Where Chocolate Rules

by Michael Stern
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Twelve champion chocolatiers, from the Oregon coast to downeast Maine.

1

The Brigittine Monks

In this monk-run Oregon fudge shop, you will find well over a dozen buttery-smooth confections, boxed and ready to go.

2

Enstrom’s

Butter, sugar, almonds, milk chocolate, salt. Can't get much simpler than the ingredient list for Enstrom's superb milk chocolate almond toffee. A Denver best!

3

Widman’s Candy Shop

Widman’s is a North Dakota candy store known for its unusual chocolate-covered savories, including "chippers" -- chocolate covered potato chips.

4

Bissinger’s

Bissinger's makes the best candies imaginable. Raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry cremes and soft caramel-filled chocolates are excellent.

5

Beerntsen’s Confectionery

Beerntsen's is a glorious little Wisconsin candy store where you can have a nice, inexpensive lunch and spoon into expertly-made sundaes.

6

Alethea’s

Buffalo's best chocolatier, Alethea's also is a great ice cream parlor with an array of homemade toppings, fresh whipped cream, and crisp nuts to top sundaes.

7

Turtle Alley

Turtle Alley's various chocolate turtles are inventive & delicious. The delightful Gloucester, Massachusetts store makes a full range of barks & bon bons.

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8

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Jacques Torres is a world-class chocolatier whose iced hot chocolate is noteworthy: a blenderized combo that is frothy, bittersweet, and invigorating.

9

Bridgewater Chocolate

World's best chocolatier? No doubt, Bridgewater Chocolate makes the greatest truffles. Barks, bars, turtles, & glazed fruits are sensational, also.

10

Catherine’s Chocolates

For chocolates of all kinds, especially the best chocolate-dipped fruit, Catherine's is the go-to place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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11

L.A. Burdick

Artisan pastries accompany coffee and the world's best hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick, one of New England's top chocolatiers.

12

Monica’s Chocolates

Lubec, Maine: Monica's chocolate-covered marzipan is the best we've ever had. Try the peanut butter cups, too. They will make you all but forget Reese's.