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Mary O’Malley keeping up with chocolate in a down economy


Area chocolatier will participate in the Taste Prince George's Food and Wine Festival

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Photo courtesy of Mary O'Malley. Chocolatier Mary O'Malley, of Annapolis, operates a web-based small business.

Photo courtesy of Mary O'Malley. Chocolatier Mary O'Malley, of Annapolis, operates a web-based small business.

Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

By Tracey Gold Bennett

There is something to be said about following your dreams in a tough economy.  

Mary O’Malley, of Annapolis, a high end Master Chocolatier, is the owner of web-based Mary O’Malley Chocolatier LLC, and she’s pressing on despite fluctuations in the economy. She will be participating in the Taste Prince George’s Food and Wine Festival on Saturday at Six Flags America in Mitchellville, giving residents a taste of her passion.

“After I realized that chocolate is my passion, I knew I wanted to share it with others. Everything is handmade. There are no preservatives. (The candy is) organic and all-natural high quality chocolate,” she said. “Owning a small business is challenging. It has its ups and downs. I think the Taste Prince George’s Food and Wine Festival is great for exposure because my company is so new.”

Photo courtesy of Mary O'Malley. Mary O’Malley uses Venezuelan and Swiss chocolates, and all chocolates are organic and high quality.

Photo courtesy of Mary O'Malley. Mary O’Malley uses Venezuelan and Swiss chocolates, and all chocolates are organic and high quality.

One might also wonder how does a person get that job? What does it take to get a job that makes people happy over and over again? Judging by O’Malley’s path and trajectory, a career this delicious certainly doesn’t come without putting in the hard work. She earned a business degree and studied the art of chocolate making in Italy.

“I studied to become a chocolatier at Ecole Chocolat. I learned many skills there and practiced in the world of chocolate,” she said.

All of O’Malley’s chocolates are made from the finest Venezuelan and Swiss chocolates.

Like a debutante preparing for her formal introduction to society, Mary O’Malley Chocolatier LLC will introduce thousands to the delicate and rich flavors for which she has developed a following.

“I will have different types of truffles (at Taste Prince George’s). One is a white macadamia truffle with caramelized macadamia nuts and Jamaican rum. I will also have on hand chocolate dipped pretzels, and fruit and Jasmine tea truffles,” she said.

The Jasmine Tea Abbey is a dark chocolate ganache infused with jasmine tea and finished in milk chocolate with a pinch of loose jasmine tea on top.

On her website, O’Malley offers handmade artisan chocolates in flavors including Peanut Butter Sizzle, Marscapone Marsala Tiramisu and savory and sweet Bacon Murphy, a blend of dark chocolate ganache infused with bacon and finished with dark chocolate and caramelized bacon bits.

Bringing home the bacon isn’t the only goal of this independent chocolatier. Heritage and family are big themes in her work. A trip to Ireland with her family was the inspiration for the names of her chocolates and the colors of Ireland — white, orange and green — are used in the chocolates and packaging.

That formula is working. Mary O’Malley Chocolatier LLC is celebrating its first anniversary.

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