Bourbon and chocolate — a match made in heaven. | Courtesy of Art Eatables
Bourbon and chocolate — a match made in heaven. | Courtesy of Art Eatables

When Art Eatables owner Kelly Ramsey first mingled bourbon with chocolate, she had no idea it would change the course of her life. Although she went to college for a career in finance, she’s now the world’s first bourbon-certified chocolatier. Her store on South Fourth Street celebrates its third anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Art Eatables is located at 631 S. Fourth St.
Art Eatables is located at 631 S. Fourth St.

Ramsey dabbled in the candy-making industry when she decided that most store-bought confections her son wanted for his birthday were low quality. Once she perfected the craft of making chocolate in all shapes, sizes and colors, she decided to merge her new craft with another passion — bourbon. This was in 2010, a couple of years before the bourbon boom swept the country.

She thought by adding bourbon to chocolate in truffle form, it would help introduce the Kentucky spirit to a broader audience — and a year later, Art Eatables was born. Ramsey credits her success to timing and luck — but there’s obviously a talent behind it all that keeps her products fresh and novel.

Her flagship line of Small-Batch Bourbon Truffles has grown to more than 60 varieties, which appeases both bourbon lovers after a particular brand and bourbon virgins who are reluctant to throw back a shot in liquid form.

Ramsey says she sells a lot of her truffles to the distilleries on wholesale, and her retail business is mostly tourists and locals shopping around South Fourth Street. Her biggest sales are Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve truffles, most likely due to brand recognition. One of her personal favorites — although she truly loves them all — is W.L. Weller 12-Year, which she was lucky to nab two bottles of this year. She says she’ll keep one bottle for herself and use the other for truffles.

Kelly Ramsey (middle) greets a family from Philadelphia. | Photo by Sara Havens
Kelly Ramsey (middle) greets a family from Philadelphia. | Photo by Sara Havens

During Art Eatables’ three-year anniversary party on Thursday, Nov. 5, Ramsey will hold “Guess Your Bourbon Flight” contests each hour where you taste her truffles and try to determine the bourbon brand with which it’s made. Gift cards and drawings will also be given out from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and there will be live music and book signings as well.

Art Eatables is located at 631 S. Fourth St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."