Oryana Natural Foods Market
Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-7:00pm

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

When you drive along M-22 past Empire, the bright, lime green building on the west side of the highway is impossible to miss. This is where Mimi Wheeler makes her luscious confections for us northern Michiganders. Wheeler named her business Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate in remembrance of her early years growing up in Denmark and working in her family’s grocery store.

Wheeler trained in the human services field and obtained a Master’s degree in social work. She moved to the U.S. in 1980 with her American-born, Michigan-raised husband and two small children, and landed in Empire four years later. It was her family’s entrepreneurial roots that inspired her to start her own business.

A lover of good chocolate since she was little, Wheeler traveled extensively in Europe before embarking on her chocolate venture. She purchases sustainably grown, fair-trade chocolate from South America.

Her talented crew of chocolatiers love to experiment and they use many locally-sourced ingredients including fruits, edible flowers and herbs. For the holidays they cooked up a white chocolate bark with cranberries, pepita seeds, and ginger. Another creative chocolate is a spicy 70% dark bark with roasted cacao nibs and Aleppo Chile and a tad of smoked sea salt. They make a series of caramels with local honey rather than sugar. Their hot chocolate mix is great this time of year and all winter. They also make delicious vegan chocolates.

Oryana is Grocer’s Daughter’s largest customer but they also sell to over 30 other wholesale customers in Michigan and Chicago. Customers can buy chocolate on their website and orders come in from all over the U.S. If you are a serious chocolate lover yourself, you can sign up for a chocolate tasting class at the store! For more information go to www.grocersdaughter.com.

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