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Welcome to the I Heart Costa Mesa Show! Where a couple of neighbors with a microphone live, learn and love on Costa Mesa, California. We'll be interviewing locals, sharing stories and connecting with our community. Follow along!

Apr 21, 2018

Treat yo' self! On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we're indulging in an interview with local Master Chocolatier and Costa Mesa resident, Amy Jo Pedone, of Valenza Chocolatier. Pedone has harnessed her Sicilian family heritage, and knack for edible artistry, to create confections as beautiful as they are decadent. Pedone takes us on a journey from quitting her corporate job to family tragedy to starting her own chocolates business at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa. (Along with the entrepreneurial highs and lows she's lived along the way.) We get the rundown on all her famous chocolates - the tartaruga(turtles), bonbons, confections and bars - and, of course, we ask her our Fast Final Fives. This is some next-level chocolate talk you'll want to sample... Costa Mesa style!

I Heart Costa Mesa is sponsored by:

Music Factory School of Music

The Orange County Market Place

You can find Amy Jo Pedone and Valenza Chocolatier online or at The Hood Kitchen Space:

Valenza Chocolatier:

Valenza on Instagram: @valenza_chocolatier

Valenza on Facebook:

Valenza Chocolatier operates out of The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa:

The deadline for Mother's Day orders on chocolate is May 4, 2018:

Pedone's favorite Costa Mesa restaurant is El Matador Mexican Food:

Her favorite event in Costa Mesa is the OC Fair:

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Intro / Outro Voiceover: Brian Kazarian

Music: Eddie "DJ Kaboom" Iniestra