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Sweet Start


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 and Desserts in the Chicagoland area!


Originally from South Africa, Desiree learned to appreciate the art of fine food, chocolate and dessert at an early age. Her mother, Myrna Rosen, is an internationally renowned cookbook author and is often referred to as the "Martha Stewart of South Africa." Her first two cookbooks, Cooking with Myrna Rosen and Elegance with Ease, were South Africa's best-selling cookbooks. The last of her series of cookbooks, 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 handmade artisanal chocolates, truffles, cookies, pops, cupcakes & mini desserts that are both visually spectacular and decadently delicious. 


Myrna Rosen, an internationally renowned gourmet chef (and Desiree’s mother) best selling coffee table cookbook, Elegance with Ease. As the name states, the book features many of Myrna’s favorite easy but yet elegant recipes, several ethnic dishes from around the globe as well as a section of traditional Jewish recipes. A beautiful book with delicious recipes that are foolproof and sure to make all taste buds happy! To purchase a copy of Myrna's cookbook please contact Desiree at 847-444-1263

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