On Valentine’s Day, love birds and singles alike are given even more of a reason to savor a sumptuous piece of smooth, creamy chocolate. Only the highest caliber of chocolate provides such a decadent experience.
There is chocolate — the kind you buy at the supermarket. And then there is chocolate — that perfectly sculpted, rich, and pleasantly sweet piece of heaven you buy at a specialty shop. After all, the Latin name for the cacao tree means “food of the gods.”
To determine the best chocolate shop in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of internet sources, including food review sites such as Yelp and Zagat, top-10 lists, and local news sites. We chose the shops with the most reviews, the highest ratings, and the most appearances on these sites. Where possible, we favored specialty shops that use single origin chocolate ingredients.
The chocolates available at these shops are not your average hershey bar. Rather, these confections are often delicately crafted, handmade, works of art. It’s no question that shops selling such chocolates are enjoyed by a niche audience.
Take the chocolate shop, Chocolata, in Alabama as an example. Not only does this quaint shop sell an item coined Unicorn Bark, but also it sells chocolate bars with space-centric names such as the Milk Crater Crunch Bar and the Blue Moon Bar. The store’s chocolatier integrates dark, milk, and white chocolates in the base of the bars that are then infused inside or sprinkled atop with many flavors, including berries, peppercorns, and salt — giving these items their own identity.
Another shop makes boozy chocolates. Art Eatables in Louisville, Kentucky serves truffles that incorporate bourbon into the secret mix. Apparently, these one-of-a-kind truffles are a big deal. In 2014, the truffles found their way into the swag bags given to Academy Award attendees.
Read on to discover all of America’s best chocolate-lover shops.