Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

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

Proprietor Paul Tamburello christened this ice cream parlor and chocolate shop with his late mother’s nickname. In addition to chocolate, chunky chocolate peanut butter, salted Oreo, and vegan chocolate ice creams (and other flavors including bananas Foster and holy cannoli), Sweet Cooie’s offers a selection of house-made chocolate truffles.

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

Using high-end chocolate imported from France, Belgium, and Switzerland, this New Haven confectionery offers a wide selection of gelato flavors, chocolate-based and otherwise, as well as almost 30 different chocolate candies. Often in unusual shapes and dramatically decorated, these include such variations as acai­ pomegranate dark chocolate, apple pie milk chocolate, and chai white chocolate.

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

The Govatos family has been in the chocolate business since 1894, and uses recipes that have been handed down through the generations. They sell individual confections as well as chocolate samplers — chocolate caramels, butter cream candies, truffles, and chocolate pretzels are among the choices — at locations in Wilmington and nearby Talleyville and also run a Wilmington restaurant.

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

This Jacksonville outpost of a 22-unit chain (all of them in Florida except for one each in Georgia and Alabama) gets high marks from Yelp reviewers for its chocolate-covered Oreos, popcorn, and pretzels. Also popular are hand-dipped Ritz peanut butter crackers and potato chips in dark and light (and sometimes white) chocolate.

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> Chocolate shop: Kilwins Atlantic Station
> Location: Atlanta
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Founded in 1947, Kilwins has grown into a 130-unit chain up and down the Eastern Seaboard and as far west as Colorado. An array of ice creams, chocolates, brittles, and fudge, among other things, are on the menu. Yelpers especially salute the fresh waffle cones and the free samples.

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