About Our Chocolate

Sweet Secrets Chocolate OwnersSweet Secrets™ Chocolate is an artisan chocolate company based in Wheaton, Ill., specializing in chocolate covered pretzels, pretzel bark, chocolate pretzel pizzas and hand rolled truffles. The company was founded by Terri Kinney and Dede Barnicle, two friends with a passion for chocolate and an eye for detail. They combined their skills from The French Pastry School and business school and began making truffles in 2008.  Their chocolates are artfully made by hand. Each piece is finished to perfection using the finest ingredients and packaged with care. Sweet Secrets Chocolate creates unique, delicious and fun chocolate specialties that are sure to bring lots of smiles.

In October 2013, The National Chocolate and Dessert Industry recognized Sweet Secrets Chocolate as an innovator in new product development.  Chosen as a finalist for “Best New Product of the Year” Sweet Secrets stole the show with their Chocolate Pretzel Pizza!  The judges loved it, the media thought it was a “hit”, and the chocolate lovers at the National Show lined up to have their picture taken with the Chocolate Pretzel Pizza and the cool little chocolate-busting mallet.  Truly a sweet success, Sweet Secrets Chocolate now distributes their products nationally.

About the Owners

Terri Kinney graduated from University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and a minor in Economics. She went on to graduate work in healthcare administration at Benedictine University. She has three children: Christian 14, Rachel 22 and Emily 24. When she’s not making (or eating!) chocolates, Terri enjoys running and spending time with her family. She believes that hard work, dedication and quality products have helped Sweet Secrets Chocolate succeed. Most importantly, she says that her and co-owner Dede are “two good friends who enjoy each other’s company and who really like chocolate.”

Dede Barnicle graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing – a field that she still works in today. Dede fine-tuned her chocolate technique at The French Pastry School in Chicago where she received hands-on training from some of the best pastry chefs in the world. It was there where she learned how using the highest quality ingredients combined with skill and passion can make the very best chocolates. Dede has three children: Erin 19, Tom 22 and Megan 23. In her free time, Dede enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active through dancing, tennis and yoga.

About the Pretzel Artists

Pretzel ArtistEach pretzel rod and twist is dipped by hand in chocolate, cooled, and then dipped a second time.  Only then is it ready to be topped with some of your favorite sweet goodies.  A final layer of chocolate drizzle gives them the perfect finishing touch.  The pretzel bark and Chocolate Pretzel Pizzas are layered with just the right amount of pretzels, chocolate and fun toppings so they are perfect for your snacking pleasure.  This isn’t a job. . . it is an ART.  The Pretzel Artists at Sweet Secrets Chocolate are creative and fun, with an eye for details.  A truly happy, fun and delicious product all starts in the kitchen.  Smiles in the kitchen will guarantee smiles when our products arrive!

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