What’s not to love about chocolate? From the intoxicating aroma to that first bite of chocolately goodness, it’s the perfect treat no matter what the time of year. Chocolates come in many forms in Chicago, from truffles to drinking chocolates and candy bars. While there’s a plethora of other wonderful chocolate shops in Chicago, these five chocolate shops deserve some recognition because we can guarantee your chocolate craving will be satisfied at any of these locations.
The Fudge Pot
1532 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
This family-run shop in Old Town has been making delicious candies daily for all of Chicago since 1963. While its lollipops have won awards, its home-made fudge and chocolate bars, as well as toffees, aren’t to be missed. Chocolate-dipped strawberries and truffles are also available. Basically, anything you get in this candy store is a piece of heaven, and the owner of the store makes a trip here a delightful experience.
Katherine Anne Confections
2745 W. Armitage St.
Chicago, IL 60647
Opened in 2012 in Logan Square, Katherine Anne Confections prides itself on using local ingredients, and it makes a difference in its little bites of bliss. The cream comes from cows in Illinois and the honey is sourced locally and used in place of corn syrup. In addition to delectable truffles and caramels, this shop also features unbelievable and amazing flavor combinations in its marshmallows. Delight in everything from peppermint marshmallow to hot chocolate marshmallow, which can be perfectly paired with the drinking chocolates. While the concoctions are constantly evolving, you can never go wrong with the truffles, from the brown buttered rum truffle to the Elvis truffle, which is made with bananas, peanut butter and bacon.
545 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
Enjoy chocolate bliss in this upscale chocolate shop in Lincoln Park. While KC Chocolatier’s products are available in other locations, in this shop you’ll also learn a thing or two about why the cocoa bean makes such a delicious Belgian chocolate treat. Whether you’re looking for a customized box of goodies or a bar of chocolate, you’ll be giving into temptation around every corner. Of course, it’s easy to give into temptation when being offered free samples.
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Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland
900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 5
Chicago, IL 60611
It’s all about the chocolate at this Near North Side chocolate shop. While on the pricier end of the chocolate spectrum, the plethora of choices and flavors make it all worth it. Savor the Dom Perignon champagne truffles or try a bit of everything with the assorted chocolate boxes. All chocolates are made in Zurich and imported into Chicago. Sugar-free options are also available.
Blommer Chocolate Company
600 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
If you’re looking for the source of that dark chocolate smell that sometimes overtakes downtown Chicago, look no further than this River West chocolate factory. While the Chicago headquarters focus on making chocolate to distribute to other chocolate makers throughout the country, it also has a small shop where consumers can choose from a variety of tasty chocolates. For bakers, Blommer sells everything from cocoa powders to disks of chocolates. For those who just want a bar of delicious milk or dark chocolate, this shop has got that and more. And it more than lives up to that intoxicating smell.
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.