Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

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

Taza chocolates makes stone-ground chocolate using ethically sourced beans bought at a premium above the Fair Trade price. The products, available by mail order, in retail outlets, and at Taza’s factory store in suburban Boston, include a variety of dark chocolate bars and what they call Mexicano Discs, thick rounds of chocolate flavored with cinnamon, coffee, chiles, and other things.

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> Chocolate shop: Bon Bon Bon
> Location: Detroit
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: N/A

At Bon Bon Bon, a team of women who call themselves the Babes Babes Babes fashion coffer-shaped chocolates in more than 20 varieties with mostly whimsical names, including Hazel-What?, Killer Cereal, Lil Hottie, and Beach Bum Berry. They’re available only by the box, either preselected or “build your own.”

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

The U.S. branch of the 174-year-old Swiss chocolate company Lindt is headquartered in New Hampshire, but operates more than 50 shops around the country, mostly in malls and outlet centers — including this one at the massive Mall of America, near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The company’s Lindt bars, Lindor truffles, and assorted chocolate boxes, as well as their recently introduced no-sugar-added bars are all on offer.

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

This Colorado-based chain — a candy manufacturer, retailer, and franchiser — operates more than 350 outlets in the U.S. and Canada, plus one each in South Korea, the Philippines, and Panama and four in the United Arab Emirates. Like its many siblings, the Ridgeland store typically offers as many as 100 different items throughout the year and more over holiday periods. Chocolate bars, fudge, truffles, caramels, and many other choices are available.

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

Christopher Elbow translated his experience as a chef to the production of hand-crafted confections, opening this shop in 2003. His signature bars include Toasted Almond Mayan Sea Salt, Blueberry Lavender, and Crème Brûlée White Chocolate, as well as craft chocolate bars from Tanzania, Ecuador, Vietnam, and other countries. Caramelized white chocolate malt balls are a specialty.

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