What could possibly be better than chocolate? Unless it’s double chocolate. Or white chocolate. Or chocolate fudge. Or...?
If chocolate is your passion, you’ll be happy to know that some of the finest chocolates are made right here in Connecticut. So fire up your sweet tooth and start indulging.
For a truly unique chocolate experience, visit Truffle Shots in Essex. These fabulous chocolate inventions were dreamed up by a mother and daughter team in Essex. Imagine a silky ganache that melts in the mouth, served up in a cylinder shot glass. Enjoy more than 30 incredible flavors — all alcohol-free and delicious.
49 Main St.
(Barn at Griswold Square)
Essex, CT 06426
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tschudin Chocolates & Confections
An entertaining man of many talents, Roberto Tschudin Lucheme left interesting careers in law, television news, firefighting, and tightrope walking to add chocolatier to his resumé in 2009. Tschudin Chocolates & Confections in Middletown is a small, but complete chocolate kitchen with unusual and delicious chocolates to tempt the palate, and a fun experience meeting Roberto. With names like Habañeros, O’Rourkes, and Cinderellas, these confections promise to be an experience not forgotten.
110 Riverview Center, Suite 110 (Main Street)
Middletown, CT 06457
Thursday-Sunday (call for hours)
Gumdrops & Lollipops
Downtown Niantic features Gumdrops & Lollipops, a charming 1950’s café with to-die-for chocolate fudge that is made right there. Open since 2008, the shop also offers premium chocolate candies from the best companies, and a never-ending list of homemade ice cream flavors. Sitting in the ice cream parlor decor adds nostalgia to confectionery delights.
334 Main St.
Niantic, CT 06357
Wednesday-Monday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Munson’s Chocolates is the largest retail chocolate manufacturer in Connecticut. Three generations of chocolatiers have kept this historic tradition alive since 1946. Dozens of Munson’s chocolate products are sold in eight stores throughout the state, as well as online. Small-batch craftsmanship using local ingredients from a small family farm in Bolton, along with only fair trade cocoa beans, make these award-winning confections a must on your chocolate journey.
Factory: 174 Hop River Road
Bolton, CT 06043
Mystic Sweets, next to the Mystic drawbridge, has been making its wonderful creations since 1997. You’ll find a variety of themes in chocolate for holidays or special occasions. Their line of wholesale chocolates is sold all over the eastern part of the country, and their homemade fudge and ice cream are local favorites.
7 West Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Another well-known chocolate factory is Bridgewater Chocolates, which started in 1995 in the quaint Village Store. The chocolates are handmade American-style chocolates crafted with European quality ingredients and recipes. Savor European truffles, chocolate oozing with caramel, or handmade marzipan—all drenched in creamy rich chocolate. The current factory is located in Brookfield, a retail store remains in Bridgewater village, and a satellite store is in West Hartford.
Hours vary by location.
559 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
Castle Hill Chocolate
Castle Hill Chocolate in Newtown has a motto: “All you need is love and chocolate.” And it certainly can provide the latter. Signature made-in-house chocolates include nonpareils in both milk and dark chocolate, salted chocolate covered almonds, and chocolate covered Bing cherries, to name a very few. Specialty chocolates include allergy friendly confections: gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, and peanut/tree nut free.
6 Queen St.
Newtown, CT 06470
Tuesday-Sunday (call for hours)
Thompson Chocolate is one of America’s first chocolate companies, founded in 1879 by William H. Thompson in Meriden. Known for hand-molded and foil wrapping by hand, the chocolates have been a favorite for decades. Themed chocolates for sports, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and other special occasions are made in the Meriden factory and sold in fine candy shops everywhere. It even has chocolate cigars in pink and blue for that big announcement. The factory store is open for key seasonal holidays, while a retail store has weekday hours.
80 South Vine St.
Meriden, CT 06451
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With all these scrumptious destinations, you’re sure to find one, or more, to put you into a chocolate coma.