Tucked away in a quaint old Reno neighborhood and beside the lush, green Truckee River is Dorinda’s Chocolates, the home of all natural hand-dipped chocolates, created by Dorinda Vance.
Dorinda, also known to some as the Duchess of Chocolate, is a mother of 4 boys. She homeschooled her sons until they reached high school, and when her last two sons were in 7th and 8th grade, Dorinda decided to pursue her dream and love for chocolate. She became a professional Chocolatier. Since the age of 12, Dorinda has been making her famous chocolate covered cherries. After studying and learning the science behind chocolate at Ecole Chocolat, a chocolate making program, and gaining experience in hands-on courses at Berry Callebaut, a chocolate academy in Chicago, Dorinda continues to hone her skills today. Dorinda has also received numerous awards. Upon receiving her first and most meaningful award, “Best Most Original taste” for her sea salt caramels, Dorinda realized that she had a taste for combining ingredients to create a decadent flavor.
Dorinda’s youngest sons, Dustin and Austin, helped her every step of the way. At the time, Dustin's favorite color was green, and Austin's was purple, so these became the colors of Dorinda's Chocolates. The boys spent endless hours helping her roll, dip, and box cherries. Dorinda wanted Dustin and Austin to feel they were a part of the business. To this day (5 years later) both sons still help with the business.
Dustin, who currently studies business at UNR, works with Dorinda full-time as the Vice President of Operations. Dorinda’s passion for chocolate has spilled over to Dustin, who makes the masterpieces alongside Dorinda, as well as packages, maintains the website, manages both stores, and ships orders out nationally. Dustin knows the business from every aspect, and will continue to help expand Dorinda’s Chocolates and take it to the next level.
At Dorinda’s, we only ever use whole, fresh ingredients. Dorinda wants to make chocolates that people can really enjoy and eat. People like quality chocolate, nuts, and caramels—real flavors. It is always fun to try a lavender or Matcha tea truffle, but how many of those can you actually eat? Dorinda makes chocolates that can be enjoyed, such as a lemon truffle, which is made with real lemon juice. You can taste the freshness, the lemon, without preservatives or an artificial taste leftover in your mouth. Every piece of Dorinda’s chocolates tantalizes the taste buds, leaving you craving more.