At Chocolatay, we make candy you can feel good about!
We love creating a space for everyday connections where strangers become friends, and friends become family. We are inspired and energized by our relationships, community, and partnerships. Sometimes all it takes is a delicious piece of chocolate to spark a dream, transport you to an unforgettable memory, or create a lifelong connection.
Thank you for allowing our family at Chocolatay Confections to make your life a little sweeter.
MEET THE CHOCOLATAY FAMILY: Danielle, Matthew, Logan, & Matus
Chocolate has been the "soundtrack" to some of our happiest moments -- it's how we connect with the people and the places we love. When our son Mateus ("Tay") was 2 years old we discovered he had severe peanut allergies -- this changed everything. Holidays and family celebrations would usually end up with Tay in tears, heartbroken because he couldn't eat most of the candy and desserts everyone was enjoying. We became determined as parents to make sure he was able to enjoy delicious treats as much as we could.
Peanut-free chocolate and confections were limited in 2009, leaving us with very few options to choose from. Danielle encouraged Matthew (who has always loved baking, cooking, and experimenting in the kitchen) to enroll in L'Ecole Chocolat's "Professional Chocolatier Program." Upon graduating valedictorian in his class, Matthew began to teach Danielle how to make bon bons, chocolates, and confections. In our attempt to make safe and delicious treats for our son, we fell in love with candy making. In 2012, we moved our growing family from Brooklyn, NY to Chapel Hill and turned our family hobby into Chocolatay Confections.
NC took home a slew of Good Food Awards - The News & Observer - January 22, 2018
"In the Confections category, Raleigh’s Escazu Artisan Chocolates won for its Earl Grey dark chocolate ganache, and Chapel Hill’s Chocolatay Confections won for its sunflower crunch cup."
This family is making Chapel Hill a little more sweet - Chapel Hill Magazine - May 17, 2017
"Chocolatay Confections has been the “soundtrack to some of the happiest moments” in Danielle and Matthew White’s lives. They first got the idea for creating their own treats in 2009 when their son, Mateus (Tay), was diagnosed with severe peanut allergies and could not enjoy many popular candies or desserts. At the time there was a limited range of peanut-free chocolates and sweets to choose from, which prompted the family to create their own."
Flavor of the Week: Chocolatay Confections - Chapelboro - January 26, 2017
"With the idea to reinvent nostalgic chocolates, Matthew went back into the kitchen where he conceived Chocolaty’s best-selling sea salt caramels and peppermint patties, among many other allergen-free handmade chocolates. Using organic and local ingredients as much as possible – their all natural chocolates and confections are thoughtfully made with GMO-free ingredients."
Say Yes to the Chef - September 17, 2016
Danielle had the pleasure of sitting down with Chef Kelly Taylor and Chef Janice Escott from "Say Yes to the Chef" to discuss all things chocolate: what inspired Chocolatay, the importance of reading food labels, favorite candies, and more.