Here is the list of vendors who are expected to participate in the 2017 Chocolate Festival. Check back soon as the list of those participating are being added on a regular basis.
Dave's Candy Kitchen
Dave's Candy Kitchen is located in Fairfax, Virginia. For Dave, it's been a hobby for years. Then it went out of control. He's been making candy for 25 years to give to friends and family for the holidays and now it is offered to you. His favorite is Butter Almond Crunch. It is an English toffee candy made with fresh creamery butter and chopped toasted almonds, coated with real milk chocolate and finally coated with more toasted almonds. It is nothing short of heavenly. Also, try the dark chocolate pretzels, nonpareils, chocolate bark, and turtles. Featured at this year's Festival will be butter almond toffee, coconut cashew toffee, chocolate bark, chocolate pretzels and an assortment of milk and dark chocolate candies.
Fluffy Thoughts Bakery was conceived in the year 2000, when a friend suggested that owner Lara Stuckey combine her two passions, art and baking, into a real business. While in graduate school, Lara worked part-time at DC-based bakery Cakelove. While at Cakelove, Lara observed the bakery business first-hand, and attributes much of her training under local entrepreneur and baker Warren Brown. Fluffy Thoughts opened at 1320 Old Chain Bridge Road in McLean in 2010. With a talent and background in art, Lara infuses sculpture, color, and design into each cake, and customizes her creations based on customer requests. At the festival, Fluffy Thoughts will be offering various chocolate cupcakes, cake pops, fudge brownies, chocolate cookies, rice krispie treats with chocolate, and coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate.
Sweetbites began in 2010 as one of the region’s original mobile food trucks (the “Sweetbitestruck") serving gourmet baked goods in the finest neighborhoods of DC and Northern VA. The truck has earned a loyal following among customers in the Washington, DC area. We take pride in using the finest natural ingredients to create delicious, decadent desserts with a creative and flavorful twist. Our healthy cafe menu is made of fresh, wholesome gourmet-to-go breakfast and lunch offerings.Try our irresistible and distinctive cakes, tarts, cookies, and cupcakes which are available for special order or to make your occasion extra special. Visit their website by clicking here.
Seasons 52 Restaurant, Tysons
Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list in a casually-sophisticated ambiance. For the McLean Chocolate Festival they will be showcasing many of their favorite chocolate desserts. At Seasons 52 we pride ourselves on offering our guests seasonally-inspired dining choices expertly designed to excite and surprise the palate (including delightful chocolate dessert treats), an award-winning international wine list featuring diverse wine selections that personalize the dining experience, knowledgeable, approachable service that inspires confidence, and a casually-sophisticated adult ambiance that feels inviting to all. Visit their website by clicking here.
Chesterbrook Residents is celebrating their 8th anniversary and currently operates the only mixed income, non-profit, assisted living community in Fairfax County. The vision of the community came together with the assistance of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and Temple Rodef Shalom to develop Chesterbrook Residences. The community is located next to Longfellow Middle School on Westmoreland Street in Falls Church. The award-winning Chesterbrook Residences provides peace of mind for its residents and their family members. Knowing that loved ones are well taken care of in a loving, comfortable community that offers around the clock care makes Chesterbrook Residences a truly one-of-a-kind assisted living facility. The Executive Chef at Chesterbrook Residences is back with his famous Chocolate Pecan Pie, Homemade Fudge, Godiva No Bake Cookies, and many other items. Visit their website by clicking here.
Lewinsville Retirement Residences
The Lewinsville is a 143 unit garden apartment complex in McLean affiliated with the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church. The community is designed to meet the needs of the elderly. Lewinsville's manager of Dining Services, Donna Bolton, and her staff are bringing some of their favorite chocolate deserts to share at this year's festival.
Cameron's Coffee and Chocolates
Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates is the first business enterprise of the non-profit foundation, Every1 Can Work. We opened our doors at 9639 Fairfax Blvd. (Lee Highway) in Fairfax officially on October 1, 2013. Guilt-free chocolate was once just a dream for lovers of sweetness everywhere, but with Cameron’s Chocolates it is here! Our remarkable chocolates are made with love and devotion by a wonderful group of young adults and volunteers. These young adults have been dealt some wild cards, which add challenges to their daily lives. Some were born with genetic disorders, some with Autism, and some with undefined intellectual or physical disabilities. But they all share a love of life and an appreciation of what it means to have meaningful employment at Cameron’s Chocolates. We promise you’ll taste the love in every single bite. Cameron's will be offering chocolate candy and baked goods from their shop. Visit their website by clicking here.
Mike's Fudge is from Burke, Va and participates in many local school and community festivals. Mike sells delicious fudge in a variety of flavors including Chocolate Peanut
Butter, Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cheesecake, Butter
Pecan, Cookies n Creme, Pecan Turtle, French Vanilla. we also sell special holiday and seasonal flavors of fudge. We also make Wedding Cakes, Party Cakes, Cake-Pops ~ the Cake on a Stick ~ in assorted flavors and designs. Visit their website by clicking here.
The Chocolatier's PaletteFor more than a decade, I’ve been making gourmet fudge in small batches for family and friends at the holidays. I’ve always delighted in their reactions to tasting my artisanal treats, and continually invent new flavors to surprise them. They have noted, “The flavors you come up with are so creative and delicious!” “I wait all year to savor every piece.” “I hide the fudge so my kids don’t get to it first….” While our Belgian chocolate contains the emulsifier soy lecithin to prevent the cocoa butter from separating from the cocoa mass, all of our listed products are naturally gluten-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. In addition, we make our dairy-based, and on occasion, vegan gourmet fudge in small batches in a licensed, commercial kitchen* in Maryland that complies with all state laws. We also use only FDA-approved packaging. Visit their website by clicking here.
Chocotenango offers a range of small batch, artisanal, hand made chocolates including truffles, molded chocolates, bars, bean to bar,chocolate covered fruits and nuts and hot cocoa mix. We use only fresh ingredients with no artificial flavorings, coloring or preservatives. Our flavors are bold, both savory and sweet, but not overwhelming. You are sure to enjoy these delicious creations made by Master chocolatier and co-owner Ismael Neggaz, a native of Algiers, Algeria, In 2008, he was awarded first place at the 13th International Gastronomy Festival of Guatemala for chocolate. In 2015, Chef Neggaz was awarded a bronze at the International Chocolate Awards (Americas/Asia Pacific region) in the milk chocolate bar with inclusion or pieces category. As Chef Ismael says, "in chocolate making, I found a home". Visit their website by clicking here.
Robeks Juice of McLean
At Robeks, every choice you make is a good one! You can trust us to make delicious, good-for-you smoothies and juices using only the best fruits, fresh vegetables, and natural ingredients. We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste for a healthy alternative – or health for a tasty one. We make it easy and enjoyable to take good care of yourself. Whatever you choose is guaranteed to be as nutritious as it is tasty and delicious. A small choice at Robeks makes a big difference. Trust Robeks to create hand-crafted, great-tasting, nutritious alternatives that will keep you energized and satisfied. Visit their website by clicking here.
Le Papiyon Chocolatier
Le Papiyon opened its doors in 2014 and proudly serves the entire Washington D.C. and Metropolitan region. We specialize in the art of custom chocolate and event designs by seamlessly integrating beautiful, colors, shapes, textures, and patterns to create customized displays for every celebration. We work closely with our clients every step of the way to ensure truly memorable outcomes that every guest will remember for a lifetime. Le Papiyon takes custom party planning and delivery to an entirely epic level. View their website by clicking here.
Sugar Mama's Ice Cream
Located in Fairfax, VA, and Occoquan, VA, we're the only ones serving up delicious handmade ice cream. It's the old fashion scoopable kind we all grew up on. No soft serve or frozen yogurt here! Local family owned and operated. You don't shut down in the winter, why should we? Ice cream is yummy anytime or season, especially chocolate. Visit their website by clicking here.
Sahara Date Company
Add chocolate to dates? The Sahara Date Company can do just that. Two cousins – Maile Ramzi and Jean Houpert – founded Sahara Date Company with the simple goal of bringing the highest quality, most delectable Saudi Dates to the people in the United States. Maile’s love of dates began years ago when her Egyptian husband introduced her to the mouth watering fruit of the palm tree. Her taste for dates grew when she and her family moved to Saudi Arabia – a place where date palms and date shops abound and where the fruit has cultural and dietary significance. Working with a distributor with some of the oldest date farms in the world, Sahara Date Company provides a variety of premium dates straight from the Saudi oasis. They are confident their dates will delight customers of all cultural backgrounds, whether one is trying dates for the first time or if you have been eating dates all your life. View their website by clicking here.
ShoSho Couture: Community, Cupcakes, and More, is a new cupcake business in Northern Virginia that uses pudding mix in their custom batter. Owner, Shalonda A. Scott, aka ShoSho, is a hobbyist-turned-professional baker who has built her brand since 2010 through word-of-mouth and social media. ShoSho Couture has been claimed as “the-best cupcake-I-ever-ate” for her quality, presentation, and packaging. ShoSho Couture offers small cakes, cupcakes and cake balls for many occasions, such as baby & bridal showers, birthdays, receptions, holiday events, and school functions. ShoSho Couture LLC is part of the Frontier Kitchen incubator community, and aspires to expand to a storefront, offering a summer leadership training program for young adults, and other entrepreneurial opportunities. Follow ShoSho Couture via Facebook: ShoSho Couture and Instagram: shosho.couture.
The Shameless Bakery
The Shameless Bakery is a new bakery in the northern Virginia area that creates traditional, gourmet, and alcohol-flavored baked goods. The bakery sources their ingredients from local producers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. For the McLean Chocolate Festival the bakery will be highlighting Bad Wolf Brewing Company's Claire's Vanilla Porter beer in their chocolate stout cake named "The Impossible Cupcake." The bakery will also provide a rich, hot chocolate- inspired cupcake called "Michelle's Hot Chocolate" that infuses creme de menthe into the chocolate cake and is topped with an Irish cream flavored chocolate frosting. For more information on The Shameless Bakery please visit their website at www.TheShamelessBakery.com.
At HoneyCakes Desserts, we love cheesecakes...and we like cocktails. Some of us really like cocktails (to love cocktails could be a bit much). So why not fuse two passions into a heavenly mouthwatering dessert? A harmonious marriage of decadent flavors, with a splash of personality sweet, tangy, creamy cheesecake with graham cracker crust. We are offering Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake with Raspberry Schnapps gel, Cheesecake topped with Dark Chocolate Mousse infused with Bailey’s Irish Creme, and White Chocolate Cheesecake topped with Blueberry Schnapps gel. Give into the temptation.