Veteran-owned Lift Chocolates recently took over from long-standing Concerto Chocolates in Gunbarrel.

Owner/Chocolatier Brandon Busch, a Marine Corps veteran, is the creative mind behind the concept, which he says is inspired by the feeling of hope that chocolate engenders.

Carrying forward Concertos in Chocolate’s tradition of premium quality, Lift sources its base chocolate from around the world, including from France, Switzerland, and South America.

Busch is complementing the Concerto Chocolate line of 18 different truffles with several of his own creations.

Chris Widlar, founder of Concerto Chocolates has stayed on to help Busch with the business transition. The two work tirelessly—with the help of several of Busch’s family members—to supply local outlets (including the St Julien in downtown Boulder), while feeding the chocolate-hungry public in Gunbarrel.

Lift describes its truffles as “modern, artistic, high-fashion; colorful airbrushed chocolates, unexpected shapes, colors and flavors, all made with premium chocolate.” Concertos in Chocolates, meanwhile, offer “all-natural European-style chocolates, from classically painted marzipan to world-famous hand-dipped truffles.”

Boulder Chocolate is also available onsite.

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[This article used reporting from The Times-Call, as well as from the Lift Chocolates website.]


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