls’ Memorial Day Fest in 2017. In case you’re wondering why shop owner Dawn Damico sells, in Wisconsin, a candy that’s popular in Ohio, it’s because she always likes to provide something different.
Yes, sugar-free chocolate is available. I sampled the dark chocolate almond bark and it’s delicious. It also comes in white chocolate and with pecans or plain. This particular chocolate comes from Mackinaw City and is made by a vendor from scratch, as in starting with the cocoa bean itself. Most importantly, this sugar-free candy meets Dawn’s high chocolate standards.
What I especially like about Chocolate Falls is Dawn’s creativity in making, presenting and packaging her candy. Several examples I’d like to share with you are the Green Bay Packer box and the family reunion party favor. The Packer box has dark and milk chocolate footballs, chocolate cheese wedges, chocolate-dipped pretzel rods and a good-sized piece of chocolate molded into the State of Wisconsin. Keying off the Wisconsin chocolate bar, someone planning a family reunion could order the candy and have Dawn add a small red heart on each piece to show Milwaukee or, perhaps, the location of the family reunion. Now that is one cute idea.
Dawn molds her chocolates into many different shapes for special occasions and holidays. As examples, she offered chocolate fire engines, mustaches and motorcycles for Father’s Day. Her special molds can be included in the corporate, wedding, new baby, birthday and anniversary gift baskets that she puts together. In fact, she just signed her first contract with a business to make chocolate bars out of its logo. (Congratulations, Dawn!)
Chocolate Falls Special Services
• Groups can sell the chocolates as fundraisers. (Aren’t you tired of Christmas wreaths and pizza?)
• Chocolate Falls creates sweet tables for special occasions and parties.
• Dawn teaches candy-making classes for adults and for children.
• Handmade gift cards and handmade greeting cards are available.
For more information, please call Dawn Damico at (414) 551-8083.
~ Kimberly Hughes
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