A bright yellow glimmer caught Charlie "Digger Chuck" Ward's eye as he panned. His eyes had fooled him in the past, so he reached in the pan to feel the weight of the clump. Ward handed it to his prospecting partner, Byron Janis, and asked "Is this what I think it is?"
The 2-¼ inch by 1-1/2 inch by 1 inch rock was exactly what Ward thought it was: gold.
It turned out to be the largest undisputed gold nugget found in the Black Hills in the past 120 years.
Ward and his partner, who call themselves the "Ice Box Mining Company," sold the precious nugget for an undisclosed amount to Chris Johnson, owner of the Clock Shop in downtown Rapid City, which often buys gold from prospectors. It is now on display at:
PRESIDENTIAL PAWN AND GUN ‘s “Pawnseum”
629 Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Chubby Chipmunk has been given permission to replicate the nugget and now carries the exact replica made with Fortunato #4 Chocolate. The pure Nacional chocolate thought to be extinct but rediscovered in 2007.
We are proud to be able to offer corporate gift giving with the sweet taste of chocolate to treat the customer while reminding them of your company. These are great for your employees, customers or can be used to really make a statement at conferences and gatherings.
We have developed the logo chocolate bar.
We can make them in milk or dark chocolate and each comes in a clear plastic case with a bow, all ready to gift.
Initial cost for tooling the mold is 175.00 (one time only fee) and each bar is 2.75 all ready to gift. Minimum order is 25 bars plus shipping and we do need a 3 week window for first order.
You can then order with only a one week window whenever you need them after the initial one.
To get your own Corporate Gifts just let us know by filling out our Contact Form.
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Leones' CreameryLeones' Creamery is owned and operated by sisters, Hannah Leone and Rebecca Leone Williams, along with Rebecca's husband, John Leone Williams.
Ice cream is more than just our job, it's our absolute passion! Made with love in small batches, our flavors range from the classic to the absurd, but never fall short of delicious. We love putting our heads together to create unique and delicious hand-crafted, creamy goodness. Our team is over-the-moon about our community and customers, so we strive to produce only the tastiest and highest quality product to please their palates. As often as possible, we utilize and feature local ingredients that highlight our sweet little corner of the Earth. From our Crow Peak's Pile-O-Dirt Porter to our Spearfish Valley Rhubarb ice creams, we've got a fierce pride for the Black Hills, and love that we can showcase that through our tantalizing creations. Our flavors rotate and switch on the daily, so you're always bound to discover a new favorite!
Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates loves to create special wedding memories. We offer personalized tasting sessions where you will sample the truffle options you are considering. We offer custom decorations to correspond with your wedding theme.
There is no wedding too small nor too large. We pride ourselves on giving each and every order our utmost attention to detail.
The size of your truffles can be whatever your heart desires. We create the truffles in party size, our "golf-ball" size we are best known for, and full size made to order.
Wedding Price List for Individual Truffles
Individual, Our Standard Decoration - $3.09 each standard size
*With Box and Bow assembled - $4.09 each standard size
*Boxed: white, or brown, label and gold bow
Custom Wedding Tins
These wedding tins hold three assorted truffles and are a wonderful wedding or anniversary gift, gift for bridesmaids or for parting guests. They are a custom creation that has Ms Chubby in wedding finery including the blue garter. A keepsake for that special day, $15.99
Larger than Life Size Truffles start at $37.95 per pound (price may increase depending on decorations chosen)
Prices are for pick-up, delivery is extra.
Please call 605.722.2447 for your private consultation. Consultations include your truffle tasting to choose your favorites.
Please let us know if there is any problem with an order. This is how we learn and grow up to be the best chipmunks we can be. We also like good reviews and will share them on this site – with your permission, of course.
Enjoy, and remember they are best eaten with a loved one, but it is also OK not to share!
Q: How should I store my chocolates? Can I refrigerate them?
A: Ideally, our truffles prefer to be eaten as soon as possible. However, if you can resist the urge to eat them immediately, they will taste fresh for up to 2 weeks if they’re kept out of the sun at room temperature (not exceeding 70°F, and 60% humidity). For more extended storage:
Q: Do you have any gluten-free products?
A: With the exception of our cheesecake truffles and Peanut Crunch truffle, all of our truffles are gluten-free!
Q: Do you sell sugar-free chocolates?
A: We offer Milk and Dark Chocolate sugar-free wafers.
Q: Can I ship internationally?
A: Yes! We’re happy to ship to countries outside the United States.
Q: Do you offer gift certificates?
A: Yes, they can be purchased online, by phone, or at our shop.
Q: Is Chubby Chipmunk a franchise?
A: No, we’re a single, privately owned store in Deadwood, SD with an outlet also at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City.
Q: Can you send me a catalog?
A: Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer print catalogs yet. However, both our year-round and seasonal product lines are available at www.chubbychipmunk.com.
Q: Where can I find descriptions of your truffles?
A: Stop by our Truffles page for a detailed list of all our truffle flavors.
Q: Are all of your chocolates handmade?
Q: Where are the truffles made?
A: All of our chocolates are created and hand-dipped at our shop in Deadwood, SD.
Q: Do you offer tours of your factory?
A: Unfortunately, we don’t offer tours at this time.
Q: What do I do if I have a nut allergy?
A: Avoid our products that feature nuts; if you’re unsure about a truffle’s ingredients, you can always check with us.
However, please be aware that our chocolates are manufactured in a facility that handles peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and macadamia nuts), milk, and wheat products, so there may always be a risk of ingesting traces of these products.
Q: Does your chocolate contain soy lecithin?
A: Soy lecithin is an important all-natural emulsifier in chocolate products that keeps the cocoa and cocoa butter from separating, so yes, our chocolate does contain it. Our suppliers are in process of converting this ingredient to sunflower lecithin.
That being said, our Fortunato #4 does not contain soy lecithin. Find out more about this rare chocolate discovery by clicking on the Fortunato #4 tab.
Q: Do you make charitable donations? How can I make a donation request?
A: Please read our policies on donations under About Us.
Chubby Chipmunk takes pride in supporting a number of charitable organizations in our local community, As a Deadwood-based, privately owned business; we are honored to be able to give back to the community through local donations. We focus our giving to causes that tug at our heartstrings and promote healthy youth activities.
If you would like us to consider a request to support your organization’s efforts, please complete and submit the application included below.
For your request to be processed, we require a written request be submitted. The form is downloadable, so you can print it, complete it and either bring it into the shop, or mail it to us. The address is found at the bottom of our homepage. Due to the high volume of requests, we must receive your request no later than one month prior to your event or activity. Applications are processed on first-come, first-served basis. We are not able to fulfill emergency requests.
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It all started with dreams of chocolate, as Chip scampered about her mom’s kitchen as a little girl. Even at this early age, she was already busy concocting mouth-watering treats and desserts—as long as they included chocolate.
Since then, time has only improved her delicacies. Her sunny kitchen, located in historic Deadwood, South Dakota, is alive with treats you will forever dream about. Only now, truffles have become the main event—and rightfully so! Each is an original creation, and each promises to make you swoon and sway with delight.
The secret? She makes all her truffles, toffee, and caramel with “Butter and Love,” the ingredients of chocolates that are truly to “Sigh For.”
So when Deadwood is in your travel plans, make sure to stop by the Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolate Shop. This magical little confectionary promises to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth – grown-ups and little kids alike.
And if you aren’t visiting South Dakota in the near future, be sure to check out our online store. It’s the next best thing! Chubby Chipmunk is proud to provide decadent truffles to customers all over the country, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to indulge in her wonderful creations!
When Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates started in Deadwood,SD in 2005 there was only one full time employee (Chip). As we have grown we have added a wonderful collection of talented and diverse employees who give their all so you will have the best chocolates. They are passionate about Chubby Chipmunk and we have become a tight knit family of our own making. You have spoke to them on the phone and via email...now is the time to meet them...Hurrah to the Chipmunks!
Pure Nacional, a variety of cacao plant thought to be extinct, has been rediscovered in Peru. That's sweet news for chocolate lovers worldwide, and especially sweet for South Dakota chocolate lovers. This one-of-a-kind chocolate is now available at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates in Deadwood.
Chubby Chipmunk now sells a variety of bars made from pure Nacional beans under the Fortunato No. 4 brand, named for the Peruvian farmer on whose farm the beans were found. Chubby Chipmunk is South Dakota’s exclusive retailer of this prized chocolate.
"This is such an unbelievable discovery. I’m so excited," said Mary “Chip” Tautkus, chocolatier and owner of Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates. “It’s such a beautiful flavor. I've tasted some of the best chocolates in the world, but Fortunato No. 4 is by far the richest-tasting chocolate I’ve ever experienced; if you can imagine a chocolate rush. This is it! I feel like I have been allowed to go on a journey of epic proportion.”
With its complex fruity flavors and its unadorned smoothness, chocolate from the pure Nacional bean once dominated fine chocolate markets worldwide. But beginning in 1916, pure Nacional trees were killed off by disease in Ecuador, the only known place where this genetically unique cacao grew. Chocolatiers shifted to other varieties, hybrids and blends. The pure form of this prized cacao was believed to be lost forever.
However, in late 2007 Dan Pearson and Brian Horsley discovered cacao trees growing on isolated farms in Peru's Marañón Canyon. The trees' football-shaped fruit contained an unusual mix of white and purple beans -- in some cases, all white beans. Pearson and Horsley sent leaf samples to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for genetic testing.
The USDA Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., analyzed the genetic structure of the leaves and found that they were indeed from pure Nacional plants. Tests of more leaves confirmed that pure Nacional plants were growing throughout Marañón Canyon.
The 6,000-foot canyon walls created a unique, high-altitude microclimate for the trees. Pearson and Horsley spent two years developing the right fermenting-and-drying process to bring out the flavor of pure Nacional. They founded Marañón Chocolate, the company that makes Fortunato No. 4 chocolate from the pure Nacional beans.
“The chocolate is intense, with a floral aroma and a persistent mellow richness," New York Times writer Florence Fabricant wrote in a 2011 story about the discovery. "Its lack of bitterness is remarkable."
In February 2013 and April of 2016 Tautkus had the opportunity to see the pure Nacional cacao first hand. Marañón’s Dan Pearson invited her to travel to Peru to see the trees, help harvest the prized cacao beans and see them processed into chocolate. “What an adventure it was to see where it all began, and to meet the actual 'Raiders of the Lost Chocolate!’”