An Idaho maker of specialty chocolates, caramels, cocoa and gifts has started shipping international wholesale orders.
Cowgirl Chocolates in Moscow was founded in 1997 when Head Cowgirl Marilyn Lysohir began combining good-quality chocolate with spices, creating a flavor offered by only a few other companies in the United States at the time. The truffles began to win awards in national competitions, and they were featured on the Food Network and CNBC and in national publications. The recognition boosted the companys visibility and sales.
Lysohir worked with the Idaho Department of Commerces International Trade Office in Taiwan to secure Cowgirl Chocolates a place at an international food show. The trade office also helped her locate a company in the area that would help market Cowgirl Chocolates. The first wholesale order was shipped to Taiwan in November.
Also in November, Cowgirl Chocolates fulfilled an order in France with the Canadian Canoe Shop. Another Moscow company, Northwest River Supplies, had given gifts of Cowgirl Chocolates while at a trade show in France.
In the past, Cowgirl Chocolates also has filled orders in cities in Germany, but now that more chocolatiers are making spicy chocolates, those orders have decreased.
Products include truffles, candy bars, high-cocoa organic chocolate daisies, caramels, brittles and cocoa. Cowboy Chocolates also sells gift baskets and art.
At first the business relied on its website, cowgirlchocolates.com, for all orders. In 2005, Cowgirl Chocolates opened a store in Moscow.