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Sweet Success

Norman Love Confections®

Since its founding in 2001 Norman Love Confections has received tremendous regional and national recognition:

2015

  • June 2015

    Dessert Professional magazine named Chef Chocolatier Maura Metheny one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs for 2015 and the only chef from the Southeast U.S.

  • May 2015

    Gulfshore Life magazine readers named Norman Love Confections the best chocolate shop in both Collier and Lee counties in the 2015 Best of the Gulfshore poll.

  • April 2015

    Maura Metheny, Chef Chocolatier/Head of Design & Innovation, invited to return to her alma mater, Johnson & Wales University, as a Distinguished Visiting Chef.

  • March 2015

    Pastry chef and chocolatier John Cook captures second place in the 26th annual U.S. Pastry Competition in New York City.

  • February 2015

    Ronald McDonald House Charities honors Mary and Norman Love for their dedication and generosity to the children and families of Southwest Florida during the 21st Annual Storybook Ball.

  • February 2015

    Norman Love invited to share chocolates and macaroons at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

  • January-February 2015

    Cooking with Paula Dean magazine names Norman Love Confections as one of 10 favorite chocolate shops in “Best Chocolates Across America”.

  • January 2015

    Norman Love and his team invited to the seventh annual Cayman Cookout, a four-day gourmet culinary festival on Grand Cayman.

  • January 2015

    Naples Illustrated Readers’ Choice Dining Awards honor NLC for “Best Gelato” and its gourmet chocolates as “Best Dessert”.

2014

  • December 2014

    The News-Press names Norman Love one of three finalists for Business of the Year.

  • November 2014

    Norman Love named one of 10 2014 USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year finalists.

  • November 2014

    Forbes names the BLACK collection among “The Finest Chocolate Truffles for Chocolate Lovers”.

  • November 2014

    USA Weekend names NLC’s white chocolate and coconut golf balls a Hot Gift.

  • October 2014

    NLC named one of the world’s best destinations, including only six in the U.S., in The Huffington Post Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide.

  • September 2014

    Dan Forgey, one of Norman Love Confections’ creative chocolatiers, chosen to represent the U.S. at the World Chocolate Masters competition in Paris in October 2015.

  • May 2014

    Norman Love names one of 10 most influential pastry professionals to present at the inaugural World Pastry Stars, an international congress of pastry chefs in Milan, Italy.

  • May 2014

    Selected by Gulfshore Life as Best Confectioner/Chocolatier; dessert; Ice Cream Parlor, Non-Chain Bakery and Best Novel Novelty (macaron ice cream sandwich).

  • April 2014

    Norman Love is inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Lee County Business Hall of Fame.

  • February 2014

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Buy for Special Treats for Valentine's Day.

2013

  • October 2013

    Artisan Gelato named 31st annual Taste of the Town Best of Taste dessert winner by Junior League of Fort Myers.

  • October 2013

    Norman Love named head jury member for 2013 World Chocolate Masters competition in Paris.

  • February 2013

    O, The Oprah Magazine names NLC’s heart-shaped confections to The O List, “A few things we think are just great!”

  • February 2013

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Buy for Special Treats for Valentine's Day.

2012

  • December 2012

    National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything named NLC as one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the world.

  • November 2012

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s Best Products of the Year issue as a Best Buy $50 and under.

  • September 2012

    Martha Stewart American Made Awards finalist.

  • May 2012

    Received the Inaugural 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University.

  • February 2012

    Selected by Gulfshore Business magazine as one of the 40 people of influence who have guided Southwest Florida during the past decade.

  • February 2012

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the number one (and Best Buy) chocolate.

  • January 2012

    Named Southwest Florida’s top entrepreneur of the past decade by The (Fort Myers) News-Press.

  • January 2012

    Recognized by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s sister magazine as one of “Our favorite stuff of the year.”

2011

  • June 2011

    Received 2011 Florida Retailer of the Year Award for Leadership from the Florida Retail Federation.

  • March 2011

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication’s sister magazine as the best chocolates.

  • February 2011

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the #1 premium chocolate.

2010

  • April 2010

    Honored with a Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon International 'Cookbooks & Culinary Arts' Culinary Academy Award receiving the “Great Tastes” Florida Product award.

  • February 2010

    Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series, "Chocolate Wonders".

  • February 2010

    Selected as a guest Chocolatier to feature his chocolate artistry at Fannie May.

2009

  • December 2009

    Norman Love Confections Holiday Collection featured on The Rachael Ray Show as “Snack of the Day.”

  • October 2009

    Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series.

  • October 2009

    Honored as one of North America's "Top 10 Chocolatiers" by Dessert Professional Magazine.

  • August 2009

    Norman Love served as an instructor at the French Pastry School.

  • June 2009

    Appearance as a guest judge on The Food Network Challenge series.

  • February 2009

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a Top Chocolate to Sigh For and an Excellent Gift-Box Confection for Valentine's Day.

  • February 2009

    Recognized as Top Chocolate in the "Reader's Choice" edition of The Robb Report magazine.

2008

  • October 2008

    Norman Love Confections' chocolate artisans won awards at a statewide culinary competition in the Sculpted Centerpieces and Culinary Super Challenge Team categories.

  • October 2008

    Norman Love Confections was honored with the 2008 "Small Business of the Year" Award from the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

  • September 2008

    Norman Love honored as one of the Hot 100 by Gulfshore Life Magazine due to his contributions to the community.

  • April/May 2008

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as a top chocolate for chocolate lovers who like to experiment.

  • February 2008

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as one of the choicest chocolates: for adventurous tastes.

2007

  • December 2007

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as one of the 201 Best Gifts (gift-boxed chocolates) and Tops for $200 or Less.

  • February 2007

    Selected by a highly respected consumer rating publication as the Most Delectable Gift-Box Confection.

2006

  • December 2006

    Selected by highly respected consumer rating publication as a Best Gift idea for the holidays.

  • March 2006

    Selected as one of "10 star chocolate makers" by Saveur magazine.

  • February 2006

    Selected as the No. 1 chocolates in the nation by a highly respected consumer rating publication.

2005

  • December 2005

    Selected by Entrepreneur magazine's The Hot List as a best business idea.

  • May 2005

    Selected as one of the top ten places to purchase chocolates by USA today.

  • February 2006

    Selected as the No. 1 chocolates in the nation by a highly respected consumer rating publication.

2003

  • May 2003

    Awarded a Degree of Doctor of Culinary Arts by Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, Florida.

2002

  • Selected by USA Today as one of the top 10 artisan chocolate companies in the country.

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Our chocolatiers will hand select a beautiful assortment of our freshest milk chocolates, accompanied by dark, white and gourmet chocolate truffles for every order regardless of box size, unless otherwise requested. When placing your order, especially as a gift for others, please note that all of our gourmet chocolates are preservative free with no more than a three week shelf life.