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Schakolad Chocolate Factory: A Last Minute Valentine's Day Savior

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Need a last minute box of superb chocolates to complete the

trifecta

of gifts (roses, chocolate, and jewelry) for Valentine's Day? Try Schakolad on 41st Street

in Miami Beach. Its

charming

exterior is the work of co-owner Raquel Schachter, who runs the place with her son Eli.

Schakolad

specializes

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

large,

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,

"People

have proposed with our chocolate!"

Raquel

and Eli

opened their doors in September 2009, serving 100 percent

kosher

chocolate. Additionally,

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

kitchen. The

Cholov Yisroel mocha ganache was a smooth, very creamy truffle that

melted almost

instantaneously in my mouth. Prices: half-pound box: $18.50, one pound

box:

$36, two pound box: $70. Non-Cholov Yisroel prices are: half-pound

box:

$17, one pound box: $33, two pound box: $6.

There

is also a

dairy-free, or parve, collection of

chocolates that Raquel says many of her vegan customers choose. Her

kitchen

and work area behind the counter are spotless and extremely organized,

with the

molds color-coated depending upon the chocolate that they can be used

for.

Schakolad

also

features a small gelato counter with flavors such as

gianduia

(hazelnut chocolate), Belgian dark chocolate, strawberry cheesecake,

mojito,

and peanut butter. A small, one scoop, is $3.50. Two

scoops (large) cost $5. A pint goes for $10.

Toppings are 50 cents.

Milkshakes

and

smoothies (16 ounces) are $6.50. Other drinks include frappuccino

($3.50) and

chococcino ($4.25).

Raquel

says they offer chocolate parties for birthdays and showers.

There is

a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 25-30. Schakolad also offers

tours

(minimum of 12 people). People are given the

opportunity to

put on a pair of gloves and dip their own chocolate. It's $12 per person

for

the tour and $18 per person for parties.

"We

(Schakolad) can

serve all purposes. People come here for celebrations. They have

chocolate when

they're sad. I had a woman come in to treat herself to our chocolate

after her

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!

Schakolad Chocolate

Factory
456 41st

Street, Miami

Beach
305-532-4949

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