Untold numbers of followers of Euphoria Chocolate Company (6,305 on Facebook alone) can thank Robert Bury’s sweet tooth for their regular chocolate fix. Bury, the founder of the Eugene-based company, started the business more than 30 years ago in a borrowed restaurant kitchen to support his chocolate habit. That “addiction”, a degree in economics, “the Golden Rule of Retail”, and a stern determination to use only the best ingredients was his recipe for success.
“My mom baked a lot, and my grandmother was in the confection business in San Francisco for 30 years,” he explained. When he finally decided to follow suit, he had to convince a chocolate supplier to sell him the initial 200 pounds of chocolate. “They usually didn’t sell anything less than 500 pounds, but we knew if it didn’t sell we’d have to eat it all.” Obviously, there was no need to worry.
The current owners are passionate chocolatier, Bonnie Glass, and her husband Van Glass. Since taking ownership several years ago, they have upped the company’s chocolate game by creating bean to bar products using cacao beans from such countries as Ghana, Guatemala and Papua New Guinea. The beans are roasted and ground by Euphoria’s team, and crafted in small batches into truffles.
Euphoria uses more than 200,000 pounds of chocolate to create everything from their classic truffles to seasonal novelties and recently added chocolate sauces. The business now has three local stores in Eugene, and their product line is available in upscale gourmet shops in both Oregon and Washington, including area Market of Choice stores, several New Seasons stores in Portland, the Made in Oregon chain, and an online store.
Their products are made in the hand-dipped European-style, and their prices are very reasonable when compared to other high-end chocolate companies. Their chocolates have been acclaimed by Chocolatier and honored with inclusion in gourmet guides like “Food Finds” and “The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest”.
The signature item, a classic truffle, is made fresh daily with local cream. The creamy ganache centers are the base for a variety of flavors that include Oregon-grown hazelnuts, local wines, berries, and mint.
Euphoria Chocolate Company has three locations in Eugene:
21 Oakway Rd.
Factory Store (Bertelsen)
4090 Stewart Rd.
If you don’t live close to any of them, buy their melt-in-your-mouth truffles online.