Food Artisans, Woman-Owned/Co-owned
Indoor Winter Market, Saturday Market
Lavender | Chocolate
Inspired by the delicacies of Southern France, French Nugget is a high quality dark chocolate product made from only four all-natural ingredients: 100% Belgian dark chocolate, almonds, organic raisins and honey. Each bite is loaded with Flavor and Nutrition, making French Nugget delicious and nutritious.
French Nugget Company is owned and operated by Fred and Laurie Golchin. The pair met as college students at the University of Nice, in the south of France, during the early 1980s. There, surrounded by the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the lavender-cloaked fields of the Provence region, and the soaring peaks of the Alps, they experienced the rich culinary culture of artisanal French delicacies.
In 2007, Fred was inspired to create a chocolate bar to remind them of their time in France. Using minimal ingredients and no refined or artificial sugar through a year of trial and error, he finally crafted the first of his French Nuggets, Almond Heaven. With the same care and eye towards perfection, they have since created four additional flavors: Sea Salt, Peanut, Coconut and Lavender. Each of these chocolate treats is made using only four or five all-natural and pure ingredients.
Another passion is Lavender which they grow and sell in fresh bouquets at the Mill City Farmers’ Market. You’ll also find fragrant and food grade Lavender in small sachets from a small family farm in Provence, France.
Fred and Laurie now live in Minnesota and enjoy their chocolates while canoeing the Boundary Waters or exploring the lakes and parks of the Twin Cities. Ever connected to the countryside of the Riviera, the couple maintains a home in Villefranche-sur-Mer, the village pictured on their chocolate’s label.