By Katie Davern
Looking for a last minute place to take your Valentine? Fear not! This past weekend’s Dallas Year event, the Dallas by Chocolate tour, featured an impressive lineup of chocolatiers and bakeries that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth (and your sweetheart’s, too).
Trailercakes (food truck), Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 403, Dallas, 75201
Operating out of a 1965 vintage trailer amid the other food trucks lining the streets of Klyde Warren Park, Trailercakes sells cupcakes in a variety of classic and more novel flavors, all with retro-sounding names. The “Slap Your Mama Chocolate” cupcake, with chocolate chip cake and chocolate frosting topped with a piece of Hershey’s chocolate, will satisfy even the most die-hard of chocoholics. Trailercakes has a bakery location at 3001 Knox St., suite 101 in Dallas, as well, but Klyde Warren Park provides a fun and upbeat setting.
Isabelly’s Sweet Treats, 200 E. Main St., Richardson, 75081
One of the stops was Isabelly’s Sweet Treats, a charming little shop that offers a variety of gourmet cake truffles and chocolates. Isabelly’s won the Dallas Observer 2014 Best Cake Balls award. The chocolate-dipped red velvet cake ball, in particular, was phenomenal. It was rich and incredibly moist, while not overpoweringly sweet. The shop, with its blue-striped walls and little tables for two, has an old-timey feel that would make for a lovely Valentine’s date.
Village Baking Co., 5531 E. University Blvd., Dallas, 75206
The scent of freshly-baked bread wafted through the air as we headed into the Village Baking Co., our next stop on the tour. The hole-in-the wall French bakery, not far from Southern Methodist University, sells to many farmer’s markets and restaurants in the area, and word has it that many native Frenchmen in Dallas frequent the bakery for its authenticity. The pain au chocolat certainly rivaled any that I had in Paris — the croissant’s warm and buttery layers and smooth chocolate filling made it my favorite treat of the afternoon. Seating space is limited, with only a few outdoor tables, but it is certainly a gem of a bakery.
Kate Weiser Chocolate, 3011 Gulden Lane #115, Dallas, 75212
Kate Weiser Chocolate, located in the popular Trinity Groves restaurant area, boasts artful, colorful creations that will satisfy a taste for both chocolate and art. The owner uses a special technique to paint her chocolates with truffle butters, resulting in both delicious and visually beautiful — if rather pricey — delicacies. The “Peanut Brittle” truffle, one of Kate’s favorites, has a decadently creamy texture and full-bodied peanut butter flavor. The chocolatier has both indoor and outdoor seating that match its posh, modern feel.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate, 408 W. Eighth St., Dallas 75208
Our final stop was Dude, Sweet Chocolate, consistently rated the No. 1 chocolatier in Dallas. Dude, Sweet Chocolate offers the most unique and unusual chocolates of the bunch. The shop specializes in dark chocolate, offering everything from truffles, toffees and nuts to “salami,” marshmallows and “potions.” The zany ingredients and flavor combinations will appeal to more adventurous chocolate lovers. While there is not any seating, the Bishop Arts location provides a nice opportunity to enjoy your treat on a stroll around the picturesque area.