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16 Essential Chocolate Shops from Coast to Coast

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Dark, white, or milk: there are hundreds of chocolate varieties on the market, and America's best shops are producing, flavoring, molding, and setting some of the most exceptional chocolate candies and bars in the world today. Classic salted caramels are everywhere, but chocolatiers are also experimenting on delightfully oddball infusions with pop rocks, doughnuts, and pretzels, too. Even better? Most of the finest chocolate shops in the country (and Canada) ship nationwide. From single-origin bars to hand-rolled truffles and fruit-filled bon bons, there's a wide variety of treats to be found at the 16 top chocolate shops from coast to coast:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kee's Chocolate

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80 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-3284
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Pastry chef Kee Ling Tong has been hand-rolling her delicate chocolate truffles since 2002. The tiny storefront in New York City's SoHo neighborhood also sells macarons, but it's the chocolates — with their paper-thin shells and flavors like black sesame truffle — that make Kee's a must-stop for chocolate lovers. Unfortunately for non-New Yorkers, Kee's does not deliver. [Photo]

2. Theo Chocolate

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3400 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5100
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Theo Chocolate can be found at most higher-end markets, but a visit to its shop guarantees you'll discover new and hard-to-find flavors like ghost chili caramel. Theo also uses only organic and certified fair trade chocolate for all of its creations. Orders should be placed two to three days in advance. [Photo]

3. Christopher Michael Artisan Chocolatier

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2346 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 566-9810
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An hour's drive from Los Angeles, Christopher Michael's chocolates are some of the finest in the country. Michael's bon bons are impeccably constructed, with layers of flavor — rosemary caramel, spicy Pomegranate and lime, Thai tea — beneath each thin chocolate shell. Chocolates ship within two to three days. [Photo]

4. Compartes Chocolatier

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912 S Barrington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 826-3380
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Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm makes gorgeous truffles and bon bons, but the standout items at Compartes are the chocolate bars embedded with dried fruits, nuts, and flowers. They're stunning, mosaic-like creations. Find them at fine shops across the country. [Photo]

5. Recchiuti

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807 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 826-2868
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Recchiuti's bon bons are what draws chocolate lovers into the jewel box-like shop, but their orangettes, pâte de fruit, and peanut butter pucks are the real standouts. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11 at 1p.m. PST. [Photo]

6. Kate Weiser Chocolate

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3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 619-4929
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Pastry chef and chocolatier Kate Weiser hasn't been making chocolates for that long, but has already won wide acclaim. Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says Weiser is "insanely talented," and swears by her hand-painted dark chocolate creations. Weiser only ships chocolates from November through May. Two-day and overnight shipping is available. [Photo]

7. Alma Chocolate

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140 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 517-0262
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One of the few artisanal chocolate shops in Portland, Alma is famous for its Thai peanut butter cups, but Eater Portland editor Danielle Centoni says owner Sarah Hart's rose caramels are a must-taste. Alma recommends placing online orders at least three days in advance. [Photo]

8. Les chocolats de Chloe

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546 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2L, Canada
(514) 849-5550
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The beauty in these truffles is that they are decorated with only natural seeds, pods, fruits, nuts, and powders. The flavors are fresh, and as Eater Montreal editor Ian Harrison notes, "next level." Delivery is available in Canada only.

9. Sucré

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3025 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 520-8311
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Sucré is known for a lot of things, including its gilded King's Cakes, hand-painted macaron towers, and fruit tarts. But Sucré's strawberry chocolates, which make use of fresh Louisiana strawberries, are the best way to get a taste of summer in the wintertime. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11. [Photo]

10. Artisan Confections

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1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 524-0007
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Artisan produces bon bons in every color of the rainbow, but don't walk out without a taste of its passion fruit caramels, caramel marshmallow bars, and almond rochers. Valentine's Day orders must be placed by February 11. [Photo]

11. Jean Philippe Patisserie

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The Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8788
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Jean Philippe Patisserie is known for its enormous chocolate fountain and miles of pastry cases, but the chocolates — perfectly proportioned, delicately flavored — should not be overlooked. The Earl Grey-tea flavored truffles and lemon ganache bon bons are especially well-balanced. Order by February 11 for Valentine's Day delivery. [Photo]

12. Katherine Anne Confections

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2745 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 245-1630
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The chocolates at Katherine Anne fall somewhere between minimal and homespun. Favorites include the toasted coconut rum truffles and banana bourbon caramels. The shop ships FedEx ground only; order in advance. [Photo]

13. Jacques Torres Chocolate

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350 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2462
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Jacques Torres has the Valentine's Day market cornered, but it's his caramelized macadamia nuts enrobed in milk chocolate that set our hearts aflutter. Visit Jacques Torres's Hudson Street shop for a mug of velvety hot chocolate or order bon bons online; shipping generally takes two to three days. [Photo]

14. Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

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111 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-2625
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Bean-to-bar chocolate is still hard to find in most of the U.S., but Mast Brothers in Brooklyn helped pave the way with single-origin chocolates. Their vanilla smoke bar would make a lovely gift any time of the year. Want to add to the experience? Consider going on a tour of the Brooklyn factory or stopping into their brew bar, where cacao nibs are treated like coffee and brewed to order. Find Mast Brothers chocolate bars at fine shops across the country. [Photo]

15. Éclat Chocolate

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24 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 692-5206
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Master chocolatier Christopher Curtin makes incredible salted caramel truffles, bon bons filled with Shiraz-infused ganache, and hot chocolate infusers. His pretzel bar, infused with the flavor of Pennsylvania dutch pretzels, is also a hit. Shipping varies depending upon distance; see order guidelines for details. [Photo]

16. sweeteeth

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4845 Chateau Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
Johnny Battles is a self-taught chocolatier with a knack for dreaming up unusual flavors that work unusually well. His A'Chocolypse bar combines candied ginger with Pop Rocks. Port wine caramel brings out dark chocolate's fruit flavors. And Battles's peanut butter chipotle bar captures the essence of a sweet mole. Orders should be placed three days in advance. [Photo]

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1. Kee's Chocolate

80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Pastry chef Kee Ling Tong has been hand-rolling her delicate chocolate truffles since 2002. The tiny storefront in New York City's SoHo neighborhood also sells macarons, but it's the chocolates — with their paper-thin shells and flavors like black sesame truffle — that make Kee's a must-stop for chocolate lovers. Unfortunately for non-New Yorkers, Kee's does not deliver. [Photo]
80 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

2. Theo Chocolate

3400 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Theo Chocolate can be found at most higher-end markets, but a visit to its shop guarantees you'll discover new and hard-to-find flavors like ghost chili caramel. Theo also uses only organic and certified fair trade chocolate for all of its creations. Orders should be placed two to three days in advance. [Photo]
3400 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Christopher Michael Artisan Chocolatier

2346 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
An hour's drive from Los Angeles, Christopher Michael's chocolates are some of the finest in the country. Michael's bon bons are impeccably constructed, with layers of flavor — rosemary caramel, spicy Pomegranate and lime, Thai tea — beneath each thin chocolate shell. Chocolates ship within two to three days. [Photo]
2346 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

4. Compartes Chocolatier

912 S Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm makes gorgeous truffles and bon bons, but the standout items at Compartes are the chocolate bars embedded with dried fruits, nuts, and flowers. They're stunning, mosaic-like creations. Find them at fine shops across the country. [Photo]
912 S Barrington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

5. Recchiuti

807 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Recchiuti's bon bons are what draws chocolate lovers into the jewel box-like shop, but their orangettes, pâte de fruit, and peanut butter pucks are the real standouts. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11 at 1p.m. PST. [Photo]
807 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

6. Kate Weiser Chocolate

3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115, Dallas, TX 75212
Pastry chef and chocolatier Kate Weiser hasn't been making chocolates for that long, but has already won wide acclaim. Eater Dallas editor Whitney Filloon says Weiser is "insanely talented," and swears by her hand-painted dark chocolate creations. Weiser only ships chocolates from November through May. Two-day and overnight shipping is available. [Photo]
3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212

7. Alma Chocolate

140 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
One of the few artisanal chocolate shops in Portland, Alma is famous for its Thai peanut butter cups, but Eater Portland editor Danielle Centoni says owner Sarah Hart's rose caramels are a must-taste. Alma recommends placing online orders at least three days in advance. [Photo]
140 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

8. Les chocolats de Chloe

546 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal, QC H2L, Canada
The beauty in these truffles is that they are decorated with only natural seeds, pods, fruits, nuts, and powders. The flavors are fresh, and as Eater Montreal editor Ian Harrison notes, "next level." Delivery is available in Canada only.
546 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2L, Canada

9. Sucré

3025 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Sucré is known for a lot of things, including its gilded King's Cakes, hand-painted macaron towers, and fruit tarts. But Sucré's strawberry chocolates, which make use of fresh Louisiana strawberries, are the best way to get a taste of summer in the wintertime. Orders for Valentine's Day delivery must be placed by February 11. [Photo]
3025 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Artisan Confections

1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201
Artisan produces bon bons in every color of the rainbow, but don't walk out without a taste of its passion fruit caramels, caramel marshmallow bars, and almond rochers. Valentine's Day orders must be placed by February 11. [Photo]
1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Jean Philippe Patisserie

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Jean Philippe Patisserie is known for its enormous chocolate fountain and miles of pastry cases, but the chocolates — perfectly proportioned, delicately flavored — should not be overlooked. The Earl Grey-tea flavored truffles and lemon ganache bon bons are especially well-balanced. Order by February 11 for Valentine's Day delivery. [Photo]
The Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89109

12. Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The chocolates at Katherine Anne fall somewhere between minimal and homespun. Favorites include the toasted coconut rum truffles and banana bourbon caramels. The shop ships FedEx ground only; order in advance. [Photo]
2745 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. Jacques Torres Chocolate

350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Jacques Torres has the Valentine's Day market cornered, but it's his caramelized macadamia nuts enrobed in milk chocolate that set our hearts aflutter. Visit Jacques Torres's Hudson Street shop for a mug of velvety hot chocolate or order bon bons online; shipping generally takes two to three days. [Photo]
350 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014

14. Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

111 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Bean-to-bar chocolate is still hard to find in most of the U.S., but Mast Brothers in Brooklyn helped pave the way with single-origin chocolates. Their vanilla smoke bar would make a lovely gift any time of the year. Want to add to the experience? Consider going on a tour of the Brooklyn factory or stopping into their brew bar, where cacao nibs are treated like coffee and brewed to order. Find Mast Brothers chocolate bars at fine shops across the country. [Photo]
111 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

15. Éclat Chocolate

24 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Master chocolatier Christopher Curtin makes incredible salted caramel truffles, bon bons filled with Shiraz-infused ganache, and hot chocolate infusers. His pretzel bar, infused with the flavor of Pennsylvania dutch pretzels, is also a hit. Shipping varies depending upon distance; see order guidelines for details. [Photo]
24 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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16. sweeteeth

4845 Chateau Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Johnny Battles is a self-taught chocolatier with a knack for dreaming up unusual flavors that work unusually well. His A'Chocolypse bar combines candied ginger with Pop Rocks. Port wine caramel brings out dark chocolate's fruit flavors. And Battles's peanut butter chipotle bar captures the essence of a sweet mole. Orders should be placed three days in advance. [Photo]
4845 Chateau Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

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