Where to find the best chocolate bars, gummy bears, and other confections
These top makers are worth a visit in person. Of course, if you can’t make it, they are all available online.
Confessions of a gummy addict could be a memoir written by Rosie O’Neill. She started Sugarfina as a result of her love for all things sweet. While the Los Angeles candy store imports the best gummy bears in the United States—champagne bites made with real brut and rosé bubbles—we are partial to the heart-shaped peach Bellini and hearts afire.
Charles Chocolates is one of five stops on Edible Excursion’s new chocolate tour, which starts and ends in San Francisco’s Mission District. The three-hour tour isn’t as much as a sugar rush as you might think, with some alcoholic and savory surprises thrown in.
Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates uses the best ingredients: Valrhona chocolate, Murray River salt, and fresh spearmint, carrot juice, cream, and almond extract. The caramels are one of the hottest selling items, with nutmeg and cinnamon, dipped in milk chocolate. Once a welcome stop in Georgetown, the chocolate house has since moved to Old Town Alexandria.
A chocolate bar with a surf girls and mermaids on the wrapper is so California. At Cocoa Parlor in Dana Point, though, the artwork isn’t the only talking point. Not once you try the Peruvian single-origin and organic, fair-trade chocolate. The Strawberry Mermaid bar uses organic strawberries, while tropical Surfer Girl has bites of coconut and pineapple. The chocolatier’s retail front opened relatively recently.
Corn syrup is a no-no at Katherine Anne Confections. Instead, sweetness comes from wildflower honey and, of course, the fresh cream from a herd of Jersey cows in Illinois. Truffles are seasonally released, with a monthly preview party at the Chicago store. Browse and definitely stick around for the hot chocolate, with a homemade chai or vanilla black pepper marshmallow.