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Wednesday
Feb022011

Top Ten Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers

You don't really think we believe that box of chocolates you're buying your sweetheart is bound for anyplace other than your own stomach, do you? Let's face it. Valentines Day is really just another excuse to feed your sweet tooth. So with that out of the way, we're stepping in to give you a list of places in your neighborhood to satisfy that craving and maybe score a few points with your honey. A word to the wise: when buying chocolate, you'll want to stop in the week of to strike the best balance between freshness and selection. Here are our picks for Chocolate Shops in Fairfield County (and just beyond):


Belgique 
What: Artisan Belgian chocolates hand-made in Connecticut by Chef Pierre Gillissen.

Where: 1 Bridge St, Kent, CT & 88 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT
Recommended: Hot chocolate & fleur de sel | Read moreCTbites review
What: A chocolate boutique offering brands including Bridgewater, Godiva and MarieBelle.
Where: 8 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT
 
What: A classic sweet shop with hand-made chocolates, fudge, gelato, candy by the pound and a small café and gift shop.
Where: 381 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT
Recommended: Candy by the pound for those with an indecisive sweet tooth.
What: Chocolatier & café in Norwalk that distributes to Whole Foods, Balduccis & Dean & Deluca.
Where: 12 South Main Street, Norwalk, CT
Recommended: Caramel & sea salt truffle and the Sweetheart Box.

What: Traditional Belgium chocolates by Chocolatier Martine Coscia. 
Where: 99 Mill Street, Greenwich, CT
Signature products: Bark & miniature biscotti.
 
What: European-style truffles founded by Swiss chocolatier Ruedi Hauser. Founded in Bethel and now produced in Westerley, RI, with shops in each town.
Where: 137 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT
Recommended: A box of Chocolate Lace 

What: Candy, chocolate & gifts, "a little bit of everything." 
Where: 1552 Post Road Fairfield, CT

What: Seasonal chocolates and truffles.
Where: 54 Railroad Place, 
Westport, CT
 
What: Huge variety of chocolates, bars, cookies, toffee, etc.
Where: 559 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT
 
What: Founded in CT in 1946, offering boxed chocolates, by the pound, fudge and sugar-free options. 
Where:  A list of central and eastern CT locations
Recommended: Buttercrunch & milk chocolates.


 

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It appears none of the top 10 are outside Fairfield County? That's somewhat surprising.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobK

Hi Rob, good catch. It really should read Fairfield County with the exception of Munson's which is actually central/eastern CT. Where else do you go in CT?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

Don't forget Tschudin Chocolates in Middletown, Connecticut! Tschudin Chocolates is new to the scene but delicious! Try it out - you wont regret it. It is at the corner of Court and Main Street.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hey guys-the article is by "CT Bites-Your Guide to Great Food in Fairfield County"

The author has obviously not been to Bridgewater Chocolates. Huge variety? I don't think so. Not in the store anyway. I haven't looked at their website.

It appears to me that there are only 10 chocolate shops in Fairfield County, otherwise I can not think of a reason why some of these are on the list, because a few of them are very ordinary, including Bridgewater, which is continually overrated. Believe me, don't waste your time or money on their overpriced, factory made candy.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusia

I love Divine Treasures in Manchester. All dark chocolate made from organic ingredients. Extremely unique combinations. Love Ginger Explosion!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracey M.

Rachel & Tracey: Thanks for the additions, love finding out about new places.

Susia: Bridgewater is also available online and at other shops such as Sweet Pierre's. Feel free to share your picks for sweet shops & chocolate in the area and just beyond. We didn't keep this just to Fairfield County and it's clearly not all of CT. That's where we hope our readers like you will chime in with recommendations.

February 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterAmy Kundrat

My mouth is watering already! I've been craving chocolate and didn't have any places to go in Fairfield County--thank you for such a great list! As a newer Connecticut resident, CT Bites hasn't ever steered me in the wrong direction before and I'm sure this is no exception. Can't wait to give a few of these places a try!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

Locally, I like Chocopologie. I tried a place in Stamford before on Beford Street called Schakolad a few years ago. I'm not sure if they are still there or in business anymore, as that street has some vacant storefronts. But I do remember have a great hot chocolate there on a cold winter day. They used some of their own milk chocolate and piping hot milk to make a silky smooth and delicious hot chocolate.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Amy K: Thanks for the great post. Keep up the good work!

Susia: Lighten up.

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Munsons, Belgique, and Cocoa Michelle make great chocolate to be sure, but Knischildts Chocopologie, in South Norwalk, beats them both by a mile. Save your money for this stuff. The cafe is a wonderful place for brunch, too.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Wait! Wait!! You forgot Isabelle et Vincent in Fairfield! http://www.isabelleetvincent.com/ I demand my valentine's sweets come from there. I'd much prefer a small box of pure, delicious handmade chocolate sensations than a mother load of processed nonsense!! (Their bread and pastries are equally addictive.)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Nemiah

I have tried many chocolates in in Connecticut and Munsons chocolates is the best, they have a great selection, so many flavors to choose from and the quality is great and always consistent . Prices are very reasonable, try the butter crunch or their turtles. Way better than those over priced chocolates!!! I also get my business gifts from them as well.

November 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I continue to make an authentic chocolate for your delight. They are hand processed and many flavors at your discretion. I hope you are blessed!

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMae Wellner

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