Oh, chocolate. Love it. Crave it. Milk, dark, white – you name it – chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Connecticut is home to many world-renowned chocolatiers and local chocolate artisans who create an experience that is decadent and rich in flavor.
Grab a partner, and treat the chocolate lover in your life (or yourself!) to an unforgettable tasting trip throughout the state. This Connecticut Chocolate Trail will indulge all of your senses!
Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store | Brookfield & West Hartford
First established by owner and founder, Erik Landergren in 1995, Bridgewater Chocolates specializes in American-style premium hand-made chocolates such as turtles, toffees, caramels and peanut butter patties. Winner of many awards and featured and reviewed in the country’s top magazines and newspapers, Bridgewater Chocolates are top-notch. The warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with the enticing scents of gourmet chocolates make this one sweet spot to visit!
Chocolate Rain Shop | Norwalk
Chocolate Rain Shop offers fine chocolate confections that are fresh, fabulous, and fun. Featuring a wide variety of handmade chocolates, French Macrons, Petit Fours, pastries and cupcakes at the shop. You can also customize to your specification. All our products are great for any occasion, special events, corporate gifts, party favors, easy desserts, or the holidays.
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop | Ridgefield
This sweet couple serves a variety of homemade chocolates, ice cream and an array of candies to guests. From humble beginnings of just a few types of chocolates, they now produce 70 varieties, including chocolate-covered pretzels, granola and marshmallow caramel. The rear of the store, which was originally part of a bank, has 1,300 square feet of open kitchen, so customers can observe truffles being hand-rolled.
Divine Treasures | Manchester
Divine Treasures offers a wide variety of delectable treats using organic Belgian chocolate and the finest vegan, gluten-free ingredients. Owner Diane Blanchette-Wagemann uses recipes and traditions learned from her grandmother to create handcrafted candies with a healthful spin. Divine Treasures was the recipient of the 2011 Customer Satisfaction Award for Excellence in Customer Care, presented by Talk of the Town News, Customer Care News and Celebration Media. Try the 10 Million Smooches (crunchy all-natural peanut butter base, caramel topping surrounded by dark chocolate), Cranberry Raindrops, Ginger Explosion, Toffee Bites, Peppermint Patsy and more, or pick up a beautifully-wrapped assorted gift box.
Fascia’s Chocolates | Waterbury
In 1964 John & Helen Fascia began making candy with help from their three young daughters. A half a century later, the entire Fascia family still makes all products in-house and in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness possible. Connecticut Magazine‘s “Best Chocolates” of 2012, Fascia’s produces over 100 varieties of chocolates, fudge, peanut brittle, molded novelties and much more, and chocolate lovers will be sure to find something that they will call their favorite. In September 2013, Fascia’s opened in their current facility to offer a unique Chocolate Experience and Tour where participants learn about chocolate in a fun and informative way. You can even make your very own chocolate bar.
Mangels Confectioner | Milford
Mangels follows in the tradition of its store owner’s great-grandfather, Henry Mangels, who owned a candy store Brooklyn in the 1890s with truffles made using only the purest ingredients: chocolate, butter, heavy cream and liqueur. The truffles are hand-made from start to finish, and come in a variety of flavors including Grand Marnier, Double Dutch Chocolate, Chambord and Espresso, to name a few. H. Mangels does not use any preservatives or artificial flavors, and offers a variety of sugar-free products as well.
Hillside Sweet Shoppe | East Haddam
If you’re nostalgic for an authentic candy and ice cream shop, try Hillside Sweet Shoppe! For more than 30 years, this small, the family-owned confection shop has been providing homemade and other fine chocolates, homemade ice cream and hot fudge, confections, gifts, toys, and more. You can find gifts of chocolate and candy, wedding favors, balloons and themed gift baskets. Hillside Sweet Shoppe also hosts birthday parties with balloons and custom party favor bags as well as ice cream parties for special occasions.
Voted one of the Top Three Chocolates in the World by Gourmet Magazine, Knipschildt Chocolatier’s handcrafted specialties are in high demand. Fritz Knipschildt, Danish born and trained, uses the finest ingredients from around the world to create his chocolate masterpieces. To enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the famous sweet treats, take a tour through Café Chocopologie, where you can watch the confections made by hand. Then, grab a seat in the dining area for a gourmet meal, finished with a five-piece chocolate sampler, bonfire s’mores, chocolate fondue, crepes or truffle beignets.
Munson’s Chocolates | Bolton
Founded in Manchester, Connecticut in 1946, Munson’s began making handcrafted chocolates, creams and caramels in a tiny store behind a tailor shop. Now a third-generation family-run business and the largest chocolate manufacturer in the state, little has changed from Munson’s delicious original recipes. Visit the main store and factory in Bolton for a sneak peak at the chocolate-making process, or stop in for a treat at one of the other locations throughout the state.
The Chocolate Lab | Greenwich
This unique chocolate shop and cafe located in the JHouse hotel in Greenwich, CT is a key stop on the Connecticut Chocolate Trail. Chef Kwaku-Dongo’s pure, rich cocoa creations feature handmade truffles and filled chocolates, all handsomely packaged, as well as pastries, confections, espresso and coffee drinks, and an assortment of premium coffee and loose leaf teas.
Thompson Brands | Meriden
The story of Thompson Chocolate is in many ways the story of the American Dream. Founder, William H. Thompson, was one of America’s first chocolatiers. In 1879, he established our company determined to produce only quality chocolate items with “no artificial ingredients.” With hard work and attention to detail, he succeeded. Over 130 years later, Thompson Chocolate continues his tradition of making delicious foil wrapped chocolate specialties. Thompson offers a range of delicious fine, foiled chocolate novelties – from the beautiful foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies that are a must-have on Easter morning, to the chocolate cigars that announce a baby’s joyous arrival, our chocolates have had the ability to make any occasion sweeter. All our products are 100% natural and contain no artificial ingredients.
Milk House Chocolates creates artisanal chocolates made in small batches one at a time with the Farm’s fresh milk, cream and butter. They harvest their own hay and pasture their cows. This ensures the cows are fed the finest sweetest hay and natural feeds to produce its signature milk. These chocolates are for those who desire something truly special. These chocolates are created on Thorncrest Farm in its creamery and are available to you within hours or minutes from when they are made.
Tschudin Chocolates & Confections | Middletown
Adventurous chocolate lovers will find plenty to surprise the taste buds at Tschudin Chocolates on Middletown’s vibrant Main Street, where the sweets are handmade using exotic flavors and spices and fresh, local ingredients. Grownups will enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed coffee, custom-made hot chocolate and amoretti truffle, while the young (and young at heart) can take a “Wonka” tour of the candy kitchen and then taste the treats they have seen created.