Chef Katherine Clapner
is the visionary of the entire Dude, Sweet Chocolate concept, as well as co-founder, co-owner, and Chef of the company itself. Having over twenty years of experience as a pastry chef, Katherine is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. The rest of Katherine’s story is no less impressive.
Coming out of the Culinary Institute of America in New York with an associate’s degree in baking and pastry, Katherine headed overseas and got to work. Her first stop in Europe was the Savoy in London, followed a few years later with Windsor Court Hotel, Hotel Splendido and Hotel Cipriani under the Orient Express umbrella. She trained and held Pastry Chef positions at Four Seasons Hotel (Chicago), Charlie Trotter's (Chicago), Bread with Appeal (Chicago), Kevin Graham (New Orleans), Stephan Pyles (Dallas), Hilton Hotel Convention Center(Austin) and Central Market. She has contributed recipes and consulted with Wholesome Sweeteners, Southwest Vegetarian, PF Changs, Texas HoneyBee Guild and Rocky Mountain High Brands.
In The Press
Dessert Professional Magazine named Katherine one of their Top 10 Chefs for 2012 and she was featured on Chuck’s Eat the Street in 2014, “Beat Bobby Flay''. Wusthof Knives chose Katherine as a spokesperson and featured chef for their brand (2013-2020). Her diverse collaborations have a wide range including Jim Beam, Breckenridge Distillery, Laphroig, Whistlepig Whiskey, Desert Door Sotol, Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey, Dorcol Spirits, Wynona Orchards, Yaupon Tea, Rahr Brewery, Pork Council, World’s Craziest Funerals, Meatfight, Staff Meal, The Flaming Lips, and Valrhona chocolate.
Clapner, who now has one store in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, a full production kitchen / packaging and even facility, is usually found in the kitchen surrounded by an apothecaries’ treasure trove of plants, jams, vinegars, spices that friends bring her back from their travels, and a staff she adores. She remains an active part of the local food community, consulting and eating with some of Texas's greatest culinary luminaries.
I hesitated to review these Egg Nog Pecans because they are so delicious—I want them all for me and for my friends! You eat one and the next thing you know, the entire bag is gone! I ordered them for myself first and then came back to make sure that I sent them to 8 other friends and family before they are all gone! So amazingly delicious! Dude Sweet Chocolate does it again!
These are really really great. I have them shipped to me in Atlanta, and then keep at least one in my refrigerator at all times. When I need it, I slice off a few slices and enjoy them with coffee. I also serve them , sliced thin, as the last excellent touch of my rare dinner parties. I just got the holiday one and can't wait to try it.
Dude Sweet always delivers quality! I love the unique chocolates and crafted marshmallows. They make a hit when I send Dude Sweet as a gift to hard to buy for friends. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this chocolate shop years ago in the Bishop Arts district
These are my favorite truffles! Truly something special.
This fudge is creamy and rich with a smooth finish that lingers in the best way. From beginning to end the individual ingredients make an appearance like musical instruments in a well-crafted symphony. I typically pair this with a spicy rye to accentuate the sweetness of the fudge and so as not to mask any of the flavors. Do yourself a favor and pick up a box.
All of DS's nut based chocolate expressions are notable, and this one stands out. The choice of Moroccan allspice and white chocolate make the cinnamon really pop in the best way. I pair these with a good Campbeltown or Islay whisky as I find the smoky peat of the whisky makes the combination of spices and white chocolate really blossom in the finish.
This expression is one I keep in-house at all times. The smooth texture of the chocolate is quite rich. The locally roasted Ethiopian coffee that is used adds a deep satisfying complexity. If I'm partaking in the morning I typically pair this with a creamy coffee to allow the rich dark features of the chocolate shine through. If i'm indulging in this expression outside working ours I pair it with a good rye whiskey or a Speyside or Highland single male whisky. Both work well and the finish in between nibbles and sips is notable. Do yourself a favor and pick up the big box.
This is a beautiful gourmet item, more than a "novelty" though it is that too. High quality, good tasting chocolate. I appreciated that it slices beautifully and looks great when sliced (and before). Generous quantity for the price. It was a little spicy (not like a salami, like Mexican style chocolate) which I didn't expect -- "but good" ! Recommended.
Dude Sweet never fails to deliver a quality experience. My orders arrive quickly and fresh every time. I highly recommend the “chocolate for the people” monthly subscription because it makes enjoying different chocolate expressions the norm.
Diving into this one with friends was a blast.
I love everything they make with dark chocolate. Their dark chocolate is mmmm ❤️
So good, and you get to try everything
I live in Canton, TX but my husband takes me to Dude, Sweet Chocolate at the Bishop Arts District. Absolutely love it. Staff are very nice. Stop in and try a sample. Since I live some distance away, I buy at least 2 boxes. Ask them about their program for frequent shoppers.
The most heavenly, most perfectly made chocolate one's senses will ever have the privilege of experiencing. Any time I am even remotely close to a Dude Sweet location, I make a point to stock up on Chubby Nuts and Crack in a Box. I was sad to learn that the Ft. Worth location and one in Dallas closed. But, as long as Katherine Clapner is waving her magic chocolate wand, I will go how ever far is necessary to satisfy my obsession. Oh... and she beat Bobby Flay. ;)
Great place! Love their chocolate granola trail mix!'