Chocolate is more than a sweet treat at Masterpiece Chocolates—it’s an art form. Dale and Linda Lokkesmoe opened the chocolate shop at Southfork Shopping Center in Lakeville in October of 2021. When Dale sold his Lakeville psychology clinic in 2020, they embarked on a new venture. “What I’m doing is very different, but it’s kind of like chocolate therapy, you know?” Dale says.
Masterpiece Chocolates imports chocolate from Belgium and directly from cacao farms in Ecuador and Peru. Chocolates are hand-crafted on-site and are free of gluten, nuts, eggs and preservatives. Additional ingredients, like spices, fruits and berries, are locally and sustainably sourced. Its top-selling Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffle is made with produce from the Lokkesmoes’ garden—so are each of the three mint offerings and the heart-shaped Hot Pepper Dark. When an ingredient can’t be found in their backyard, they turn to farmers markets and enjoy partnering with other small businesses. “It’s important for us to use the freshest ingredients possible,” Dale says.
Now certified chocolatiers, the Lokkesmoes bring both creative and technical expertise to their craft. “It’s been great to use both of our creative sides for what we do,” Dale says. The pair work together to concoct flavors and design each new truffle. “Between Linda and I, we’re a pretty good team,” Dale says.