Despite downtown Raleigh’s continual expansion, Reginald Savage has helped maintain the historic Glenwood South district’s small-town charm with his incredible chocolate truffles. Located in a small home on Boylan Ave., Azurelise was given its name by combining the first two names of Savage’s daughter, Azure Elise.
Savage was a professor at North Carolina State University who was originally looking to make some extra cash on the side, but by 2004 he had officially opened his business and was selling his decadent truffles to other stores in the area. His natural instincts and deep meditation on chocolate making have served him well, as he eschews the recipes and techniques of others in pursuit of the new and innovative -- leading him to create some of Raleigh’s best sweets.
When he first started making truffles in 2002, Savage followed several very basic and fundamental steps to his art. “My goals as a gourmet chocolate truffle maker is to create unique and superior chocolate taste experiences,” he says on the Azurelise website, where he also alludes to techniques that he understandably keeps secret. His credo: “Don’t copy or imitate other chocolate truffle makers and make chocolate truffles other chocolate truffle makers can’t copy or imitate.”
Azurelise may have started out with just a few basic flavors, but these days customers have the difficult task of choosing between over 40 variations and styles. Looking for the store’s classic Sea Salt Caramel truffle? No problem, they’ve already got boxes of them loaded up and ready to go. Maybe you’re looking for something with a bit of fruit added? Make sure you don’t pass up the Cherry Pistachio and Orange Spice flavors. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Azurelise offers truffles infused with over a dozen varieties of spirits?