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We love working with the freshest and most un-adulterated ingredients possible. Raw berries from California and Michigan, fresh herbs and specialty ingredients imported from all over the world. We take pride in finding the best ingredients because they create the best flavors.

Quick Introduction to Sugar Love

Sugar Love Chocolates uses real ingredients from around the world to create unique flavor combinations. We pride ourselves on creating imaginative chocolates to always bring you something new to experience. A distinctive gift for any occasion, send some Sugar Love today! 

We also have a retail location in the Basement of the Old Post Office in downtown Reno, Nevada at 50 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501. Hours are Monday through Sunday 9am-6pm. You can always order online here and choose to pick up at the retail location for free so your purchase will be ready for you!

In 2019 - early into our fourth year, we were named best chocolate shop in the state of Nevada as well as receiving the "Swimming Upstream" award from the Nevada Business Magazine, an award for women small business owners. We've been featured numerous times in local as well as national publications. Take a look at our About page for links. 

 

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Valentine's Day History and the Tradition

Valentine's Day History and the Tradition

"Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?" This is a question we hear every year, especially from frazzled new lovers who were unaware their significant others placed so much importance on this day.

It’s the time to spread a little sweet affection, whether that means giving yourself some love, or sharing a tender moment with a beau. These things can be done any time of year, but there’s a something special about giving someone a box of chocolates or a sweet Valentine’s Day card (or maybe it’s just all the paper hearts pasted in every window).

Either way, for many folks, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to share something sweet with that sweet person in your life (even if that’s yourself!). The romantic holiday originally had roots in the Catholic Church, where legend says a St. Valentine married young lovers in secret after Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young soldiers. Other stories claim the saint was arrested for helping Christian prisoners from Roman prisons. It’s during this time that allegedly Valentine wrote a note to a young lady he had fallen in love with, signed as “From your Valentine,” a phrase still used today.

The tradition to share love notes and other affectionate letters in February became common as early as 1400 B.C. Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day in the fifth century, cementing the tradition.

Even if you’re not a fan of sappy Hallmark cards, Valentine’s Day is still a lovely way to show those special people in your life just how much you love them. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a box of chocolate?

 

 

Source: history.com

The Difference between Drinking Chocolate and Hot Chocolate

The Difference between Drinking Chocolate and Hot Chocolate

At Sugar Love these past few winters, we kept getting requests for hot chocolate mixes but what I really wanted to provide is a drinking chocolate product, sometimes called a sipping chocolate. This rich and luxurious drink is perfect for chilly mornings and a little bit goes a long way.

So what's the difference between the popular hot chocolate and the traditional drinking chocolate? Cocoa butter!

Cocoa butter is the fat that gets pressed out of the chocolate beans after roasting. The dry cake that is left is pulverized to get cocoa powder which is the main ingredient in hot chocolate mixes (or at least should be!). Drinking chocolate uses the whole chocolate product and so cocoa solids (called liquor even though there is no alcohol present) are in a balance with sugar, cocoa butter and often vanilla. This creates a thick, full taste of chocolate with each sip.

Because of how rich the drinking chocolate is, we really recommend a serving between two and four ounces. 

Fun fact! Drinking chocolate locations used to be more popular in Paris than coffee houses, at about a dozen to one. Then the French revolution began and those darn revolutionaries said that drinking chocolate was for the upper class, the lazy (which wasn't true! All classes around the world partook of drinking chocolate most mornings!). And they recommended drinking coffee as an alternative.

And so while the French gave (and continue to give) some of the best chocolate and confections in the world, they are the main reason we don't start our mornings with chocolate! C'est tant pis!  

Thank you from Sugar Love!

Thank you from Sugar Love!

November is the month for giving thanks, and for me it feels even more appropriate since November 28, 2015 is when I first opened the doors to this crazy little retail shop. Making this Small Business Saturday our two year anniversary!

This past year in particular has been one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life. My house flooded, I lost the lease on my big expansion plans for the business, and then I lost the business funding attached to that, my grandmother died rather suddenly, my dog of over ten years had to be put down, and I've had stress upon stress about meeting deadlines and bills due as every entrepreneur feels at this point of the game.

However, I was also the first ever Chocolatier of Artown, grew my recipe book by about 38 recipes in 2017, studied under one of the best chocolatiers in the world, partnered with amazing vendors and makers in the area, presented my chocolates to local government, was mentioned by Bloomberg as one of the reasons to move to Reno, and most importantly, have met so many wonderful people like yourself who can appreciate my nerdiness for chocolate and food at large.

So thank you! The late, late nights and the early mornings when I was either crying from stress or making another batch of Earl Grey Tea truffles, those stressful times were completely justified by every passionate talk about ingredients or online review that praised my work. The whole reason I created this company was to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life, because really, that's all we have. Sometimes I get too focused on growth curves or how well that other company is doing, but then one of you will come in and tell me your latest travel stories and the interesting things you learned and ate. And I remember that why I do this business is to connect with you, and food just happens to be the avenue.

All this emotional rambling is to tell you who have been through thick-and-thin with me, thank you. Every small gesture, every time I hear "this is the best chocolate," and all the online reviews, mean the absolute world to me. Thank you, and I hope you have an amazing season - may your Thanksgiving be filled with food and your holidays with traditions from your family. 

Here's to another crazy year for Sugar Love!
xo Krysta Bea