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Sweet treats for sweet hearts

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Sweet treats for sweet hearts

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory owners Vinnie Bhan and wife Annie in front of their business in Manteca with employee Felicia Acuna, right.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED February 11, 2012 1:11 a.m.

Felicia Acuna is a shoemaker. These are not just ordinary shoes though. They are works of art. Edible works of art, to be precise.

One of her most recent masterpieces is a colorful Size 8 ladies’ shoe with high stiletto heels. Inside the shoe are chocolate truffles.

For Valentine’s Day, you can have this scrumptious piece of art for yourself or for a loved one, boxed and decorated with colorful ribbons, for $50 at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Manteca.

This is just one of the many Valentine’s Day special treats, doubling as art works, coming out of this nearly four-year-old chocolate factory on the northeast corner of East Yosemite Avenue and Lincoln Street. There are literally dozens of them to choose from to sweeten the day of hearts for you and your loved one.

“We have chocolate-dipped strawberries – they are fresh-dipped everyday; we have over a dozen varieties of decadent truffles – milk chocolate, raspberries, black cherry, mint, iced cappuccino - just to name a few,” said Rocky Mountain manager Jane Panigada.

“We also have chocolate bars, but we have something better than that – a huge selection of our caramel apple. We have over 20 varieties – rocky road, English toffee, peanut, pecan, almond, apple pie, cheesecake, butterfingers, cookies and cream.”

The store, which looks like the fictionalized chocolate factory inside, have so many colorful foil-wrapped chocolate roses that visitors could almost feel they are inside a floral shop instead of a sweets store.

For those whose diets have sugar restrictions, Panigada said they also have chocolate products made specifically for them.

“A lot of people require sugar-free chocolate; we sell a lot of it,” she said.

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times at the store. To accommodate customers who may have a hard time squeezing in an errand for their loved one on Tuesday, February 14, Panigada said they will be open for business on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are usually closed on this day. Their regular hours Monday to Saturday have the same business days.

All Valentine’s Day gifts purchased at the store also receive free gift wrapping.



— Rose Albano Risso
city editor

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