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The location in downtown Davenport is new.

But what remains a part of Chocolate Manor are the artistic, creative talents of Rose Mohr as she makes chocolates that range from covered toffee to  exotic, port wine chocolates and almost anything in between.

Bob and Rose Mohr have owned Country Manor Candies for 13 years. They opened Chocolate Manor in early June at 110 E. 2nd St., Davenport, because they had to leave their familiar digs at 412 16th St., Bettendorf.

"That building in Bettendorf was sold to make way for the right of way for the new Interstate 74 bridge," Rose said.

"Chocolates like chilly," said Bob in explaining the cooler temps inside the store.

Everything is made on site, including artisan chocolates, cupcakes, pastries, cookies and chocolate-covered potato chips. They do catering all of types, offer tours tastings and chocolate demos. Gelato, an Italian ice cream, is available during the summer months. It is made by Jerry Bergheger, who co-owns Jake O's, formerly O'Melia's Supper Club, Rock Island.

Bob said they purchased the candy business 13 years ago from original owner, Rita Fors. He said they chose to keep the original name for several years. Eventually, they renamed the store Chocolate Manor and dropped the "candies" designation. "We call what we make confections rather than candy," he said. "We wanted to associate ourselves with all the chocolates."

Rose said she uses the original recipes from Fors while adding new ones and "tweaking" some of the others. Rose uses Belgian and French chocolates.

At one time, they also operated stores at NorthPark and SouthPark malls and the Village of East Davenport.

"I think we are doing very well," Rose said. "We just got signage up about two weeks ago. We are under the skywalk so sometimes we do not get noticed. But we are coming together."

"We are getting a lot of walk-in traffic," said their daughter, Randyl.

"It is still word of mouth but we have kept our old customers from Rockford, Peoria and Chicago," Rose said of people who schedule their visits around other activities just to be able to stock up on their chocolates until their next visit.

Customizing including make a nearly 8-foot tall chocolate menorah for a Quad-City orthodox Jewish rabbi, using kosher chocolate he ordered from New York. Rose also once made 300 chocolate toothbrushes for the wedding of a dentist. She also has made life-sized chocolate shoes and art paintings made out of chocolate.  

Bob said his wife once made 350 chocolate tulips for a wedding.

One of her most unusual requests came from the Bettendorf Police Department. Bob said it was a special training program to which other area departments were invited. Because the FBI was asked to attend and help with the training, Bettendorf wanted to give local FBI officials and "appropriate gift" to say thanks. So, Rose Mohr made handcuffs, a badge and a Glock 9mm handgun.

If she can have a mold made, Rose can make anything out of chocolate, her husband said.

"We have about 10,000 molds in the store," he said. "If you want a harmonica, we have it. If you want a typewriter, we have it. A chocolate cellphone, we can make it."

 

 

 

 

 

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