America’s 30 Best Chocolate Shops

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20. Blüprint Chocolatiers
> Location: Alexandria, Virginia
> Average Yelp Rating: 5

An artisanal chocolate factory and shop in Old Town Alexandria, across the river from the nation’s capital, Blüprint keeps it simple, offering 16- or 24-piece chocolate boxes and two Inclusion Bars — milk chocolate crunch and dark chocolate black currant walnut — whose purchase, according to their packaging, “supports inclusiveness,” with proceeds going to the ACLU.

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19. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
> Location: Anaheim, California
> Average Yelp Rating: 4.5

Descended from a confectionery shop opened by Italian immigrant Domingo Ghirardelli in San Francisco in 1852, Ghirardelli has become one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of chocolate. Its products are available seemingly everywhere and it operates 22 shops in seven states — including this one, which opened in Disneyland in 2011. Yelp reviewers love the free chocolate samples, the milkshakes and sundaes, the fudge-like brownies, and the “delicious Ghirardelli chocolate treats,” and call it “the paradise of chocolates.”

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18. Fran’s Chocolates
> Location: Seattle, Washington
> Average Yelp Rating: 4.5

With four Seattle locations (plus one in Japan’s Nagoya airport), chocolatier Fran Bigelow is known for her chocolate-coated Gold Bars and salted caramels, her handcrafted truffle assortments, and her specialty chocolate collections. President Obama was given a gift assortment of Fran’s chocolates on a campaign stop in Seattle and liked them so much that after he took office he asked Bigelow to produce sea salt caramel chocolates in a blue box with the presidential seal for him to give to VIP guests at the White House.

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17. Choco le’a
> Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
> Average Yelp Rating: 5

An artisanal chocolate producer in Honolulu’s Manoa Valley, Choco le’a creates both regular and alcohol-spiked truffles, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, chocolate-dipped tropical fruits (including pomelo, a citrus fruit called jabong in Hawaii), and chocolate-covered Oreos, among other treats.

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16. Tejas Chocolate Craftory
> Location: Tomball, Texas
> Average Yelp Rating: 4.5

The Craftory, in the Houston suburb of Tomball, is part of Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue — quite possibly the world’s only combination chocolate factory and shop and barbecue joint. Scott Moore, together with his wife, Michelle Holland, and his brother Greg, started out making chocolate as a hobby and then opened a store. Sales were slow so they decided to add a café, and realized that their town needed some good barbecue. Their hand-crafted chocolate begins with cacao beans roasted in a brick oven, then stone-ground. Truffles in assorted flavors (and colors) are the specialty on the chocolate side.