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Students from The Immokalee Foundation recently toured Norman Love Confections and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love in Fort Myers, with the founder himself leading the visit.

Master Chocolatier Norman Love shared personal stories with the students, along with several secrets to his success; he also revealed a few special techniques used to create his world-renowned chocolates.

Love led 22 foundation students through the chocolate salon, kitchens, packaging and warehouse areas. He explained the process of making exquisitely crafted chocolates, desserts, crepes, pastries and holiday specialties. After offering the students samples of his confections, Love surprised them with handmade authentic Italian artisan gelato.

“Mr. Love shared his history and culinary experiences with us, which was really interesting,” said Jennifer Villa, who is currently dual-enrolled at Immokalee High School and in iTECH’s Culinary Arts program and will be attending Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts in Tallahassee. “I couldn’t believe he invited me back to be a pastry chef in training for an entire day. That will be another experience I will never forget.”

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples in Southwest Florida, as well as Artisan Gelato in Fort Myers. The chocolatier creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. For more information, visit

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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