In 1997, Melissa DeLong made her first chocolate truffles for family and friends at Christmas. They were such a hit that requests came to make them again the following year, and after a few years, people began to ask whether they could buy a box or two of her truffles to give away as Christmas gifts. This side business has grown to the point that during the Christmas season of 2005, Melissa made about 1500 truffles (pictured here).
But that was the end of Melissa being able to do it herself out of her kitchen. Then entered Ellen Holder, a neighbor who was interested in chocoalte. Ellen is now Melissa's partner in crime. They now offer the public the opportunity to sample these hand-made premium chocolate creations.
Melissa and Ellen use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in the truffles. From the coconut in the macadamia nut and coconut truffles to the peanuts atop the peanut butter truffles, the ingredients are selected to ensure freshness and heightened flavor.
Each of the truffles has a unique design that makes it as appealing to the eye as it is to the palate. Each box has a clear top to let the recipient feast their eyes on the mouth-watering truffles even before they take a bite!
The dark and milk chocolates Melissa's Chocolates uses are made by Guittard. Guittard first opened their doors in 1868 in San Francisco making French-style chocolates for wealthy gold miners. Today, Guittard is the oldest family-owned and operated chocolate company in the United States, and continues to be one of the world's most respected purveyors of premium chocolate.