How It All Began
Dude, Sweet Chocolate was co-founded in late 2009 by pastry chef Katherine Clapner using her decades of experience working with culinary icons across the globe. The mission was to create a chocolate company that drew from global cuisines as well as using often ingredients seen as savory. Katherine’s approach is to create extraordinary chocolates while leaving all the pretense behind. The results have garnered a loyal fan base and numerous accolades over the years.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate has one brick and mortar store where they retail the chocolate directly, and we maintain sales relationships with dozens of both local and out of state resellers, ranging from corner stores to Whole Foods, Central Market and winery and distillery operations. Katherine’s extensive and impressive pastry background also allows her to spread her wings and add chocolate to the most unexpected of ingredients.
Where We're At Today
Dude, Sweet Chocolate traces its roots to a dive bar just south of downtown Dallas, Lee Harvey's, where co-founders Chef Katherine Clapner and Redding May were regulars. Heading towards the holidays in 2008, he partnered with her to send unique artisan chocolates as client gifts while working with Merrill Lynch. After that, she ran with the idea - pushing her chocolate creations in summer heat at farmers markets and the like. Mid-year 2009, she brought up the idea of opening a store, and the first small kitchen/store was built-out and opened in early December that year.
At Dude, Sweet Chocolate we strive to differentiate ourselves by maintaining intense focus on the quality of the chocolates and not getting lost in the trends. At first glance, some ingredients and names may sound odd, but the end result is comforting and familiar. Kraft paper packaging, brown labeling, and simple, clean design shift attention to the chocolate, which stands on its own.
Another differentiating factor is the spectrum of unique flavor profiles she uses - savory to sweet, and everything in between. As an example, a couple of her best sellers are the Albatross blue cheese (award winning Rogue Creamery) and sea salt fudge, and our Fungus Amongus porcini and pumpkin seed toffee. These kinds of collaborations, done well, are the products of incredible culinary experience and vision - Katherine somehow makes it look easy.
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We got a sample of Flower Child and immediately had to order more. The flavors meld together beautifully.
She lives in LA and loves your chocolate the best!!
We have been exposed to Ethel M, See's, and Godiva, I want to say that Dude Sweet holds it's own place. We are looking into what we can create with the Dude Sweet Chocolate we have besides just consuming it as is.
The only problem with Dude Sweet Chocolate is it doesn’t last long enough! I gave some to my customers for Christmas and they all loved it, hopefully they will become regulars.
as always Wonderful
You’re chocolates go to California. They love them!
A favorite of my brother-in-law since he was first introduced years ago when we lived in Dallas. Now it is a regular piece of his gift each year. While always addressed to the family, he’s certain it is “actually just for him.” He has proclaimed it, “easily the best granola, chocolate or otherwise, he has ever tasted.”
always awesome. always delicious
A traditional gift to my family in CA!
I ordered the fig salami on-line. It was shipped efficiently and with care so that it would not melt in transit. It was a big hit at the event where I shared it. Everyone loved not just the novelty of it, but also the chocolaty taste!
We purchased the chocolate and mug gift set for our key employees as their Christmas present, and they love it! The packaging looks perfect and festive, just like how I would have packed it myself, except I didn't have to do it myself this year!
Better than When Pigs Fly, which is what got my wife's attention a while back. You've got to try these.
Can't eat just one. Extremely addictive. Love the heat.
This bar smells amazing and is fairly easy to break into pieces. It melts beautifully in the mouth and has an abundance of milky chai flavor. Especially delicious with hot tea, which spreads the flavor over the whole tongue and helps it linger.