Need a last minute box of superb chocolates to complete the
of gifts (roses, chocolate, and jewelry) for Valentine's Day? Try Schakolad on 41st Street
in Miami Beach. Its
exterior is the work of co-owner Raquel Schachter, who runs the place with her son Eli.
in European-style hand-dipped chocolates delivered as
truffles or molds such as footballs, high heels, tool
boxes, and pool tables. the store also sells heart-shaped boxes ($60 for the
scaling down to $18 for the smallest). The molded creations can be
personalized. Raquel said that people have given her rings and had her
inscribe chocolate boxes with "Will you marry me?" She happily notes,
have proposed with our chocolate!"
opened their doors in September 2009, serving 100 percent
they offer Cholov
Yisroel, chocolates, which are created using a specific kind of milk under the strictest
kosher guidelines including supervision of a rabbi in a separate
Cholov Yisroel mocha ganache was a smooth, very creamy truffle that
instantaneously in my mouth. Prices: half-pound box: $18.50, one pound
$36, two pound box: $70. Non-Cholov Yisroel prices are: half-pound
$17, one pound box: $33, two pound box: $6.
is also a
dairy-free, or parve, collection of
chocolates that Raquel says many of her vegan customers choose. Her
and work area behind the counter are spotless and extremely organized,
molds color-coated depending upon the chocolate that they can be used
features a small gelato counter with flavors such as
(hazelnut chocolate), Belgian dark chocolate, strawberry cheesecake,
and peanut butter. A small, one scoop, is $3.50. Two
scoops (large) cost $5. A pint goes for $10.
Toppings are 50 cents.
smoothies (16 ounces) are $6.50. Other drinks include frappuccino
says they offer chocolate parties for birthdays and showers.
a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 25-30. Schakolad also offers
(minimum of 12 people). People are given the
put on a pair of gloves and dip their own chocolate. It's $12 per person
the tour and $18 per person for parties.
serve all purposes. People come here for celebrations. They have
they're sad. I had a woman come in to treat herself to our chocolate
divorce... They also come here to celebrate births," says Raquel.
And as I
was on my
way out, a woman came in, confessing, "I'm addicted to your
chocolate." Add my valentine and I to that list!