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Whetstone Chocolates - St. Augustine Family Business

Whetstone Chocolates - St. Augustine Family Business since 1967Whetstone SignWhetstone Chocolates Building

Tomorrow is my mother's birthday, so I had to stop by Whetstone Chocolates to get her some dark chocolate truffles and dark chocolate. She likes all kinds of chocolate, but I am partial to dark chocolate and was hoping she would share. Every year I get her Whetstone Chocolates. Every year I wrap the box and we both laugh as we both know what is inside (or what had better be inside!). She doesn't live in St. Augustine, but Whetstone Chocolate is her favorite chocolate (and mine, too!).

Virginia Whetstone, President of Whetstone Chocolate, is a friend of mine. Yes, I do choose my friends wisely. I was first introduced to her years ago when I first moved to St. Augustine by my college roommate, a local CPA and native of St. Augustine (as is Ms. Whetstone). My former roommate introduced us as she thought we would share similar interests as I am industrial engineer and Virginia owns a "factory". Once I learned she owned a CHOCOLATE factory, I became a great friend and fan of hers.

Display CaseVirginia gave me a personal tour that evening and said I could help myself to some chocolates. I didn't know her well enough at the time (nor did she know me well enough either or she would not have made such a generous offer that could have bankrupted her!), so I only sampled a few pieces. I had found my new home away from home.

I am a big chocoholic. I have chocolate every day and sometimes multiple times a day. So, when I say Whetstone has the best chocolate, trust me.

So, today I got dark chocolate truffles: rum, raspberry, amaretto, and chocolate. I then threw in some of Virginia's Select Blend. I just sampled some for breakfast. Hey, it is packaged in a coffee bean like bag, so I got confused. Select BlendMore than 1/2 of the chocolate is missing ("someone" ate it...), but wanted you to see the bag.

And besides, dark chocolate is good for you. I selected the Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa called Menendez. Pedro Menendez is the founder of St. Augustine. She names her Select Blend after different St. Augustine Streets. Here are the different pure chocolates (Select Blends) offered:

  • Menendez  Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa
  • De Leon     Dark Chocolate 47% Cocoa
  • San Marco  White Chocolate  0% Cocoa
  • Aviles        Milk Chocolate   31% Cocoa

Whetstones also has pure chocolate from other countries:

  • Java Origin            Milk Chocolate  32% Cocoa
  • Ecuador Origin       Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
  • Ghana Origin         Dark Chocolate 60% Cocoa
  • Madagascar Origin  Dark Chocolate 66% Cocoa

Select BlendNorma Morris helped me with my selection today. I also met Jose Lopez, Whetstone's Operations Manager. Norma & JoseHe oversees operations at their two stores (see below for locations) and their factory. Their factory moved and is no longer open to the public. It was such a wonderful attraction, but as long I still get to enjoy their chocolate, I am not complaining.

I was at the store on Anastasia Island today. There is a great selection plus a relaxing seating area.Whetstone Inside

Inside WhetstoneView history on the company.

Stores

DOWNTOWN ST. AUGUSTINE
open 7 days, Sun- Thu 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
42 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 | 904.825.1720

ANASTASIA ISLAND
8:30 am - 6 pm, Mon - Sat and 9:00 am - 4 pm, Sun
13 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 | 904.825.1725

Please visit Whetstone Chocolates. You can thank me later. 

Barbara Jenness has lived in the North Beach, St. Augustine area since 1998 and is an active community volunteer. She met Virgina Whetstone in 1995. She is President of Friends of A1A, vice-president of the local community association North Shores Improvement Association (NSIA), Board member of Vilano Beach Main Street since 1998 and has assisted with the redevelopment of Vilano Beach since 1998. She is a member of the Porpoise Point Homeowner's Association. She was selected as Businesswoman of the Year last year by the Women's Council of REALTORS in St. Augustine because of her community involvement. Additionally she was selected as the 2008 REALTOR of the Year for St. Augustine.

 

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

Awards: REALTOR of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year, SPIRIT Award Passion, Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction-7 Years Winner

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Comment balloon 5 commentsBarbara Jenness • August 11 2009 10:36AM

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I can not think of a single reason not to support a business that deals with chocolates.  Nicely done post. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 9 years ago

Hi Barbara, Several years ago we had a trip planned to visit Saint Augustine. I spent a lot of time researching the community, learning some of the history, deciding on accommodations and which historical sites to visit. But alas, the trip was postponed and we still have not made the journey. Your post this morning has rekindled my interest in visiting Saint Augustine and thanks to you, Whetstone Chocolates has been added to the itinerary.

Posted by Greg Saffell, Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ over 9 years ago

Wonderful store!!!!!    In nearby Victoria, we have a similar wonder, called Rogers Chocolates.    Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 9 years ago

Roy - We think alike!

Greg- No time like the present to visit St. Augustine. Would love to show you our town.

Sea to Sky - Guess I'll have to visit Victoria and Rogers Chocolate.

My mother read this post on Facebook and wasn't at all surprised when I arrived. Well, she wouldn't have been anyway as I always give her Whetstone Chocolates.

 

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) over 9 years ago

Hey Barbara,

that was a wonderful and interesting post on Whetstone Chocolates. Very nicely done and very informative. Enjoyed reading about the history of the company and the photos.  Reading that list of yummy dark chocolates really made me hungry for some. I may have to order myself some! Enjoyed reading this alot..I guess because I'm a chocoholic as well..as you know. I know your mom will enjoy them.

Posted by Sue Mullar over 9 years ago

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