Last Friday afternoon, Hannah and I stopped in Calvert, Texas, for lunch. Calvert’s Main Street is home to a slew of antique shops, and, surprise!, one chocolatier extraordinare—Ken Wilkinson.
As we stepped into an elegant building with the name of CocoaModa, our eyes feasted on a gorgeous display of handmade chocolates. Delightedly, we accepted samples of a mint truffle and a raspberry truffle, each eating half and trading the other half. Without a doubt, we had discovered a unique Father’s Day gift. We spent the next five minutes contemplating and discussing gelees, candied fruit, and 14 flavors of truffles, before actually choosing an assorted dozen of the exquisite, gourmet confections.
Inspired by two heavenly truffles, Hannah and I will visit Calvert again. We plan to tour The Atelier—the chocolate-making factory located across the street from CocoaModa—and learn about couverture, ganache, and French Valrhona chocolate.
The small town of Calvert, located on Texas Highway 6, is about a two-hour-drive from Austin, Houston or Dallas. If you’re not going to be in the area soon, then visit Cocoamoda’s here. You’ll be inspired by the craftsmanship of a master chocolatier.