At the Salem Holiday Market, December 19, 2015: Catherine (left) and my friend Claire (right) who kindly helped me that day.
Hello, I am Catherine Wiersema, French Chocolatier. I started Chocolats Passion to provide bliss in chocolate - in the form of beautiful gifts and delicious experiences. My licensed kitchen in Belmont, MA is the heart of my production, and my confections are available for anyone to order in Massachusetts.
This artisan venture builds on my decades-long passion for working with chocolate. It all began when, growing up in France, I made my first confections before the age of 10. I am an honors graduate of the Professional Chocolatier program at the renowned Ecole Chocolat, and also went through their rigorous Quality Assurance course, which is specifically designed for chocolate confections. More recently, I studied in Montreal with world-renowned chocolatier Ramon Morato. Those study breaks help me hone my creative edge and broaden my chocolate horizons!
My chocolates are made by hand with pure ingredients, including E. Guittard couvertures, organic cream and butter, organic citrus, fruit purees from Napa Valley and the freshest nuts possible. The chocolates' brilliant hues come from a very thin layer of cocoa butter colors, making each flavor readily recognizable. Note that I do not use preservatives, so my chocolates are always best when eaten within a month.
My production is limited, so make sure to place your order early. My thanks, and enjoy!