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Best Chocolate Shops in New England

Best Chocolate Shops in New England
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Unbridled Chocolate

Photo/Art by Heath RobbinsUnbridled Chocolate in Marlborough, NH

We know it’s more than a bit hackneyed to say, but choosing the top chocolate makers in New England was a tough job and someone did have to do it: An embarrassment of riches indeed. From the coast and interior of Maine to the western corner where Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York meet, to the cities of Boston and Providence and Hartford, to the back roads of New Hampshire, we tried to leave no chocolate mold unturned. We enjoyed every cocoa-rich bite and are grateful.

Here are Yankee‘s top picks, followed by 15 more outstanding choices, followed by lots of readers’ suggestions.

Daily Chocolate
Located in Vergennes, Vermont — a town that could be a Hollywood set for a small Vermont village — the name comes from the daily ritual of chocolate-making that takes place. The cream, butter, and maple syrup in their products come from local sources, but the cherries marinated in port wine and the macadamia nut clusters are unearthly.
7 Green St.
Vergennes, VT
802-877-0087
dailychocolate.net

Chocolee
Lee Napoli is a talented, if not peripatetic, pastry chef who kicked around a number of Boston kitchens until last winter when she opened a wee place of her own. Her handmade truffles are filled with the current darlings of the chocolate world, chiles and espresso, as well as tried and true — hazelnuts and Grand Marnier. Truffles are just the tip of the cocoa iceberg; on weekends, she makes chocolate-dipped beignets.
83 Pembroke St.
Boston, MA
617-236-0606

Unbridled Chocolate
A friend offered these one night as an after-dinner treat and we were hooked, making a pilgrimage two days later. Many of Alan Crofut’s creations have an equestrian theme as a nod to his love for horses, but his big-bellied little Buddhas, chocolate stars, and frogs are all about quality, true flavors, and whimsy.
135 Main St.
Marlborough, NH
603 876-4700
unbridledchocolates.com

Cocoapelli
Former carpenter (roofs, not Karen) Jonathan Spillane put down his saw to make chocolate — we are ever-so-glad he did. Each of his handmade wonders are made by Spillane himself. His flavored ganaches are heady little wonders.
9 Willow St.
Natick, MA
508-655-1195
cocoapellichocolates.com

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One can never have too much chocolate. Here are 15 more outstanding choices.

Lake Champlain
750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
800-465-5909
lakechamplainchocolates.com

Harbor Sweets
Palmer Cove
85 Leavitt St.
Salem, MA
800-243-2115
harborsweets.com

L.A. Burdicks
47 Main Street
Walpole, NH
800-229-2419
burdickchocolate.com

Knipschildt
Chocopologie Cafe
12 South Main St.
Norwalk, CT
203-854-4754
knipschildt.com

Candy Manor
484 Main St.
Chatham, MA
800-221-6497
candymanor.com

Taza Chocolate
561 Windsor Street B-206
Somerville, MA
617-623-0804
tazachocolate.com

Bridgewater Chocolates
559 Federal Rd.
Brookfield, CT
800-888-8742
bridgewaterchocolate.com

Belgique Patisserie & Chocolatier
1 Bridge St.
Kent, CT
860-927-3681

H. Mangels
107 River St.
Milford, CT
203-783-9770
hmangels.com

Laughing Moon
76 South Main St.
Stowe Village, VT
802-253-9591
laughingmoonchocolates.com

Munson
locations throughout Connecticut
Main Store & Factory
174 Hop River Rd.
Bolton, CT
888-686-7667
munsonschocolates.com

Berkshire Bark
Sheffield, MA
413-229-8120
berkshirebark.com

Hauser Chocolate
59 Tom Harvey Rd.
Westerly, RI
888-599-8231
hauserchocolates.com

Ava Marie
43 Grove St.
Peterborough, NH
603-924-5993
avamariechocolates.com

Wilbur’s of Maine
174 Lower Maine St.
Freeport, ME
207-865-4071
wilburs.com

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32 Responses to Best Chocolate Shops in New England

  1. Nancy Yarmac December 31, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    You have left out Byrne and Carlson, surely the best chocolates available anywhere! (Portsmouth, NH)

  2. Judi Schneider January 1, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    How could you leave out The Chocolate Sparrow! (Orleans, MA)

  3. Lynne Witham January 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    And you left out Black Dinah Chocolates on Isle au Haut, ME! Get on that mailboat in Stonington and check them out.

  4. Jody Macrina January 4, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Please tell me you visited Gowells Chocolates in Brockton, Massachusetts. I live very close to one of your favorite Connecticut picks but drive 2 hours every Christmas to buy my chocolate gifts from this family owned shop. John Wayne knew where to go for his chocolates.

  5. Gayle Anderson January 5, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Divine Treasures in Manchester, CT, offers organic Belgium chocolates homemade specializing in Vegan chocolates. Delicious! A must try. http://www.divinetreasureschocolates.com/

  6. Annie Copps January 5, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    ooooooooooooooooooooh — all good suggestions, thank you for the input!!!
    We tasted most of them but missed Black Dinah in Maine and Byrne & Carlson. If only it could have been the top “100″ chocolates… (a girl can dream)

  7. sadfasd asdfadsf January 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Black Dinah, definitely. Gorgeous, gorgeous artisnal chocolates. And, now, Dean’s Sweets in Portland. Decadent truffles! Owned by a practicing architect turned chocolatier, the shop is located on Middle Street, near Hugo’s, Duck Fat, Ribolitta, Norm’s East End, Pepper Club, Micucci’s and Rabelais–heady company! Don’t forget Fluer de Sel caramels from Sweet Margarite’s either. . . The three chocolatiers make Wilburs seem, well, ordinary. . .

  8. Mary Laverack January 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    We think there is nothing better than Snowflake Chocolates. There main store is in Jerico, VT, but there are many stores in other parts of Vermont. Their creams are especially good, however, you can’t go wrong with any of their chocolates. They also have some specialties such as snowflakes, moose pops etc.

  9. Jenifer Lewis January 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    What? No Kennebec Chocolates? There are two shops, Augusta (where the chocolates are made) and Waterville. Their web site is http://www.kennebecchocolates.com

    I give my husband a box of their dark chocolate covered cherries whenever I can find an excuse. Mmmmm …

  10. Morgan Butler January 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Ovedia in Amesbury, MA, is wonderful….the chocolates are made right there….you can sit there with a cup of espresso and some delicious chocolates. Worth a trip.

  11. Judi FitzPatrick January 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    Harbor Candy Shop is my favorite, especially for the dark chocolate non-pareils, dipped dried fruits and dipped mints. My sister and I often drive up to restock our supplies!

  12. MaryJo Frechette January 23, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    You left Van Otis in Lawrence off! Even though they only make Swiss Truffles, they absolutely melt in your mouth!!

  13. John Yankee-Epstein January 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Try the chocolate truffles at Chatham Candy Manor (Cape Cod, MA). They are absolutely the finest I have ever had. None compare. Every year I send boxes to my clients and friends and many tell me that these chocolate delicacies are the only reason they still put up with me. I’m not so sure they’re joking! The staff are also some of the nicest people I have ever done business with. And, if you like chocolate covered Oreos, order some of those, too — but try the truffles first. Enjoy! PS — they have a web site where you can mail order, too. I don’t know it off the top of my head, but you can Google it. You WILL love these chocolates!

  14. Barbara Andrade January 27, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    You missed Nelson’s in Wilton NH (wonderful truffles and chocolate-covered cherries!) and the Bavarian Chocolate House in North Conway NH (absolutely fabulous chocolate-covered caramels!)

  15. Karin Duchesne February 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    What about Swan Chocolates in Nashua and Merrimack, NH? They are devine! Also Van Otis in Manchester, NH they make the best swiss fudge!

  16. Sue Barnes February 11, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Shame on you. You didn’t mention Chocolate Springs in Lenox, MA. It has been written up in many publications, perhaps even your own.

  17. karen flynn February 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    The best of the best-Chilmark Chocolates in beautiful Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard!

  18. Richard White Jr February 12, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    What about The Candyman of Orient, NY. Only a few miles (by ferry) from New London, CT. Handmade by the same family for many many years.

  19. Martha Fickling February 16, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    You didn’t mention Chocolate Springs in Lenox, MA. It has been written up in many publications, and was voted by Saveur Magazine as one of the ten best in the COUNTRY.
    It’s highly addictive and highly delicious!

  20. Holly Campbell December 10, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Was Ben + Bill’s in Northampton considered? Their truffles are outrageously good. It seems there is need for a re-match at some point.

  21. Jo Ann Jaacks February 3, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Belguique in Kent, CT certainly has fabulous chocolate creations, but my hometown of Litchfield, CT has the Three Oaks Chocolatier with interesting and delectable concoctions such as cayenne pepper truffles! And best. . .they are affordable!

  22. Lisa Hill February 3, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    My favorite for more than 30 years is The Chocolate Barn on Rt. 7A in Shaftsbury, VT. They have a great selection of delicious chocolates, creams,barks and truffles. It wasn’t a birthday, anniversary, (or good report card!) without a gift of chocolate from the Chocolate Barn. The shop is filled with antique chocolate molds from around the world, too.

  23. Marie West February 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    You certainly forgot the Thompson Candy Company, in Meriden, CT since 1879. Oh my God, they have the best Pecan Bark you will ever eat! Comes in milk, dark and white. They also have seasonal items and Easter is super. Foil wrapped bunnies and chicks and various new characters. Yummy, yummy. Try them, they are the best. I am truly surprised that no one mentioned them, over 125 years old!!!!!

  24. Julie Mackenzie February 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Turtle Alley Chocolates and Ye Olde Pepper Co. in Salem, MA. I wish Turtle Alley made their autumn truffles year round!

  25. Debra M. Caldwell February 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Well, ladies & gents….. again you have failed to seek out Richardson’s Canday Kitchen in the hamlet of Deerfield, Mass. It has gotten national recognition, even on TV, the turtle’s are to die for, and they come in 3-flavors, light, dark, and milk chocolate, the creamed chocolates are out of this world, and there homemade candies and choclate bark is absolutely delicious. But what would people in the western part of the state know, to the rest of the state were’ re considered country bumpkins. Well, I’ll stay with our local chocolatier, and say that they are the best!!!!

    Each year Richardson’s does the best Chocolate Covered Tuxedo Strawberries in the world, and then at Christmas there is standing room only, and that is even on the outside of the building, waiting to get in, to send them to people in the other parts of the country.

    So, I gues that we are all pretty excited about our local chocolate lover’s places, everyone enjoy your Valentine’s Day Chocolate’s where ever you may be

  26. Marie West February 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    You always leave out Thompson Candy Company of Meriden, CT. In business for over 125 years and they have the best chocolate around and their Pecan Bark in Milk or Dark is to die for. They have a line of sugar free treats and chocolate. There is a factory store on South
    Vine Steet in Meriden that is open daily and they make all types of specialty items for Easter and Christmas. Please check them out, you will be surprised.

  27. Dean Bingham February 6, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I will gleefully second (or third…) the addition of Dean’sSweets, Portland, ME. Especially since it’s near and dear to my heart, me being Dean. And our chocolates are personal and terrific! Maybe add them to the next list. thanks!

  28. nancy calvert April 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Black Diana Chocolates and cafe on Isle au Haut has the very best chocolets this side of heaven ,check out the web site, every bite is a delicious experience,

  29. RJ Binkowski July 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I can’t help feel as though a couple of these posts have affiliation to the stores which they profess to be the best. I can’t speak to a good portion of them, but there are a handful on the ’15 of the best’ list which are a bit of a joke given some that have been left out. I have tried the bulk of CT owned stores and a few of the MA as well (Munsons… really?) For one, Chocolate Springs in Lenox, MA is substantially better than most, if not all, on the list. I do not know the categories voted upon, but they are certainly no one trick pony, as are some. The artisanal quality of their chocolate, sculpted by immense skill and passion of their owner Joshua, remains worlds apart any of those mentioned which I have sampled listed above.

  30. Andrea Dinneen September 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    I do agree with many of the comments above that there were several great chocolate businesses that were overlooked. First an foremost PRISCILLA CANDY SHOP, Gardner & Concord, MA. Bryne & Carlson/Portsmouth, NH is awesome as well as Chocolate Springs/Lenox, MA , Chatham Candy Manor/Chatham, MA, Chilmark Chocolates/Martha’s Vineyard and Turtle Alley/Salem, MA.

  31. Laurie Fessler January 22, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Great job doing the research.
    I write about EVERYTHING but happiest when writing about FOOD. There was a big Gazpacho debate in my town and yes, I did stand up to volunteer and do the gazpacho tasting and rate them. FYI in case you need anyone…..I’m just that kind of person..no really, I am.

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