Choosing the best chocolate shops in New England was a tough job – but someone had to do it.
We know it’s more than a bit hackneyed to say, but choosing the best chocolate shops 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 for best chocolate shops in New England, followed by 15 more outstanding choices, followed by lots of readers’ suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One can never have too much chocolate. Here are 15 more outstanding choices for Best Chocolate Shops in New England.
750 Pine Street
85 Leavitt St.
47 Main Street
12 South Main St.
484 Main St.
561 Windsor Street B-206
559 Federal Rd.
Belgique Patisserie & Chocolatier
1 Bridge St.
107 River St.
76 South Main St.
Stowe Village, VT
locations throughout Connecticut
Main Store & Factory
174 Hop River Rd.
59 Tom Harvey Rd.
43 Grove St.
Wilbur’s of Maine
174 Lower Maine St.
Did we miss any? Let us know about your picks for the best chocolate shops in New England!