Pin It

Bigger, Sweeter 

Success is no surprise for Chocolate Myracles.

click to enlarge Julia Balassa-Myracle with her creations. - JEFF FERGUSON
  • Jeff Ferguson
  • Julia Balassa-Myracle with her creations.

Julia Balassa-Myracle has chocolate in her blood. Growing up Chiapas, Mexico, she remembers grinding and roasting cocoa beans by hand when she was a little girl. “I’ve been working with chocolate my whole life,” says Balassa-Myracle, owner and chocolatier of Chocolate Myracles in Spokane Valley.

After six years of producing hand-rolled truffles and poured chocolates for the wholesale market, Balassa-Myracle recently moved into a much larger manufacturing facility that includes a classroom and small retail space in a commercial center just north of Pines Road. Time it right and you can buy some chocolates, sip some vino from neighboring Nodland Cellars and quaff some suds from Twelve String Brewing, located just two doors down.

All of Chocolate Myracles’ chocolates are made with single-origin, fair-trade beans from South America, the birthplace of cacao. The Latin influence is evident in several of the chocolates, including a geodesic-dome-shaped truffle with Mexican cinnamon and the San Cristobal bar, with bits of crunchy cocoa nibs and caramelized chilis.

Local ingredients also find their way into the chocolates, from Latah Creek’s huckleberry wine to Coeur d’Alene Cellars No. 6 red. The Port Truffle, Venezuelan dark chocolate flavored with Knipprath Cellars’ chocolate port and adorned with a 14-karat gold leaf, is pure decadence. “We’re developing a truffle with Nodland Cellars’ wine, too,” says Balassa-Myracle.

Chocolates are available individually or in boxed sets.

Prices range from $5.25 to $6.25 for 1.7-ounce chocolate bars, and $1.60 to $1.90 for individual chocolates. You can also pick up a package of miniature dark-chocolate cups just large enough for a sip of wine or dollop of chocolate mousse perfect for your next dinner party ($10 for 20).

If you want to try your hand at making chocolate, cooking with it, or just eating some, in March Balassa- Myracle will be teaching classes on hand-rolled Irish cream truffles, chocolate tamales and wine truffles. Call the store for more information.

Chocolate Myracles, 11616 E. Montgomery Ave. #23, Spokane Valley. Open Tue-Fri 1 pm-6 pm, Sat 1 pm-5 pm. (509-922-6353)

  • Pin It

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Unique Snowflakes
  • Unique Snowflakes

    Local winter beers are breaking into new territory
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Well Paired
  • Well Paired

    Two new additions to Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone development bring together books, food and drinks
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Sugar Rush
  • Sugar Rush

    Spokandy preps year-round to handle an influx of orders during the holiday season
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational

16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational @ Art Spirit Gallery

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Kirsten Harrington

  • Coupon Culture
  • Coupon Culture

    How local shoppers save big and help others
    • Jun 19, 2012
  • Fulfilling the Hype
  • Fulfilling the Hype

    The long-awaited Casper Fry opens in the Perry District.
    • Jun 6, 2012
  • Sushi Reimagined
  • Sushi Reimagined

    Roll Story puts a casual, quick spin on gourmet Japanese fare.
    • May 23, 2012
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Captain Planet

    Recycle Man is making the world a little better for people and mascots alike, one bottle at a time
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • Swipe right for love

    Technology has totally revolutionized romance. Or maybe it hasn't.
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Culture & Food


Last Word



for your consideration

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation