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Bethany Thouin came to Nashville for the music, but stayed for the chocolate. Tired of struggling as a songwriter, the self-taught chocolatier -- she says she went to pastry school at Google University -- decided to dive headfirst into the world of confectionery arts. The mother of five opened her shop, The Cocoa Tree, in Nashville's historic Germantown district, and at first struggled to balance family and food, business and the home front. Seven years later, she's obviously got the hang of it; she's a burgeoning culinary celebrity with the awards, press clippings, television appearances, celebrity clientele and her own book to prove it.
Read on about Bethany's sweet life at the The Cocoa Tree after the jump.