By Jason DeRusha

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Valentine’s Day, Jason DeRusha turned his attention to chocolate. More so. That’s because one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America is right here in St. Paul.

It’s what’s inside the chocolate at Mademoiselle Miel’s Honey Kitchen that really makes it special — honey. The same kind of honey that many flock to try at the Minnesota State Fair’s agriculture building.

But beyond that, Mademoiselle Miel gives each of their petite confections an extra touch of class, be it brushes of 23-carat edible gold leaf, or hints of rose, or bon-bons filled with smoky scotch-kissed honey.

Susan Brown left her career at an art museum, but make no mistake, she’s still an artist. Since 2010, she’s been in St. Paul creating Mademoiselle Miel bon-bons using 100 percent dark chocolate and 100 percent local honey.

“I decided since the Paris Opera house had bees on their roof, I could have bees on my roof in St. Paul,” Brown said.

She put bee hives on the roofs of museums, and hotels, creating unique chocolates kissed by a honey with incredible flavor.

It takes 30 roses to make the one drop of rose oil in those bon-bons.

And, just trust her when she says they’re also aphrodisiacs.

Just like a beautiful painting, Susan says a beautiful chocolate can also inspire. One rooftop at a time.

Honey bon-bons are available at Surdyk’s Flights, The Golden Fig, Seward Co-op, and also at gift shops at the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

They were even featured in the New York Times just last week.

Jason DeRusha

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