A trip to the City / Chocolaterie Stam

So it's that blah time of year here in the midwest.  We were spoiled by an unseasonably warm January, some days almost to the 70's!  And now that the REAL winter is here I am getting cabin fever. 
So I have been keeping busy with creating some new products. And the highlight of my February so far was a quick trip to the city yesterday. A trip to see my sister and to take her some wonderful soap and lip balm geft sets I made to sell in her shop, Chocolaterie Stam.

The gorgeous gift set that I designed specifically for my sister's chocolate store.  Chocolaterie Stam is located in Papillion, NE in the Shadow Lake shopping center. 

My sister Suzi and I.

My sister and her family spent 5 years living in Germany and during that time fell in love with the European chocolates.  Stam chocolates originated in Amsterdam in the early 1900's at the hand of Jacobus Stam. Jocobus's great-grandson, Ton Stam, decided American would appreciate these fine chocolates.  I think he was right :)  They are the most wonderful chocolates I could have ever dreamed of!  Fresh cream and nut filled bonbons is something that American chocolate companies just don't make. 

 My soaps on display.  I searched high and low for just the right packaging to be worthy of this splendid store.

Not only is this store elegant, but it has such a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. 

A full case of decadent bonbons!

These chocolate mice are a favorite in my family.  They come in white, milk, and dark chocolate.  So cute and yummy :)

Aahhhh Gelato!!  What is gelato you say?  It's the Italian's version of ice cream.  I wouldn't even call it ice cream, it's in a league of it's own. Gelato has less butterfat, therefore is less solidly frozen and melts in the mouth faster. Gelato has a much higher density than ice cream, no air is whipped into gelato like traditional ice creams. And lastly, because it is less solidly frozen, gelato’s taste is further enhanced as it melts in the mouth.  And with flavors like "Turtle Cheesecake", "Coffee Crunch", and "Yellow Cake Batter" (my favorite) you don't want to miss a bit  that glorious taste!

So if you happen to be in the Omaha area, be sure to stop in to Chocolaterie Stam.  Your Valentine will be "yours" forever with a gift from this shop.  You will thank me, I promise!!


  1. What a great post! Her store looks amazing. My sisters and I would love to stop into a place like that if were lived near the area. Here in L.A. we always try to find high quality shops like your sisters. Your soap looks great as well! It's mixes in nicley with the rest of the products.

    1. Thank you, I really tried hard to get them to look as nice as that store :)

  2. Your soap gift set is just beautiful and fits in well with your sister's absolutely FABULOUS shop!! The little chocolate mice are too cute! I wish Nebraska was closer to Arizona!!

    1. Thank you Candy! Keep a look out for those stores, they open more each year :)

  3. Well, aren't you the chocolate sisters! How fascinating it must be to have a chocolate shop. It looks fabulous to me! I adore chocolate shops, especially those that have an endless variety of bonbons!

    Reading your praise about European chocolate and Italian Gelato I got myself thinking that while Gelato is different from ice cream, I never knew that chocolate in the US is different than ours, how curious!

    And not to forget - your absolutely fabulous soaps belong to that shop. You are the first person I know making chocolate soap...

    1. Her family really enjoys the perks of owning a chocolate shop, and so do I!!
      American chocolate, while still wonderful of course, seems a bit bland and waxy tasting to me now. Also the cream filling in the Stam bonbons is something they just don't have here. American chocolates are usually filled with a thicker and sticky type cream. Do you see the Stam stores near you?
      Thank you for your compliments on my soap Sonya, you are my ever present cheerleader :)

  4. Thanks now I want chocolate. Looks like a very nice store too. Hope your soaps sell well.

  5. Hi,

    Can I go live in your sister's store ?



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