Things just got sweeter at Atelier Disset, if that’s even possible.
The Cutchogue retail shop for Disset Chocolate just underwent a significant evolution, with customers now able to purchase chocolates by the piece, as well as seasonal chocolate drinks.
Previously, Atelier Disset sold chocolates in pre-packaged boxes, from the Ode to the North Fork box — bonbons with locally sourced ingredients from area businesses — to holiday collections. Now, in keeping with the name “Disset,” which translates to 17 in Catalan, there are 17 individual flavors to choose from at any time.
“We put so much thought into creating cohesive boxes,” said Disset owner Ursula XVII. “So if I pull a flavor out of left field that doesn’t make sense, for, say, Valentine’s Day, this is the perfect opportunity for that.”
Customers will find different varieties of bonbons, snack bites and snack bars among the new offerings at Disset. The individual pieces will not be sold online, so customers will have to go to the store to find out what chocolate treats are available. Some of the snack bites currently include salted caramel chews with pretzels inside and popcorn toffee covered in chocolate.
XVII, a strong believer in local sourcing, said she hopes that individual pieces can be made from farms and looks forward to being able to improvise a bit more.
“Sometimes I’m a problem solver for the farms,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘oh, the peaches are ugly, I can’t use them’ [and give them to me], so I’ll put a limited run chocolate here from somewhere local.”
There’s also a limited-time affogato slushy, a decadent frozen drink made of Disset’s chocolate drink mix and a shot of dark roast Nespresso. For kids, there’s a version without the espresso. The affogato slushy will be available through September and replaced by hot chocolate in the colder months.
For XVII, this expansion is a natural evolution for Atelier Disset, which also hosts chocolate painting workshops and other events throughout the year.
“It feels really good to do this,” said XVII. “When you think of a chocolate shop there’s this nostalgia tied to it. So to finally be able to offer that makes me tremendously happy.”
Atelier Disset is located at 28080 Main Road in Cutchogue.