Love at first bite
Wiseman House Chocolates held an official chocolate tasting at the W.K. Gordon Center February 7th, with owner Kevin Wenzel sampling out chocolates containing varying degrees of cocoa as well as a variety of made in-house truffles. As these handcrafted goods were shared with the crowd, Wenzel interacted with young and old chocolate fans alike about the history of chocolate, along with how it is made.
“I had my usual sampling of milk and dark chocolates as well as trying chocolate from the bean like we do in the store,” Wenzel said. “Then I had the crowd sample chocolate with varying amounts of cocoa in it, and finally went into talking about our chocolates at Wiseman House and giving the crowd samples of those.”
Believing that different kinds of crowds call for different varieties of chocolates, Wenzel said he strives to cater to each unique situation and supply artisan treats accordingly.
“I know what our most popular chocolates are, having sold them for 20 years,” Wenzel said. “And I know that this was a mixed crowd at the W.K. Gordon Center, so I wanted to bring a little bit of milk and a little bit of dark, as well as unravel the mystery of dark chocolate. People hear it’s good, but they often just don’t know enough about it, so I gave them samples of dark chocolate that were on the sweet side and not on the bitter side.”
Wenzel said he appreciates the opportunity to expand the Wiseman House brand during events like the tasting at the W.K. Gordon Center.
“My favorite part of it is talking to the people, finding out where they’re from and hearing their own personal stories about chocolate,” Wenzel said, “whether it be Wiseman House chocolate and them, because some people are really passionate about our chocolates, or simply meeting new people.”
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Wenzel and the Wiseman House have made available the Love Letter Collection, a group of custom chocolates keeping in line with the theme of the holiday. Several of these chocolates were on display last weekend at the tasting.
“The Love Letter Collection includes the First Kiss Truffle, made with peach champagne from local winery the Red Caboose, and white chocolate,” Wenzel said, “along with our Passion Truffle, as well as a variety of others, including our best seller(s), the Wild Woman Truffle and the Love Potion Truffle.”
The Wiseman House does not only deal in goods but services as well. A variety of educational courses and walkthroughs are offered to the public throughout the year.
“We do 20 to 30 minute tours at our chocolate shop, showcasing our chocolate kitchen and chocolate studio,” Wenzel said. “We also offer both beginner and advanced chocolate classes, which are usually held on Saturdays and are six hours long. We also offer a kid’s class as well.”
For Tarleton Senior Business Administration Major Brandon Neighbors, The Wiseman House presents an opportunity to get his significant other a unique gift.
“Everyone buys chocolates for their boyfriend or girlfriend on Valentine’s Day,” Neighbors said, “but not everyone has real gourmet chocolate they can get their hands on. I think it’s that aspect of uniqueness which is going to make my girlfriend happy when I surprise her with chocolates from Wiseman House.”