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Chouquette Chocolates

A good piece of chocolate can brighten any day, and in early May, when we all needed a boost, Chouquette Chocolates rolled out three new collections. Owned by Silver Spring resident Sarah Dwyer, the company does custom orders and online sales, and distributes to local shops and close to 300 retailers nationwide. It’s known for its elegant chocolate-covered soft caramels with distinctive and timely decorations. In this case, the milk and dark chocolate shells, filled with vanilla sea salt caramel, feature imprinted messages about health care workers (such as Courage to Care, Hang in There and Heroes Wear Scrubs), optimism (Spread Hope, Share Love) and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Not surprisingly, the Fauci Fan Club chocolates, which include those with images of his face, were a big hit, particularly around Mother’s Day. “A lot of people bought them for their moms,” Dwyer says. “Because a lot of moms love Dr. Fauci.” Another popular purchase: caramels picturing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which Chouquette started making in 2018. “She has been a bestseller from the very beginning, and still is,” Dwyer says. “We often get orders for both RBG and Dr. Fauci together.”