Echo Allred makes all of her handmade, organic chocolates in her home chocolate studio in a lush, forested area of beautiful Stafford, Virginia.
She’s a musician’s wife, mother of three amazing kids, and has a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science from BYU-Hawaii.
The idea for echo chocolate came at a turning point in her life as her youngest child started school. She found herself talking to her mom about what the next move could be in life now that her children were in school all day. They began talking about things they love and the conversation turned to chocolate and the memories they have dipping chocolates as a family at her grandmother’s home.
Shortly after, both mother and daughter enrolled in an online chocolate school and were able to send each other samples, compare notes, and support each other through the program. Upon graduation with honors as a Certified Professional Chocolatier from Ecole Chocolat on April 8, 2016, and after completing the Self-Reliance Program Business Certificate from LDS Business college, echo chocolate was born.
Echo describes her creations as “happy chocolate” as each piece is made with every ounce of her heart, soul, and creativity. She loves seeing people’s faces as they enjoy her treats and feeling the true connection that comes from giving her love and joy through something handmade. Echo delights in delivering happiness to people through innovating new flavors and the artwork that goes into the process. In her free time, you can find her taking her children to historic sites, singing with her husband at various venues, hiking with friends, and dancing in the kitchen while inventing new chocolate flavor combinations.
“It’s happy chocolate. It’s delivering happiness. I want to give my whole soul through my chocolate.” -Echo