Top Ten Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers

Amy Kundrat
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):

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.