SOMERVILLE, NJ - Valentine's Day is synonymous with Cupid, bouquets of flowers, romantic dinners, marriage proposals, weddings - and chocolate.

For many, the gift of chocolate is a once-a-year indulgence; not so for Carol Freedman and Tony Brokenborough who are consumed by their passion for chocolate year 'round.

Six years ago the two partners opened Carol's Creative Chocolatez at 24 Division St inside a former firehouse, transforming the historic building into a boutique chocolate shop that prides itself on its small batch, hand-made chocolates.

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They say Valentine's Day is their busiest holiday of the year, and they've been gearing up for weeks to satisfy the steady stream of customers that continues to stop in and peer into the glass display cases to choose just the right chocolate for that special somenone,

Freedman and her staff work in the kitchen at the rear of the store behind a chest-high partition that allows customers to watch the chocolate-making process.

It's an exact science - the viscosity of the chocolate in liquid form, the cocoa bean, selected ingredients like fruit and nuts - temperatures, crystallization, purging air pockets trapped in the chocolate and gradual cooling.

Ninety-nine percent of the chocolate sold in their store is made in-house. They do sell toffee and caramel from other sources, but the products are equal to their high standards for quality and taste, according to Brokenborough.

Further information is available online at carolscreativechocolatez.com or by calling (908) 725-5500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Further information is available online at carolscreativechocolatez.com or by calling (908) 725-5500.