Aunt Flo's Chocolates. 675 High Street. Auburn, CA 95603. 530.885.3367. e-mail: mary@auntfloschocolates.com
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About Aunt Flo

 

Why Aunt Flo?
What's so special about Aunt Flo's Chocolates?
Read about our chocolate.


Welcome to a chocolate-covered world.
All about Aunt Flo's Chocolates.


Imagination...Innovation...and
Quality, hand-dipped in chocolate.
What you get!

What do you have?
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Testimonials
What makes us so sweet?
Click here to read testimonials about us.


Note: If you would like to submit a testimonial about your experience with Aunt Flo's chocolates,
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Chocolate FACTS
Where does chocolate come from?
Does it grow on trees?
Fun facts on chocolate brought to you by
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What’s so special about Aunt Flo’s Chocolates?

  • Only the finest-quality ingredients are used
  • They taste heavenly, especially when you’re having one hell of a day
  • They’re hand-dipped and hand-crafted, so every one’s unique
  • They combine your favorite taste sensations with chocolate, exquisite chocolate
  • They make no apologies for being rich, decadent and delicious
  • They look as magnificent as they taste
  • They’re all yours (your friends can order their own)


Welcome to a chocolate-covered world

About Mary Domschot, Owner of Aunt Flo's Chocolates in Auburn, CA

“My shop became a dream come true. Not just for me, but for the local women who came in each day … women who shared a single thought and a single passion: CHOCOLATE! Not just any chocolate, but THEIR kind of chocolates, hand-crafted to satisfy that insatiable, once-a-month craving every woman knows by heart.”

In fact, women are Mary’s inspiration – and the reason she created Aunt Flo’s Chocolates.

“Even before I opened my first chocolate shop,” Mary recalls, “I loved creating chocolate confections in my kitchen. I’d take favorite treats such as sandwich-style cookies – top-quality ones – then make them twice as good by dipping them in smooth, rich, quality chocolate. I developed quite a reputation. In fact, my friends made up a name for me. They called me the ‘perfectionist confectionist.’ They’d come over and drop hints such as ‘Mary, have you ever tried dipping marshmallows, fruit or nuts in chocolate? Or how about pretzels?’ I’d have great fun trying all sorts of combinations to satisfy that undeniable craving for chocolate – that mysterious obsession every woman experiences, especially at THAT time of the month. The combination of cravings, chocolate, chats and laughter always ended in a smile.”

Aunt Flo is another of Mary’s creations. “She’s actually a combination of new-and-old customers, my family and friends. Like most women I know, she’s smart, enjoys life, and knows exactly what she wants. I want my shop to be like my kitchen at home – a place where women can enjoy being themselves, a place where they don’t have to compromise or count calories.”

Imagination … Innovation … and Quality, hand-dipped in chocolate.

What’s your very favorite sweet treat? Marshmallows, graham crackers, sandwich-style cookies, rice krispies or fruits? Or maybe you like savory treats such as nuts or pretzels.

Now imagine your favorite treat, hand dipped in chocolate – rich, smooth milk or dark chocolate. Suddenly, it tastes twice as good. When we add a drizzle of white chocolate, each chocolate becomes a masterpiece, created just for you. Everything you need to satisfy that monthly urge only a woman understands.

Made with carefully selected, fine ingredients, each Aunt Flo’s chocolate satisfies like nothing else on earth. Who’s got time to feel tense or irritable when you’re savoring a delight from Aunt Flo’s ‘for girls only’ kitchen?

A dark day? No way. At least not when you’you've got Aunt Flo’s Chocolates handy.

What do you have?

You have a magical masterpiece that’s guaranteed to satisfy like nothing else on earth. It’s impossible to feel tense or irritable when you’re savoring a delight from Aunt Flo’s kitchen.

Click here to shop now!

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Aunt Flo's Testimonials
(formerly known as Heavenly Sweets)

"You truly feel like you're in Heaven after indulging in Aunt Flo's unique creations. Every candy is consistently fresh and delicious. You won't be disappointed!!!"
Gloria, Auburn, CA  

"The name says it all. The sweets are truly heavenly!" J.D. Auburn, CA  

"I recently had the pleasure of tasting the chocolate covered pretzels from Aunt Flo's Chocolates. I love the combination of chocolate, nuts, and crunchy coating. As a matter of fact, my wife has to watch me to make sure I don't eat the whole bag. These are the best pretzels!"
Lecter, Backstabber of San Diego, CA  

"I wanted to do something different with holiday gifts for my clients. Rather than the unimaginative box of candy, I sent Aunt Flo's Chocolates to clients across the country. It was one of my better business decisions; weeks later, I was still receiving comments about how much they were enjoyed."
S.T., Loomis, CA

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Where does chocolate come from? Does it grow on trees?
Fun facts on chocolate brought to you by www.facts-about-chocolate.com

Where does chocolate come from? Actually, it DOES grow on trees. It all starts with a small tropical tree, the Theobroma cacao, usually called simply, "cacao." (Pronounced ka-KOW. Theobroma is Greek for "food of the gods.") Cacao is native to Central and South America, but it is grown commercially throughout the tropics. About 70% of the world's cacao is grown in Africa.

A cacao tree can produce close to two thousand pods per year. The ridged, football shaped pod, or fruit, of the cacao grows from the branches and, oddly, straight out of the trunk. The pods, which mature throughout the year, encase a sticky white pulp and about 30 or 40 seeds. The pulp is both sweet and tart; it is eaten and used in making drinks. The seeds, were you to bite into one straight out of the pod, are incredibly bitter. Not at all like the chocolate that comes from them.

It's actually a perfect design. The fruit attracts forest animals, like monkeys, who eat the fruit but cast the seeds aside, dispersing them and allowing new trees to sprout up. (One of my favorite memories of a recent trip to Costa Rica was watching monkeys eating in a "chocolate" tree.) It's hard to imagine why humans ever thought to do anything with the seeds.

What is it that we do with these seeds, which we call beans, to answer the question "Where does chocolate come from?" First, the pods must be harvested, which is usually done twice a year. Because the trees are too fragile to climb, harvesting is accomplished by workers on the ground, who wield either a machete or a long pole with a machete on the end. Then, workers open the pods by hand, taking care not to damage the beans inside.

Next comes one of the most important steps in the process - fermentation. The beans, still sticky with pulp, are placed in earthen pits or wooden bins and covered with banana leaves, then left to ferment. The heat of fermentation changes the bitter flavors in the beans into something more edible, more chocolaty. The sugars in the bean turn into acids, the color changes from pale to dark brown, and the pulp residue melts away. The length of the fermentation process depends on the type of bean; the higher quality beans may need only a few days, where others may need a week or more.

After fermentation, the beans are dried in the sun for about a week. The flavor continues to develop during this time. Some manufacturers try to speed this process along by drying the beans over a fire, which gives them a smoky, inferior flavor.

Once the beans are dry, they are ready to be shipped to a factory, where they are turned into chocolate.

To continue answering the question, "Where does chocolate come from?" continue reading more from Facts-about-chocolate.com's How is chocolate made? page, or, learn more about growing cacao and Fair Trade.

 

 

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