Milk Chocolate Raspberry Meltaways: one great Bedré Fine Chocolate option.
SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA – February is National Chocolate Lovers Month and many Chickasaw Nation-owned businesses offer unique options to celebrate the sweet observance, beginning with Bedré Fine Chocolate.
Bedré is the only Native American-owned chocolate company. It is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Chickasaw Country.
Bedré’s 34,600 square-foot facility is situated along I-35 near Davis, Okla. Upon entering the Bedré manufacturing facility, you are immediately drawn into the delightful world of chocolate, beginning with a complimentary chocolate sample and a warm welcome.
There are mountains of chocolate melt-a-ways, chocolate-covered twists and a wide range of other chocolate-enrobed delights. Other unique items include chocolate-scented candles, body scrubs, chocolate soda and cozy blankets.
There is chocolate-covered popcorn, peanuts, pecans, potato crisps, cookies and orange slices. And don¹t forget about the cowboy boot, cowboy hat and Oklahoma-shaped chocolates!
This decadence is found all year long at the Bedré retail store, said Bedré general manager Philip McWherter.
“At the retail shop you can get specialties,” McWherter said. “There are things that are not in everyday product line, such as cookies enrobed in chocolate or dried fruit.” Bedré is always prepared for any occasion, he said, from Valentine’s Day to Fourth of July, with special offerings.
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“A visit will give you new ideas on what to get your sweetheart, and every time you come, there is going to be something different,” McWherter said. “We try to keep it fresh and fun.”
Some new offerings include a chocolate-covered raisin and coffee and cream-covered coffee beans. The very popular chocolate-covered strawberries are offered on a first-come, first-served basis only on Valentine’s Day.
One of the best reasons to visit the Bedré manufacturing facility is to watch the skilled staff create a variety of confectionery delicacies. Using specialized high-end machinery, a variety of melt-a-ways (mint, caramel, hot fudge, peanut butter, raspberry, espresso), candy bars, clusters, twists and sensations are ultimately created from the selection of white, dark and mint chocolate, peanut butter and caramel stored in huge vats.
This process can be viewed from large glass windows separating the factory from the retail area.