Notes From the Chocolatier: The Power of First Love

The first time I made truffles I was pregnant with my first child. Two first loves at once. Can a person get any luckier?


First love is a powerful emotion. Countless books, songs and movies have been written to convey the experience. A few years ago Psychology Today analyzed how initial experiences, especially those involving love, shape who we are. What they found was that all the firsts are markers, like chapters in the story of our life. They can be the highest of highs or the lowest of lows, but each one impacts us for the rest of our lives.


Firsts That Last Forever

For me the experience of running a business has come with many firsts. Fortunately, most of those firsts have been highs that remind me of the love I felt making that first batch of truffles. But even the lows have served a purpose and helped shape who I am and what Delysia Chocolatier has become.

Psychologists say that firsts are impactful for the rest of our lives because the memory is seared into our psyche. All the little details are vividly recorded so we can remember the experience of feeling something for the first time. The scientific term for the phenomenon is primacy effect.

Around Valentine’s Day it’s only natural that our psyche let’s the memory of first love bubble up to the surface. But not just the first person you dated or kissed – all of your first love experiences could come rushing back. The holiday triggers a flood of fond memories that are like poetry pieced together by synapses.


Making First Love Memories More Memorable

The reality of a first experience is heightened because all of our senses are hyperaware and engaged all at once. We’re taking it all in and the newness is etched into our brain. That first time I made a truffle in my kitchen and the enjoyment that came from that first velvety smooth bite is still vivid in my mind today. I’m so fortunate that every time I make a new confection I get to relive it all over again.

The first bite you take of Delysia Chocolatier artisan truffles will be an experience that you’ll remember forever. I handcraft each flavorful piece with the hope that the taste will elevate the moment to make it even more memorable.

This Valentine’s Day we’re offering not one but two unforgettable truffle collections. The Sweetheart collection chocolate truffles is our classic collection for the holiday with decadent dark chocolate, champagne and raspberry truffles. Our new Lovers collection chocolate truffles is an indulgent mix of the strawberry brut, red velvet and rose petal truffles.


Happy Valentine’s Day!





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.