About

Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates SM

Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates is the premier chocolatier of Orlando, Florida, providing custom chocolates created for your special event. We specialize in wedding, corporate amenities, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as well as holiday events for every occasion.

The custom chocolates and wedding favors are created with the highest quality chocolate with premium packaging using your theme and tablescape in mind. We work in conjunction with your florist, linen company and event planner to create a memorable experience for your event.  We also work with corporate marketing departments, event planners, wedding coordinators and hotel sales managers to make planning your event easier.

Sweet Maralyn

About Maralyn Valenti Berdan

Maralyn was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, in a very large Italian family rooted in the produce business. She prides herself on her Italian heritage and archives many of the recipes from her family and also from the Cuban and Spanish influences of her friends. Cooking and entertaining is Maralyn’s passion.

She earned her BS in Psychology from Emory University and her MBA from University of South Florida.  Through the family business and as a foodservice broker, she became familiar with the top restaurants in Central Florida and produced the now famous Bloomin’ Onion for Outback Restaurants.

Gourmet Chocolatier Andrew Shotts

Culinary Expertise

Maralyn has attended classes at LA Burdick Chocolates in New Hampshire, Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, studying the art of chocolates from such well-known Chefs as Ewalt Notter, Andrew Shotts and Jean-Pierre Wybauw. Also, Maralyn was, for over 20 years, a classical ballet dancer.

Community Involvement

Strawberry Dipping at Plant High School

Sweet Maralyn’s Chocoaltes is a proud to share our love for art of chocolate throughout the local community, with involvements including:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Great American Teach-In with the ESL Students of Plant High School in Tampa, FL
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • The Florida House

In The Media

Interview with Local 6's Kala Rama

Video / Television

Blog Features

Print

  • Central Florida Bride Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012 p.133
  • Orlando Wedding, Spring/Summer 2012 p.49
  • Orange Appeal, Jan/Feb 2012 p.101
  • Central Florida Bride Magazine, Fall/Winter 2011
  • Central Florida Bride Magazine, Fall/Winter 2010, p.99

Awards & Recognition

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 PickWinner The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick

Local brides have voted Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates as a top wedding professional in the Orlando area, honoring us as “The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick”.


2012 Perfect Wedding Guide Preferred Vendor AwardWinner 2012 Perfect Wedding Guide Preferred Vendor Award

The 2012 Perfect Wedding Guide Preferred Vendor Award is special honor reserved for Perfect Wedding Guide vendors who received 3 or more positive reviews during the 2012 calendar year.


2013 Wedding Wire Bride's Choice AwardWinner 2013 and 2012 WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes the best local wedding vendors as determined by the quality, quantity, recency, and consistency of the reviews from over 1.2 million WeddingWire newlyweds. The 2012 award recipients represent the top five percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which consists of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the US and Canada.


2011 Perfect Wedding Guide Vendor's Choice AwardWinner 2011 Perfect Wedding Guide Vendor’s Choice Award
In the very first “Vendy” awards of 2011, Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates earned the top honor in our category. The Vendy awards are chosen by our fellow venders inside the wedding industry and have been noted as one of the most consistent, quality-driven, and cooperative providers in each category.