Members of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce join employees and friends at the grand opening of Blue Ox Chocolates in Uptown Susanville Saturday morning.

New sweet treat shop opens in Uptown Susanville

Cecilia Allin, the owner of the popular Blue Ox Bakery in Westwood recently opened the new Blue Ox Chocolate shop in Uptown Susanville.

Blue Ox owner Cecilia Allin, second from left, cuts the ribbon in front of the new Uptown shop Saturday morning.

The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. and a grand opening was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 1, at 602 Main St., Suite B between Honey Lake Firearms and Grace Community Church.

Allin said future plans include the Blue Ox Bistro next door that will serve on-the-go lunches in the near future.

These aren’t your everyday chocolates, that’s for sure. Fearing they might be lost to the world, candy maker Gerald Reed shared the old candy making recipes and chocolate formulas — some 175 years old — with Allin.

And here’s the best part — old-fashioned American sweet treats made from those old recipes are now available at Blue Ox Chocolate, although some of basic recipes originated in England and France many years ago.

Customers pour in Saturday morning to check out Blue Ox Chocolates.

“We’ve expanded on our chocolate line, and had an opportunity to move down here,” Allin said. “We rented two spots on Main Street right next to each other. We’re going to open the chocolate side first, and in a few months we’re going to put a lunch bistro here.”

Allin said Reed had run out of room for chocolate production at her Westwood bakery, so that part of the operation has moved to Uptown Susanville.

“We brought our operation to Susanville, and we’re offering a full line of chocolates now,” she said. “We have everything. We have sugar-free options, chocolate bars, a full line of truffles, nut clusters, chocolate ganache jars, chocolate-dipped fruit, bon-bons, caramels, the whole kit and kaboodle.”

Here’s part of a mural decorating Blue Ox Chocolate created by local artist Danielle Etzel-Newman.

Allin said she recently traveled to Europe to learn about some of the finest chocolates there, and she brought some of those influences back with her as well.

Right now the store just sells chocolates, but beverages and food will be available once the bistro opens.

For more information, call Allin at (530) 816-2075 or email blueoxcoffeec o@gmail.com.