59 Tom Harvey Rd.
43 Grove St.
Wilbur’s of Maine
174 Lower Maine St.
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You have left out Byrne and Carlson, surely the best chocolates available anywhere! (Portsmouth, NH)
How could you leave out The Chocolate Sparrow! (Orleans, MA)
And you left out Black Dinah Chocolates on Isle au Haut, ME! Get on that mailboat in Stonington and check them out.
If we are adding ones we like in NE, since you aleady have my very favorite truffle maker, Lake Champlain, there is another very good one I like in Brattleboro………Tom & Sallie’s.
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.
Divine Treasures in Manchester, CT, offers organic Belgium chocolates homemade specializing in Vegan chocolates. Delicious! A must try. http://www.divinetreasureschocolates.com/
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)
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. . .
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.
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 …
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.
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!
You left Van Otis in Lawrence off! Even though they only make Swiss Truffles, they absolutely melt in your mouth!!
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!
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!)
What about Swan Chocolates in Nashua and Merrimack, NH? They are devine! Also Van Otis in Manchester, NH they make the best swiss fudge!
Shame on you. You didn’t mention Chocolate Springs in Lenox, MA. It has been written up in many publications, perhaps even your own.
The best of the best-Chilmark Chocolates in beautiful Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard!
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.
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!
Was Ben + Bill’s in Northampton considered? Their truffles are outrageously good. It seems there is need for a re-match at some point.
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!
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.
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!!!!!
Turtle Alley Chocolates and Ye Olde Pepper Co. in Salem, MA. I wish Turtle Alley made their autumn truffles year round!
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
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.
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!
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,
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.
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.
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