Special Report

Best Chocolate Shops in Every State

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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.

Click here to see the best chocolate shops in every state.

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.

Source: chocolatachocolate.com

1. Alabama
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolata
> Location: Birmingham

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Source: sweetchaletalaska.com

2. Alaska
> Best chocolate shop: Sweet Chalet
> Location: Anchorage

Source: zakschocolate.com

3. Arizona
> Best chocolate shop: Zak’s Chocolate
> Location: Scottsdale

Source: izardchocolate.com

4. Arkansas
> Best chocolate shop: Izard Chocolate
> Location: Little Rock

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Source: compartes.com

5. California
> Best chocolate shop: Compartes Chocolatier
> Location: Los Angeles

Source: robertaschocolates.com

6. Colorado
> Best chocolate shop: Roberta’s Chocolates
> Location: Denver

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Source: Fascia's Chocolates / Facebook

7. Connecticut
> Best chocolate shop: Fascia’s Chocolates
> Location: Waterbury

Source: govatoschocolates.com

8. Delaware
> Best chocolate shop: Govatos
> Location: Wilmington

Source: normanloveconfections.com

9. Florida
> Best chocolate shop: Norman Love Confections
> Location: Fort Myers, FL

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Source: cacaoatlanta.com

10. Georgia
> Best chocolate shop: Cacao
> Location: Atlanta

Source: chocolea.com

11. Hawaii
> Best chocolate shop: Choco le’a
> Location: Honolulu

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Source: The Chocolat Bar / Facebook

12. Idaho
> Best chocolate shop: The Chocolat Bar
> Location: Boise

Source: Katherine Anne Confections / Facebook

13. Illinois
> Best chocolate shop: Katherine Anne Confections
> Location: Chicago

Source: Chocolate for the Spirit / Facebook

14. Indiana
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolate for the Spirit
> Location: Indianapolis

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Source: Betty Jane Candies / Facebook

15. Iowa
> Best chocolate shop: Betty Jane Candies
> Location: Dubuque

Source: Cocoa Dolce / Facebook

16. Kansas
> Best chocolate shop: Cocoa Dolce
> Location: Wichita

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Source: Art Eatables / Facebook

17. Kentucky
> Best chocolate shop: Art Eatables
> Location: Louisville

Source: Sucré / Facebook

18. Louisiana
> Best chocolate shop: Sucré
> Location: New Orleans

Source: Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections / Facebook

19. Maine
> Best chocolate shop: Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
> Location: Freeport

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Source: Glarus Chocolatier / Facebook

20. Maryland
> Best chocolate shop: Glarus Chocolatier
> Location: Baltimore

Source: Rogue Chocolatier / Facebook

21. Massachusetts
> Best chocolate shop: Rogue Chocolatier
> Location: Three Rivers

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Source: Bon Bon Bon / Facebook

22. Michigan
> Best chocolate shop: Bon Bon Bon
> Location: Detroit

Source: chocolatceleste.com

23. Minnesota
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolat Celeste
> Location: St. Paul

Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory / Facebook

24. Mississippi
> Best chocolate shop: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
> Location: Ridgeland

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Source: patric-chocolate.com

25. Missouri
> Best chocolate shop: Patric Chocolate
> Location: Columbia

Source: La ChaLa Châtelaine Chocolat Co. / Facebook

26. Montana
> Best chocolate shop: La ChaLa Châtelaine Chocolat Co.
> Location: Bozeman

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Source: Chocolatier Blue / Facebook

27. Nebraska
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolatier Blue
> Location: Lincoln

Source: Jean Philippe Patisserie / Facebook

28. Nevada
> Best chocolate shop: Jean Philippe Patisserie
> Location: Las Vegas

Source: L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates / Facebook

29. New Hampshire
> Best chocolate shop: L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
> Location: Walpole, NH

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Source: 2 Chicks with Chocolate / Facebook

30. New Jersey
> Best chocolate shop: 2 Chicks with Chocolate
> Location: South River

Source: chocolatecartel.com

31. New Mexico
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolate Cartel
> Location: Albuquerque

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Source: Jacques Torres Chocolate / Facebook

32. New York
> Best chocolate shop: Jacques Torres Chocolate
> Location: New York

Source: frenchbroadchocolates.com

33. North Carolina
> Best chocolate shop: French Broad Chocolates
> Location: Asheville

Source: Widman's Candy Shop / Facebook

34. North Dakota
> Best chocolate shop: Widman’s Candy Shop
> Location: Grand Forks

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Source: Sweet Designs Chocolatier / Facebook

35. Ohio
> Best chocolate shop: Sweet Designs Chocolatier
> Location: Lakewood

Source: Glacier Confection / Facebook

36. Oklahoma
> Best chocolate shop: Glacier Confection
> Location: Tulsa

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Source: Alma Chocolate / Facebook

37. Oregon
> Best chocolate shop: Alma Chocolate
> Location: Portland

Source: Éclat Chocolate / Facebook

38. Pennsylvania
> Best chocolate shop: Éclat Chocolate
> Location: West Chester

Source: Chocolate Delicacy / Rhode Island

39. Rhode Island
> Best chocolate shop: Chocolate Delicacy
> Location: East Greenwich

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Source: Sweeteeth Chocolate / Facebook

40. South Carolina
> Best chocolate shop: Sweeteeth
> Location: North Charleston

Source: Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates / Facebook

41. South Dakota
> Best chocolate shop: Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates
> Location: Deadwood

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Source: Colts Chocolates / Facebook

42. Tennessee
> Best chocolate shop: Colts Chocolates
> Location: Nashville

Source: Kate Weiser Chocolate / Facebook

43. Texas
> Best chocolate shop: Kate Weiser Chocolate
> Location: Dallas

Source: Ritual Chocolate / Facebook

44. Utah
> Best chocolate shop: Ritual Chocolate
> Location: Salt Lake City

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Source: Lake Champlain Chocolates / Facebook

45. Vermont
> Best chocolate shop: Lake Champlain Chocolates
> Location: Burlington, VT

Source: artisanconfections.com

46. Virginia
> Best chocolate shop: Artisan Confections
> Location: Arlington

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Source: Theo Chocolate / Facebook

47. Washington
> Best chocolate shop: Theo Chocolate
> Location: Seattle

Source: Holl’s Handcrafted Swiss Chocolates / Facebook

48. West Virginia
> Best chocolate shop: Holl’s Handcrafted Swiss Chocolates
> Location: Charleston

Source: Confections by Joel / Facebook

49. Wisconsin
> Best chocolate shop: Confections by Joel
> Location: Theresa

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Source: Meeteetse Chocolatier / Facebook

50. Wyoming
> Best chocolate shop: Meeteetse Chocolatier
> Location: Meeteetse

 

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