Dude, Sweet Chocolate, the city's sauciest chocolatier, has opened up a new permanent store at 1925 Greenville Avenue, just down from the new Truck Yard and Trader Joe's. The spot quietly opened Friday and will have a grand opening this Friday at 7 p.m.
Katherine Clapner opened her first little shop of dark chocolate confections in the Bishop Arts District back in 2009, after serving as executive pastry chef at Stephan Pyles' eponymous restaurant. Last year she opened a store in Fort Worth and a temporary spot in Preston Center for Christmas. The latter has since closed. Good news, though, is that this new spot on Greenville Ave. is permanent.
"I'm ecstatic about this spot," says Klapner. "We only just opened on Friday and it already has a neighborhood feel, which is exactly what we want. Just like the Bishop location, we want it to have that neighborhood energy."
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If you haven't had the pleasure of trying the Dude's chocolate before, you should know they only sell the dark variety. Everything is made from scratch in-house. The product line is self-described as "fluid" and seasonal.
Staple ingredients include fudges, truffles, toffees and nuts. Crack-in-a-Box is highly sought after. Liquid potions include One Night Stand, Break-Up potion and Dr. Stranglove. A newer product is FDA Chocolate Vegetarian Salami, made with whole meedjoul dates and ground dried figs, tossed with marzipan and Valrohna coca nibs. Say that three times fast. It's packaged like salami and is good with meat and cheese platters.
For the holiday season they're putting a big focus on gift packages. And more recently Clapner has introduced several new products including a Blackstrap Molasses Fudge with pecans and black strap rum, as well as an apple pie moonshine. There's also a new pumpkin bread spread called Pumpkin Head.
The hours at the Greenville Ave. store are Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.