9 February, 2018
A Guide to America’s Essential Chocolate Shops
Where to find the best bonbons and truffles, from coast to coast
It’s no longer difficult to find beautifully decorated chocolates, sea salted caramels, or delicately scented truffles: Almost every major city in the U.S. sports a shop that offers something special, whether it’s a collection of single-origin chocolate bars or bonbons filled with spiked ganache and coated in paint swipes of color. Others use local fruit, fresh herbs, and hard-to-find spices to enhance each chocolate variety, allowing the flavors to dance on the tongue as they melt.
There’s no shortage of treats — especially of the mass-market variety, the type Hershey’s, Mars, Whitman’s, and Godiva peddle. The trick, then, is in distinguishing the handmade and carefully crafted from the mass-produced marketing hype. Here’s where to buy a truly excellent box of chocolates, organized by category of confection.