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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well. I'd review the Albatross Fudge if I ever got the chance to taste it.....My husband hoards it like it was gold. He tells me it's fabulous and addictive. So, you'll have to take his word for it.
I bought these as a gift for a family friend who had helped out with some handyman stuff around my house. He LOVED them. I've had them before, so I knew they would be a hit. It's great to give these delicious truffles as a unique gift for chocolate lovers. Oh, I failed to mention that he's a chocolate lover.
As always, the chocolates are amazing! Will be ordering another box for Xmas!
Order was processed and delivered in 2 days! Highly Recommended all of Dudes products bb
The Envy of all fudge is fabulous!!
We visited Dallas for first time recently . My family loves chocolate, but I’m vegan. I went into the shop and was surprised to find these truffles 100% vegan!!!! They are totally totally delicious! Smooth and creamy. Went back to Houston and now I’m ordering more online!
The name pretty-much speaks for itself.. beyond amazing. The best chocolate I have ever tasted.
I really liked the unique balance of rich chocolate and jasmine. It went great with my expresso just down the street at Wild Detectives. Thank you for letting me sample a couple of options before choosing!
If you are looking for one more addiction in your life, then throw down a bag of these! If I am within six blocks of Dude Sweet I cannot avoid going there to pick up, at a minimum, one of these bags. Frankly, I will never buy just one again!! Try them and thank me later!
What a box of delicious and haunting treats! My kids devoured this in seconds - the skulls were a huge hit. Plus popcorn! Love it.
This delicious , rich , flavorful bar was literally the category of chocolate I needed. Not too sweet, but a great chocolate taste, with perfect texture.
I enjoyed it so much that I felt guilty not sharing it with my husband. I have to make sure to buy another one just for him.
This drinking chocolate is beyond comparison with any "cocoa powder" I've had. It's not a hot chocolate. It's velvety and delicious. I like to mix it with my coffee for a delightful morning.
I like it, it's not too sweet
Wow! So yummy