Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

November 14, 2018 by Steven M. Peters

The cacao tree is native to either Central or South America. The people who probably first roasted and ground its beans into a powder, to make beverages and gruel, were the Olmecs in southern Mexico, as early as 1500 B.C. When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived at Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City) in 1519, he discovered the Aztecs sipping a drink based on bitter ground cacao beans sweetened with honey and flavored with vanilla and chiles. They called it “chocolatl,” meaning warm liquid.

The Spanish brought chocolate back to Europe, and it became popular there — still as a beverage — minus the chile but with other flavorings, including cinnamon and nutmeg, and the honey replaced with sugar. The first shop in North America selling (liquid) chocolate was opened by Dorothy Jones and Jane Barnard in Boston in 1670.

It isn’t known who first made chocolate in solid form, but it was popularized in 1847 by Joseph Fry, who created a kind of chocolate paste at his factory in Bristol, England. John Cadbury, Henri Nestle, and Rodolphe Lindt — all names associated with leading chocolate brands today — made further refinements to the product.

Milton S. Hershey made the first milk chocolate candy in America in 1900 at his factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Candy bars became a fad in the early 20th century, and in the first half of the 1900s, an astonishing 40,000 different candy bars were introduced to consumers. Individual chocolates, as opposed to bars, also became popular; the Philadelphia chocolate manufacturer and retailer Whitman’s first sold its now-iconic chocolate sampler box in 1912.

Exactly when and where the first shop specializing in chocolate candies (as opposed to hot chocolate) appeared in America is uncertain, but early examples include Pulakos Chocolates in Erie, Pennsylvania, dating from 1903; Fowler’s Chocolates, which opened in Buffalo, New York, in 1910; Keystone Candies, a chocolate shop and soda fountain launched by Greek immigrants in Pittsburgh in 1914; and a Dutch-themed chocolate shop opened the same year in downtown Los Angeles.

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Nobody knows for sure how many chocolate shops there are in the U.S. today, at least in part because many of them do double duty as patisseries, ice cream parlors, or gift shops. Suffice to say there is probably not a city or a town of any size in the country that doesn’t boast at least one purveyor of chocolates. There are at least 25 in New York City, for instance, and more than 30 in Los Angeles.

Sometimes, the best chocolate shops are generations old, descended from old-style candy-making facilities. Sometimes they’re products of the last decade, started by artisanal chocolatiers. Sometimes they’re even local branches of large chains. All, however, have the goods to satisfy chocolate lovers.

To identify the best chocolate shop in each state, 24/7 Wall St. indexed ratings weighted by number of reviews for thousands of chocolate shops nationwide on Yelp and Google. To be considered, a chocolate shop must be in or near a city with a population of at least 100,000 people. In states with few or no cities of this size, chocolate shops in smaller cities were also considered. Ratings are the number of points given by Yelp and Google users out of a possible 5.

Source: chocolatachocolate.com

Alabama: Chocolata
> Location: Birmingham
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: sweetchaletalaska.com

Alaska: Sweet Chalet
> Location: Anchorage
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.4

Source: Tony the Marine / Wikimedia Commons

Arizona: Cerreta Fine Chocolates
> Location: Glendale
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Source: Photo by R.B. via Yelp

Arkansas: Kyya Chocolate
> Location: Springdale
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by John Kelly Chocolates via Yelp

California: John Kelly Chocolates
> Location: Los Angeles
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Regina N. via Yelp

Colorado: Sweet Cooie’s
> Location: Denver
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Darrell N. via Yelp

Connecticut: Chip In a Bottle
> Location: New Haven
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: govatoschocolates.com

Delaware: Govatos Chocolates
> Location: Wilmington
> Avg. Yelp review: 5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by Domonique J. via Yelp

Florida: Peterbrooke Chocolatier Avondale
> Location: Jacksonville
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.3

Source: Photo by Agatha H. via Yelp

Georgia: Kilwin’s
> Location: Atlanta
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Source: Photo by Leland S. via Yelp

Hawaii: Manoa Chocolate Hawaii
> Location: Kailua
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: The Chocolat Bar / Facebook

Idaho: The Chocolat Bar
> Location: Boise
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Katherine Anne Confections / Facebook

Illinois: Katherine Anne Confections
> Location: Chicago
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by Brittany S. via Yelp

Indiana: The Best Chocolate In Town
> Location: Indianapolis
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Source: Photo by Maria D. via Yelp

Iowa: Chocolate Manor
> Location: Davenport
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Cocoa Dolce / Facebook

Kansas: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates
> Location: Wichita
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Art Eatables / Facebook

Kentucky: Art Eatables
> Location: Louisville
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: torybrown / Flickr

Louisiana: Sucré
> Location: New Orleans
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Source: Toots Ice Cream / Facebook

Maine: Toots Ice Cream
> Location: North Yarmouth
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Tom T. via Yelp

Maryland: The Original Velatis
> Location: Silver Spring
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Cristin S. via Yelp

Massachusetts: Taza Chocolate
> Location: Somerville
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.4

Source: Bon Bon Bon / Facebook

 

Michigan: Bon Bon Bon
> Location: Detroit
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 0.0

Source: Photo by Monique C. via Yelp

Minnesota: Lindt Chocolate Shop
> Location: Bloomington
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory / Facebook

Mississippi: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
> Location: Ridgeland
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.1

Source: Photo by Maricel S. via Yelp

Missouri: Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
> Location: Kansas City
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: La ChaLa Châtelaine Chocolat Co. / Facebook

Montana: La Châtelaine Chocolat Co.
> Location: Bozeman
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Source: Photo by Chocolaterie Stam - Omaha via Yelp

Nebraska: Chocolaterie Stam – Omaha
> Location: Papillion
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by Julie S. via Yelp

Nevada: Solo Qui
> Location: Las Vegas
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: Photo by Gabriel C. via Yelp

New Hampshire: Dancing Lion Chocolate
> Location: Manchester
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by Al Richards Chocolates via Yelp

New Jersey: Al Richards Chocolates
> Location: Bayonne
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Source: Photo by Karla M. via Yelp

New Mexico: ChocolateDude
> Location: Albuquerque
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Source: Photo by ROYCE' Bleecker via Yelp

New York: ROYCE’ Bleecker
> Location: New York
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Source: Photo by Nikki W. via Yelp

North Carolina: The Secret Chocolatier
> Location: Charlotte
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Widman's Candy Shop / Facebook

North Dakota: Carol Widman’s Candy Co.
> Location: Fargo
> Avg. Yelp review: 3.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: Photo by Mary S. via Yelp

Ohio: Maverick Chocolate Co.
> Location: Cincinnati
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Photo by Kernels & Kandies via Yelp

Oklahoma: Kernels & Kandies
> Location: Oklahoma City
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.3

Source: Photo by Kelly D. via Yelp

Oregon: Creo Chocolate
> Location: Portland
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: Photo by Michelle P. via Yelp

Pennsylvania: Edwards-Freeman Nut
> Location: Conshohocken
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Angelica K. via Yelp

Rhode Island: Trinity Confections
> Location: Warwick
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: Photo by Pea P. via Yelp

South Carolina: ChocolatBoutique
> Location: Fort Mill
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Perry B. via Yelp

South Dakota: Palm Garden Cafe & Chocolate Shoppe
> Location: Aberdeen
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Source: Photo by Jessica C. via Yelp

Tennessee: Sweet Noshings
> Location: Memphis
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Source: Photo by P.J. via Yelp

Texas: Tejas Chocolate Craftory
> Location: Tomball
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Zuhadi Z. via Yelp

Utah: Hatch Family Chocolates
> Location: Salt Lake City
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: emilywaltonjones / Flickr

Vermont: Lake Champlain Chocolates
> Location: Burlington
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: 0.0

Source: Photo by Alice W. via Yelp

Virginia: Blüprint Chocolatiers
> Location: Alexandria
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Aubry J. via Yelp

Washington: Fleur Chocolatte
> Location: Vancouver
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Source: Slight Indulgence / Facebook

West Virginia: Slight Indulgence
> Location: Morgantown
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Source: Photo by Beth W. via Yelp

Wisconsin: Indulgence Chocolatiers
> Location: Milwaukee
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Source: Meeteetse Chocolatier / Facebook

Wyoming: Meeteetse Chocolatier
> Location: Meeteetse
> Avg. Yelp review: 3.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.9