Special Report

Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Jen R. via Yelp

> Chocolate shop: Kernels & Kandies
> Location: Oklahoma City
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.3

As the first half of its name might suggest, this shop sells a lot of popcorn in specialty flavors, some of them involving chocolate (caramels and toffee with nuts and chocolate, white chocolate peppermint), but they also sell a wide range of candies, including truffles, peanut butter chocolate toffee, and several kinds of fudge.

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> Chocolate shop: Creo Chocolate
> Location: Portland
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

The Staub family sources Ecuadorian heirloom cacao beans to hand-craft their assortment of bars, chocolate-covered malt balls, truffles, sipping chocolate and brewing cocoa, chef’s chocolate — and even chocolate mint lip balm.

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> Chocolate shop: My Favorite Sweet Shoppe
> Location: Bridgeville
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

Fudge in some 35 variations (including birthday cake, cinnamon nut roll, and Dreamsicle), a dozen kinds of truffle, and store-made Buckeyes, barks, and chocolate-coated pretzels are among the creations at this shop opened in 2014 by Nina Midgley and her parents. A unique if rather curious specialty is the chocolate-dipped bottle of wine — the customer brings in the wine and the shop coats it in a layer of chocolate that falls off for eating when the cork is popped.

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Rhode Island
> Chocolate shop: Trinity Confections
> Location: Warwick
> Avg. Yelp review: 5.0
> Avg. Google review: 4.9

This reservation-only “gourmet tea room” also sells a good selection of baked goods and homemade chocolates, including truffles and chocolate caramels. (Chocolate bread and chocolate cupcakes are among the non-candy chocolate items available.)

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South Carolina
> Chocolate shop: Chocolat Boutique
> Location: Fort Mill
> Avg. Yelp review: 4.5
> Avg. Google review: 4.7

Since 2007, Gail van Welsen’s boutique has made European-style truffles (some in unusual flavors like Guinness stout and strawberry pepper) and also imported them from Belgium and Switzerland. Chocolate toffees, peanut and other nut clusters, and five varieties of chocolate-covered strawberries — two of them sugar-free — are also on the menu.

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