Martha Stewart | AMERICAN MADE 2015 FOOD FINALIST, CocoAndré Chocolatier Since 2009

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CocoAndre is an artisan chocolatier with more than 30 years experience. We produce exquisitely handcrafted collections of truffles, barks and chocolate-dipped fresh fruits. We use only premium, ultra-fresh ingredients. CocoAndre also specializes in moulded chocolates. Our best-seller is a size 6 chocolate pump with a Lououtine-inspired red sole filled with truffles. Our chocolate pumps have literally crossed the globe!

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Our shop is located in a post-Victorian house in the hipster Bishop Arts District of Dallas. The storefront includes a window where customers can view the craft of chocolate making. The shop also features an antique ship lap wall. Our interior spaces have been crafted by a local female wood smith. It’s a beautiful space to enjoy chocolate.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

What inspires me most are my childhood chocolate memories. My craft allows me to recreate the emotion and joy felt when sipping hot chocolate at my first communion in Mexico. It gives me enormous pleasure to create special chocolate memories for my clients. I also enjoy researching chocolate culinary traditions from around the world and experimenting with new flavors and textures – especially from Latin America.

WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT?

Our customer service is second to none. We treat each client like a beloved family member. Each customer is important to us. Every order, regardless of how large or small, is important to us. We have a loyal client following, many of whom drive more than an hour for the CocoAndre chocolate experience.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Don't stress - things will happen as they are meant to be.

HOW HAVE YOU USED SOCIAL MEDIA TO START AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS?

We use social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, to promote specials, events and new creations. We offer occasional client contests and discounts through Instagram. Social media allows us to quickly connect to and maintain relationships with clients.

WHAT DOES AMERICAN MADE MEAN TO YOU?

American made means a product made with quality, pride and passion. Especially passion! It also means that after working for another chocolate maker for 25 years, I finally realized the dream to open my own shop and employ my two daughters and three talented female team members. CocoAndre is one of the first owner-occupied businesses in the Dallas Bishop Arts District. I am proud of that. Last, American made means that with hard work and perseverance, dreams do come true.

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