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SEATTLE (KHON2) – Fran’s Chocolates is a family-owned, Seattle-based company that has created premium, artisan chocolates since 1982.

When owner Fran Bigelow opened her first store, she specialized in a small line of five hand-dipped truffles. Today, however, she is known for her delicious salted caramels.

“One of my regular customers posed a good-natured challenge: add caramels to my confection lineup. Much later, a chef and friend challenged me to use imported gray salt from Brittany, a cutting-edge ingredient in the gourmet food industry of America at the time,” Bigelow said. “I added the salt not only to the caramel itself, but also atop the chocolate enrobed caramels, opening up the senses to experience flavor and texture in an entirely delightful way.”

The result is a rich and soft, not sticky, caramel that melts in your mouth. The confection quickly gained a following, including the praise of a former president.

“We were extremely honored and humbled that for the eight years President Obama was in office, he handed out our salted caramels as gifts to White House visitors and friends,” Bigelow said.

Bigelow is very proud of the company’s flavor profile and commitment to incomparable quality.

“Preserving the purity of chocolate and using only the most exquisite ingredients allows us to continue to pursue the extraordinary, even as production grows,” she said. “We still produce in small batches and all our confections are hand-wrapped.”

Fran’s Chocolates offers a guided tasting experience at its Georgetown retail and production location.

You can hear Bigelow’s story of discovering the inspiring flavors of pure chocolate, learn about the company’s history, marvel at the confection-making process, and savor an exquisite selection of its favorite and best-selling creations. To book a guided tasting, call (206) 508-4535.

In Hawaii, Fran’s Chocolates are sold at Foodland stores in Honolulu, Kailua, Kamuela, Kohala Coast, Lahaina, Princeville, and Wailuku; Whole Foods Market stores in Honolulu, Kahului, and Kailua; and at the Market by Capische and Wailea Wine in Wailea.


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