5 Sweet Cities for Chocolate Lovers
Some people will do just about anything for chocolate, even if that means moving. If you’re well and truly addicted to chocolate and you don’t feel that your city is chocolaty enough, maybe it’s time for a change of pace. Luckily, you don’t have to move to Brussels or Zurich in order to be surrounded by world class chocolate. Check out these five U.S. cities that would make any chocolate lover proud.
San Francisco landmark Ghirardelli is the third-oldest chocolate company in the country, and is reason alone for any chocoholic to visit the city. Founded in 1852, the company’s notoriously picky standards have ensured quality chocolate. The city’s growth has also attracted a number of other local chocolatiers who focus on the artisan ingredients and sourcing. One such company, Dandelion, was founded by tech entrepreneurs and produces small batch, single-source chocolate.
Not surprisingly, New York City offers some of the best chocolate in the country. Known in New York culinary circles as Mr. Chocolate, the French chef Jacques Torres has two chocolate shops and a factory in the city. Serendipity 3 is another notable New York chocolate haunt, famous for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and as the namesake of the film Serendipity. And Soho chocolatier Mariebel Lieberman’s chocolates were featured on Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” With dozens of chocolate shops in Manhattan alone, the city has something for just about every chocoholic.
Los Angeles attracts myriad chocolatiers due to its size, but for some gourmet shops, there is another draw – Hollywood. One such shop, Compartes, was founded in 1950 and has been attracting celebrities since the 50s. Recently retuned, the shop continues to draw in many of the Hollywood elite with its focus on artisan, locally sourced ingredients. Edelweiss is another LA chocolate shop with its roots in Hollywood – its production inspired the famous chocolate scene in I Love Lucy. Beyond the silver screen, the city is home to eccentric and creative shops like John Kelly off Sunset Boulevard, which has based its brand on a secret recipe for truffle fudge.
Perhaps surprising to some, Portland has recently become a haven for gourmet, artisan chocolates. A favorite of Portland natives, Moonstruck Chocolates was founded in 1993 and has handcrafted and decorated every chocolate since. Another recently founded shop, Alma Chocolates was established in the area in 2004 and uses local ingredients for everything except their cocoa. Eater recently ranked Alma the best chocolate shop in America. Following a similar trend, Creo Chocolates boasts a relationship with the rural farmers who grow their cocoa beans. If you like small-batch chocolates, Portland is definitely calling your name.
Any list of U.S. chocolate cities wouldn’t be complete without “Chocolatetown, USA.” Home to Hershey chocolates, Hersheypark, and 14,000 people, Hershey, Pennsylvania gets its name from candy magnate Milton S. Hershey. Hosting one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the country, the city was originally a company town and continues to revolve around the manufacturing of chocolate. What’s not to love?