Apricot-basil truffles by Katherine Anne Confections (Courtesy of Katherine Anne…)
After nearly six years of selling her hand-dipped truffles and homemade caramels at local farmers markets, cafes and Whole Foods locations, chocolatier Katherine Duncan plans to open a permanent storefront this fall.
Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W. Armitage Ave., no phone yet), slated to open on Sept. 13, will be located behind Duncan’s Logan Square production studio.
All of Duncan's sweets are made without artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Local Illinois honey and organic sugar, for example, are used in the store’s caramels. Duncan also mixes items from the studio’s backyard herb garden into her apricot-basil truffles, grapefruit cava and fresh mint truffles. “You’ll see lots of inspirations pop up from cocktails,” Duncan said.
Five varieties of caramels ($0.75 a piece) will be available each week. The shop will also sell roughly 15 types of truffles ($2.50 a piece), including favorites such as the cherry-amaretto truffle and a limited-time truffle that Duncan said will be “on sale for one week, then gone forever.”
Featuring exposed brick, tables made from reclaimed wood and local artists’ work on display, the cafe will also serve homemade hot chocolate topped with a homemade marshmallow. Duncan also says she’ll offer an option that will let customers infuse their drink with the truffle of their choice.
Tea from Chicago-based SenTeamental Moods and French-press coffee from Bucktown’s Ipsento will be on the menu, and Duncan is also in the process of securing pastries for the shop.
For take-home treats and gifts, Duncan plans to sell truffles in three- seven- and 20-piece boxes made from eco-friendly, tree-free paper.
Erin Brereton is a RedEye special contributor.