Miss Maude's Bar of Chocolates
Jessica Leonard, Owner & Chocolatier, Miss Maude’s Bar of Chocolates
Jessica has prepared meals in some of New York’s most acclaimed restaurants. However, it was Jess’s love for fine chocolate and travel that inspired her to create something completely unique – one chocolate bar with eight distinct squares.
Determined to find the world’s best treat, she traveled the world to London, Paris, Marrakech, and beyond, opening her palate to the world’s most exciting flavors. She fell in love with Devonshire cream, French pastries, and exotic saffron. Jessica had a moment of brilliance: she’d craft a chocolate bar full of separate compartments for all her favorite flavors. She would solve her candy conundrum, bringing together an entire box of chocolates in one delicate bar-sized package.
After months of tempering and tampering, she produced a three-ounce bar of rich, silky dark chocolate, with eight squares, each holding a classic delight: Earl Grey, Champagne, hazelnut praline, crunchy Marcona almonds, tart cherries, crispy puffed rice, salted caramel and pink Himalayan salt. Inspired by distant places, festive occasions and the notion that a girl really can have it all, she brought together the best of life in one bonbon-like bar.
In February 2018, Jess opened Miss Maude’s Bar of Chocolates in Richmond, Virginia with her signature ‘Why Choose?’ bar. When she’s not making chocolate, Jess is eating chocolate in all parts of the world.