Chocolate’s most popular day of the year

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It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with lots of chocolate? And the owners of Heavenly Cakes Bakery in Westminster have been elbow-deep in the sweet delight for the past week.

“The week of Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of the year for us,” said owner Julie Olivas. “It’s really crazy in here, but it’s also a lot of fun.”

Julie owns Heavenly Cakes Bakery with her son Phil Olivas. Together they create chocolate art, giving customers a wide variety of goodies to choose from during the so-called holiday of love.

Every day Julie and Phil re-stock their shelves with chocolate covered strawberries, rice crispy treats, pretzels and chocolate pops, as well as fancy cupcakes, ultimate caramel apples, whoopie pies and custom cakes.

“It’s early mornings and late nights making everything for Valentine’s Day,” Julie said. “It’s pretty much non-stop. We go through hundreds of chocolate covered strawberries and we are also busy making personalized desserts.”

During the Feb. 8 Second Saturday Art Walk, Julie gave away free samples of her ultimate chocolate cake, which is filled with strawberry cream and chocolate ganache. She said although this time of year is her busiest, she loves Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it.

“Valentine’s Day is just fun. It’s my favorite,” she said. “Everybody is happy and buying treats for the people they love.”

Not too far from the bakery is Art Gallery 3698. The artists in the gallery also gave in to the chocolate spirit during the art walk, hosting their first chocolate edible art show.

The show featured chocolate pieces of art as well as a chocolate art demonstration from artist Dianna Wilson.

“I molded chocolate into Abraham Wilson using dark and white chocolates, and displayed it in the gallery,” she said. “I decided to do the demonstration to show people how fun and easy it is to work with chocolate.”

This is the first time Wilson has worked with chocolate. She said she started her process by simply using Google.

“You can find anything on the Internet,” she said. “Even an old lady like me can use Google.”

Wilson said once you have a plan and the correct kind of chocolate, baker’s chocolate, it’s all about the melting and blending of chocolate. She said she enjoys trying out new art mediums, and hopes others can try out a fun, easy and tasty activity.

“As a gallery we are trying to do more creative events for the art walks,” she said. “This event was something fun and new for us and we are excited for more creative events in the future.”

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