Desiree's Sweet Beginnings
Desiree has been in the business of making chocolate since the early 90's, when she owned and operated a unique gourmet candy kitchen with a retail store in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1995, the excitement of living and working in Chicago prompted Desiree to sell her shop and move to Chicago where she served as Chocolatier for the Chocolate Bar and Sweet Melodies. In 1998, when Sweet Melodies closed, she decided it was time to revive her business by opening up Desiree Chocolates in the Chicagoland area!
Originally from South Africa, Desiree learned to appreciate the art of fine food and chocolate at an early age. Her mother, Myrna Rosen, is an internationally renowned cookbook author and is often referred to as the "Julia Child of South Africa." Her first two cookbooks, Cooking with Myrna Rosen and Elegance with Ease, were South Africa's best-selling cookbooks. Her most recent cookbook, South African Gourmet Food and Wine, was released in the United States in 1998.
Desiree decided to follow in her mother's footsteps into the kitchen, but added her own unique twist. Using a combination of her own talent and of course, her mom's wonderful dessert recipes, she has been able to create top quality chocolate truffles, pastries, cakes pops, cookies, and many other confections that are both visually spectacular and decadently delicious.