Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

Colman Andrews

Source: Courtesy of Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates via Yelp

South Dakota
> Chocolate shop: Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates
> Location: Deadwood
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Mary “Chip” Tautkus opened Chubby Chipmunk in the old gold rush town of Deadwood in 2005. Back in the ’70s, she had a small bakery of that name in her native Southern California. She offers about 30 varieties of truffles. The Hot Mama is seasoned with habanero, jalapeno, and chipotle chiles; the Chipmunk Treasure involves toffee, praline, coconut, almonds, and both milk and dark chocolate.

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Source: Courtesy of Stephanie B. via Yelp

> Chocolate shop: Knoxville Chocolate Company
> Location: Knoxville
> Avg. Yelp review: 5
> Avg. Google review: 4.8

Brad Hamlett opened this shop in 1995 with his father, Jim, and now runs it with his wife, Joy. They sell Knoxville-, Nashville-, and Tennessee-branded bars, bonbon assortments, chocolate popcorn, and their best-selling signature Tennessee Walking Sticks — pretzel rods coated in caramel, rolled in pecans, and dipped in milk or dark chocolate.

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Source: Courtesy of Mike M. via Yelp

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

An only-in-Texas combination chocolate shop and barbecue joint, the Craftory buys premium cacao beans from around the world and slow-roasts them in a custom-built brick oven. The results include single-origin tasting squares, chocolate bars, and salted chocolate caramels.

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Source: Courtesy of Mike C. via Yelp

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

Calling itself “Salt Lake City’s guilty pleasure,” Hatch Chocolates is a fourth-generation family business that opened its current store in 2003. It sells assorted hand-dipped chocolates and such specialty confections as caramel chocolate apples and “Grandma’s Turtles.”

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Source: Courtesy of Lake Champlain Chocolates via Yelp

> Chocolate shop: Lake Champlain Chocolates
> Location: Burlington
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.0
> Avg. Google review: N/A

This company’s proprietor, Jim Lampman, started making truffles for the staff of his Ice House Restaurant in Burlington in 1983, then transitioned into full-time chocolate-making. Today, he and his family run a factory store and cafe and a cafe/shop in Burlington, and another cafe/shop in nearby Waterbury. In addition to truffles and a line of “chocolates of Vermont” embossed with evocations of the state’s natural beauty (sugar maple leaves, a beehive with wildflowers, etc.), Lake Champlain makes several varieties of drinking chocolate, plus bars, coins and squares, baking chocolate, and dessert sauces.

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