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The Best Chocolate Shop in Every State
There is nothing in this world that is more crave-worthy, more scrumptious, and more delectable than a beautiful piece of chocolate. The moment that creamy, milky, and oh-so-sweet morsel hits your palate, you’re transported into a world of happiness and true deliciousness, even if only for a moment. And sometimes, you really, really need that. So, to honor the beauty of chocolate and the artistry of the chocolatier, we sought out the best chocolate shops across America.
Our list of the best chocolate shops in every state celebrates every kind of chocolate maker — from the East Coast, where single-source, artisanal chocolates reign supreme, to cozy, kitschy shops in the Midwest, innovative chocolate stores and factories on the West Coast, and everything else in between. If you live in the U.S., there’s the perfect chocolate shop for you (and you don’t have to travel too far).
Alabama: Chocolate Corner, Gulf Shores
Family-owned and -operated, Chocolate Corner in Gulf Shores may be small, but it’s definitely stocked to the brim with chocolaty goodness. They’re especially known for their homemade pralines, which are homemade with a massive amount of nuts, caramel, and chocolate.
Alaska: Sweet Chalet, Anchorage
Anchorage is known for its stunning views of the aurora borealis, and Sweet Chalet is known for its similarly remarkable aurora bonbons. Each bonbon is hand-painted, and they come in unique flavors ranging from caramelized pear with saffron to raspberry rosewater.
Arizona: Zak’s Chocolate, Scottsdale
This small-batch chocolate shop sources all their beans from a single, ethical source and roasts the cocoa beans themselves. They then turn the beans into elegantly flavored chocolates, with delicacies such as a blackberry lychee bonbons and a cacao nib caramel.
Arkansas: Kyya Chocolate, Springdale
If you thought chocolate around the world all tasted the same, Kyya Chocolate in Springdale will prove you wrong. This bean-to-bar chocolate shop makes a variety of single-origin dark chocolate treats, allowing customers to taste the subtle differences between offerings from Uganda, Ecuador, Madagascar, and beyond.
California: Donnelly Fine Chocolates, Santa Cruz
California has no shortage of fine chocolatiers, but Donnelly Fine Chocolates in Santa Cruz is our pick. Since 1988, Richard Donnelly has been making his artisanal chocolates by hand. Whether you’re looking for dark chocolates, milk chocolates, or something with a little bit of spice (think: cardamom, ginger, and chai), Donnelly does it best.
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Colorado: The Chocolate Lab, Denver
As its name suggests, Denver’s The Chocolate Lab combines the worlds of science and chocolate into one culinary experience. Yes, here you can get handmade truffles with unique flavors such as beet and chocolate-covered marshmallows, but you can also get savory foods like French onion soup, roasted cauliflower, and pulled pork… all infused with chocolate.
Connecticut: Bridgewater Chocolate, West Hartford
Connecticut is apparently so well known for its chocolate shops that it has a bona fide tour route for sweet confections called the Connecticut Chocolate Trail. So how does Bridgewater Chocolate stand apart from the crowd? Its stunning packaging, for one, and also its luxurious, rich dark chocolates and turtles that even have the world’s billionaires as fans.
Delaware: Govatos Candies, Wilmington
The Govatos family has been making chocolate since 1894, so you know they have the art of the confection down. The service here is as impeccable as the chocolates, which are oftentimes molded into fun shapes like cameras, Popeye, and giant bunnies for Easter.
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Florida: Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
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Georgia: Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate Micro-Factory, Atlanta
You’ll find the best chocolate shop in Georgia at the Krog Street Market in Atlanta. Xocolatl makes single-origin bean-to-bar chocolates that are presented in beautiful, simple paper. Inside, you’ll find some insanely delicious gourmet chocolates infused with apple pie spice, jerk spices, and vanilla, alongside simpler single-origin offerings.
Hawaii: Manoa Chocolate Hawaii, Kailua
In Hawaiian, “manoa” means deep and solid, and those are the flavors you’ll find in the chocolate at this bean-to-bar factory. All of the beans were grown in Hawaii, making this a true local spot. That commitment to local farm-to-chocolate production continues in their bars’ flavors, which are infused with local coffee, sea salt, and lavender.
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Idaho: Weiser Classic Candy, Weiser
For over a decade, Weiser Classic Candy has been making a name for itself in Idaho thanks to their irresistible chocolates. This spot is best known for its signature melt-in-your-mouth mint velvet bites, but also serve some fabulously creamy homemade ice cream.
Illinois: Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Chicago
Do you love chocolate-covered bacon? Thank Katrina Markoff, who started this novelty trend that turned into a signature item. Beyond bacon, Vosges Haut-Chocolat serves some truly innovative chocolate bars (matcha mint, coconut ash and banana) and packages them exquisitely.
Schimpff’s Confectionery, Jeffersonville
One of the oldest candy businesses in the country, Schimpff’s Confectionary is half chocolate shop, half museum, which makes it a great tourist destination on its own. Beyond the collection of candy-making history here, the chocolates are old-fashioned and scrumptious.
Iowa: Chocolaterie Stam, Various Locations
With traditions and recipes based in the Netherlands, Chocolaterie Stam makes some of the most exquisite chocolates in the United States. You can’t go wrong with any of their bonbons or truffles, which are so rich and decadent. But we’re a fan of the corn-shaped milk chocolate with a hazelnut praline filling. It’s the perfect nod to Iowa.
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Kansas: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, Wichita
Locals and tourists alike know there’s only one spot to go to in Wichita for your chocolate needs: Cocoa Dolce. Their chocolates have beautiful designs and beautiful flavors, including a few booze-infused picks (mimosa, red zinfandel). Don’t leave without trying their cheesecake, though. It’s some of the best in the country.
Kentucky: Art Eatables, Louisville
Art Eatables is a suitable name for this Kentucky spot. Each and every confection is beautifully decorated, with hand-painted marshmallows and carefully drizzled chocolate-covered Oreos on the menu. In true Kentucky style, this place is known for their vast selection of bourbon- and moonshine-infused chocolates. Nothing can beat that in our book.
Louisiana: Sucré, New Orleans
At Sucré in New Orelans, everything is simultaneously decadent and delicate. Their signature chocolates feature playful flavors like peanut butter and jelly and German chocolate cake. Of course, their standout offerings are sold during Carnival, a selection of gold, green, and purple chocolates in iconic flavors (crème brûlée, Southern pecan praline, and bananas Foster).
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Maine: Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, Freeport
Wilbur’s of Maine goes all-in on its locality. The signature items here include their chocolate moose (not mousse) and chocolate-covered blueberries. The latter are so heavenly and so flavorful, you’ll swear you picked the berries yourself.
Maryland: SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier, Gaithersburg
Rich. Luxurious. Decadent. Those are just a few words one can use to describe SPAGnVOLA. This Maryland shop’s signature bonbons are impeccably decorated and boast a variety of classic and innovative flavors (ginger-plum and rosemary olive oil chocolates sit next to caramels).
Massachusetts: Beacon Hill Chocolates, Boston
Considered by many to be the best chocolates in America, Beacon Hill Chocolates does everything perfectly. The taste, texture, and look of their confections are world-class. Their most popular offerings include their caramel sushi, couer de sel sea salt caramel, and their half-dipped strawberry truffle. These chocolates are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
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Michigan: Bon Bon Bon, Detroit
Chocolate is supposed to be fun, and that’s something Bon Bon Bon takes to heart. This Detroit shop makes open-top chocolates inspired by local cultures, using local ingredients, and packaged in recyclable boxes. Each stunning bon is handcrafted; they come in unique flavors like Paczki (with fried dough and powdered sugar), Avocado Toast, and Slow Drag (whiskey caramel, tobacco, and dark chocolate).
Minnesota: Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen, Knife River
For three generations, Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen has been making their chocolate confections and candies in store. The shop itself is charming and offers up some of the milkiest, most delicious chocolate in the region. Don’t leave without indulging in some of their handmade nut clusters.
Mississippi: Nandy’s Candy, Jackson
This small, family-owned business is a beloved Jackson institution. They are perhaps best known for their chocolate-covered strawberries and Oreos. If you visit in the summertime, be sure to check out some of their non-chocolate treats like their snowcones.
Missouri: Christopher Elbow Chocolates, Kansas City
This Kansas City shop takes the phrase artisanal chocolates to the next level. Each and every piece of candy is painted by hand, making these more like tiny, edible pieces of art than an after-dinner treat. The creativity extends beyond looks; these chocolates come in inventive flavors such as port wine fig, pear cinnamon, and bananas Foster.
Nebraska: The Cordial Cherry, Omaha
As the name of this Omaha chocolate shop suggests, The Cordial Cherry specializes in chocolate-covered cherries. The high-quality chocolate confections come in all sorts of charming shapes, such as unicorns, owls, and snowmen. Of course, this shop also offers classic things like fudge, truffles, and malted milk balls — but you really want the cherries.
Nevada: Jean Philippe Patisserie, Las Vegas
New Hampshire: Dancing Lion Chocolate, Manchester
Chocolate making in general is often referred to as an art, but at Dancing Lion in Manchester, New Hampshire, they really are making art. They sell stunning chocolate sculptures that almost look like stonework. You’ll also find beautiful and uniquely flavored chocolate bars such as The Blues, a beautiful blue bar with dark chocolate, blueberries, and toasted pecans.
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New Jersey: Carol’s Creative Chocolatez, Somerville
“They’re almost too pretty to eat” is the tagline for Carol’s Creative Chocolatez in Somerville, New Jersey. The main word being “almost.” These single-origin chocolates are stunningly presented and made carefully in house. Their signature item is a custom chocolate painting, where you can get any image you want crafted in 100 percent edible chocolate.
New Mexico: Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop, Madrid
Shugarman’s Little Chocolate Shop is the definition of “off the beaten path.” You won’t find a website for this 420-square-foot shop in Madrid, New Mexico, but if you visit, you’ll find an ever-rotating selection of uniquely flavored chocolates. Mixtures like dark chocolate with pink peppercorns, lavender, lemongrass, and merlot salt sound crazy, but chocolatier Harvey Shugarman makes it work.
New York: Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York City
To call Jacques Torres a master chocolatier is understating how impeccable his creations are; the taste and presentation of these chocolates is unmatched. For every holiday, you’ll find new and unique creations at Jacques Torres’ numerous NYC locations. If you’re going to stop by one, however, we recommend the SoHo location, where you can visit a chocolate museum and take chocolate making classes from Jacques himself.
North Carolina: French Broad Chocolate, Asheville
This must-visit Asheville shop has chocolates that have won numerous awards at the International Chocolate Awards and Good Food Awards. The chocolates, which range from single-source bars to vegan lemongrass and ginger truffles, are made with local ingredients and sustainable, wholesome cacao beans.
North Dakota: Carol Widman’s Candy, Fargo
You have George Widman to thank for the chocolate-covered potato chip, which originated at this Fargo mainstay. Lovingly referred to as “chippers,” these homemade Red River Valley potato chips are available covered in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white almond chocolate.
Ohio: Esther Price Candies, Various Locations
For over 90 years, Esther Price Candies has been making the milkiest, most scrumptious chocolates in Ohio. Their chocolate-covered caramels are their most popular product, but no trip to one of their seven locations across the state would be complete without picking up a box of their Buckeyes — it’s an Ohio classic, after all.
Oklahoma: Glacier Confection, Tulsa
Glacier Confection makes some of the prettiest chocolates you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Each and every chocolate, from their blood orange and honey to their cookie dough-inspired confection is beautifully marbled, shiny, and oh-so-smooth. What makes this chocolatier unique is their coffeehouse, cocktail, and dessert-inspired treats.
Oregon: Alma Chocolate, Portland
The Thai peanut butter cups at Alma Chocolate in Portland are what make this shop famous, but don’t discount their other offerings. Their bonbons are some of the best in the country and come in beautiful flavors such as fig and marzipan and passion fruit caramel.
Pennsylvania: Éclat Chocolate, West Chester
When Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert choose your shop to make their own custom chocolate bar, you know you’re doing something right. You can’t go wrong with any of the offerings at Éclat Chocolate, but their Peruvian Nacional Truffles have been called the best in America, so that’s a great place to start.
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Rhode Island: Sweenor’s Chocolates, Cranston
Unlike many places on this list, Sweenor’s Chocolates is shockingly affordable; a 1-pound box of assorted chocolates will only cost you $22.50. But don’t take their low prices as and indication of low quality! Their versions of classic treats (chocolate-covered raisins, malted milk balls) blow your concession stand snacks out of the water.
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South Carolina: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, Charleston
You could spend eternity staring at the stunning chocolates at this Charleston chocolate shop. The luxurious chocolates here are all hand-painted, resulting in bold morsels that are almost too gorgeous to eat. But, of course, you’ll want to eat these chocolates, which come in subtle flavors (Earl Grey tea, hazelnut) and outrageous (bleu cheese) alike.
South Dakota: Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, Deadwood
This quirky chocolate shop has something for everybody, from smooth, handmade truffles to beautiful chocolate-covered caramels. They’re perhaps best known for “the ice box nugget,” a 100 percent chocolate replica of the largest gold nugget ever found in South Dakota.
Tennessee: Paul’s Chocolate, Brentwood
Paul Burnash is an artist, and his canvas is chocolate. This hidden gem features stunning chocolate sculptures (many with nods to country music) and chocolates with locally-influenced flavors (think Jack Daniels). You’d be remiss to come here and not get their chocolate wine corks, which are infused with red wine and thus pair perfectly with a glass of vino.
Texas: Kate Weiser Chocolate, Dallas
The chocolates hand-crafted by Kate Weiser are simply gorgeous. Her bonbons (which come in inventive flavors such as lavender apricot, yuzu, and buttery popcorn) are bright and colorful. Don’t discount her handmade chocolate bars, either. With influences like milk and cookies and trail mix, these creations make Snickers look sad.
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Vermont: Lake Champlain Chocolates, Burlington
Considered to be some of the very best chocolate in all of New England, this Burlington staple carries wonderfully executed gourmet chocolates. What they lack in outrageous flavors, they make up for in elegant execution. Plus, their drinking chocolate is some of the most indulgent and delicious of its kind.
Virginia: Artisan Confections, Arlington
Washington: Theo Chocolate, Seattle
When it comes to the organic, fair-trade chocolate market, Theo Chocolate is an American pioneer; they were the first chocolate shop in the U.S. to be certified as fair trade. But that does not mean their chocolates are uptight. Their bars come in playful flavors like root beer barrel, cherry almond, and ghost chile.
Washington, D.C.: Harper Macaw
Harper Macaw is a true chocolate factory in the heart of Washington, D.C. When you walk through their doors, you’ll find artisanal chocolate bars made with beans from three specific Brazilian cacao farms. The blended bars bring out the best flavors from each cacao bean, but what makes this shop distinctive is its more whimsical offerings, including politically-inspired bars and a raspberry cheesecake chocolate.
West Virginia: Holl’s Chocolate, Vienna
If you’re looking for the best chocolate-covered strawberries in West Virginia, look no further than Holl’s Chocolate. Their coated fruits are some of the best in the business. Beyond that, Holl’s has been crafting scrumptious milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and caramel confections for over 30 years.
Wisconsin: Vande Walle's Candies, Appleton
You can’t go wrong with anything at Vande Walle’s Candies; the chocolate is so high-quality and delicious that everything is great. This local candy shop is best known for its angelfood candies, with a light, airy center that melts in your mouth. Their truffle chocolate bars, with a classic chocolate outside and smooth, velvety interior, are also a highlight.
Wyoming: Atelier Ortega, Jackson
Chef Oscar Ortega is making some truly otherworldly chocolates at his Jackson chocolate shop. His truly artisanal chocolates come in classic flavors (Tahitian vanilla, walnut) and inventive varietals (oregano and Earl Grey tea). You don’t need another reason to eat chocolate every day, but this place sure gives you one.
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