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Add Candy to your Calendar this December

Jan 13, 2023 04:00PM ● By Ann Marie O’Phelan

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero, Naples, and Sarasota, including a pastry shop and café at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers salon. Image courtesy of Norman Love Confections

These days, we’re all looking for a bit of comfort. A piece of chocolate has long been a favorite option — not only is it tasty, but one delicious bite of chocolate can release dopamine into the brain and lower stress levels.

What could be better than a piece of chocolate from Norman Love Confections — Fort Myers’ award-winning chocolatier? Norman Love has been producing beautiful hand-crafted chocolates since 2001 and is famous for his chocolate artistry and unique flavors, such as Carrot Cake, Sicilian Pistachio, and Tiramisu.

Following Hurricane Ian, Norman Love Confections sold a specialty collection #SWFL Strong Florida Box, a limited-edition 25-piece box with shell-shaped chocolates created to benefit Hurricane Ian survivors. The delicious flavors included signature Florida flavors like Key Lime Pie, Florida Orange, Mango, Lemon, and Coconut, and a special #SWFLStrong logo chocolate. 


Love’s customers responded very positively, buying chocolate gifts to support hurricane survivors. “We were able to provide some sweet relief and comfort to those who were impacted,” explains Love.  As a result, $36,074.00 was raised through early November to support Better Together’s efforts to help families. To learn more about the non-profit organization Better Together and its mission, visit

This time of year, the annual holiday gift boxes are bursting with tasty flavors like Candy Cane, Gingerbread, and Eggnog. Gourmet treats like Caramel Popcorn and Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies are also available.

Those interested in creating their own chocolate masterpieces can take cooking classes at the Fort Myers location in Chocolate Truffles and Molded Chocolates and more.  Find out more at

Norman Love is an award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier. Image courtesy of Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections is located in Fort Myers, Estero, Naples, and Sarasota. Plus, there’s a pastry shop and café at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers salon.  Future plans include opening new retail locations on Florida’s east coast from South Miami to West Palm Beach. Norman Love Confections’ chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and specialty items can be purchased in-store or ordered online at

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a SW Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media.