bijoux handcrafted chocolates photo by lauren healey

First Look: Bijoux Handcrafted Chocolates in Des Peres

A local farmers market purveyor has upgraded to a brick-and-mortar. Bijoux Handcrafted Chocolates opened in mid-July at 13014 Manchester Road in Des Peres.

Owner Meggie Mobley worked out of her home kitchen for two years under the Missouri cottage food law, selling her wares at pop-ups and markets, most notably the Lake St. Louis Farmers & Artists Market, which helped her acquire a customer base.

French for "jewels" or "jewelry," the name Bijoux is inspired by the small-batch, hand-painted bonbons the shop specializes in.

 “When I did farmers markets, people always said they looked like jewels – it was between that and marbles,” Mobley said. “I’m sort of still reeling that I was successful enough that I was able to open this place. It’s been kind of a wild ride – it feels surreal.”

In addition to a rotating selection of bonbons on offer, with staples including salted caramel and brown butter vanilla, there will be seasonal options like pumpkin, apple cider and peppermint. Mobley also draws inspiration from beverages like Irish coffee, a Manhattan and chai tea, as well as from desserts like pumpkin pie, tiramisu and lemon meringue. The shop offers a few other sweet snacks, including salted nutty toffee and honeycomb sponge toffee, both covered in chocolate. 

Bijoux Handcrafted Chocolates are also available via Rudy’s Flower Truck and its website.

Check out the slideshow below for a look at West County’s newest sweets shop.