GUY C. DENECHAUD Ana Paula Alexandrescu, owner and operator of My Brigadeiro Chocolates in Norwich, VT, fills online orders.Ana Paula Alexandrescu has kicked off her new business, My Brigadeiro Chocolates, from her home in Norwich, VT.
Orders for the hand-made specialty chocolates exceeded her expectations during the first weeks of start-up, she said, adding she has had to increase the rate of production heading into spring.
Brigadeiro chocolates are a type of confection popular in her home country of Brazil, where she had lived before moving to the U.S. with her husband, Dorian Alexandrescu. She makes the chocolates by hand, with one part-time helper.
Only organic chocolate is used in the Brigadeiro chocolates, and Alexandrescu concentrates on the use of local products whenever possible. Although the chocolates are available in a few stores, such as Dan & Whit’s in Norwich, the majority of sales come through the firm’s Web site.
“I did not believe that it was possible to achieve so much in such a short time, but I have sold my chocolates to customers in each of the 50 states,” she said.
The chocolates, said Alexandrescu, have a consistency that is different from any other chocolates she has tried. “They are sort of between a piece of fudge and a truffle. They are not as chewy as a caramel, but much chewier than a typical chocolate-covered cream candy,” she said.
There are currently about 35 flavors available, including cherry, ginger, orange, coconut, almond, walnut, and white and very dark chocolate. “People seem to really appreciate top-quality chocolates, and it makes me proud to be able to produce these in my own kitchen,” she said.
The mailing address for My Brigadeiro Chocolates is P.O. Box 463, Norwich, VT 05055. The telephone number is 802.649.7015. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Web site is www.mybrigadeiro.com.MORE IN Valley Business Briefs
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