Chocolate has always been a part of Victoria Boyko’s life. In fact, growing up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, her first word may have been chocolate! She still vividly recalls childhood trips to the Hershey factory. Several times a year, her family participated in a traditional Pennsylvania fund raiser that sold chocolates produced by a local candy manufacturer. Her family garage was transformed into a chocolate wonderland as it served as the drop-off location for rows upon rows of these heavenly confections.
No one seemed surprised when she announced that she was heading off to Europe for college! As her family wished her “Bon Voyage!”, she anticipated the delectable chocolate confections that awaited her! Her most memorable European chocolate experience occurred at a movie theater in Lucerne, Switzerland while watching the film Saturday Night Fever! It was here that she discovered Gianduja, that wonderful combination of hazelnuts and chocolate. Of course Gianduja Tiles are available for sale on the website!
American born, Swiss and British educated, Victoria graduated from both the American Intercontinental University – Lucerne, Switzerland, and the American Intercontinental University – London, England. Her study abroad memories are full of the wonderful chocolate shops of Lucerne, Zurich, Paris and Brussels.
After a number of years as an executive with several successful American businesses, she relocated to Toronto, Canada.
Her passion for chocolate was re-ignited when she saw that a Toronto chocolatier was offering hands-on classes in chocolate making. She signed up for the course and was on her way to what would become a year’s worth of study in the art of artisan chocolate making in both Toronto and Montreal.
Combining her years as a successful business leader in the fashion industry with her degree in art and design, Victoria continues to develop her line of artisan hand painted chocolate bon bons and other chocolate products from her lab in the Tampa Bay area.
She opened her internet based, artisan chocolate business in 2006 with the goal to create and deliver wonderfully fresh, hand-made Belgian chocolates directly Tampa Bay Area Customers.
Today, we serve the artisan chocolate needs of customers in the following nearby communities: Tampa, Clearwater, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, Odessa, Trinity, Spring Hill, Palm Harbor, Land O’ Lakes and Lutz, Florida.