Dallas: Haute Chocolate Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Dr. Sue is a real doctor and she makes chocolate by hand with real ingredients.
Dr. Sue is a real doctor who makes chocolate by hand with real ingredients. Shown: Blueberry Ancho Chocolate Bark.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sue’s Chocolate

If you are like most of us you spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what you eat and how it affects your body. Low-carb, low-fat, vegan, vegetarian, wheat belly diet, gluten free… hours spent at the gym, hot yoga, hot personal trainers…

It’s refreshing to be told, by a member of the medical profession no less, that you should eat some chocolate on a regular basis. Nothing crazy, mind you, just a piece or two every day. Dr. Sue Williams is the real person behind Dr. Sue’s Chocolate and she really is a medical doctor, practicing at a nearby hospital in Grapevine. In fact, the day we were there she swept in the store to greet us, stethoscope still dangling around her neck. Her mission to fight obesity and obesity related diseases seems a little at odds with her retail establishment until you talk with her.

Dr. Sue's Chocolate is located in the historic downtown area of Grapevine.
The shop is located in the historic downtown area of Grapevine.

Photo Credit: Marye Audet

Dr. Sue, a specialist in internal medicine, became interested in the health benefits of dark chocolate and how it could help people have their sweets without creating havoc in their bodies. After careful research she was convinced and headed off to Chicago to learn the art of chocolate. When she returned she opened Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, providing the DFW area with unique, artisan dark chocolate candy that is made with luxe European chocolate (Valhrona and Callebaut) organic ingredients and healthy fats. Since the ingredients used are often seasonal there are times when certain chocolates are not available.

The shop smells wonderful, as you might imagine. Chocolate is everywhere and each type of chocolate has a bowl of samples by it so that you can try before you buy. We tried it all at least twice and then our proper Southern upbringing kicked in and we used vast amounts of self-discipline and refrained from trying them a third time.

Or was it fourth?

The displays include bowls of sample chocolates for tasting.
The displays include bowls of sample chocolates for tasting.

Photo Credit: Marye Audet

The chocolate is made into thick dark chocolate bark and ingredients are stirred in to create the most magical combinations we’ve ever seen. Our personal favorite was the blueberry ancho, rich and sweet with a kick of spicy ancho pepper. Or, actually… maybe it was the fig and ginger with just a touch of grey sea salt. Midnight mocha tastes exactly like a cup of strong mocha and you can almost feel the caffeine reviving you. The textures are creamy, crunchy, chewy — they are all good. We normally eschew dark chocolate for milk chocolate but Dr. Sue may have changed our minds about that.

If you are in a time crunch, and who isn’t these days, you can order it online and have it shipped to you. It would be a delicious gift for your favorite chocolaholic — or just hoard it for yourself.