Chocolate is good for us in all times and all places, but we know it’s now February, and Valentine’s Day is upon us. Look below for some of the best chocolate makers in New England. More will be added to the list daily!
8 Gilbane Street, Warwick, RI
This fun chocolate shop first opened in East Greenwich, RI, but now it’s even easier to reach – just off I-95 in Warwick. The chocolate is delicious, and the shop is fun, offering a lot of creative, novelty, and seasonal candies, including designs that will delight kids. Expect to find fudge, milk and dark chocolates, gifts, baskets, and more. 401-884-4949. Map
750 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
You’ve come to purchase chocolate for your honey, but it’s also fun to take a tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates’s Factory Store! Learn how chocolate is made and take in the aromas and sights … and free samples. On weekends, drop in for a free chocolate tasting. This chocolate is delicious – made with pure Vermont dedication. 800-465-5909. Map.
44 Chase River Road, Waterbury, CT
Fascia Chocolates have been hand crafted in a family-owned business since 1964. That alone tell you the quality is going to be top-notch. The retail store – which also is a working chocolate factory where you can watch the chocolate being made – also produces gelati with equipment and flavorings from Italy. For a little extra fun for small groups, come to a 20-minute Make a Bar sessions and make your own chocolate bar. How cool is that? 203-753-0515. Map.
2483 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH
Brrr. It’s February and you’re in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, presumably enjoy skiing, shopping, dining, or the spa. What else will warm you up? How about a sweet Valentine treat? The dark, milk and white chocolates, truffles, fudge, a maple candies at Bavarian Chocolate Haus are 100 percent delicious. Sugar-free chocolate, too! 603-356-2663. Map.
818 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA
Operators of Phillips Chocolates, called on their masthead “Boston’s Oldest Chocolatier,” want you to know that their chocolate turtles have been chosen at one of Oprah’s Favorite things. Chocolate, caramel and nuts: sales pitch completed! Other favorites of this shop, founded by immigrants in 1925, are handmade cookies, brownies and roasted nuts. 617-282-2090. Map.
475 Fore Street, Portland, Maine
The “Dean” is Dean Bingham, an architect who began making truffles years ago as a casual sideline. Encouraged by his chocolates’s fans, he founded the business in 2004. Good news for the many people who are allergic to nuts: Dean sells only nut-free candy. Made with the highest-quality ingredients, each candy is hand-dipped and artful. Just right for your Valentine. 207-899-3664. Map.