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Like Your Valentine, This Chocolate Salami Is More Than Meets The Eye

Chocolate Salami makes a totally original V-Day gift. And, like your sweetie, it is more than just cute.

Yes, we love that it's all wrapped up in butcher paper and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. But it also lives up to its visual promise, with awesome texture and incredible flavor in each slice. Dates, figs and marzipan give it a sticky, chewy sweetness, and the dark chocolate and cocoa nibs keep it firmly grounded in pure, rich chocolate

Yep, no pork! Made ya look.

This "salami" is just one of the eyebrow-raising varieties of high-quality, enchanting chocolate treats concocted by cocoa sorceress Chef Katherine Clapner at Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Her “Potions” (Tequila Spiked Chocolate Sauce aka “One Night Stand Potion” and Bourbon Spiked Chocolate Sauce aka “Break Up Potion”) especially tend to spellbind, with their seductive, not-too-sweet combo of liquors or wine, agave syrup, honey, cane sugar, Valrhona cocoa powder and chocolate.

Clapner wasn’t born with magical powers, though – she doesn’t even hail from the kingdom of chocolate. She crossed over from the land of pastry, where she worked her magic for more than 20 years. She served as Executive Pastry Chef at Stephan Pyles’ restaurants, working directly with the fifth-generation Texan and New American Cuisine pioneer, and did stints at the Savoy in London, Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans and other renowned restaurants. 

Having sufficiently conquered the realm of pastry, Clapner decided it was time to settle into a chocolate-y takeover. The idea came to her where many great ideas are born – at a dive bar called Lee Harvey’s located just south of downtown Dallas, Texas. She started by pushing her chocolate wares at farmers markets until eventually deciding to open a store in 2009. Dude, Sweet Chocolate was officially born, and Clapner got to work flexing her sweet skills in new and challenging ways to create chocolate confections that are consciously un-precious. Dude, Sweet is all about the eating. 

This whimsical Chocolate Salami looks so much like the real deal but is all sweetness. The perfect gift for your valentine who is also more than meets the eye.

Looking for more Valentine's Day gift ideas? Eat your heart out with our gift guide for every kissing Mouth.

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