The Most Magical Chocolate Shop in Every State
For those who can't resist an intoxicatingly sweet caramel-filled chocolate truffle or a scrumptious piece of cranberry pistachio white chocolate bark, you deserve to know which chocolatiers are crafting the very best desserts in your state. Thankfully, our friends at Yelp did the heavy lifting for us by compiling the data, and then we explored exactly what makes each place so exceptional to determine the best chocolate shop in every state. Some of the chocolate shops such as Markham & Fitz in Arkansas are known best for their drinking chocolates, while others such as Newfangled Confections in Indiana are known for their one-of-a-kind creations. We then hand-picked what we thought was the very best chocolate treat served at each shop.
Methodology: This is a list of the best places for chocolate in each state in the United States, according to Yelp. All the businesses on this list are in the Chocolatiers category on Yelp. "Best" is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star ratings for a business.
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Now, here are the best chocolates from the most magical chocolate shops in each state.
Fudge Sampler Boxes—Chocolate Corner & Ice Cream (Gulf Shores, Alabama)
From pecan caramel paws to gourmet truffles, this Alabama chocolate shop has got everything your sweet tooth desires. What appears to be one of the popular chocolate treats served at this chocolate shop are the fudge sampler packs, which allow the customer to choose up to six different kinds of fudge, including flavors such as chocolate amaretto, maple pecan, and cookies & cream.
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Aurora Chocolate Bon Bon—Sweet Chalet (Anchorage, Alaska)
We hear the Aurora chocolate bonbons are a hit at this chocolate shop. Each bonbon is hand-painted with special care, which is evident because their exterior looks as glossy as royal icing on cookies!
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Cinnamon Plum Bonbon—Zak's Chocolate (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Have you ever had a cinnamon plum bonbon? If you're near the Scottsdale area in Arizona, look no further, as this happens to be one of Zak's Chocolate's specialties. Also, make sure to come here for Valentine's Day for intricate heart-shaped truffles and chocolates.
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Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel—Markham & Fitz (Bentonville, Arkansas)
With bean-to-bar chocolate, Markham & Fitz incorporates the sweet stuff into anything from rich chocolate drinks such as Spice Goals (75 percent drinking chocolate mixed with housemade fall syrup and coconut milk) to a Bolivia dark chocolate-based creme brulee. The chocolate sea salt caramel can't be missed, though.
Artisan Hand-Painted Chocolates—Ex Voto Chocolates and Confections (Ventura, California)
Ex Voto Chocolates and Confections handcrafts the best artisan chocolates in the state. Head to this chocolate shop for an assortment of truffles, ice cream, and baked goods.
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Passion Fruit Mousse Bomb—Piece, Love and Chocolate (Boulder, Colorado)
We love the name of this chocolate shop in Boulder. From yule log cakes to slices of caramel and chocolate-covered gingerbread, there's something for everyone to sink their teeth into here. Of course, you cannot go into this shop without purchasing a couple of ornate truffles. There are even vegan truffles, as well as ones that are infused with alcohol. The passion fruit mousse bomb, however, has a lot of reviewers on Yelp talking, which gives us the impression that it's one of the best things to order.
Lavender Chocolates—Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates (Goshen, Connecticut)
"Whenever I'm in the area I make it a point to visit this place. The staff is an absolute delight and the chocolates are out of this world," says one Yelp reviewer.
This place is both a chocolate shop and a farm! Nosh on some lavender chocolates as you pet some friendly cows.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries—Sweet Serenity Chocolates (Seaford, Delaware)
Chocolate-covered strawberries, hand-dipped buttercream truffles, and cake pops? It's no wonder why Sweet Serenity Chocolates is the best chocolate shop in Delaware—the options are endless! But you really can't ever go wrong with a classic chocolate-covered strawberry.
Chocolate Marbles—La Bonne Adresse (Hollywood, Florida)
At La Bonne Adresse, you can order a box of chocolate marbles…yes, you read that correctly, chocolate marbles. What a gorgeous gourmet gift this would make for a true chocolate lover!
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Heart-Shaped Truffles—The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates (Duluth, Georgia)
What if we told you that you could order chocolate truffles shaped like butterflies, turtles, and hearts? At The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates, that's 100 percent doable!
Almond Pretzel Truffle—Manoa Chocolate Hawaii (Kailua, Hawaii)
"Manoa chocolates are absolutely delicious. So much flavor, smooth, not overly sweet, and made with quality ingredients," wrote one reviewer on Yelp.
Take a tour at Manoa Chocolate Hawaii to learn exactly how their chocolates are made and be sure you taste the almond pretzel truffle while you're there.
Lemon Lavender Almond Bark—The Chocolat Bar (Boise, Idaho)
What should you order from The Chocolat Bar in Idaho? We read that the lemon lavender almond bark bark is heavenly.
Manhattan Cocktail Truffles—Katherine Anne Confections (Chicago, Illinois)
From flavored marshmallows including caramel and mocha to the much-talked-about Manhattan cocktail truffles, Katherine Anne Confections is the place to go in Illinois for all sweet tooth cravings.
Frittle—Newfangled Confections (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Aside from its decadent chocolates, Newfangled Confections is known for its hybrid of peanut fudge and brittle called the Frittle.
"I'm usually only into chocolate when it comes to candy. That being said, this frittle is some of the best that I've ever tasted. It's sweet, but salty. It's not overly dry, but not too moist. It's the perfect texture with the best crunch," wrote one reviewer on Yelp.
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Hot Chocolate—Chocolaterie Stam of Ames (Ames, Iowa)
This Dutch-inspired chocolate has been created by the Stam family in Amsterdam, and they've been at it since 1913. The inside of the chocolate shop is described by some reviewers as old school and homey. While the chocolates are delicious, we hear the hot chocolate is unrivaled.
Champagne Truffle—Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates (Wichita, Kansas)
At Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, you can be assured that you are getting the freshest and quality chocolates in the state, as no batch of chocolate is kept past four weeks. Not to mention all of the ingredients are made in-house, so you won't find any store-bought peanut butter inside of these chocolate treats or in the gelato—everything is truly handmade. We hear the Champagne truffle is out of this world, you can spot it in this picture—it's the second truffle in from the left in the second row.
Chocolate Maker's Mark Bottle—Art Eatables (Louisville, Kentucky)
Yes, this bottle of Maker's Mark Whiskey is in fact made out of chocolate, which means Art Eatables may just be the most brilliant chocolate shop of them all.
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Pralines—Southern Candymakers (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Pralines are a Southern treat, so it's no surprise this store in Louisiana excels at the nutty, creamy dessert. You'll definitely want to taste these when you're in New Orleans. And for more classic desserts, check out The Most Iconic Desserts Across the US.
Sea Cucumbers—Monica's Chocolates (Lubec, Maine)
In case you were wondering, this is a photo of Monica's Chocolates Sea Cucumbers, which are chocolate confections shaped like sea creatures with a spiraled chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter filling.
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Salted Caramel White Chocolate Triangle—Pure Chocolate By Jinji (Baltimore, Maryland)
Pure Chocolate By Jinji serves chocolates that are dairy-free and don't include refined sugars. Try a chai truffle or a wedge of salted caramel chocolate! They even have a housemade raw vegan and gluten-free chocolate hazelnut spread. We hear the salted caramel white chocolate triangle is a true gem.
Assorted Chocolates—Chequessett Chocolate (North Truro, Massachusetts)
Chequessett Chocolate sustainably grows its cacao beans locally and at the origin in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. In other words, the making of this chocolate doesn't harm the environment. Plus, how gorgeous are those designs on top?
Thai Basil Black Pepper Truffle—Mokaya (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
With untraditional truffle flavors such as Thai basil black pepper, sundried tomato jelly with lemon thyme, and balsamic and white chocolate, you're bound to find a variety that pleases your palate.
Raspberry Truffles—Legacy Chocolates (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Looking for aromatic, mouthwatering truffles? If you're near or around the Saint Paul area, this is the place for you. Everything at Legacy Chocolates is made from scratch whether it be the truffles, sauces, or sipping chocolate drink—you can expect it all to be crafted in-house, especially the raspberry truffles.
Candied Caramel Pecan Apple—Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a beloved chocolate chain in Mississippi. One of the most quintessential treats offered at this chain is their huge caramel apples that you'll crave long past Halloween.
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Banana Foster Chocolate—Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates (Kansas City, Missouri)
"We are so lucky to have a gem like Christopher Elbow in Kansas City. If you are wanting to try different flavors, stop by on a first Friday when the chocolates are a dollar apiece," wrote one reviewer.
We'd be happy to spend more than a dollar on these beautiful chocolate truffles, especially the banana foster version for a fruity, fun flavor.
Huckleberry Chocolate Swirl—Candy Masterpiece (Great Falls, Montana)
"This is my favorite store in Great Falls, for real. When people ask me what there is to do in the city, I send them to the candy shop," one Yelp reviewer wrote.
Try one of their masterpieces such as the huckleberry chocolate swirl, for a unique fruity and chocolaty treat.
Turkish Coffee Chocolate—Chocolat Abeille (Omaha, Nebraska)
We can confidently say this is the first-ever Turkish coffee pot-shaped chocolate we have ever seen. It's the go-to at this Nebraska favorite!
Champagne Pierre Mignon—ROYCE' Las Vegas at The Grand Canal Shoppes (Las Vegas, Nevada)
This chocolate looks absolutely divine, yes? ROYCE' offers anything from matcha chocolate bites to what's called Nama chocolates, which are pictured above. This particular variety is the Champagne Pierre Mignon, containing milk chocolate, fresh cream, and a subtle champagne infusion.
Tangerine Bonbon—Dancing Lion Chocolate (Manchester, New Hampshire)
From chocolate bar tasting kits to bonbon sharing boxes, this is the perfect place to go if you need a last-minute gift for anyone who describes themselves as a chocolate lover. For a fun twist on the traditional bonbon, we recommend the tangerine bonbon.
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Assorted Chocolates—Aunt Charlotte's Candies & Gifts (Merchantville, New Jersey)
Aunt Charlotte's has been perfecting homemade candies for nearly 100 years, so these chocolate treats have to be the real deal, right? You can't go wrong with an assortment pack!
Chocolate Torte—Chokolà (Taos, New Mexico)
"Inside the shop is chocolate heaven. They offer gourmet chocolates, chocolate tarts, sipping chocolates, a mousse bar, coffee, milkshakes, and ice cream," wrote one reviewer.
Other reviewers describe the chocolates as deep, smooth, and well-balanced. We hear the chocolate tortes are to die for, and from looking at this photo, we have no doubt.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup—Confectionery (New York, New York)
Assorted Chocolates—Escazú Artisan Chocolates (Raleigh, North Carolina)
"Craftsmanship, kindness, deliciousness from the ground up. If you are looking for a special local gift, chocolate made from the beans on premises, or want one of their hot chocolates or mochas, anytime I want to treat myself I'm coming here," wrote one reviewer.
P.S. We hear the cherry blossom, browned butter, and passion fruit chocolates are all crowd favorites.
Chippers—Carol Widman's Candy (Fargo, North Dakota)
Widman candy makers have been making candies since 1885. Here, you can buy the classics from chocolate roses to assorted chocolate gift boxes and even their own special treat called chippers. Aptly named, this treat is simply a chocolate-covered potato chip, which lends the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Buckeyes—Sweet Designs Chocolatier (Lakewood, Ohio)
Creamy truffles, salted caramels, vegan chocolates, and buckeye candies? For those of you who aren't native to Ohio, candy buckeyes comprise a peanut butter fudge core that's dipped in chocolate except for on the top. They look exactly like the nut that many midwesterners find in their backyards—just don't eat those!
Blood Orange & Honey Chocolate—Glacier Confection (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
"Awesome staff who gave awesome recommendations! The blood orange and wild honey was my fave followed closely by the Elvis (peanut butter, chocolate, and banana)," wrote one reviewer.
Assorted Chocolates—Creo Chocolate (Portland, Oregon)
Take a chocolate tour at Creo Chocolate and see how cacao beans are harvested and how some of your favorite chocolates and truffles are molded and packaged.
Creme Brulee Truffle—Bridge Street Chocolates (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania)
At Bridge Street Chocolates, you can snack on anything from a heat-filled wasabi bark to a decadent creamy creme brulee truffle, which we think is a true standout.
Caramel Dipped Rice Krispies—Kilwin's (Newport, Rhode Island)
While this place is primarily an ice cream shop, it also happens to supply a lot of homemade chocolate goodies, including caramel-dipped Rice Krispies.
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Chocolate Croissant—Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier (Charleston, South Carolina)
This chocolate shop has got it all. Want a fancy truffle that shimmers in the light? How about a flaky and buttery chocolate-drizzled croissant? We hear the pastries at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier are equally as amazing as their gorgeous truffles.
Moose Toffee—Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates (Deadwood, South Dakota)
The Moose Toffee, a milk chocolate truffle filled with homemade toffee, at Chubby Chipmunk is the award-winning truffle flavor (it's the two truffles with the golden shimmer top at the bottom of the picture here). However, we'd also be curious to try the Key Lime and the Root Beer Float truffles, too!
European Drinking Chocolate—The Hot Chocolatier (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
We think the picture does the talking here, folks. This intricately designed chocolate ganache is paired with European drinking chocolate.
Peppermint Truffles—Delice Chocolatier & Patisserie (San Antonio, Texas)
At Delice Chocolatier & Patisserie, they handcraft 25 different bonbons and truffles from Belgian chocolate. This place also whips up cakes and macarons from scratch but the peppermint truffles are a knockout, especially around the holiday season!
Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles—Springdale Candy Company (Springdale, Utah)
Dark chocolate pecan turtles and burnt almond ice cream? With this kind of menu, it's clear to us why so many Utah residents and tourists alike are obsessed with this place.
Chamomile Lavender Truffle—Laughing Moon Chocolates (Stowe, Vermont)
Sample the chamomile lavender truffle or the buttercreams because Laughing Moon Chocolates doesn't seem to disappoint its customers. Tea lovers would be quick to buy the chamomile-infused treat!
Assorted Chocolates—Blüprint Chocolatiers (Alexandria, Virginia)
"Beautiful, clean, modern, hip aesthetic. Great classic, coffee options and of course decadent chocolate with gourmet flavors. It's well worth wandering in to punctuate your day with a little luxury," wrote one reviewer on Yelp. If you're not sure which sweet treat to try, the almond blood orange chocolate or the lavender chocolate are standouts.
Cardamom Hot Cocoa—Intrigue Chocolate (Seattle, Washington)
Curious as to what cardamom hot cocoa tastes like? Hop into this chocolate shop to find out.
Hazelnut Truffle—Holl's Chocolate (Vienna, West Virginia)
"Holl's is such a gem in my hometown!," one reviewer wrote. We hear the hazelnut truffle is no joke at this place!
Coconut Habanero Chocolate—Indulgence Chocolatiers (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Cheese and gourmet artisan chocolates with wine or bourbon? Now that's what we call an indulgence. A crowd favorite appears to be the coconut habanero chocolate.
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Housemade Desserts—Atelier Ortega (Jackson, Wyoming)
Tahitian vanilla, fresh lime, clover honey, and balsamic modena are just a few of the delicious truffle flavors offered at this Wyoming-based chocolate shop. We hear the desserts made in-house are the best though. Pictured above is the Huckleberry. Other delicious options include a tres leches treat. Now, what about having some cookies…