1. XOX TRUFFLES, San Francisco, CA
Each of the 27 flavors concocted by Chef Jean-Marc Gorce is to die for! Nestled in North Beach, these French-inspired truffles are the ultimate seaside companions! This is the place to go for gourmet products at modest prices. Tastes come in liqueured and non-liqueured options, ranging from cocoa powder dusted Honey Vodka to soy and vegan-friendly Noisette. Tripadvisor gives them five stars for authentic, hand-made miracles. Not to mention, if you buy a coffee, each cup is accompanied by a delicious truffle; on the house!
2. DAFFIN’S CANDIES, Sharon, PA
Three generations in candy making have ultimately led to a world-renowned chocolate kingdom where delectable creatures dwell! The whimsical wonders include nothing less than entire castles made of chocolate, a chocolate train, village, Ferris Wheel, a 125lb reindeer, a 400lb turtle, and the 75lb chocolate frog! The sea of rich and creamy candies come in classic flavors and even sugar-free varieties. There is a balanced harmony of sweets to sample as well as novelty gifts available for purchase.
3. THE SPA AT THE HOTEL HERSHEY, Hershey, PA
The chocolate capital of the country offers Hotel Hershey guests exquisite edible relaxation! The most popular packages are Hershey Kiss with a Spa Rain Shower, Chocolate Sugar Scrub and 50 minute Cocoa Massage, the Hershey Hug package with Spa Rain Shower, Hydrating Body Wrap and the Cocoa Massage, and lastly the Chocolate Escape Package complete with 3.5 hours of a Whipped Cocoa Bath, Chocolate Bean Polish or Sugar Scrub, Chocolate Fondue Wrap, the Cocoa Massage and Lunch in The Oasis!
4. WIDMAN’S CANDY SHOP, Fargo, ND
For chocolate-covered everything, this is the stop for you! This is the home of the famous chocolate-covered potato chip! Unique ingredients serve you almond bark roses, chocolate-coated spun molasses chunks, dipped bacon and olives, marshmallows, pickles, peppers, berries, and seeds! Snag a free sample first and decide which strange combination is worth taking home!
5. LONG GROVE CONFECTIONARY CO., Buffalo Grove, IL
Weekly tours of this chocolate factory accompany groups of 10-30 people who want to see what makes LGC a leader in its industry! Pretzel Rods, Milk Chocolate S’ mores, Coconut Caramels, Giant Fudge Cups, Maple Caramels, Cranberry-Almond Myrtles, Toffee Bark, there is so much to choose from especially through the holiday seasons! Expect no less than decadent excellence in Buffalo Grove!