Chocolat Celeste

652 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114
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  • Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
  • $
  • Takeout
  • No Parking
What elevates a simple candy maker into an artisanal chocolatier? Hand-craftsmanship, extra TLC, and an instinct for balancing scent and flavor. These are the same characteristics that mark Mary Leonard’s velvety truffles and bon bons, the artistry of which creates a treat for all the senses. Tucked into a brick business complex at Interstate 280 and University, Chocolate Celeste is a little hard to find, but worth the effort. Leonard uses the finest of ingredients--locally sourced whenever possible--and carefully monitors the cooking temperature when creating perfect chocolate crystals for the snap you get with only the finest chocolates. She is also expert at adding the unexpected, like craft beer, florals, or a hit of chili pepper for added spark.

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  • Is Chocolat Celeste the Best in the Twin Cities? A Chat With Mary Leonard
    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6 a.m. by Mecca Bos

    Like cheese, wine, and coffee, chocolate can be esoteric. There are plantations to consider and cocoa percentages and butterfat and additives and fillings and flavorings both artificial and natural. And alkaloids. And etymology, his...

  • Chocolat Celeste Pop-Up Brings Artisan Sweets to Grand and Victoria
    Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7 a.m. by Mecca Bos

    It really is a shame that you don't know more about Chocolat Celeste. Mary Leonard is one of the most dedicated, and one of the first, local chocolatiers focused on all the stuff: single origin, free-trade, high cocoa percentages, f...

  • Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon November '10
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. by Rachel Hutton

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  • Chocolate Celeste now open
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 8 a.m. by Rachel Hutton

    Chocophiles were disappointed when Chocolate Celeste's University Avenue/280 shop closed last spring--but just last week, owner Mary Leonard reopened at 652 Transfer Ave. in St. Paul, a block off University, just East of 280. Anothe...

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