Have a chocolate lover in your life? (Yes, that includes you) This local chocolatier creates artisanal chocolate boxes perfect for gifting and Choc Boards perfect for grazing.
Cincy Chic: What is Choc on the Wild Side?
Debra Richman, Founder of Choc on the Wild Side: Choc on the Wild Side is chocolate reimagined, crafting artisanal chocolate into beautiful Grazing Choc Boards and fully customizable Choc Boxes that are perfect for at-home entertaining as well as personal and corporate gifting!
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Richman: Baking has always been a shared hobby in our home, and holidays and special occasions have always been accented by creative sweets to mark the moment. When my daughter, Maddie, was a preschooler, we spent a lot of time baking and she always asked me to promise we would start a bakery together and that we would call it the M&M bakery, for “Mom and Maddie.” I would always agree that for sure we would do that (tongue in cheek), she would say “when?,” and I would say “before you’re in middle school” – because that felt so far off. Pan ahead a decade later and Maddie is an 8th grader, the name M&M has always been clearly taken, and Choc on the Wild Side is a chocolate business not a bakery, but the inspiration for starting this company came from the fun I had creating desserts with that little preschooler.
Cincy Chic: What types of treats do you offer?
Richman: We offer seasonal and fully customizable choc boxes with varieties of gorgeous and delicious chocolate pairings! Our amazing chocolate barks come in more than two dozen combinations, and our loaded pretzels are easily a stand-alone dessert! In addition, we add an artisanal flare to several flavored cookies covered in chocolate, and our ‘Choc Cookie Flight’ is a crowd pleaser with a wine tasting or a huge glass of milk.
Cincy Chic: Are you offering any specialized holiday boxes?
Richman: We are offering a ton of specialized holiday boxes and our online launch for the 2020 Holiday Season is Friday, November 13th! We will feature Hot Cocoa Choc Boards with hand crafted delicacies to create the perfect holiday drink. In addition, we’ll have gorgeous boxes filled with Choc Bark Pretzel combos, Choc Bark Bars, and Choc Covered Cookies for sending to someone you miss, thanking a special teacher, or sending out to wish co-workers or employees a Happy Holiday Season!
Cincy Chic: What makes Choc on the Wild Side unique?
Richman: Choc on the Wild Side is unique because of our approach to rethinking chocolate combos and asserting that in the choc arena there’s no such thing as excess! One commonality in our world right now is wanting to celebrate the good times together and wanting to reach out to the people we’re missing – a little chocolate excess checks both of those boxes!
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Richman: We’re always looking for some innovative spin and tailoring our ‘Choc Cookie Flight’ this winter in tandem with Wine Tastings will help infuse some fun to Winter 2021. In addition, we will be offering a ‘Brew Companion Choc Box ‘featuring our salty ‘Choc Potato Chips’ and ‘Nutty Choc Barks’, which can hold their own with a tasty, seasonal craft beer!
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Richman: We post all of our newest creations on Instagram and Facebook where we often spotlight Choc Boards we’ve recently delivered for fun events, and we also feature gorgeous Choc Boxes all customized for special occasions, before we ship them off to a destination outside of Mason. In addition, our website, choconthewildside.com offers a wide array of options for real time ordering and also a way to reach out so that we can collaborate together to create a perfect fit for an Open House or a Milestone Celebration worthy of fanfare.