JP Cobleigh: Best chocolate ever. Hungry yet?
“The new trend in eating chocolate is that salty-sweet thing: chocolate covered potato chips, chocolate covered bacon, chocolate covered popcorn. Our newest creation is a chocolate covered medjool date stuffed with goat cheese and OH-MY-GOD is it good!
Then there is the one-of-a-kind chocolate infused red wine where the wine bottle is dipped in chocolate. You peel off the chocolate and drink the wine. Everyone wants that for Valentine’s Day.
There are plenty of other choices, too, like the pumpkin truffles and the coconut snowballs with caramel, marshmallow and coconut. Hungry yet?”
The chocolate “sculptures” are displayed like jewelry in specially refrigerated 65 degree trays with 50 percent humidity.
“We know that dark chocolate has all kinds of health benefits. it can lower blood pressure, release endorphins to make you feel happier, help prevent type 2 diabetes. We also have gluten free, sugar free, vegan and kosher dairy chocolates but honestly, no one expects to come here for health food. Chocolate is an indulgence,” said owner JP Cobleigh, “and it’s fun too. We make customers happy with our chocolate and that is why we wanted this kind of business.”
JP’s Chocolate Shoppe is one of 40 eating places on the pedestrian friendly Wilton Drive.
Its story began when JP was growing weary of his Manhattan corporate life and wanted to trade it for a simpler life in sun-kissed Broward. Barry Miller was the realtor who sold JP his Fort Lauderdale home. One night they went out to dinner on Las Olas and decided to do a chocolate business. Wilton Manors did not have one.
They figured out their business plan on a dinner napkin. JP knew how to run a business and Barry knew how to choose the design and color scheme that would make the store look beautiful. Barry would go to trade shows and test recipes, JP would figure out profit margins. Wilton Manors was the perfect location. The city is known for embracing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. People from all over come to enjoy this area with its original businesses and fun vibe here.
Two years after the dinner napkin business plan, you can find both of them in their shop at 2401 Wilton Drive every day from 11am to 9pm.
They see it as “A fine addition to the gayborhood.”