The Story of Sweet Inspirations
Visit us at the Sweet Inspirations Shoppe when you're on Nantucket...
Since 1981, Sweet Inspirations Chocolate Shoppe has been the showcase of Nantucket’s award winning artisan chocolatier. Located at Zero India Street, in the heart of Nantucket, Sweet Inspirations has become a landmark and destination for Islanders and visitors from all over the world. When on Nantucket, the Sweet Inspirations staff will make you feel welcome and at home.
You will have an opportunity to see chocolate artisans at their work and will be greeted with a complimentary tasting of the Nantucket Chocolatier’s famous Cranberry Creations™ Chocolates.
John & Kathy’s Welcome!
Co-founders of Sweet Inspirations and the Nantucket Chocolatier, John and Kathy were both born and raised in Massachusetts and learned their corporate business wisdom in cosmopolitan Boston.
Residents of Nantucket and winners of numerous awards, their success is based on dynamic creativity, strong business ethics, hard work, excellence in product quality and customer service, and building a family of devoted employees.
Recently, John summed it up this way:
After 30 years, Kathy and I continue to enjoy operating Sweet Inspirations in the Nantucket community, mentoring a diverse staff and visiting with old and new friends from near and far. Nantucket Island, its residents, and international visitors provide us an endless inspiration for future unique creations.
We want all of our guests to feel welcome and at home among the sweet aromas, comforting environment, friendly staff and traditional gatherings of happy people!
The People Behind the Story
Thirty years ago, Kathy and John West thoughtfully named their new artisan chocolate business Sweet Inspirations of Nantucket. They were inspired by a love for the Island, its people, visitors, and natural beauty. Coupling these heartfelt interests with their chocolate and business heritage led them to create a world-class artisan chocolatier.
Through the past three decades, new inspirations and artisanship continued with international visitors and a diverse staff providing a wonderful mix of global ideas, abilities, and distinctive creations. Early creations included the elegantly simple chocolate Nantucket scallop shells, pecan and caramel Islands, the original Cranberry Creations™ chocolate covered cranberries, the Nancy Chase Nantucket Mint, and the extraordinary Cranberry Cheesecake truffle. During the last 20 years, an extensive collection of unique limited edition gift tins were created from collaborative efforts with local artist Barbara Capizzo and skilled American Tinsmiths. Memorable international chocolate inspirations include the Bermuda Dark n’ Stormy and Swedish Glugg Truffles. Recent product developments with the team of Nantucket Chocolatiers have included the Cranberry Caramel with Sea Salt, the new Sea Mist™ Almonds, and of course the most famous artisan piece, Coco the Whale™ truffles.
The Sweet Inspirations kitchen back home at Zero India Street reflects a classic artisan chocolatier workshop where a small skilled team prepares small batches using the best ingredients to create fresh, quality controlled, magnificent looking, and great tasting chocolates. From hand-wisking the fresh cream and chocolate ganaches, carefully cutting cranberry bark squares, funneling old fashioned non-pareils or warm buttery caramel, to piping fine decorative lines, the chocolate artisans work with precision and pride. Sweet Inspirations is pleased to lead a select team of chocolatiers, from apprentices to graduates of Johnson & Wales and Culinary Institute of America, in their common interest of creating excellence.
Find Us and Directions
Find Us in the Heart of Nantucket!
The Sweet Inspirations Chocolate Shoppe is open year round. We look forward to visiting with you!
We are at the corners of India and Union Streets, just across from the Atheneum, and behind the Post Office.
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Meet Our Team
V. Denise Gluckert
Denise Glückert began her professional career working at the West Family Sweet Shoppe and Restaurant on Nantucket’s Main Street nearly three decades ago. She learned the art of chocolatiering and business science from her mentors John and Kathy West and experienced the joy of creating great food and the satisfaction of being a part of a family managed business.
Denise has continued to develop her chocolate business expertise as the Nantucket Chocolatier’s customer base expanded. She studied the art and science of chocolate making and toured the great chocolate shoppes of Europe. Denise has also developed and marketed new products, managed the building of new facilities, added new equipment, and most importantly, recruited an employee family of exceptional managers and a dedicated crew to create our extraordinary gift chocolates and provide excellent customer service.
Executive Chocolatier, responsible for hand creating limited editions of our artisan chocolate whales and panning small batches of our exclusive world famous Cranberry Creations Chocolates.
Some years ago, one of our managers presented to Robert the idea of a whale shaped chocolate. In response to this concept, Robert created a completely new and unique design of a three-dimensional chocolate whale, and voila—Coco the Whale truffles were born!
Robert was classically trained at the lauded Culinary Institute of America, and has brought his talents to restaurants, bakeries and private catering services of sizes both large and intimate. He has studied chocolate and confections in Europe to add to his experience and knowledge.
He has perfected our now famous Cranberry Creations chocolate covered cranberries, and created the new and exciting Sea Mist Almonds, made with roasted almonds dusted with sea salt then covered in milk or dark chocolate.
Nantucket Chocolatier is clearly blessed to to working with such a creative artisan in the confections field!
The Sweet Inspirations Team
Meet our year 'round crew at the Sweet Inspirations shoppe: Tameka, Esther, Fay Marie and Kyan!
These are the lovely faces and voices that will greet you like you're family when you contact us at the shoppe on Nantucket!