Fran’s Chocolates, So Tasty

Some astonishing flavors have originated here in Washington and chocolates made by Fran are one of my all-time favorites. She sold salted caramels before anyone else here and possibly in the nation. Hers remain the best overall with sea salt sprinkled on the top of the chocolate by hand.

Fran's Bellevue store

I’m not the only one who prefers Fran’s salted caramels. In 2003 her Gray Salt Caramels won the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) Outstanding Confection Award.

In 2005 her Smoked Salt Caramels won the same award.

Fran’s Chocolates have won numerous awards over the years.

On Food Network, Iron Chef Bobby Flay claimed the creamy Coconut Gold Bar his favorite confection on the show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The list goes on.

Fran’s Chocolates have been featured on the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels,” in People Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Savvy Magazine Japan, Martha Stewart and many more publications.

What makes these confections so newsworthy?

Fran Bigelow, herself.  She is dedicated to preserving the pure, clean flavor of chocolate. By building layers of flavor, she teases out the depth and complexity of chocolate. She uses small batch production and selects all natural and when possible organic ingredients, including sugar and almonds. Many ingredients she uses come from local Washington and Oregon farms including organic cream and butter. Only the finest cacao available from Venezuela, Madagascar and Ecuador is used in her chocolates.

Fran also makes truffles, chocolate-dipped fruits and a few flavors of chocolate bars. The coconut gold bar is her rendition of an Almond Joy candy bar. Boy did she hit that one out of the ballpark, but the sweet, buttery flavors of chocolate and caramel enhanced with a pop of salt will always be my first choice at Fran’s.

Stores are located in downtown Seattle, University Village and Bellevue.

2012 Easter display in Bellevue store

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10 Responses to Fran’s Chocolates, So Tasty

  1. Alexandra says:

    I would visit this shop in a minute, were I closer. I love chocolate and have recently discovered dark chocolate with sea salt.

  2. Living Large says:

    Chocolate is a food group isn’t it? This looks like a place to visit should I ever get out west!

  3. Jane Boursaw says:

    Wow, those are some good creds! To be featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate is amazing. I still don’t think I’ve had salted caramel, so maybe I should order some from Fran’s so that I get the real deal.

  4. Heather Larson says:

    That’s right, you can go online and order this delicious babies if you like.

  5. Oh wow. Wish I had known about this when I was in Seattle! I would love to try these.

  6. I love visiting chocolate shops–and the idea of her DIY almond joy bars that just sounds heavenly. Great, now I’m craving chocolate.

  7. merr says:

    This looks like a lovely shop!

  8. Sheryl says:

    After reading this I am craving chocolate big time. Looks like a beautiful shop.

  9. I love artisanal chocolates. If I visited Seattle, this would be a must-visit venue.

  10. Donna Hull says:

    Quality chocolate in Seattle? I’m so there, and it’s not that far from western Montana. I can almost taste it now!

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