At the Salem Holiday Market, December 2015: Catherine (left) and her friend Claire (right) who kindly helped that day.
Hello, I am Catherine Wiersema, French Chocolatier. I started Chocolats Passion in 2014 in my Belmont, MA kitchen to provide bliss in chocolate - in the form of beautiful gifts and delicious experiences. In the fall of 2017 came a move to Portland, Maine, and setting up in a commercial kitchen.
My passion for chocolate making began when growing up in France: by the age of 10 I had come up with my first confection, a hard-as-a-rock hazelnut caramel! 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. Study breaks help hone my creative edge and broaden chocolate horizons!
Our 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. The chocolates' hues come from airbrushed cocoa butter, making each flavor readily recognizable. We never use preservatives, so our chocolates are at peak flavor when eaten within 4 weeks. Our production is limited, so make sure to place your order early. Our thanks, and enjoy!
A note about our collections:
Our Passion, Crunch and Celebration collections, along with our Hazelnut Crème, represent our core offerings. Additional collections are available for Valentine's Day; for spring with the Critters and Mother's Day collections; and for fall and winter with Thanksgiving and Holiday specialties. These seasonal collections show up in the Menu when available to order.