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“Chocolate Heaven”

Confections with Convictions
Ranked #1 of 7 Shopping in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Kalamazoo's only shop making hand crafted truffles and other confections exclusively from Fair Trade, organic certified chocolate. Chocolatier Dale Anderson's original recipes contain fresh local fruits, honey, and maple syrup. Vegan and gluten free options are always available. Closed Sunday and Monday. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

A huge variety of yummy gourmet chocolates and truffles, all hand-prepared with organic and fair trade ingredients. Dale Anderson, chocolatier and founder of Confections with Convictions, worked as a counselor with young people in the court system for several years. Through this work it became clear that talk therapy—while helpful—was often not enough to overcome the many barriers they face. While pondering how he might come up with a viable business model, he made a joke which was to become a reality.

After buying a box of artisanal chocolates, he joked that maybe he should open a chocolate shop instead—and call it Confections with Convictions. The joke reflected the fact that he intended to hire youth with criminal records, as well as his desire to incorporate socially responsible principles into his business. Many of the youth the shop employs are kinesthetic learners—ones who learn by doing. This unique philosophy has created a delightful shop with dedicated employees and amazing chocolates.

Thank primavera55
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

As a first timer, we were invited to sample. We tried the dark chocolate orange with cardamom. Sublime! The milk chocolate curry was spectacular and the caramel chocolate with sorghum and smoked salt was to die for. You will not regret finding this slightly out of the way shop. Eat your selections slowly and let them dissolve on your tongue to ensure you savor every delectable morsel.

Thank Dingergeni
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

... savor your experience of this off-the-beaten-track chocolate shop. Wow. Our group had a great time here.

The owner believes in giving back to the community and has kids who really need to learn job skills working for him. He molds and shapes their learning about business and serving customers. He is amazing.

There are so many truffles to choose from. One woman in our group purchased a box of 15.

I loved the caramels with the salt. Unusual and tasty. We also got to sample some vegan chocolates. He gave us all samples.

The store is clean and carries other chocolates, too. He explains fair trade, why cocoa is grown in S.America (hot temps are needed), how to make chocolate and the reason he is in business.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great little truffle shop with fantastic chocolates. Love how the owner is using such natural ingredients and trying to give back to the community. Check out the bakery in back too.

Thank GGGKalamazoo
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

This place was great! The owner was very nice and took the time out to describe each truffle to me. He gives out a free sample if you are a first time visitor. There are even vegan options. The fact that the chocolate is organic and fair trade was just another bonus. There are many amazing flavors to choose from. There was even a truffle infused with Bell's stout. I highly recommend visiting this shop.

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