Say It — With a Lot of Chocolate

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The Spring Tower, with assorted chocolates, truffles and chocolate-covered caramels from Chocolate Storybook. The West Des Moines candy shop delivers within the city of Des Moines.

By Wini Moranville

This month, I was greatly looking forward to celebrating a friend’s major birthday with some kind of deluxe gathering. Just as we started batting around the idea of a road trip to Kansas City, our plans evaporated thanks to you-know-what.

I know. Oh, poor us. Yes, it’s hard to feel too sad, being so a lot of people are suffering much, much, worse. Still, I’d wager that pretty much everyone has a similar story – milestones going by without the closeness and merry-making we were all looking forward to.

As my friend’s birthday approached, I went searching for the win-win of marking the occasion while supporting a local business. And I made a fantastic discovery:

Chocolate Storybook delivers anywhere within Des Moines. Better yet, this West Des Moines chocolatier delivers within a day or two of when you place your order.

Fine chocolates always make good gifts – each individual chocolate is, in itself, like a little gift, all wrapped up in chocolate. For my friend, I ordered the charming Spring Tower, but the shop also sells some pretty sweet gift baskets, samplers, trunks (big boxes of goodies) and trays, too. Also find celebration-worthy novelty items, like hand-spun cotton candy in whimsical flavors from Unicorn Fluff and Frosted Donut to Champagne and Rosé Wine.

Owner Meg Shearer told me the shop is making a lot of deliveries these days – and not just for milestone markers. She’s been delivering to assisted living and retirement facilities, as a way for families to tell their isolated loved ones, “I’m thinking of you.” Businesses are sending chocolate gifts to employees who are working at home as a special “thank you.” And some customers have been ordering deliveries to medical personnel and nursing home workers.

“People want to recognize people – especially now,” she says, “Sending chocolate helps make everything a little better.”

In addition to delivering their confections locally, Chocolate Storybook ships nation-wide. Order from the Chocolate Storybook website at

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