Veteran pastry chef to open chocolate shop in Oak Cliff

Pastry chef Katherine Clapner wears a cupcake tattoo on her forearm, but she’s surprisingly uninterested in cake. Her preferred medium is chocolate. And with her Bishop Arts District chocolate shop, the amusingly named "Dude, Sweet Chocolate," she intends to push the limits of her art.

Clapner, who worked 10 years as executive pastry chef for Stephan Pyles, has two basic concepts for the shop. "First, there are the dudes," she says. "The dudes" are Clapner’s savory chocolates — roasted beet and olive oil, Maker’s Mark mint julep, Spanish paprika and smoked cocoa nib.

And then there are "the sweets." They include candided carrot and ginger, honey and lavender, apple butter and Jack Daniels, and almond butter and raw coconut.

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Clapner says she loves working with chocolate because it’s limitless. Plus, you can eat one chocolate to soothe a craving (or sample many, many of them), while "a piece of cake is such a commitment," she says.

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate, which could open as early as Friday, will use organic and local ingredients as much as possible, Clapner says. They’ll serve hot chocolate, push-up pops, tea truffles and eventually, carob treats for dogs. And while the menu has its mainstays, if you pop into the shop, you might get to taste something really unusual. "It’s whatever I want to make on any given day," Clapner says.

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  • the dude

    sorry, no chocolate jalapenos right now, but you never know what Katherine’ll go with next!

    the address for DUDE SWEET is 408 W 8th St – Sweet 102 – Dallas 75208 (it’s in the Bishop Arts District)


  • Sam

    What’s the address for both this place and Rush?

  • Meghan

    I’ve tried these and they are delicious!

  • Mo’Liss

    I want some! As for one of the dude varieties, does she have chocolate-covered jalapenos?