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Featured Seller: Estheraguirre

Feb 6, 2012

by estheraguirre handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Esther Aguirre and I currently live in the small Hamlet of Holmes, NY with my hubby Eduardo, our three-year-old son and chocolate critic Alex, and of course our chickens. I moved to the US from the other side of the puddle 10 years ago, a few years after finishing my business administration studies.

I’m the chocolate nut behind Xocolatl Chocolates (which means ‘bitter drink’ or ‘bitter water’ in Nahuatl Aztec). I was born and raised in the small town of Orduña, which is located on the Spanish side of the mountainous and rugged Basque Country. It’s more than 1,000 years old! I’m the youngest of five children. Like our land, we are rugged and warm people, also known for our loyalty as well as for our love of food. Cuisine and the kitchen are at the heart of Basque culture. I grew up basically in the kitchen, reading stories to my mom while she cooked food for an army. That’s what probably turned me into a food nut and a book rat.

Basque food is all about quality, not so much about lots of ingredients, but about cooking with the best possible. My mom used to say, there’s no mystery to making a great meal when you have all that you need and more. But when you only have the basics (or not even that) and you are capable of warming your guest’s stomach as well as their heart and make that meal one to remember, then you’ve done something great. I always keep that principle in the back of my head when creating chocolates or baked goods – keep it simple, but keep it good. At Xocolatl Chocolates, you won’t find items with more than five or six ingredients, if that, but I can guarantee you they will be of great quality.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
My other passion is books. I think they’re treasures of time. I love antique books and oftentimes I wonder who read them, and about their past and their experiences. I also like history very much. I really enjoy historic novels, I just wish I had more time to read, but for that I would need at least 30 hour long days! I love to sketch, draw, color, and once in a blue moon when I have the time, I love to knit in bed.

What would be the title of your memoir?
The title of my memoir would be Finally Walking on the Dark Side…of Chocolate That Is!
As a kid, I used to love milk and white chocolates and I still do, don’t get me wrong. But time, age and experience has shown me that dark chocolate is such a wonderful ingredient. It just has it all. Its color, smoothness, taste, smell, feel, look, health advantages, complexity, moodiness, working potential and versatility just keep amazing me more and more every day. It’s simply a passion. I love all kinds of chocolate, but now I’m definitely on the dark side.

Ralph Hulse

Where does your inspiration come from?
Food of course. I’m a foodie to the core, always trying different cuisines, flavor combinations, new and exciting spiced up dishes. Having friends from all over has helped me a lot. They have opened my mind and tastebuds to new flavors and to the unknown. I’m proud to say that I’ve tried alligator, guinea pig, fruits and tubers among other things that I didn’t even know existed, and I love it all! I’m not afraid of trying new foods, and all that thanks to them. Thank you, guys!

Also the international foods aisle, and ethnic supermarkets (especially Korean) are a great source of inspiration. If I see a product, fruit or spice that I don’t know or haven’t worked with, oftentimes I buy it and then I research on the Internet and look for recipes to try.

My customers also inspire me and give me new ideas – a few products exist thanks to their requests, ideas and challenges. I would also like to say a special thank you to Joanne Yobak, she’s the one person who basically pushed me to do this, to do what I love today. Thank you for your challenging requests, referrals, confidence in me, as well as for being the most loyal of customers.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade to me means, putting my heart, passion, time and effort into something special. Handmade is something that doesn’t just come from a mass production factory and can sit on a shelf for a couple of years and still “be fresh.” It means quality, something special made just for you. Handmade also is when somebody doesn’t even have words to express how much they like what I made for them – they close their eyes and simply go, “Mmmm!”

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Definitely my mom. She was always super creative in the kitchen, even though she didn’t have a huge variety of ingredients. We did have a garden, so there were always plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available. She made meals to remember from the simplest ingredients. My dad used to tell her after every new unexpected creation: “I cannot believe that after a lifetime together you are still able to surprise me in the kitchen.” I want to be like that. When you get your goodies from Xocolatl Chocolates, I would like your experience to be like that – a surprise for your taste buds.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I wouldn’t call myself an artist, but I’ve always been a crafter and maker. Since I can remember, I always loved to do things with my hands. I’ve done everything from making clothes for my dolls, knitting a scarf, playing with dough food, playing board games, putting on puppet shows, coloring in coloring books, making up comics, and cooking and baking. Nowadays, I find myself sometimes unable to fall sleep because I’m thinking about a recipe for a new item or a menu for an upcoming get together with friends. My mind is never still.

How would you describe your creative process?
Ideas often come when I least expect them. It can be a smell, a color or a familiar taste, something that takes me back in time or to places I’ve visited. Often trips or different foods just make the lightbulb turn on. I have to write ideas down, otherwise I will forget them. Seriously, when it comes to ideas I have the retention of a fly.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
When I was pregnant my mom and older sister knitted an amazingly soft white angora baby blanket for Alex. I really keep it close to my heart because my mom made it for my son, and she never got to meet him in person.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
When I’m in a rut, sometimes I like to work on other aspects of Xocolatl, like how to improve on its looks, the pictures, the packaging or ideas for the exciting near feature launching of the website, thanks to fellow Etsian friends Janet and Scott McEntire at Vendzi. The attractive appearance of the store and appealing branding are that good because of their expertise and professionalism. Also, if I’m up to it, updating and giving a little bit of love to my blog that’s in desperate need of my attention.

I sometimes like a change of scenery, get out of the kitchen, or relax with a cup of Spanish style hot chocolate, so thick that the spoon stands on its own (nom, nom), read a book, go for a walk, sketch, go out to eat, or I simply do something unrelated.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would love to be in a better, sweeter world filled with love and peace, surrounded by family, friends, chicks and chocolate. I would love to be in paradise.

Featured Seller Archive



  • StudioSeventyFive

    StudioSeventyFive said 5 years ago

    Oh My! Such Yumminess! Big congrats on the feature!!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful feature. And everything looks delicious. Congrats!

  • Zaheroux

    Zaheroux said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Your pride and personality really come through in the items you provide! (They all look so yummy) All the best to you and congrats on your interview!

  • amorio

    amorio said 5 years ago

    Glad to finally see some food in this section! Lovely story and great photos..greetings from Bilbao

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love your story! Congrats on the FS!!!!

  • EyeCandyByAmy

    EyeCandyByAmy said 5 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing

  • mikiheather

    mikiheather said 5 years ago


  • ReclaimedDesigns

    ReclaimedDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congratulations for being featured. Wishing you the greatest success in the future!

  • PJsBedBugs

    PJsBedBugs said 5 years ago

    Oh I want some! Congratz and great interview!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Love your work and your story! Congrats on the FS!!!!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 5 years ago

    Congrats Esther - loved reading this. Love the "sweeter world" thought - that could solve so much !! Love the knitting in bed - and feel the same about needing 30 hours in my day !! Wish wish wish I was close enough to order mmmmm . . . .


    ESSANEL said 5 years ago

    Great Feature ! Congrats ! Your chocolates look delicious !

  • inapigsear

    inapigsear said 5 years ago

    I am enjoying dark chocolate so much more as I get older, too. (I think it may also have something to do with discovering better brands of chocolate!) Your selection looks divine and I love the way you style the pictures.

  • SugarBabyStore

    SugarBabyStore said 5 years ago

    I love, love, love this featured seller!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  • GypsyTailor

    GypsyTailor said 5 years ago

    Felicitaciones!! What a wonderful interview!!

  • TableTutor

    TableTutor said 5 years ago

    Beautiful creations!

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 5 years ago

    Esther, thrilled to see you in the spotlight! Enjoyed your interview tremendously. Here's to an amazing featured seller run!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    What a unique feature! Love it!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 5 years ago

    Those look delicious!

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell said 5 years ago

    Wow...I just pop out from your shop, your handmade work is amazing!! Thank you for sharing your story. Success to you!!

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns said 5 years ago

    I just ate breakfast, but now all I want is chocolate! Your confections are lovely, Esther!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 5 years ago

    Love this interview! How awesome to see such talent in the spotlight. Well deserved. Muchas felicitaciones!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    What's not to love?

  • estheraguirre

    estheraguirre said 5 years ago

    Thanks a million to everybody!!! Really great experience!!!

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 5 years ago


  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 5 years ago

    Great interview - you've made me quite hungry! I love reading about your Basque heritage as I have recently started researching my family tree - my great grandfather was born in Zaldibar (which is also my maiden name).

  • zakonek

    zakonek said 5 years ago

    Yum - Looks absolutely gorgeous & delicious! Awesome and inspiring article. Love the idea of having chicks, more respect to those who grow + raise their own (I happen to love chickens, and their soothing clucks)! Wishing you much success and many sales. Cheers! :)

  • PosketsPapers

    PosketsPapers said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness!! Everything looks so delicious & sweet! Wonderful feature!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    "Keep it simple, but keep it good" So true! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature!

  • lorandherworld

    lorandherworld said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Well deserved. Enhorabuena Esther! super interesante la entrevista y qué genial tu tienda, me ha encantado. Zorionak! :)

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Excellent Article!!!! Beautiful YUMMY Confections!!!!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 5 years ago

    ahhhhhhh! I am soo hungry now :)

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Yummy. Congrats on the feature!

  • layracreations

    layracreations said 5 years ago

    Great Story!!!!! Now I need chocolate :) Congrats!!!

  • 12thAvenue

    12thAvenue said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your shop looks amazing and delicious. : )

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    looks gorgeous, I too am a dark chocolate lover!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    So lovely! Your shop is spectacular and looks delicious!!! Congratulations!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories said 5 years ago

    Totally yummy

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 5 years ago

    I'm always amazed and thrilled to meet/read about people from other countries bringing their rich food history our way!! Your quote "there's no mystery to making a great meal when you have all that you need and more. But when you only have the basics (or not even that) and you are capable of warming your guest's stomach as well as their heart and make that meal one to remember, then you've done something great", is a fantastic tribute to your mother and how very true!!! Congratulations and much success to you!!

  • mangoavenue

    mangoavenue said 5 years ago

    I love dark chocolate and your creations look delicious! Best of luck to you!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 5 years ago

    Enhorabuena, Esther! Un placer conocerte :)

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 5 years ago

    I am so excited to see such an amazing edible business as the FS. Congratulations! What an inspiring interview, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago


  • annielambert

    annielambert said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Very educational as well as entertaining. Your chocolates look delicious. Congratulations on your feature, and good luck in the future!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Delicious shop !! Congrats !!

  • RustandRose

    RustandRose said 5 years ago

    I totally agree about the sublime quality of dark chocolate... it is hard to put into words! Your edibles are so sensual and lovely. Congratulations!

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 5 years ago

    Such yummy looking unique creations! Congrats on the Feature :)

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 5 years ago

    Congrats on FS! Love chocolate! :)

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 5 years ago

    I want to run into the kitchen right now and bake. Plan a savory supper for my family. My favorite is dark chocolate also. My 10 year old son is addicted too. Great interview and outlook on the future. Best of luck!!!

  • unabellavita

    unabellavita said 5 years ago

    A truly inspired story. I learned about sewing at my mother's side and look at me now! My daughter has my experience to learn from as your son has yours. Congratulations on the article and continued success with your shop.

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 5 years ago

    Really liked your story and your shop looks so professional and delicious!

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your article. Love dark chocolate. Everything looks yummy. Thank you.

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 5 years ago

    I'm hungry. All your food items look sooo delicious - I'm very partial to dark chocolate too especially w rasberries. You're neat to read about. Congratulations & continued success to you!

  • LGAjewelry

    LGAjewelry said 5 years ago

    WOW..... I'm speechless, look delicious.....congratulations.

  • thetootsiewootsie

    thetootsiewootsie said 5 years ago

    Oh wow. Everything look YYUUUUMMMYY!

  • elizasteindesigns

    elizasteindesigns said 5 years ago

    Those 3-D hearts are really cool :)

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 5 years ago

    Beautiful interview. Your chocolates look amazing. I may have to dig into my afternoon stash of chocolates and it's only 10:00am... ;)

  • HomemakerMovement

    HomemakerMovement said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop and such a sweet story! Congratulations on your feature and the best of luck with your yummy business!

  • LittleBitsOFaith

    LittleBitsOFaith said 5 years ago

    Yummy story!! Wonderful article! Congrats and continued best wishes!!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    I love chocolate my entire life, like lotsa people, but I never enjoyed dark chocolate and never thought I would. I just didn't get it. Not until I ate a dark chocolate bar infused with chilli peppers. Now I'll never go back.

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 5 years ago

    I think that's such a neat story about her mom knitting her child a white angora blanket, which she's held onto even after her mother has passed. It's also cool that Esther likes to knit- I think there's a definite connection between good chocolate and great knitting!

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a fabulous shop you have! Congrats on the feature!

  • knottysarena

    knottysarena said 5 years ago

    yum yum.

  • verarodrigues

    verarodrigues said 5 years ago

    yummy feature!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 5 years ago

    Great photos, your items look delicious!!

  • HappyWhoos

    HappyWhoos said 5 years ago

    You had me at chocolate! Wonderful interview and lovely photos. Felicidades! :)

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    Truly loved reading your interview--like the commenter above, you also had me at chocolate! Congratulations on the feature!

  • CreativeCardsForYou

    CreativeCardsForYou said 5 years ago

    Love it, love it, love it!! :) WOW!

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 5 years ago

    Oh wow, your shop is a treat for the eyes - lots of stuff I must try! Now, tell me more about this Spanish style hot chocolate.....♥

  • rawhydeleatherco

    rawhydeleatherco said 5 years ago

    I was just thinking how the chocolates for valentine's day thing was so overdone, and then there is your shop proving me wrong. Congrats!

  • starstanford

    starstanford said 5 years ago

    Your treats look beautiful as well as delicious!

  • PigCastle

    PigCastle said 5 years ago

    Yay! This shop is awesome!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    sounds like your heart is really in it, you will be a great success!

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 said 5 years ago

    Your shop is fantastic! I had to stop reading after the first few minutes and go take a look! ( and favor a few of them, of course!) I know what I will be trying in the near future! Lucky family...and I love the memory of your Mother and Sister knitting! Hope the blanket is well stored and safe. Good luck with your wonderful shop! (~.~) Ellen

  • etco

    etco said 5 years ago

    Muchas felicidades Esther!

  • MVDesignInk

    MVDesignInk said 5 years ago

    Your items look yummy!! Congratulations on the feature! Felicitaciones!

  • TheGoldenSnail

    TheGoldenSnail said 5 years ago

    I love your shop and your blog! Definitely a follower!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    I love dark chocolate!! Your shop is the yummiest!!! I admire anyone who can make candy perfectly. I have eaten mine with a spoon or put it on ice cream so many times. Good for you! Much success in the future! Patti

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    I wish I could've met your mom. She sounds like an amazing person, as do you! Just reading about your chocolates (I'm almost afraid to look at the pictures!) make me think I need chocolate, now. :o) Congratulations on the feature! Blessings on you, your family, and your shop! Hannah Jasmine

  • yasmi65

    yasmi65 said 5 years ago

    Felicitationes!!!!! I love chocolate, best wishes, nice interview .

  • CarameloBoutique

    CarameloBoutique said 5 years ago

    Felicidades Esther!!!!. Tienes mucha magia y tu trabajo es fantastico.

  • lemondear

    lemondear said 5 years ago

    yum yum yum enhorabuena Esther, geniales tus creaciones con un ingrediente tan ancestral y delicioso <3

  • vendzi

    vendzi said 5 years ago

    Woo hoo! Congratulations Esther! -- Your warm heart shines through in everything you do. Scott and I couldn't be happier for you. More accolades to come, we're sure. –J :-D

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 5 years ago

    oh my goodness is that lavender extract next to your chocolate?? yummo! You should try and seek out an Asian Market if you have one near you since you're inspired by their flavors. I have one here in the valley in LA and it's one of my favorite places to shop! There's an isle that is FULL of weird spices and dried fish...probably wouldn't be the most delightful chocolate ingredient but I alway steer clear of it, I'm just not that adventurous yet but I'm sure you'd have a ball there!

  • VirtuosityClay

    VirtuosityClay said 5 years ago

    Great interview Esther! Congratulations!

  • Myflowerhead

    Myflowerhead said 5 years ago

    Mmmmm!!! Congrats;)

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview - I am officially hungry after looking at all the goodies you offer!

  • TheCatkinBoutique

    TheCatkinBoutique said 5 years ago

    wonderful feature, lovely shop :)

  • masonke

    masonke said 5 years ago

    The love for what you do, really shines through! Congratulations!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Great feature! ..and chocolate too!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Your confections look so delicious and beautifully presented! Congrats on the feature.

  • MissingHeirloom

    MissingHeirloom said 5 years ago

    YUM! and congrats!!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 5 years ago

    One of my favourite shops, it's a treat to meet the lovely person behind it! Congrats on the feature!

  • BeautifulLine

    BeautifulLine said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Awesome shop!

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 5 years ago

    Yum & congrats!

  • beaconknits

    beaconknits said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Esther - Great feature!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta said 5 years ago

    yummy...everything looks amazing, your pictures are fantastic, congrats on the feature

  • SweetOliveSupplies

    SweetOliveSupplies said 5 years ago

    Congrats, Esther! Inspiring and yummy story!

  • ElementsbyJulie

    ElementsbyJulie said 5 years ago

    My mouth is watering!! I will be a customer for sure : )

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 5 years ago

    love EVERY THING about this happy for you!! yum!!

  • joyfulhome

    joyfulhome said 5 years ago

    Ohhh....Chocolate!!! You don't have to say much more than that. Congrats on the feature!

  • TopazTurtle

    TopazTurtle said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shop. Thank you for sharing your lovely treats with us.

  • JewelMeShop

    JewelMeShop said 5 years ago

    Everything in your shop looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • CRBoggsDesigns

    CRBoggsDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love this interview...If I weren't a designer of Bridal...I'd be a Chocolate test sampler for you!...LOVE your answers especially regarding..your idea of Handmade..I agree 100%. congrads

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Inspiring story! Thanks for sharing u'r luv of chocolate w/ us all!

  • LoveFighters

    LoveFighters said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Esther!!! ^___^ I am also Spanish, from Barcelona, living in Japan. I just discover you in Etsy and after read your interview I can`t wait to try your chocolate!!! ^______^ You are a very sweet woman!!! ^____________^

  • BigRockPaperCo

    BigRockPaperCo said 5 years ago

    I agree with your views on chocolate and have considered replacing my husband for a nice big hunk of dark chocolate - given its many positive qualities!! mmmm!! Your stuff looks amazing by the way. huge fan.

  • glusk

    glusk said 5 years ago

    Ohhh myyyy that all looks too delicious!

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 5 years ago


  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 5 years ago

    congrats! it all looks and sounds so wonderful!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    books and chocolate? of course we are destined to be best friends! congrats on a wonderful i'm off to peruse your shop....YUM!!

  • branda

    branda said 5 years ago

    Congrats Esther!!! :-) :-)

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Esther!! :)

  • Jlwhiddon

    Jlwhiddon said 5 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations, Esther. I know you are so happy about your being featured. I love your store. I LOVE dark chocolate so I am excited to buy your foog. Yay! Congratulations again and so happy to find you.

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard said 5 years ago

    Your shop is a thing of beauty! Congrats on being featured!!

  • brandmojointeriors

    brandmojointeriors said 5 years ago

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! Congrats on being featured and we wish you all the very best!!!!!

  • LilBlessingFromAbove

    LilBlessingFromAbove said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! I never would have known about you otherwise. The Lavender with Chocolate...oh la la...divine! Reminded me of the Lavender Festival I attend in the summer. : ) Blessings to you!

  • designsbyannademay

    designsbyannademay said 5 years ago

    Your product looks AMAZING! Good timing with Valentine's Day right around the corner. Congratulations!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 5 years ago

    Congrats Esther! I really enjoyed your interview. I am stepping over to the Dark Side Too! that is Dark Chocolate. All your Creations Look So Decadent and Delicious!

  • skinbyalicia

    skinbyalicia said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your shop looks amazing and delicious. : )

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    WOW!! Looks soooo yummy!!!! ~KK~

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Beautiful...You, your story...your artful creations! Thank you for a wonderful read...

  • cyndichain

    cyndichain said 5 years ago

    Wow... Esther, I hope you feel as proud as I do reading just a piece of your amazing life filled with chocolate goodness. Which by the way, I am drooling over. Hot Chocolate with truffles and books?? Can it get any better than that? Congratulations! Cyn

  • LalaStudios

    LalaStudios said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh, everything looks delicious! Congratulations on the feature!

  • sedwickpaints

    sedwickpaints said 5 years ago

    Drool! Beautifully written interview. Congratulations!

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 5 years ago

    I love me some CHOCOLATE!!!!! :-D Never fails to put me in a good mood. Love your shop, and congrats on your feature! That's so exciting for you.

  • lapisbeach

    lapisbeach said 5 years ago

    Amazing shop, lovely interview!!! Congrats on the feature & thanks for sharing with all of us;)

  • todomini

    todomini said 5 years ago

    mmm delicious!! Congratulations! ^ _ ^

  • bespo

    bespo said 5 years ago

    At home we keep a secret stash of chocolate in case of "Emergency" :) Always seems to make everything better. Lately I have been eating a lot of dark chocolate, more so than milk or white. And they say its great for preventing heart attacks!!

  • AntiquesAsh

    AntiquesAsh said 5 years ago

    Really great in depth article. I always find the people who make delicate things like chocolate to be so interesting.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Yummm. Congrats on your feature!

  • artbitz

    artbitz said 5 years ago

    Delicious! Great article!

  • glutenfreepaleo

    glutenfreepaleo said 5 years ago

    Mmm... Dark chocolate. Perfect food. So yummy. Yours looks awesome! Congrats!

  • amytopstitching

    amytopstitching said 5 years ago

    Congrats on behalf of Team Madcap!

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    EarthSeaWarrior said 5 years ago

    this feature just made me super hungry! nomyumz! ;)

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    EarthSeaWarrior said 5 years ago

    and yes @amytopsstitching… madcap reprezent! :)

  • redbarnmarketplace

    redbarnmarketplace said 5 years ago

    Oh my Loveliness!! I want one, no two of everything! Congratulations!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 5 years ago

    Ooooh yum! Loved your interview, congrats on the feature and good luck in your future!

  • jusbecuzz

    jusbecuzz said 5 years ago

    Congrats to You!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 5 years ago

    Awesome feature! Continued success!

  • tuesdaystulips

    tuesdaystulips said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and Scrumptious~Looking Goodies! You are an awesome INSPIRATION to us all!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your chocolates!

  • GinnyVie

    GinnyVie said 5 years ago

    Looks sooo delicious!!!

  • Mylana

    Mylana said 5 years ago

    Great feature!

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 5 years ago

    Lovely chocolates!!! lovely feature too

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 5 years ago


  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Very nice!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 5 years ago

    yay! delighted to see you featured here. que bueno! felicitationes.

  • NadinArtGlass

    NadinArtGlass said 5 years ago

    really great shop, lovely, Nadin

  • Attractive1

    Attractive1 said 5 years ago

    Dear Esther, what a good food give your mind to your hart and hands! Be blessed!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago


  • simmmsimmm

    Simel from simmmsimmm said 5 years ago

    Delicious chocolates!!! Congrats!!!!!!

  • TinksTreasure

    TinksTreasure from TinksTreasure said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Esther! Great interview, beautiful yummy creations. Wishing you continued success. PS Your photos are amazing!

  • Dulcinea17

    Ingrid from SuddenlyYou said 5 years ago

    I'm hungry now :) Congrats!

  • PCanPotter

    Phyllis Canupp from PCanPotter said 5 years ago


  • 464Handmade

    RosaMaría from 464Handmade said 5 years ago

    Felicidades por la entrevista Esther! me encantó leer tu maravillosa historia y tu tienda es simplemente deliciosa! muchos éxitos! xo

  • nicolabaker1

    Nicola Baker from nicolabaker1 said 5 years ago

    Just want to eat everything, such a great shop.

  • shopbobbi

    Bobbi Reinert from shopbobbi said 5 years ago


  • fatalsweets

    fatalsweets from fatalsweets said 5 years ago

    can you sent food to Japan? They look so yummy.


    Julia from MASHUGANA said 5 years ago

    You article is lovely and inspiring!! I totally agree about the simple things that make food taste wonderful! Congrats on the feature, all the best!!

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    What a lovely shop and interview! Congrats on the feature~

  • thevelvetheart

    Melanie Beth from thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    Ah dark chocolate, my love...

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture said 5 years ago

    I love dark chocolate. Your photos look so yummy. Congrats on the feature!

  • Eccolo

    Sarah from Eccolo said 5 years ago

    And now I'm craving your chocolates at 8am... :) Thank you for sharing; your chocolates are beautiful!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies from BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Yes, Yes, and more Yes!!!!!

  • allybohacs

    allybohacs from allybohacs said 5 years ago

    wonderful! Congrats Esther!!

  • sianykitty

    Siany from sianykitty said 5 years ago

    amazing, beautiful, the photos are superb, she has a lot of style makes me forget that it is actually edible! congratulation the feature seller worth someone like you!

  • lucyscreations

    lucyscreations from lucyscreations said 5 years ago

    Felicitaciones!!! Beautiful shop!

  • cynthiacallan

    Cynthia from cynthiacallan said 5 years ago

    Simply scrumptious

  • LynJewels

    Lyn from LynJewels said 5 years ago

    Looks yummy!!!

  • pulpsushi

    Marilyn P Sushi from pulpsushi said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Esther on the great feature! =D

  • SimplyStatedAntiques

    SimplyStatedAntiques from SimplyStatedAntiques said 5 years ago

    Congratulations ~ Everything looks so beautifully delicious!

  • GetGlassy

    Patti from GetGlassy said 5 years ago

    Congratulation Esther! Wonderful feature. All of your sweets temptations look wonderfully delicious.

  • arcaniumantiques

    arcaniumantiques from ArcaniumAntiques said 5 years ago

    Great interview, Esther! Your responses are warm, sincere, and intelligent. Your shop and creations look beautiful. Best wishes for your continued success. Hooray for the Hudson Valley, too!

  • julsandmaude

    Mary Brady from JulsandMaude said 5 years ago

    Congrats! And thanks for making my favorite food group!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 5 years ago

    Wow!!! That looks delicious! Congrats

  • modernrubbishsf

    Charley from modernrubbishsf said 5 years ago

    This looks beautifully delicious! Congrats on your feature!

  • chARiTyelise

    Charity Hofert from chARiTyelise said 5 years ago

    how delightful!! your creations and your featured seller piece! i loved reading it and imagining you saying the words in a lovely Spanish accent (i have many friends from Spain, so i can picture it well in my mind!)--- i am eager to try some of your chocolates! warmest congratulations on the feature!

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Dark chocolate is the secret to world peace....well at least "office" peace..LOL! What a wonderful interview, your family values and experiences remind me so much of our Hawaiian lifestyle (the real one, not what the visitors bureau publishes =)). I love "retention of a fly" , I have to remember that, at least for 24 hours! Congratulations and much, much more success to you! Aloha!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 5 years ago

    divine and sweet article~your chocolate truffles look delectable!

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 5 years ago

    your photographs are so bright and beautiful. your food looks so yummy!!!

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry said 5 years ago

    I am going to head to your shop and drool some more! must try! A wonderful interview and your passion for chocolate really show's with your profile dedicated to the origin of chocolate! congratulation's and wishing you more success in the future!

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 5 years ago

    MuMMM!! Congratulation!!

  • Thecookiecouture

    Maria Guadalupe from Thecookiecouture said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational story!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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  • aromacandles

    Laura from aromacandles said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I am off now to have a peek in your shop and drool all over my keyboard.

  • TheSweetPetunia

    Ariane from TheSweetPetunia said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you and congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LunaZen

    Dennise G. Garzon from LunaZen said 5 years ago

    Yummy!!! :) Congratulations!!!

  • ginnyhuber

    ginnyhuber from FloweringFibersEtsy said 5 years ago

    as a true chocoholic I appreciate your delicious looking and beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

  • KreatedbyKarina

    KreatedbyKarina from KreatedbyKarina said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!

  • boxartig

    Kristina from boxartig said 5 years ago

    Yummy! Great feature :)

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed the interview! Your chocolate looks beyond yummy!!!!!

  • TheOwyheeEmporium

    Crystal BlackOwl-Gocken from TheOwyheeEmporium said 5 years ago

    I have to say, as someone who lives around a LOT of Basque people your story brought tears to my eyes as you are very much truthful and remind me so much of the older ones I have loved and lost. Your page is wonderful, and your food looks AMAZING ! Come out to the Basque Festival sometime, its a Wolrd Wide hit here ! <3 this

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic from Shab2Chic said 5 years ago

    Your goodies look delicious ... Congratulations!

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie from greenphilosophie said 5 years ago


  • plainjbodyandhome

    Jessica O'Leary from plainjbodyandhome said 5 years ago

    Great interview...congrats on your feature! Everything looks delicious!!

  • ThePaperNook

    Paula Greene-Bowron from Past2PresentBoutique said 5 years ago

    YUMMY! Thanks for sharing your heartwarming story and congrats on the feature!

  • Beadhouseuk

    Inessa Williams from InessaWilliams said 5 years ago

    Wonderful blog! I can feel chocolate scent here :) Thank you very much! Great success to your business.

  • MrsNowak7

    Elaine Nowak from buckeyepaperscissors said 5 years ago

    YUM! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • JennysTreasuresForU

    Jennifer from JennysTreasuresForU said 5 years ago

    So happy to see her as a featured seller!I have some of her chocolates in my cart,just waiting for when I get a certain amount of sales,for that's how I'm planning to celebrate. :)

  • globalbitsandpieces

    Carina M Gebl from globalpieces said 5 years ago

    nom nom nom I just posted out to the world about this, looking forward to more chocolate wonders. & you are neighbors as well! I will visit. very nice article..

  • DanaCastle

    Dana from DanaCastle said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Everything in your shop looks so yummy, I couldn't help but order some for my husband (knowing that he'll share with me!).

  • StarryNightStudios99

    Patty Heylin from StarryNightStudios99 said 5 years ago

    Yum chocolate! I think I'll go make some fudge! Great interview!

  • Skyporcelainantiques

    Edward Sky from Skyporcelainantiques said 5 years ago

    Love chocolate and loved reading about you. Congrats!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Congratulation on being featured! So well deserved. Your chocolates look luscious and are presented beautifully.

  • helenbobelen

    Helen Lee from helenbobelen said 5 years ago

    Esther, I imagine even greater success coming to you as you live and create a life of quality. Thanks for being featured : ).

  • madebyzigzag

    Monika I. M from madebyzigzag said 5 years ago

    Everything looks delicious! Congratulations Esther!

  • Goatielocks

    Ella Robbins from Goatielocks said 5 years ago

    Oooh, what business! Win, win! You could hardly go wrong selling CHOCOLATE! :)

  • pusspixie

    sophie polonsky said 5 years ago

    all looks very good. I like the chocolate moustaches. very cool.

  • GourmetHandbags

    Sonya from GourmetHandbags said 5 years ago

    Great feature and I love how elegant and beautiful everything looks from the photography to the sweets! Congrats!

  • JetJewels

    JetJewels from JetJewels said 5 years ago

    Simply Divine!

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory from FunkyFriendsFactory said 5 years ago

    Hi Esther ~ yummy chocolates ~ love that mustache chocolates : )

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin said 5 years ago

    wonderful! Congrats Esther!!

  • enjoleuse

    Kimberly Pelkey from enjoleuse said 5 years ago

    Reminds me of the movie Chocolat;) Delightful shop;) Congrats Esther! Kimberly/Enjoleuse

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 5 years ago

    Oh lovely chocolate! Such a fabulous story that includes your family influence and how it led you to engage in this work that feeds your soul.

  • edwardheinz

    Edward Heinz from WeatheredTraditions said 5 years ago

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yum, yum to the tum, tum

  • cirkuskids

    Dominica from cirkuskids said 5 years ago

    the only negative thing here is that you are not living in my country ! I would order so many on a weekly basis .. those moustaches look awesome !! Nom nom nom ! :-)

  • MoonSunWorld

    MoonSunWorld from MoonSunWorld said 5 years ago

    looks delicious! Many blessings of success!

  • ToodlesToTheNoodles

    ToodlesToTheNoodles from ToodlesToTheNoodles said 5 years ago

    Great story. Congratulation! Beautiful work.

  • VandH

    Milivoj from VandH said 5 years ago

    I am very sad that I did not close so I can to enjoy these wonderful a delicious things .... Big congratulations!

  • JanetElizabethLLC

    Janet Elizabeth from JanetElizabethLLC said 5 years ago

    Wow, you can tell we Etsy people really love our chocolate. I have a shirt that says "Give me some chocolate, and nobody gets hurt". Love your story! Janet

  • busterandboo

    Buster and boo from busterandboo said 5 years ago

    I wonder if one can live on chocolate alone? Awesome shop, such yumminess. Great feature!

  • paulakitty1

    Paula Burns from ExoticsoapsNcandles said 5 years ago

    Everything looks yummy!!! Congrats!

  • tamilyn

    Tami Stanton from TamiLyn said 5 years ago

    You are right, dark chocolate IS the best! Enjoyed your sorry Mom didn't meet Alex

  • meganboyd2

    Megan Boyd from MBoydCreations said 5 years ago

    should of used a professional commercial photography:

  • Aristocrazy

    Aristocrazy from Aristocrazy said 5 years ago

    zORIONAK!! Awesome shop! add in my favorites!

  • HiddenZipper

    Kelly from HiddenZipper said 5 years ago

    Wonderful inspriational lady...Already sounds like paradise ; )

  • leatherExpressions

    leatherExpressions from leatherExpressions said 5 years ago

    Great story. I'm sorry your Mom never got to meet Alex. You are so talented, everything looks delicious. Best of luck!

  • Inklets

    Nik from Inklets said 5 years ago

    Nothing beats dark chocolate! Great shop!

  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness. Everything looks soooo good !

  • YellEureKa

    Mena N from MyFlowerWorld said 5 years ago

    delicious interview! Orange and dark chocolate does it for me.

  • madefromscratch4u

    Lizzie from madefromscratch4u said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your chocolate looks delicious :P

  • coldporcelainshop

    Isis Quesada from coldporcelainshop said 5 years ago

    Congrats! everything looks so yummy!

  • Ifoundmyshoe

    Ifoundmyshoe said 5 years ago

    Everything looks so pretty and YUMMY! Your chocolate barks are so colorful!

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    NenasArtandDesigns from NenasArtandDesigns said 5 years ago


  • nicoahsmeem

    Valerie Augustine from PhatBabeeBlankets said 5 years ago

    Everything looks sooo good.

  • HoneyBeeHolistics

    Melissa from HoneyBeeHolistics said 5 years ago

    I love it all! Great prices & the adoration of Dark chocolate! Instant ♥ from me!

  • lillysshoppe

    WestU from lillysshoppe said 5 years ago

    looks delicious, congrats!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    Looks amazingly delicious! Congrats on the feature!

  • revoltfashion

    revoltfashion from revoltfashion said 5 years ago

    Oh wow I want to bite into my screen seriously!! I love how you arrange everything in the fotos, it's looks just so yummy....and I love chocolate!!! Great great stuff!

  • Tupilu

    Tupilu said 5 years ago

    Todo tiene una pinta, con solo verlo se me hace la boca agua!

  • BeyondBackstitch

    Beyond Backstitch from BeyondBackstitch said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured seller! I love your much chocolate and beautifully displayed! Delicious!

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