Chocolaterie Tessa is an artisan chocolatier based in Austin, Texas. For more than 30 years, our family has handcrafted premium chocolates using the finest ingredients, combining both classic and modern flavors to create delicious chocolates we know you’ll love.
Our specialties are boxed assortments and exquisite moulded chocolates made from our vast collection of antique European moulds. Our boxed chocolates feature a selection of truffles, ganaches, caramels and real fruit jelly candies. To create each piece, we use the highest quality French and Belgian chocolate with fresh butter, cream, real fruit, spices and premium liqueurs. We never use artificial
Operating as usual
Chocolaterie Tessa is Closing - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/chocolaterie-tessa-is-closing
If you’re looking for a no-cook meal option for Mother’s Day, look no further! The Vanilla Orchid is a highly regarded catering company and our delightful neighbors! We love their food and were excited to work together to create this special meal paired with our chocolates 💗
Announcing a special Mother's Day partnership with Chocolaterie Tessa, Gym Studios Austin, and Austin's Couch Potatoes to bring you special gift & meal pairings from local businesses. Reserve gifts while supplies last. Exactly 1 week before the Thursday 5/7
Mom Needs Chocolate More Than Ever - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/mom-needs-chocolate-more-than-ever
Radical Transparency Update 🐰🐣 Tessa's Three Things - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/radical-transparency-updatetessas-three-things
You Answered Our Call! - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/you-answered-our-call
Radical Transparency: What it Takes to Keep Making Chocolate - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/radical-transparency-what-it-takes-to-keep-making-chocolate
A MESSAGE FROM TESSA:
A little more than 5 years ago, this photo was taken of me putting the sign on our storefront door announcing our opening for the very first time. Today, I closed my store to walk-ins (but we are still "open." More on that below...). Over the last few days, my team and I have worked together to put a plan in place that will help sustain our business through this tough time. Many of you have asked how you can support us:
- All of our regular products are in-stock and we have Easter items ready NOW! Pre-order online for pick-up or let us know if you'd like to hold the order for a later date.
- Curbside Pick-Up is available, along with Local Delivery and Shipping services.
- Gift Cards are available online! Redeem at any time.
- #ShopSmall with your other favorite local businesses. Like their posts, share them, and send them an encouraging note. Your feedback and kindness is so appreciated at this time.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for loving our chocolates and wanting to keep Chocolaterie Tessa as a part of your lives. We love what we do and we intend to keep doing it. 💙
Photos: Matt Halstead, Inti St. Clair, Claire McCormack Hogan
I love sharing chocolate related news on Facebook and I am pretty excited to hear about more 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' along with other Roald Dahl stories coming to Netflix. Taika Waititi was behind What We Do in the Shadows alongside 'Flight of the Conchord's' Jemaine Clement, so I dare say we will have some quirky humor. What do you think? Will anything ever top the original?
Thank you to the Austin American-Statesman for the lovely write-up featuring our #RubyChocolate collection! These boxes have been flying off the shelves since then, so if you want to try Ruby this Valentine's Day, be sure to get your orders placed online for pick-up or delivery!
austin360.com Ruby chocolate is bringing a little more color to Valentine's Day lately. After years of gifting milk, dark and white chocolate, you might jazz up the
Easy, Breezy Valentine Ordering - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/easy-breezy-valentine-ordering
We’re open @domainnorthside! Check out our stories for a look at the shop, located right between @amazonbooks and @sephora on Rock Rose!
Bruce has picked out his Valentine already, have you? Pre-order your selection online and select “Local Pickup” during checkout to make sure you get exactly what you want before the rush!
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This Month Only 💘 Chocolate Returns to Domain Northside - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/this-month-only-chocolate-returns-to-domain-northside
Who’s ready to try #Ruby chocolate? We’ve been playing around with the fourth type of chocolate and are excited to release a new Ruby bon bon for Valentine’s Day! Comment below if you’ve tried it or plan to get some for your sweetie!
Austin and surrounding areas are expecting severe storms and hail this afternoon. For the safety of our staff, we'll be closing at 3 pm on Friday Jan. 10th. Stay safe out there!
Here’s to buying local and escaping the mall! Unwind with a free sample and check off those gift lists! We’re open 11-4 Saturday and 11-3 Sunday through Christmas.
Planning your weekend shopping trips? We’ll be open Saturday AND Sunday until Christmas:
Saturdays 11-4 pm
Sundays 11-3 pm
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Now I just need some sliiiightly cooler weather to accompany my Christmas tunes, please and thank you.
This is a SHORT holiday season folks which means that shipping and ordering deadlines are much earlier this year across the board. Don’t delay, start thinking about those gift lists today!
Have y’all seen our new Flavors page on our website? We wanted to make it easy for you to find the flavors you love online... AND! we’ve added a printed Flavor Guide that now accompanies each box. We hope you love it.
Thanksgiving is just ONE WEEK away! I don’t know about you, but I love that my husband cooks and all I have to do is bring home chocolate. If you’re like me and need to show up to the table with something sweet, our Filled Pumpkins and Cornucopias are the perfect hostess gift and the Turkey Pops are a great gift to put at each place setting. Swipe ➡️ to see these beauties! @ Chocolaterie Tessa
Reflecting on FIVE YEARS of @chocolaterietessa! It’s been a crazy ride that has stretched me and shaped me into a stronger and more resilient person. I’ve made sacrifices like time with my kids but I’ve also gained a new work family that I love with all of my heart (see last pic for some of those lovelies!). I am grateful for the support of customers who appreciate what we do and for whom we’ve been able to make weddings, anniversaries and holidays more meaningful. Thank you to everyone who has supported us with a purchase, referral or a “like”. It all adds up and I am immensely thankful for you. @ Chocolaterie Tessa
THANK YOU for 5 Years! - https://mailchi.mp/chocolaterietessa/thank-you-for-5-years
AWARD WINNER SPOTLIGHT: Matcha Truffle! We won a Silver Medal at this year's @chocawards for this piece and couldn't be more proud. The husband and wife team behind @localleafatx are so dedicated to their craft and to yaupon that they went to Japan to learn how to make traditional matcha using the native Texas leaf. The result is beautiful in color, texture and flavor and we are honored to get to use this special local ingredient in our (now) award-winning confection! Thank you to @localleafatx and to those of you who have tried and loved this piece! It’s back in stock now so come and get one while they last!
Happy WORKAversary to Jess! Jess has been an integral part of the @chocolaterietessa team for 4 YEARS! Jess came in to interview with me in the hot, hot summer of 2015 and brought me Buckeyes, a nod to her chocolate skills and her home state of Ohio. I was impressed that she cared enough to make something ahead of her interview, AND that she was thoughtful enough to keep them cold in transit! Plus, they were good, so it was a standout for sure.
Our first encounter was a great preview to the following four years. You are sweet, thoughtful, conscientious, hardworking, fun, and so much more! I can't imagine the last four years without you here at @chocolaterietessa and I am truly grateful for each and every day that you have been a part of my life.
For those of you who have met Jess (and maybe mistaken her for me, we do look alike!) give her a shout in the comments! @ Chocolaterie Tessa
Banana Caramel is back in stock! For those who are skeptics, this is no “fake banana” 🍌 First, we make a caramel, then deglaze with real bananas and finally blend with white, milk and dark chocolate in a beautiful marblized shell. This is another @chocawards medal winner and fan favorite! Tell us in the comments if you’ve tried it!
Meet this year’s Silver Medalist at the @chocawards: our Milk Chocolate Salted Butter Caramel! This is our third year winning a medal for this piece and I have to say, it’s rewarding given all the time it took to perfect this recipe. When I first started recipe testing in my tiny apartment, I can’t even count how many burnt and overflowing batches of caramels it took me to hone in on this most perfect caramel. I spent a year tweaking the temperatures, ingredients, ratios and method before I found something I loved consistently. This is a “Brittany”-style caramel which means it’s a cream based caramel vs. a sugary caramel. And of course, we use Brittany Grey Sea Salt from this region in France. Have you tried our Milk Chocolate Salted Butter Caramel?
Missing our chocolates? We’ve got about a week left of vacation so if you simply can’t wait, head on over to our partners at @austincheeseco! They’ve got a brand new shop at the Arboretum fully stocked with our bon bons! Stop in for lunch, grab a wedge from their extensive cheese collection, and get your chocolates too!
We’re going on vacation tomorrow (Friday)! Come stop by before close of business Friday and get HALF OFF most of our remaining inventory from boxed chocolates to moulds. We’ll be closed until August 5th so stock up while you can!
Raise your hand if you can’t wait to see the chocolate episode in color! 🙋🏻♀️
PINK PEPPERCORN is the first in our award-winner spotlight. We created this piece for Valentine’s Day 💕 and started with the idea of including something a little spicy in the collection for the fiery romantics out there. Using a pink ingredient was a plus and of course we had to make it in the shape of a heart 💗 This piece was an immediate customer favorite and sold out way more than we anticipated! We even had several folks write to us to ask about the flavor which was really exciting. This piece took Bronze at the @chocawards alongside winners from Mexico, Peru, Brazil and the USA!
As my son would say, “Again, again, again, again!” We won again! The team and I are so proud of the 4 awards that we took home from this year’s International @chocawards.
This past year we made it a priority to put out our best ever lineup of seasonal flavors. Since we thought they were so good, we wanted to enter them into the competition along with our signature Salted Butter Caramels to get the judges’ feedback.
The judges of @chocawards are some of the world’s most respected chocolate experts: people who have made chocolate a career as reviewers, professors, authors and industry professionals. It is so gratifying that these folks thought our chocolates worthy of 3 Silver medals and a Bronze. We are even more proud of our awards given the caliber of the competitors who are some of the industry’s best from all over the Americas.
We’ll be profiling the @chocolaterietessa winners this week so stay tuned for more in-depth stories about our winning flavors and see the full list of winners via the link in our profile!
Carrot Crunch Lizards just in time for Father’s Day! 🦎
Father’s Day is coming right up! Pop in to the shop to check out our sporty treats for the main man in your life! ⚽️🏀⚾️🏈
Happy Mother’s Day! I am especially grateful that I get to spend today with my own mother as she helps us make the transition from family of 3 to family of 4! I hope all of you moms out there have a wonderful, relaxing day! And may it be filled with chocolate 😉
Matt and I are overjoyed to announce the arrival of Bruce William Halstead born in the evening on May 6, 2019. Everyone is happy and healthy which makes for a wonderful Mother’s Day ahead!
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