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It was the summer of 1980 and I was taking a stroll in the gritty neighborhood of Manhattan - the Lower East Side. A neighborhood where millions of immigrants flocked to in pursuit of the American Dream. On the corner of Hester and Ludlow was a small shop. A shop with no name and no true identity. Somehow, she called to me. Somehow, she moved me to open the door and walk in. Within moments, I had purchased the shop with one firm handshake. After all, this is New York City.

My passion. Traveling the world to experience its culture and wonder. My shop. The Sweet Life. Where I searched the globe to bring a taste of each country. From the 1883 family owned chocolate shop in Voiron France... to the traditional salty liquorice in the Netherlands... to the rosewater candy jewels from the Piedmont region of Italy.

Our Chocolates. This was my dream. To share my love for good quality handcrafted chocolates in this little shop I built. Handmade in small batches with only the best ingredients. You will taste the difference. Simple yet decadent chocolates.

Today, 34 years later, my dream lives on in a neighborhood that is surrounded by inspiration and creativity. Art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants for the cultured and alike.

I invite you to visit our shop... and for a moment, let her remind you that life is sweet. This is my love story.

Very truly yours,

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Dreamy Hippo Handbag

An adorable gift every girl will love!  BARU's "Dreamy Hippos" in dark chocolate: fleur de sel caramel & forest berry caramel, milk chocolate: honey almond & almond & pecan pralinĂ©.  Chocolates shaped like cute happy hippos filled with pure sweetness. 

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Enchanted Series

Nirvana Chocolates new organic Belgian chocolates are dreamy. Thanks R Studios for the great photography and design! Thanks Sophy Tuttle Fine Art and Illustration for the artwork!  http://sweetlifeny.com/nirvana-organic-belgium-dar...

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Voiron France 1884

Simply the best and finest chocolate in the world - Chocolat Bonnat. In 1884, Felix Bonnat discovered his love for chocolate in France, and to this day that passion has not been compromised. Decades and generations later, the Bonnat Family is still one of the world's top chocolatiers. Single origin chocolates from [...]

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S'mores Chocolate Bark

Summer BBQs & campfires with family & friends makes toasting marshmallows a summer must.  We handcrafted a S'mores Chocolate Bar with Belgium milk chocolate, marshmallows & graham crackers.  Let's not forget our customer favorites - The S'mores Sandiwch & S'mores Balls!

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Who's that girl?

The talented artist, TYK, from Los Angeles California, painted our gates this summer.  For years, after our shop closed, the gates have been the seemingly welcoming artist's canvas to endless graffiti artists.  Rumor has it that should these artists respect the work of another artist, the tagging will stop.  Time will tell...

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