Notes from the Chocolatier – December

Delysia Chocolatier's hot chocolate.
My family loves cozying up with mugs of hot chocolate this time of year.


Happy Holidays! The holiday season is my favorite time of year. For me, it’s all about cherishing family traditions, and passing them on to my boys. This December, we baked cookies, decorated gingerbread houses, and made sure we left out some sweets for Santa (and a carrot for Rudolph!). It gets pretty busy for us this time of year; we’ve visited Santa at the mall, seen the Gingerbread House display at the Four Seasons, and gone ice skating at Whole Foods. But my favorite tradition is the one that allows us to slow down — on Christmas Eve, we drive around the neighborhood to “ohh and ahh” at all the Christmas lights. Then we head back home to heat up some hot chocolate and curl up together cozily under our warm blankets. It’s the perfect way to unwind before Christmas day.

We made some time for new traditions this year, too. We held our first ever Delysia holiday event at our brand-new Chocolate Culinary Center, and it was so much fun! Many Austin families came out to celebrate with us, and they got to make their very own delicious Delysia chocolate bars. The large turn out was such a wonderful surprise, and I look forward to keeping up the event for years to come.

Since I’m such a Christmas lover, I couldn’t ask to be in a better line of business — it brings me so much joy to craft chocolates for everyone to share with their loved ones during the holiday season. So here’s to wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. And I want to thank you for your support of Delysia in 2014.  We have so much in store for 2015, and I can’t wait to share it with you all! In the meantime, enjoy the cheery Christmas carols and all the sweet treats for just a little longer.

Happy Holidays,

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Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.