Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

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

Cocoa Dolce calls its two Wichita locations not chocolate shops but chocolate lounges. They offer not only a wide range of truffles, bars, and other chocolate items, but also gelato, macarons, coffee, and a full bar, including wine and beer selections and three different chocolate martinis.

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

Art Eatables is a chocolate shop whose website requires viewers to certify that they’re at least 21 years old. Why? Because their signature confections are truffles filled with Wild Turkey or Jim Beam bourbon, Jameson Irish whiskey, Bulleit 95 rye, and other spirits. Alcohol-free candies, including layered and laminated chocolate lollipops and caramels enrobed in white, milk, or dark chocolate, are also available.

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> Chocolate shop: Sucre
> Location: New Orleans
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.5

Sucre — the name means “sweet” in French — has three boutiques and a restaurant around New Orleans. They’re known for their samplers (for instance, the Avery Salted Caramel Chocolate Collection), unusual chocolate bars (one is flavored with Sicilian pistachios and candied rose petals), and macarons (some of them chocolate-covered), as well as for an unusual take on the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras king cake, filled with chocolate cream cheese accented with Tabasco Habanero Sauce.

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> Chocolate shop: Len Libby Candies
> Location: Scarborough
> Avg. Yelp review: 3.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.6

Descended from a business founded in the 1920s by the eponymous Libby, who was once Winslow Homer’s houseboy and later taught music to Rudy Vallee, this confectionery sells popcorn, taffy, and maple sugar candy as well as chocolates. Their commitment to the last of these, though, is suggested by the fact that their store displays a life-size chocolate moose, sculpted out of 1,700 pounds of milk chocolate. Smaller, more easily edible moose are fashioned out of dark and milk chocolate. There are also chocolate Maine lobsters, truffles, bonbons, and chocolate-draped wild Maine blueberry clusters.

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

Since 1866, the specialty at the D.C.-area confectionery has been handcrafted caramels, many of them involving chocolate. Both chewy American-style and softer European-style caramels are produced. In addition, Velatis makes Belgian chocolates in many shapes, including musical instruments, alligators, and even the U.S. Capitol, as well as an assortment of truffles and other items.

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