16 Essential Chocolate Shops from Coast to Coast

16 Essential Chocolate Shops from Coast to Coast

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From single-origin bars to hand-rolled truffles and fruit-filled bon bons, there's a wide variety of treats to be found at the 16 top chocolate shops from coast to coast.

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    Pastry chef Kee Ling Tong has been hand-rolling her delicate chocolate truffles since 2002. The tiny storefront in New York City's SoHo neighborhood also sells macarons, but it's the chocolates — with their paper-thin shells and flavors like black sesame truffle — that make Kee's a must-stop for chocolate lovers. Unfortunately for non-New Yorkers, Kee's does not deliver. [Photo]
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    Sucré is known for a lot of things, including its gilded King's Cakes, hand-painted macaron towers, and fruit tarts. But Sucré's strawberry chocolates, which make use of fresh Louisiana strawberries, are the best way to get a taste of summer in the wintertime. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11. [Photo]
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    Johnny Battles is a self-taught chocolatier with a knack for dreaming up unusual flavors that work unusually well. His A'Chocolypse bar combines candied ginger with Pop Rocks. Port wine caramel brings out dark chocolate's fruit flavors. And Battles's peanut butter chipotle bar captures the essence of a sweet mole. Orders should be placed three days in advance. [Photo]
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    Recchiuti's bon bons are what draws chocolate lovers into the jewel box-like shop, but their orangettes, pâte de fruit, and peanut butter pucks are the real standouts. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11 at 1p.m. PST. [Photo]
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    Bean-to-bar chocolate is still hard to find in most of the U.S., but Mast Brothers in Brooklyn helped pave the way with single-origin chocolates. Their vanilla smoke bar would make a lovely gift any time of the year. Want to add to the experience? Consider going on a tour of the Brooklyn factory or stopping into their brew bar, where cacao nibs are treated like coffee and brewed to order. Find Mast Brothers chocolate bars at fine shops across the country. [Photo]
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    Theo Chocolate can be found at most higher-end markets, but a visit to its shop guarantees you'll discover new and hard-to-find flavors like ghost chili caramel. Theo also uses only organic and certified fair trade chocolate for all of its creations. Orders should be placed two to three days in advance. [Photo]
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    The beauty in these truffles is that they are decorated with only natural seeds, pods, fruits, nuts, and powders. The flavors are fresh, and as Eater Montreal editor Ian Harrison notes, "next level." Delivery is available in Canada only.
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    An hour's drive from Los Angeles, Christopher Michael's chocolates are some of the finest in the country. Michael's bon bons are impeccably constructed, with layers of flavor — rosemary caramel, spicy Pomegranate and lime, Thai tea — beneath each thin chocolate shell. Chocolates ship within two to three days. [Photo]
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    The chocolates at Katherine Anne fall somewhere between minimal and homespun. Favorites include the toasted coconut rum truffles and banana bourbon caramels. The shop ships FedEx ground only; order in advance. [Photo]
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    Pastry chef and chocolatier Kate Weiser hasn't been making chocolates for that long, but has already won wide acclaim. Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says Weiser is "insanely talented," and swears by her hand-painted dark chocolate creations. Weiser only ships chocolates from November through May. Two-day and overnight shipping is available. [Photo]
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    One of the few artisanal chocolate shops in Portland, Alma is famous for its Thai peanut butter cups, but Eater Portland editor Danielle Centoni says owner Sarah Hart's rose caramels are a must-taste. Alma recommends placing online orders at least three days in advance. [Photo]
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