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Chocolate Compass

by Susan Shalhoub

Featured Photo from Chocolate Compass

Extreme milkshake ingredients are at the ready. Round, glossy macarons and flat pieces of chocolate bark beckon from their cases. If the treats taste half as good as Chocolate Compass smells inside, you’re in for something special.

But it’s all about quality, too.

Chocolate Compass, located on Highway 17-92 just a few blocks south of Lake Mary Boulevard, sells snappy chocolate – snappy, as in it makes a crisp snap when you break a bar of it in half, a sign of pure, quality ingredients from a quality supplier. That supplier is Felchlin of Switzerland, one of the world’s smallest cacao producers. 

“Felchlin is a fair-trade company committed to paying cacao farmers a fair wage,” says Liane Wanson of Chocolate Compass. 

And it’s where her deliciously rich products begin. 

Liane started Chocolate Compass nearly two years ago with her husband, Harry T. Jenkins, though you could say she was born into the industry.

The daughter of a classically trained Austrian executive chef, Liane now serves wholesale clients such as hotel chefs, convention organizers and cruise-kitchen managers with items they can build upon. Those include high-quality chocolate dessert shells, chocolate garnish for desserts, or bon-bons, which are time-consuming for these clients to make from scratch.

The 15 hardworking employees at Chocolate Compass offer upscale, unique items for retail clients, as well. 

Customers can visit the shop, breathe in its chocolate scent, and see the chocolate offerings up close and personal. You can meet a friend at Chocolate Compass for a milkshake or pick items out of the display case to take home – no sharing required (a divine delicacy like chocolate-covered bacon is too decadent to share, anyway).

With two graphic artists on staff, design and creative energies are always flowing at Chocolate Compass. The staff helps customers brainstorm ways to express themselves with chocolate. Items can be customized if ordered in advance. Photos can be printed directly onto chocolate or placed in a chocolate frame. From wedding favors to truffle pops or chocolate bars, custom packaging can be simple or ornate.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate, Chocolate Compass is your go-to place for holidays or special occasions. How about a high-heel shoe made out of chocolate? Want to show a client or friend your gratitude? Try an ornate chocolate platter, and if you can’t deliver it in person, Chocolate Compass can handle the shipping, too.

Here’s another fun idea: For expecting parents, Chocolate Compass can create a delectable chocolate shell with pink or blue minature chocolates inside for an unforgettable gender-reveal party.

If you can dream it and eat it, Chocolate Compass can help you do it. Visit the shop today to experience something delicious.

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