Celebrating 18 Years of Extraordinary Handmade Chocolate Truffles!
extraordinary, our chocolate truffles have been featured repeatedly on
The Food Network as well as Fine
Living TV and the Travel Channel!
And we've been named the Best Chocolatier in America by
America's Best Online!
what makes our truffles extraordinary--the best--as we've been called? Each
truffle is handmade and rolled in coarse
chocolate to create an extremely creamy and unusually sumptuous chocolate truffle.
Because of this unique process, created by founder, Tina Buck, there is no hard,
sometimes waxy, outer shell to bite
through, just pure truffle experience from the very first moment. Their handmade look belies a rich taste and sensuous
texture that is unmatched. Our trademark box
depicting the flower and foliage of the cacao tree adds to their
charm. It’s complete with a
“truffle map” on the inside lid showing just which truffle is which. The box is accented
with a matching raffia tie and is finished with a card containing a bit of chocolate lore. Recipients will learn how
chocolate truffles got
their name, why there is a powerful connection between chocolate and love or what role chocolate has
played throughout history. The result of all this hand-work is a beautiful, almost rustic looking
gift that is not only wildly delicious, but truly extraordinary!
In fact, Elle magazine
named us the “Most Ravishing Online
USA Today.com said, “Visit The Chocolate Garden in Coloma for
handmade chocolate truffles so decadent they'd make the French blush”. The Detroit News said, “To call The Chocolate Garden’s amazing
truffles ‛candy’ would be a huge injustice.” Food writer David
Rosengarten called us one of The Great Chocolates and reported: “these
truffles are like nothing I’ve ever seen--in France or anywhere
else--they are absolutely delicious!” Click here
to read why one of our customers calls our truffles "Life Saving".
“The BEST chocolates I have ever eaten!”
Corpus Christi, Texas
Orders Placed Today Will Ship Early Week of August 21st.
Please note, the shipping method you select only affects the time in
transit, not the ship date.
As our loyal customers know, The Chocolate Garden’s truffles are
handmade by actual human beings and have a "consume by" date. We
don’t package them up and wait for you to order because we want you
to have the freshest chocolate truffles possible. Because of this
attention to freshness and quality, we sometimes can't ship as
quickly as a company selling, say, books or CDs (or mass-produced
chocolates). We also sometimes get backed up, especially after
being featured on The Food Network or around holidays! And finally,
we only ship early in the week (usually Mondays) to ensure your
truffles don’t get stuck somewhere warm over the weekend
or a holiday. So keep in mind, the shipping method you
select only affects the time in transit, not the ship date. For
more info see shipping. We appreciate
If you'd like to order now for a later
week, you can always tell us in the Special Instructions box which
week you'd like us to ship.
“I discovered The Chocolate Garden a few
years back on the internet as I was browsing for 'best chocolate'.
I gave it a try and never forgot how superior it was to other
Bronx, New York
"Just wanted to let you know what my wife
thought of your truffles.
The 3rd best chocolate truffle she said she
ever had was in Belgium (she comes from Germany).
The 2nd best was in Colorado Springs, the day I proposed to her.
(However, I think the situation played a role in her decision!)
But...she said the best one she had was yesterday - when she tasted
A big tip 'o the hat!”
Floral Park, New York
“We saw signs to your place on our way to
Chicago, so on the way back (to Ohio) we stopped in. What a treat
and well worth the stop. You make the best truffles I have EVER
had!!! Love, love, love the dark chocolate! Thank you!”
“Your truffles are outstanding. During a
roadtrip across MI, my friends and I saw your billboard and ventured
off I-94 for a stop. Like an oasis in the middle of the desert, we
were thrilled to discover what we thought was just "our little
find"! Your chocolates are the best any of us have ever had, and the
fact that you have received all of these awards, and yet you still
take your time and hand-make everything. . .that's just outstanding.
I recommend you to everyone and like to give your chocolates to my
family. Keep it up, and thanks for representing Michigan in such a
Flat Rock, Michigan
Here we Grow Again!
To make your time at The Chocolate Garden even more
enjoyable, in 2011 we expanded again! We added about 500 square feet
to our retail shop, a customer restroom, a patio with
outdoor seating and a small tasting bar! For a nominal fee ($2.99 +
can taste 3 truffles of your choosing. PLEASE NOTE: the tasting
bar only holds 6-8 people at a time (2 spots are lower for
wheelchair access or smaller people), and cannot be reserved.
And although we've grown by leaps and bounds, we are still small
and cannot accommodate large groups or busses. Thanks for
Open 7 Days a week, all year long with the following
exceptions: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter.
We are open all "eves" for your shopping pleasure!
Summer/Fall Hours (Memorial Day weekend through Halloween):
10am to 7pm.
Winter/Spring Hours (November 1st to Memorial Day weekend): 10am to
For driving directions or more info about our shop, go to our
Retail Location page. For the
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“My dad brought home a few of your truffles on
his way home from Chicago. I've had truffles from so many places,
including Germany, France and Switzerland. All I have to say is that
your truffles are absolutely amazing. I've never had anything like
East Lansing, Michigan
“I am from Peoria, Illinois and I was
driving up to Michigan to see a friend of mine. I saw the billboards
for The Chocolate Garden and when I finally got to the exit, I HAD
to stop. I bought 8 pieces of chocolate and shared them with my
friend. They are BY FAR the BEST, most WONDERFUL pieces of chocolate
goodness I have ever put in my mouth!!! I am in love with truffles
and I am now in love with The Chocolate Garden. Absolutely
delicious!!! I will definitely be getting some more on my way home
to Illinois and will certainly be ordering some as well. THANK YOU!”
#1 in Midwest Living's Fantasy Box of Chocolates!
“Indulgence defined” says Midwest Living Magazine of our Milk
Chocolate truffle. “A sensuously rich and buttery truffle rolled in
soft pebbles of chocolate.” Wow, we're blushing. What an honor to be
given the top spot in what staffers at Midwest Living hope “would be
waiting in a little package with a bow on Valentine's Day morning.”
“I would like to say how much, how very,
very much, I appreciate and enjoy the quality of your truffles,
which are without a doubt the best truffles in the world! The
smooth, rich flavors and silky texture make yours that something
extra we all deserve! Keep up the great job!”
“This past Valentine's Day, I ordered a 9 oz box
of your truffles as a gift for the woman I'm dating. Eleven days later,
she became my fiancé. I don't know if it was the truffles that did it,
but she LOVES the truffles! It's the best chocolate we've ever tasted!”
To produce only the highest quality chocolate products with a unique and charming personality.
“We stopped at your store after seeing your
billboards on the way home from Mackinaw. I never expected to taste the
best chocolate of my life! Your truffles are exquisite. We are planning
to purchase them as favors for our wedding next year!”
The Chocolate Garden’s Roots
Originally created over 30 years ago, our chocolate truffles were
first developed as a holiday gift for
clients and colleagues of then Chicago-based advertising executive, Tina Buck. Through experimentation and a bit
of naïveté, Tina found a way to make her truffles even more luscious and creamy, having no idea at
the time it would become her life’s work. Each year, the truffles got even better, and more and more
people commented that they were really something special. Too
often to count, Tina was told she should consider selling her extraordinary handmade chocolate
truffles. These comments were usually prefaced with statements like “I know chocolate
and I really think...” or “I’m a real chocolate connoisseur and you should...”
Finally, Tina decided that she’d
had enough of big-city corporate life and was ready to fulfill
her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She longed to
move back to the country to be surrounded by green, open spaces.
Since she had always had a passion for chocolate and already had
a product that people loved, she decided to take the advice of
all those experts and make her truffles available to chocolate
lovers everywhere. In 1998, she founded The Chocolate Garden and
spent about a year developing the packaging, getting the trademark and all the
other aspects of creating a company from the ground up. She searched long and hard for the perfect
spot near her family and finally found a charming old Italianate farmhouse in
the country with a big yard and plenty of room for gardens. She
built a commercial kitchen in the back and to the delight of
many, The Chocolate Garden took root.
The Chocolate Garden
uses the same labor-intensive techniques and high quality
ingredients that Tina used when making truffles as gifts. They
are still made in small batches by actual human beings and
the recipe is virtually unchanged since that time.
Today, these extraordinary handmade chocolate truffles are
available only at our retail store and on the internet. And
although a few companies are now trying to copy our unique truffles and
the techniques created by Tina so many years ago (sadly, it's not just our
imagination--they purchased our truffles first then
came out with their look-alikes) we are pleased to report that no one has
succeeded in copying our taste or texture. Most likely because a product
inspired by the desire to copy will never compare to a product inspired by
creativity, passion and love!
“I got a call yesterday from my freind, Barb. I
said hello, and she just said, 'Oh. . . . my. . . . God!' She had
just received her truffles and tasted her first one. She could not
believe how incredible it was. I had told her, but she apparently
thought I was exaggerating. Now she knows. And she's a huge new fan.”
For quickest response, please call or email. Contacting us
through the mail will greatly delay a response. Or visit us
at our retail shop!
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- that's (269) 468-9866
- 2691 Friday Road
- Coloma, MI 49038
“Love your truffles! Best in the world. Would
you guys ever consider opening retail outlets in other states?
PS-Darkest Dark Truffles are the best. No other
truffle beats it.”
Orange City, Iowa