By Janice Llanes Fabry
The Rye Record, September 2018
There’s been nothing bittersweet about Diane Holland’s ascent at 137 Purchase Street. As a matter of fact, since Blue Tulip Chocolates opened across the street from the train station six years ago, her product and bottom lines have increased dramatically. Her clientele reaches far and wide, throughout Westchester, Greenwich, and all the way to Boston.
Chocolate is about comfort and fun, and it’s important that it be delicious.” said Holland. “Chances are that if you’re coming in to buy chocolate, you’re happy already and we want to keep you that way.”
The chocolatier of 25 years arrives at her shop’s kitchen every morning by 6:30 to create unique small batches of fine confections using only the highest quality chocolate from France and Belgium. among her most popular specialties are dark and milk chocolate ganaches, caramels, bars and barks. Blue Tulip’s truffles may be born of cocoa, but their centers will spoil confection lovers with creamy hazelnut, caramel Dulce de Leche, fresh pistachio or chili and honey infused ganache.
“We create a new flavor every 2 weeks and a new product every few weeks,” noted Holland, whose 50 lip-smacking flavors certainly keep customers interested.
Some of the irresistible combinations she and assistant chocolatier and store manager Andrea Henderson have come up with are Himalayan salted caramel flowers, honey and French lavender ganache domes, and new and improved versions of classic American candy combinations. Who wouldn’t be tempted by a peanut butter cup with fresh peanut butter ganache or a marshmallow cup with Madagascar vanilla bean marshmallow, both homemade and enrobed in Belgian chocolate?
There are also new and improved S’mores and Oreo style sweets. New this fall are Blue Tulip’s triple chocolate chunk cookies, macarons, toffee almonds, and brownies.
“Our customers have gotten used to having special gifts for their friends.” said Holland, whose broad range merchandise is always meticulously decorated and wrapped.
A new section, “say it with chocolate,” offers an assortment of personalized confections with custom discus for your birthday, anniversary, thank you or get-well sentiments. “Edible fashion” shelves display a whimsical array of hand painted shoes, lipsticks and handbags in various sizes and prices. They make great party or luncheon favors, as do mini and tall towers with different kinds of chocolate-covered fruits, nuts or malt balls. Children love the “hand-painted fun” selections from sheep and trout to mini cars and emoji like characters.
Blue Tulip also has an expansive line of custom wedding and bridal shower favors. As Holland remarked, “we continually try to come up with original and unique bridal designs.”
Part of the shop’s success can be attributed to Holland’s attention to her customer’s needs. In addition to her exquisite confections, Domestic Goddess coffee and rich hot chocolate are always on hand (frozen hot chocolate in the summer). Plus, there is plenty of parking right in front of her shop, will remain open until 9 starting in October.
“We began as an artisanal chocolate shop 6 years ago with the hope that wee would be successful here. We are so grateful to the wonderful support of the Rye community, which has been amazing. It’s very important for us to give back” noted Holland, who supports local charities all year long.
Sweets Along the Great Lakes
September 30, 2016
As seen in Westchester Magazine October 2016
Classic Midwestern desserts are a bit harder to find, but they’re available if you know where to look. Call ahead to Blue Tulip in Rye for a batch of buckeye candies, named for the confection’s resemblance to the nut of the Ohio state tree. Chocolatier Diane Holland elevates this homey chocolate-dipped peanut butter fudge making an elegant peanut butter ganache and dipping them in fine chocolate.
BLUE TULIP CHOCOLATES
September 30, 2016
All confections are handmade on premises by professional chocolatiers and prepared using only the freshest of ingredients. They start by using exquisite chocolate from France and Belgium, then add fresh dairy products from Vermont and France. Their single-origin and special bars are made with a delicious 69 percent dark chocolate from Venezuela.
Purchase one of their exclusive four-person chocolate making workshops during Greenwich Restaurant Week and bring the fifth person free. Mention “Greenwich Restaurant Week’ to redeem this limited offer.
Greenwich Magazine October 2016
BLUE TULIP CHOCOLATES
APRIL 27, 2016
Author, columnist and actress Arianna Huffington, who was the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Sole Sisters Luncheon at the Greenwich Country Club on April 19, received a pair of chocolate shoes created by Blue Tulip Chocolates.
The fundraising event benefitsed programs and agencies working to meet the most critical needs identified in the Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment Report.
For the first time in history, the luncheon was sold out and over $90,000 was generated during the event with help from a $30,000 grant gift from Nitron Group.
Since its inception 10 years ago, the Sole Sisters women’s initiative has raised over $1 million to support Greenwich United Way efforts. The initiative was founded by a small group of Greenwich United Way volunteers. The motto “women stepping up to help others step forward” was developed and a shoe logo was incorporated to represent the initiative’s mission.
Over 400 attendees received a copy of Huffingtons’s new book, “The Sleep Revolution.”
For more information on the Sole Sisters, Greenwich United Way, click here.
For more information on Blue Tulip Chocolates, click here.
Try thinking out of the box – a box of chocolate, that is.
Step into Blue Tulip Chocolates in Rye for a treat to your palate and eyes. Everything is made fresh in their kitchen, which is visible for customers who can watch the magic of chocolate in the making. In fact, Blue Tulip, which was voted in the Top 100 from Serendipity Magazine, offers chocolate making workshops that start with a tasting. Owner, Diane Holland said she uses only “very good quality” chocolate, blending French and Belgian with Venezuelan and other varieties of chocolate, which yield a unique flavor.
For weddings and other events, Holland makes party favors and even table cards out of chocolate with the guest’s name and table number.
Different, fun and delicious! “People bring in their wedding invitations…and a description of the flowers they are using,” said Holland. “It depends on what the bride wants.” For Bar Mitzvahs she has done chocolates served on a silver platter. For dinner parties Blue Tulip will set up platters.
Blue Tulip offers over 50 flavors of chocolate, all with different fillings, with six to eight different kinds of caramels. Every two weeks they have a new flavor. Some of the chocolates are accented with salt. ”The sweet-salt thing is very popular now,” noted the chocolatier, adding, “It kind of explodes in your mouth. Sea salt teases your taste buds – it’s great on milk chocolate or chocolate chip cookies, which we sell here.”
Chocolate confections paired with other desserts could be the perfect combination you’re looking for.
By Laurie Sullivan
What a great way to start off the new year. We were awarded one of the Top 100 from Serendipity Magazine. We all love the magazine; its food sections are fabulous and the articles are always timely and interesting. It is wonderful to be a part of their recommended few. So pick up the January Serendipity Magazine and check us out. You may also want to keep up digitally on Serendipity Social.com.
Here is a copy of the write up:
Collect Chocolate Works of Art
Chocolate is like pizza – -it’s always good. But when molded into artlike truffles, ganache- high heels and lipsticks, it becomes even better.
Blue Tulip creates these specialty items and hosts chocolate tastings and master chocolatier workshops.
December 18, 2015
Every wedding is special. We are lucky to have customers that entrust us to create their wedding favors. With all the coordinating, organizing and stress that planning a wedding entails, the last thing that you need are disappointing party favors. This season we were lucky to be able to create wedding favors for a terrific couple. Meighan and her family were amazing. They seemed to have everything running smoothly, it was such a pleasure to work with them. The best part is that she remains a customer.
Meighan sent us some photographs of her wedding; something that I wish everyone would do. It is always so exciting and so satisfying to see how our creations fit into the whole of the celebration. Her wedding was gorgeous.
What a thrill. We wish her the very best and thank her sincerely for letting us be a part of such an important day.
Heaven In a Mug!
Sip the delicious hot cocoa at Blue Tulip while you watch chocolates being made by the team of experts lead by chocolatier and owner Diane Holland. Don’t even try and resist the truffles, chocolate bars and bark. Sign up for a chocolate making workshop here for extra fun. Blue Tulip Chocolates 137 Purchase St., Rye. 481-4840 bluetulipchocolates.com
As see in Westchester Family
written by Jean Sheff
That’s right, our truffles are featured on the cover of the December issue of Serendipity Magazine. If you look further you’ll see them again under Grande Finale Desserts with an accompanying article providing the truffle recipe. It is exciting to be front and center and have our products recognized.
So pick up the latest issue of Serendipity, feast your eyes on the fabulous local chefs’ desserts and learn how to create chocolate truffles in your own home.
This article was published in both the Rye and Harrison City Reviews on
October 30, 2015
In 100 words or less, describe the gist of your business.
At Blue Tulip Chocolates our focus is on creating fine luxury chocolates that are as beautiful as they are delicious. It is our mission to delight your senses through chocolate. We offer confections fresh daily, tastings and professional workshops in chocolate making and custom chocolate creations for all events. Our shop has over 50 types of chocolates, with a new flavor every week.
What or who has been your greatest career influence?
My father was the first person to show me how satisfying work can be. It is my husband and sons that inspire me to get up every day and live it to the fullest. Their encouragement has always been my foundation for creativity and the reason that I love what I do.
Tell us your proudest achievement to date.
It may sound corny, but raising children to be incredible adults is my proudest achievement. Creating and running a successful business is something that I am also proud of.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you can pass on to our readers?
Do what you love. Open that business, change your career. Just put the negative advise that many people give out somewhere in the back of your mind; it is exhilarating to accomplish what you have always dreamed of.
Do you have any new initiatives coming up? If so, please tell us about them?
We just added a second chocolate case and we are renovating the shop’s space to highlight our enhanced fresh baked menu. We also plan to offer more variety in holiday gifting and entertaining. We love to create custom favors and gifts.
A very important issue in our plans is how we give back to the community. Every month BTC donates time, product or a workshop to a worthy charity.
What is your number one business goal for the rest of this year and all of the next
My goals have not changed since I opened the shop; to enjoy creating confections that my customers love to eat.
Do you use social media and/or the internet to promote yourself and your business? If yes, be specific. Y
Yes, we post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+. I try to post 5 days a week.
Tell us one thing practically no one knows about you.
That I love chocolate. Well, I think that most people know that. What secret do I want to divulge? That I love rap music.
What famous person would you most like to have lunch with and – why?
I would love to dine with Jacques Torres and Julia Child. Jacques Torres started the revolution of fine chocolate in the 1980’s and is still going strong. Julia Child put American cooking on the world’s map. I think that both of them reinvented the way that we eat and both of them love(d) what they do in food. It would be wonderful to drink good wine and chat with them about food and life.
Name- Diane A. Holland
Title- Owner, Chocolatier and Pastry Chef
Years in business- 2 years in retail, 15 years in business
Company/Organization Name-Blue Tulip Chocolates
Business Address-137 Purchase Street, Rye, NY 10580
I began teaching workshops as a way to give back to our community.
Westchester and Fairfield counties are such great places to live and to raise children. So many fabulous things to do and so many great people. As my kids have grown older, I wanted to find a way of continuing to be a part of this community.
At BTC, we give back to the community every month, by donating a workshop or products to a charity or by volunteering our time. It is very important to all of us that we remain a vital part of the pulse of the community that has supported us so wonderfully.
But enough of that…let’s talk about last night’s workshop. What a blast. Six women from the Rye/Harrison community (one is sadly missing in the picture), some participating for the second time, got together in a Chocolate Making Workshop. Great idea to bring everyone together for just pure fun.
By the time we finished the chocolates-from-around-the-world-tasting the energy in the room was off the charts. Their enthusiasm was addictive. Not everything that we do in our workshops is easy. Some of the challenges push you to go outside of your comfort zone. These women had no problem with that!
I love teaching and I love the kinetic energy of the young people in this community. When the workshops are truly successful we learn from each other. Andrea, (BTC Manager & Assistant Chocolatier), and I got to spend an evening with some highly intelligent and energetic women. They were respectful to the process and to each other.
Thanks to all that came. We look forward to seeing everyone again and we look forward to watching these women conquer the world!
Thanks to all of your that joined us Friday, October 16 at G. Griffin Wine & Spirits! Doug’s knowledgeable sommelier led us through the complexities of wine production in an easy and enjoyable fashion. We sampled delicious red and white wines. I paired his fine wines with exquisite chocolate from Honduras, Venezuela, Africa and the Dominican Republic.
We know that wine and chocolate (cacao) have many similarities. The individual cacao bean has over 300 naturally occurring chemicals in it and many of them are shared with wine. One of the lesser known shared chemicals is referred to as flavonoids; they act as antioxidants protecting the body from aging caused by free radicals and help to relax blood pressure. Dark chocolate actually contains a large number of antioxidants-nearly 8x the number found in strawberries.
The studies on dark chocolate continue to find so many interesting facts. We know that dark chocolate- percentage of cacao in the high 60’s- 70’s and up- doesn’t just taste good, but stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure and contains serotonin, which also acts as an antidepressant.
Of course, all in moderation.
So keep drinking that red wine and eating dark chocolate! Looking forward to sharing and sampling again with all of you!
October 18, 2015
Thanks to Westchester Magazine for including us in their Best Fall Desserts column!
It seems that Westchester County has a lot to offer for delectable desserts and we were thrilled to be a part of the offering!
It is wonderful to see our events picked up by the local press. This is from MyRye.com.
On Friday, October 16, 4-6:30 p.m. Doug Kooluris, owner of G. Griffin Wine & Spirits, and Diane Holland, Owner of Blue Tulip Chocolates announce a collaborative Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Griffin Wine & Spirits, 498 Forest Avenue, Rye. The public is invited to the tasting on Friday, October 16th4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to enjoy complimentary wine and chocolates and lively discussions.
At the Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Blue Tulip Chocolates will offer complimentary chocolate samples that pair well with the exquisite wines that Doug hand picks for his customers. The chocolate samples will be hand made especially for this tasting. Doug will offer his wine expertise and Chef Diane will be on premises to discuss the history and complexities of chocolate.
All are welcome-children under age must be accompanied by an adult. No purchase is necessary, the team
G. Griffin Wine & Spirits and Blue Tulip Chocolates want to give back to their wonderful customers by sharing their knowledge, wine and chocolates.
After 20 years of working in restaurants and various Hotels in New York, Douglas found his true love to be wine and people. This passion is brought to the forefront in his shop which serves the community as both a place for connecting to other wine lovers as well as an educational and tasting venue. His shop is the truest example of a friendly, old world boutique. Every wine in his shop has been hand selected. Doug is always searching for that little known wine from a hot new winery and gets excited when he can pass along these special finds at exceptional values to his customers. In addition, the experience would not be complete without customer service playing a primary role in our day-to-day interaction with all of our customers. G. Griffin Wine & Spirits is built on three simple principles: service, service, and service.
At Blue Tulip Chocolates, the menu features artisan chocolates, house made European style hot chocolate and confections for any and all occasions. The professional chocolatier team design elegant hostess gifts and party favors as well as cater desserts, private parties and weddings. The signature events are the in-store chocolate Diane has a simple philosophy: use only the best ingredients, time tested recipes and beautiful designs.
Looking forward to seeing you there! G. Griffin Wine & Spirits 498 Forest Avenue Rye, NY 914-967-4980