Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Rachael P. via Yelp

> Chocolate shop: Bluprint Chocolatiers
> Location: Alexandria
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Bonbons flavored with Earl Grey tea, 12-year-old Cragganmore single malt whisky, lavender honey, and figs with orange blossoms are a few of the items produced on site by proprietors Kim and Bruce Gustafson. They also sell bars made by quality bean-to-bar producers in Vietnam, Switzerland, the UK, and Illinois.

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

Fleur’s Mike Sherlock was an ironworker for 30 years before retiring (briefly) and then buying this cafe and shop and learning how to make chocolate. His creations include Irish coffee, butter pecan, and wild cherry truffles; four kinds of fudge; caramel chews; and three kinds of nut clusters.

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West Virginia
> Chocolate shop: Holl’s Chocolates
> Location: Vienna
> Avg. Yelp review: 4
> Avg. Google review: 5

Swiss-born Fritz Holl started making chocolates in his home kitchen in 1986, soon moved to a storefront nearby, and opened the current location in 1990. Today, Holl’s son and daughter-in-law run the operation, producing Swiss-style truffles and bonbons, five different barks, chocolate lollipops, and more.

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

With three stores in Milwaukee and vicinity, Indulgence owner Julie Waterman and head chocolatier Mariana Cyr note in their mission statement that “we are not about doing unusual for the sake of unusual…we’re not interested in making something for shock value that you’ll likely try once and probably never want again.” What they do instead is produce classic versions of truffles, bars, toffees, chocolate-dipped fruit, and seasonal specialties like peppermint bark and dark chocolate snowmen.

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

Proprietor Tim Kellogg, a chocolatier in a cowboy hat, got his start making truffles and brownies to sell at the Cody Stampede in 2004 to raise money for a new saddle. He took to chocolate-making and today produces numerous kinds of tablettes (the French term for bars), truffles, and barks, as well as four kinds of brownies.

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