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First Love inspires Norman Love Confections’ 2016 Valentine’s Day Collection

First love is often described as the one you never forget. With that in mind, Norman Love Confections is bringing back ten favorite Norman Love Signature flavors from years past to create the First Love Collection for Valentine’s Day 2016. The limited-edition First Love Valentine’s Day Collection features 5 Spice, Lime, French Silk, Gianduja, Crema Catalana, Muscadine, Macadamia, Éclair, Java Fudge and Pineapple.

The 10 heart-shaped chocolates are available with the assortment of 36 Norman Love Confections’ Signature flavors in gift boxes of all sizes, or in the limited-edition heart-shaped gift boxes. The limited-edition 10-piece heart-shaped gift box includes all of the 2016 Valentine’s Day flavors and is available for $25. The 24-piece heart-shaped gift box filled with an assortment of chocolates from both the 2016 Valentine’s Day collection and the 36-flavor Signature collection is available for $50. Online preorders for the First Love Valentine’s Day Collection will begin on Jan. 25 at www.normanloveconfections.com, with shipping beginning Feb. 1, and will be available for sale in-store Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 14 at Norman Love Confections’ chocolate salons in Fort Myers, Naples and Estero.

“There are certain flavors that customers love best, and never seem to forget,” said Norman Love, founder and owner, Norman Love Confections. “We continually receive requests to bring back these distinct flavors.”

Norman Love Confections’ Southwest Florida locations will offer special hours for Valentine’s Day only. The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, located at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, located at 3747 Tamiami Trail North, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Estero Chocolate Salon, located near the north entrance to Miromar Outlets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, located at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During its regular hours, Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Estero Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

First Love Flavor Descriptions:

5 Spice
Milk Chocolate
A delicate and flavorful Asian 5 Spice is infused into a creamy milk chocolate center for an exciting and exotic confection.

Lime
Dark Chocolate
A gently cooked egg cream, mixed with fresh lime juice, adds a punch of tartness to this sweet blend of dark and milk chocolates.

French Silk
Dark Chocolate
Silky dark chocolate pudding is blended with dark chocolate and butter for a decadent, creamy caress of flavor.

Gianduja
Milk Chocolate
Gianduja features smooth milk chocolate blended with hazelnut paste for a buttery filling in a milk chocolate shell.

Crema Catalana
White Chocolate
This Spanish inspired ganache brings together white chocolate and fresh citrus flavors with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

Muscadine
Dark Chocolate
Silky smooth milk and dark chocolate ganache will warm your taste buds with a swirl of Orange Liquor and a buttery finish.

Macadamia
White Chocolate
Roasted macadamia nuts are ground into a delicate white chocolate filling and enrobed in fine white chocolate.

Éclair
Milk Chocolate
Layers of vanilla custard and milk chocolate ganache create the perfect dessert within a crisp milk chocolate shell.

Java Fudge
Milk Chocolate
Vanilla caramel, cooked slowly and deglazed with espresso cream, is captured within a milk chocolate shell.

Pineapple
White Chocolate
Pureed pineapple is slow-cooked to perfection with vanilla and sugar, then finished with fresh butter and cloaked in white chocolate.

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded 13 times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

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