Entries by Deena Branson

Peppermint

December is the perfect month for peppermint everything, and at Branson’s Chocolates that means Peppermint Squares, White Chocolate Peppermint Bars, and Gourmet Semi-Sweet Peppermint Bars. Our delicious Peppermint Squares have a layer of rich dark chocolate topped with a layer of smooth white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy. Our scrumptious White Chocolate Peppermint Bars mix […]

Caramel

At Branson’s Chocolates, we make our caramel, and everything else, by hand. We use a very old recipe, the highest quality creams and sugars, and cook our caramel in copper pots the old-fashioned way – all to achieve the best blend of sweet and gooey, but not sticky, caramel. We serve our caramel plain or […]

Huckleberries

Huckleberries are related to both blueberries and cranberries, taste like a tart blueberry, and are so juicy they have to be processed or eaten right away. Huckleberry season is short, usually only August and September, so Branson’s Chocolates is debuting Huckleberry Truffles and Huckleberry Bars right at the peak of their season. We’re dreaming of […]

S’mores

Warming up by a blazing campfire, gazing up at the starry night, roasting corn on the cob on the barbeque —we love camping! And everybody’s favorite part of camping is s’mores—gooey marshmallows, crunchy graham crackers, and sweet chocolate. Eat them together, and they’re heaven on earth! At Branson’s Chocolates, we’ve got s’mores for you in […]

Gourmet Chocolates

Here at Branson’s Chocolates we have chocolates that we call our Gourmet line. Some are not your everyday flavors, some are elevated flavors. They all are delicious and decadent. This month we are featuring our Gourmet Chocolates. If you like your dessert a little spicy, or slightly exotic, or even a bit adventurous, we have […]

Lavender

We have partnered with our local English Lavender Farms this month to bring you all things lavender—Lavender Ganache Squares, Lavender Sea Salt Caramels, and Gourmet Lavender Chocolate Sauce. They are all part of our gourmet line. Our delicious Lavender Chocolate confections are made using English Lavender Farms buds and essential oil, which is distilled locally […]

Sugar-Free/No Sugar Added Chocolates

If you’ve been drooling over all the deliciousness here at Branson’s Chocolates, but stayed away because of the sugar, you are in luck! We’d like to introduce you to our Sugar-Free/No Sugar Added Chocolates. We have Hazelnut Clusters, Peanut Clusters, Almond Bars, and Solid Chocolate Bars in both Milk Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate; and Hazelnut […]

Branson’s Chocolates –  Locally Owned, Locally Produced

Locally owned and locally produced Branson’s Chocolates is located at 1662 Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland. Owned by Deena and Kevin Branson, the boutique chocolate factory has steadily grown over the past 12 years and is now processing more than 1000 lbs. of chocolate per month. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Branson’s Chocolates has been […]

Hazelnut Toffee

Hazelnut Toffee–those words instantly conjure up Oregon deliciousness and chocolate delight, all in two little words. At Branson’s Chocolates we love our toffee, so we dressed it up with Oregon-grown hazelnuts for a tasty start to the New Year. We melt rich creamy butter in a giant copper pot, sweeten it up with cane sugar, […]

Port Ganache Squares

Branson’s Chocolates is debuting a new chocolate just in time for the holidays—Port Ganache Squares. We start with our delicious semi-sweet chocolate and local cream, stir in a heavy drizzle of port, let it set, and then dip it all over again in that rich semi-sweet chocolate that you love. Can you say gourmet? Fun […]

Peanut Brittle

There is something rather addicting about the salty sweetness of Peanut Brittle. One legend has it that in 1890, a Southern lady accidentally created Peanut Brittle. It is said that she was trying to make taffy but accidentally added baking soda to her pot instead of cream of tartar, which resulted in the crunchy brittle […]

Pumpkin Spice

If there is one word that perfectly describes the sights, the scents, and the tastes of autumn, that word is pumpkin—bright orange pumpkins carved and lit for Halloween, glowing pumpkin spice scented candles, and warm homemade pumpkin pie ready for dessert. We’re doing our part to carry on this autumn tradition at Branson’s Chocolates, where […]

Your Ultimate Gift Shop

Make Branson’s Chocolates your ultimate gift shop–we have something for everyone! We have creamy Milk Chocolate, sweet White Chocolate, and of course dark luscious Semi-Sweet Chocolate. We have traditional chocolates, table-creamed fudges, gourmet chocolates, and chocolate bars. We have nuts, we have caramels, we have crèmes, we have chocolate with fruit, and even chocolate with […]

Ask us about CUSTOM MOLDED CHOCOLATE and CUSTOM LABELING

The delicious finishing touch for any business, any occasion, any event! Let us customize our delicious chocolate for you. Custom labels can be created from your business logo, your motto, your event, your photograph, even your name, just about anything that will fit on a label. We custom label chocolate bars for many local businesses. […]

Marzipan Creams

Marzipan Creams are our Item of the Month at Branson’s Chocolates in July. Marzipan is a sweet paste made of finely ground almonds and sugar or honey, and often flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, or lemon. It is a traditional European treat eaten like candy, often molded into fruit shapes, sometimes dipped in chocolate. […]

English Lavender Farms Lavender Squares

We have partnered with our local English Lavender Farms this month to bring you English Lavender Farms Lavender Squares. We have partnered with them previously to make Lavender and Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bars and Lavender Salted Caramels. English Lavender Farms Lavender Squares will join Lavender Salted Caramels as part of our gourmet line. Our […]

Dark Chocolate Ginger Squares

Dark Chocolate Ginger Squares are the newest item at Branson’s Chocolates. We use Spiritopia Ginger Liqueur, “The World’s Finest Sipping Ginger”, crafted locally in Corvallis. Spiritopia uses only “ultra premium ingredients because taste rules”, uses no artificial ingredients, and we are proud to feature their Ginger Liqueur. Our Dark Chocolate Ginger Squares start with a […]

April at Branson’s Chocolates

We are featuring English toffee this month at Branson’s Chocolates. Our Old-Fashioned English Toffee is cooked in a copper kettle and poured onto a table to cool, then each piece is hand-dipped in creamy milk chocolate or rich semi-sweet 58% (dark) chocolate and topped with bits of roasted, salted, almonds. Crunchy, buttery caramelized sugar with […]

Earl Grey Tea Squares at Branson’s Chocolates

Maybe you’ve heard the story about a gift of black tea and bergamot oranges being sent from China, only to have the tea accidentally absorb the orange’s flavor during shipping. Or the one about how a friend of the Earl Charles Grey blended bergamot oil into the Earl’s tea because of the mineral flavor of […]

Ashland Loves Branson’s Chocolates

Ashland’s favorite hometown confectioner has been hard at work in her chocolate factory making chocolate delights of all shapes and sizes. With recipes dating back to the late 1800’s, Deena Branson keeps traditions alive and Ashland coming back for more. I met with Deena to learn more about her chocolate adventures. Deena, thanks so much […]

Matcha Green Tea Squares

Branson’s Chocolates is beginning 2017 with introducing Matcha Green Tea Squares. Matcha powder is mixed into a white chocolate ganache, formed into squares, and then topped with a sprinkle of matcha powder. According to many studies, matcha tea makes this a sweet treat loaded with benefits: L-Theanine, an amino acid known to create calmness and […]

Peppermint and Eggnog

December is the perfect month for peppermint and eggnog, and at Branson’s Chocolates that means Peppermint Bark, Peppermint Bars, and Eggnog Truffles. Our delicious Peppermint Bark is a layer of rich dark chocolate topped with a layer of white chocolate, crushed peppermint candy and a touch of locally sourced peppermint oil. Our scrumptious Peppermint Bars […]

Giving Thanks

November is a month of giving thanks, and Branson’s Chocolates would like to say Thank You to our customers, both our long-time loyal ones and the new ones we meet every day—you are the reason we get to do what we love! We would also like to say Thank You to our employees and family […]

Almond Butter Cups

For all those that love a great peanut butter cup—crunchy, delicious, and oh so chocolaty—have we got an upgrade for you! October’s Product of the Month at Branson’s Chocolates is Almond Butter Cups, featuring MaraNatha Organic Crunchy & Roasted Almond Butter and Branson’s Semi-Sweet (58%) Chocolate. MaraNatha says their Organic Almond Butter is “bursting with […]

Harvest Fruit

Just in time for autumn harvest, Branson’s Chocolates is introducing chocolate bars with fruit centers in three delicious autumn flavors—Strawberry Milk Chocolate bar, Blackberry Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar, and Peach Semi-Sweet bar, all made with local fruit. The peaches are from Beebe Farms, which is located right here in Central Point, and the strawberries and blackberries […]

Summer at Branson’s Chocolates

Summer—it’s the season for relaxing, for taking it easy, and for keeping it simple. So Branson’s Chocolates has brought back the classically simple, deliciously crispy Krunch Bar. Imagine, if you will, creamy smooth milk chocolate swirled together with crunchy crispy rice cereal, poured by hand into bars—it’s the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. […]

July at Branson’s Chocolate

Branson’s Chocolate’s Product of the Month for July is Lavender Squares. We infused locally-farmed lavender into a semi-sweet ganache center, dipped the ganache in our Semi-Sweet (dark) Chocolate, and topped it with sprinkles of lavender buds. The lavender lends an earthy flavor to this dark, delicious chocolate.  Lavender Squares are an indulgent, aromatic treat for […]

Whiskey Caramels

For June, we are featuring our Immortal Spirits Whiskey Caramels, which are dipped in our delicious and rich dark chocolate. They are made with Immortal Spirits Single Barrel Whiskey, which is a four year, limited numbers whiskey. From their website, “It’s rested three years on new charcoaled American Oak, and finished for one year on […]

May at Branson’s Chocolates

May means summer is just around the corner, so Branson’s Chocolates is bringing a touch of the tropics to Ashland with Mango Creams, a delectable fusion of exotic mangos and velvety chocolate. Our rich, dark, semi-sweet chocolate covers a luscious mango cream center, for a refreshing and indulgent chocolate experience. You love mangos, and you […]

Branson’s Chocolates

Spring has arrived at Branson’s Chocolates! And to celebrate springtime in the Rogue Valley, we’ve created Anjou Pear Creams. Imagine if you will, a rich creamy center flavored with the very essence of pear, pureed pear to be exact, hand-dipped in our rich 58% Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Southern Oregon is widely known for our pears, making […]

Branson’s Chocolates

If you like your dessert a little spicy, or slightly exotic, or even a bit adventurous, we have the chocolate for you—Wasabi Ginger Chocolate is our Product of the Month for March. We add wasabi powder to a chocolate ganache square and top it with a piece of candied ginger.  It’s a gourmet treat for […]

Caramel Cherry Cordials

Our February Product of the Month is Caramel Cherry Cordials. Imagine a sweet cordial cherry, dipped in handmade caramel, then coated in our rich semi-sweet chocolate. Perfect for a sweet Valentine’s Day gift, or a delicious treat anytime. Be sure to check out this month’s Chocolate Talk video on Facebook and YouTube to see how we […]

Happy New Year, and Welcome to 2016!

At Branson’s Chocolates, we are excited for the changes that a new year always brings. One of those changes is our expansion. We are excited to start using our new addition, which is set to become our packaging room where we’ll be wrapping and packaging our mouth-watering chocolates for both retail and wholesale. Another exciting […]

Eggnog Truffles

For December’s Product of the Month, we have turned a classic holiday drink into a delicious chocolate treat—the White Chocolate Eggnog Truffle. All of our truffles are available individually, or beautifully boxed in amounts of 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 20. When you’re accepting invitations to your local holiday parties, remember that while […]

Pumpkin Spice

If there is one word that perfectly describes the sights, the scents, and the tastes for autumn, that word is pumpkin—bright orange pumpkins carved and lit for Halloween, glowing pumpkin spice-scented candles, and warm homemade pumpkin pie ready for dessert. We’re doing our part to carry on this autumn tradition at Branson’s Chocolates, where we’ve […]

Caramel Apples From Branson’s Chocolates

One of the best parts of fall is all the seasonal treats, and one of the best fall treats is Caramel Apples. Of course, the best place to buy Gourmet Caramel Apples is at your local Branson’s Chocolates because all of our caramel is handmade. We use a very old recipe, the highest quality creams […]

Beer Truffles

Chocolatiers have traditionally used liqueurs to flavor truffles. At Branson’s Chocolates, our Raspberry Chambord, Grand Marnier, Crème de Menthe, Frangelico Hazelnut, and Disaronno Amaretto truffles have been with us since the beginning. Over the years we’ve added Pacific Rum, Patron Tequila, Brandy Peak’s Blackberry, and Pama Pomegranate truffles. In September we’re adding a new flavor […]

S’mores

by Deena Branson Warming up by a blazing campfire, gazing up at the starry night, roasting corn on the cob on the barbeque —we love camping! And everybody’s favorite part of camping is s’mores—gooey marshmallows, crunchy graham crackers, and sweet chocolate. Eat them together, and they’re heaven on earth! At Branson’s Chocolates, we’ve got S’mores […]

Chocolate Dipped Fruit

July is definitely summer, and summer in Ashland means being outdoors—hiking, waterskiing, mountain biking, and walking through Lithia Park. Branson’s Chocolates has the perfect treat for all this summertime fun—Chocolate Dipped Fruit, which just so happens to be our Product of the Month. We have dried bananas, apricots, apples, and pineapple; crunchy freeze-dried raspberries—all hand-dipped […]