For those of us with a sweet tooth, chocolate isn’t just a treat, it’s a staple. But the best thing about chocolate? It’s available in such a wide variety of flavors and styles that you don’t even have to have a sweet tooth to enjoy it.
And of course, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, chocolate is everywhere right now. However, if you’re a fan of chocolate like we are, then you know that not all chocolate is created equally. Sure, a supermarket standard candy bar is great for a quick fix, but when it comes to special occasions, not just any chocolate will do.
It was with that in mind that we set out to find Richmond’s best chocolatiers. From deluxe handcrafted chocolate truffles to rich homemade fudge, we found a wide range of options. However, there were a few places that went above and beyond when it came to making their chocolate creations.
In order to make our list of favorites, the following five chocolate shops in the Richmond area had to offer some special characteristics. Namely, we looked for shops that offered:
- Homemade recipes and small batch production
- A wide selection
- Unique flavor combinations and creations
And these locally owned and operated shops delivered all that – and more. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give someone special this Valentine’s Day or just want to treat yourself to a decadent dessert, then try one of our favorite Richmond chocolate shops. You’ll be glad you did – we promise!
And as always, if you know of a place to find delicious chocolates in the Richmond area, let us know. Drop us a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than two decades, Sweet Shoppe has been serving up sweets from all over the world. They offer a huge selection of candy, including retro and novelty candies, sugar-free candies, bulk selections, custom assortments, international brands, and, of course, chocolates. But what really got our attention was their homemade fudge. Made fresh from their own recipes, Sweet Shoppe’s fudge is available in a range of flavors like cookies n’ cream, peanut butter chocolate, traditional chocolate, and Rocky Road. And if for some reason, chocolate isn’t your thing – don’t worry! You can also find rich, creamy flavors like Dulce de Leche, peanut butter, English toffee, and more. All of their delicious chocolates, candies, and fudge can be found at their store located in Short Pump Town Center.
Where to find them: 11800 W Broad St #2504, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Contact: (804) 360-2425 or email@example.com
Cathy Churcher, the Professional Chocolatier and creative genius behind Chocolate Cravings, doesn’t just make chocolate, she creates flavors. When you’re looking for some truly unique, Chocolate Cravings offers up selections like Milk Chocolate Spice (flavored with coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg); Dark Chocolate with Lime and Pink Salt; Dark Chocolate with Rose, Fig and Pistachio; and so much more. Of course, traditional flavors are available as well…but why be traditional when you could have a Mango Curry Coconut or Violet Orange Truffle? Along with her deliciously diverse chocolates, Churcher also features brownies, chocolate ganache tarts, ganache bars, and a wide range of chocolate dipped creations. All of Churcher’s chocolates are made by hand using Colombian chocolate and both seasonal and local ingredients. You can find Chocolate Cravings products at their Lakeside store on the northside of Richmond or at any of these local shops:
Where to find them: 6929 Lakeside Avenue (The Hub Shopping Center), Richmond, VA 23228
Contact: (804) 363-6873 – store hours vary, so be sure to call first!
Taylor Made Chocolate began in 2017 as more than a business venture – it began as a mission. Founders Steve and Kim Taylor started their chocolate enterprise as a means of not only creating custom, handcrafted artisan chocolate, but as a way of helping to bring freedom to those affected by human trafficking and slavery. This “bean to bar” chocolate shop begins by buying cocoa beans that have been sustainably grown. In addition, they ensure that their farmers are paid a fair wage as part of their purchasing process. Currently, the Taylors are working with farmers in Haiti, and intend to use their profits to help with reforestation and to improve the overall quality of life for the farmers they work with. Likewise, they serve the local community by giving back to those freed from human trafficking both in Richmond and abroad. Last, but far from least, the Taylors are committed to an allergy free and gluten free production process. Any products that might contain allergens (other than milk) are produced offsite and sealed before entering their store, ensuring that their delicious chocolates are safe and accessible, even for those with severe food allergies. Choose from a wide selection of handcrafted chocolates, truffles, chocolate bars, cakes, chocolate meringues, chocolate covered marshmallows, and more – with vegan options available, too. Find them in the store or shop online anytime.
Where to find them: 241 E Hundred Rd , Chester, VA, 23836
Contact: (804) 490-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Making rich, creamy chocolates by hand isn’t just a job for Kelly Wombold of Chocolates by Kelly – it’s a family tradition. Following in the footsteps of her great-great-great uncle, great grandmother and grandmother, Wombold started Chocolates by Kelly in 2008 and has grown from her first small shop off of Forest Hill Avenue on the southside to her newest location at Short Pump Town Center. Needless to say, her incredible growth is thanks to her amazing chocolates. Head into her shop to do a little taste testing, then choose from pre-made assortments or custom-made boxes to take home and share (or not). All of Kelly’s chocolates are made with locally sourced, fair trade organic chocolate; are gluten and soy free; and are available with plenty of vegan and nut-free options. Find Chocolates by Kelly at the storefront, online, AND at a number of other retailers. Or join the Sweet Tooth Society subscription service for chocolate every month, along with special seasonal offerings, free samples, “first tastes” of new flavors, and more.
Where to find them: 11800 W Broad Street , Suite 2320, Henrico, VA 23233
Contact: (804) 814-5496 or email@example.com
When you find Earl Grey, Brown Butter Caramel and Mint Julep chocolates on a menu, you know you’ve found something special. And there’s no question that Gearhart’s is, indeed, a special place. Since they first opened their doors in 2001, Gearhart’s has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Southern Living and countless other “best of” lists, both locally and nationally. Why you ask? It’s simple. Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates handcrafts their chocolates using only the finest ingredients—and it shows in every delicious bite. Choose from classic assortments of chocolates and truffles, gift boxes, Mayan drinking chocolates, specialty items, and gift cards. With locations in both Richmond and Charlottesville, you can stop in to find the perfect chocolate anytime, or order online to have custom, pre-made, or special holiday assortments delivered right to your door.
Where to find them:
The Avenues at Libbie and Grove; 306 B Libbie Avenue, Richmond, VA
Contact: (804) 282-1822
Vinegar Hill Shopping Center; 243-B Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA
Contact: (434) 972-9100
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