December 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Fran’s Chocolates

Fran’s Chocolates has friends in high places. How high?

According to The Huffington Post, our chocoholic in chief treats White House visitors to the milk chocolate and smoked salt caramels from Seattle-based Fran’s. The first lady prefers the gray salt ones.

And top chef Bobby Flay raved last month to People Magazine that Fran’s coconut gold bars “are the best gourmet candy bars ever. Hands down. No competition.”

That’s how sweet it is these days for Fran Bigelow. For more than 30 years, this master chocolatier has been setting candy trends. She was selling miniature chocolate bars and elegant truffles before they became ubiquitous.

Fran’s passion for chocolates began with her first taste of French confections in 1969. The rich and delicate flavors captivated her senses unlike anything she had experienced. In 1982, she opened Fran’s Patisserie and Chocolate Specialties in Seattle, finding special satisfaction in sharing the pure joy of chocolate with her customers.

Her pursuit of perfection led to intense, exquisite confections and earned Fran’s a following that has never stopped growing. Devotion to furthering the art of chocolate is reflected in every recipe, method and ingredient. Each confection is made in small batches with meticulous care and skill in Fran’s Seattle facility. For her couvertures, she uses exclusive blends of the highest quality cacao from regions such as Venezuela, Madagascar and Ecuador.

Fran’s four retail boutiques are all in the greater Seattle area, but you can order any of her treats online. Special delights are offered each season, and this Christmas’ temptations include Peppermint Imperiales, made of pure dark chocolate with natural peppermint oil from Washington’s Yakima Valley and dipped in 64 percent dark chocolate; and the Holiday Selection, a luxury 20-piece truffle and caramel assortment plus 20 gray and smoked salt caramels, and two milk-chocolate Santas, all presented in elegant boxes tied with red satin ribbons.

Can’t wait for Santa? Fran’s elves are burning the midnight oil (peppermint, of course,) to ship your confection selection in plenty of time for the holidays. Give them a jingle at 800.422.3726 or visit


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