Chocolate s by Carolyn opened in Yucaipa back in 2009. Over the past eight years, owner Carolyn Graves has earned lots of recognition from the community and she even won Best of the Inland Empire’s best chocolate in 2015.
Carolyn Graves, 69, has been making decadent chocolate since 2005, but she recalls a trying time in her life that motivated her to do something spectacular.
“I’m a Christian. I remember one day I got on my knees, and prayed about it. I had a need and I was inspired to make chocolate,” said Graves.
“I didn’t have the money or resources to be a chocolatier, it cost lots of money. I went out and purchased a one burner electric plate at Target, I got a small piece of granite stone, and I went to the library and got some books. Then I went and put everything into action after that,” Graves said.
Aside from her mother, who frequently comes in and helps make boxes, Graves runs the small business all on her own. She does everything from answering phones, taking orders, making her chocolates and treats, to wrapping and selling boxes to the public.
She also shared an impressive fact about her longtime business saying, “As far as I know my chocolate has reached every continent except Antarctica.”
Graves also recalls a time when a customer came in to purchase a box of chocolates to mail to a women who lived in Costa Rica.
“The next time the customer came in I asked him if the woman liked the chocolates, and he told me that she loved them. Then I told him, she’s a keeper,” Graves said.
After iterating to the customer that the woman was a keeper, he said he wanted to buy another box of Graves’ chocolates because he was going to propose to the woman.
Chocolates by Carolyn sells handmade chocolate, caramel apples, fudge, toffee, pretzel rods, soft peanut brittle (which tastes like the inside of a butter-finger). The shop also carries local designers’ jewelry, personal handmade cards and personalized gift items.
“I am overwhelmed with the amount of support from the community. Thank you lord and thank you customers,” concluded Graves.
Chocolates by Carolyn is currently taking orders for the holiday season. For more information call 790-8900. Its located at 35268 Yucaipa Blvd.