The Best Chocolate Shop in Every State

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Family-owned and -operated, Chocolate Corner in Gulf Shores, Alabama, may be small, but it's definitely stocked to the brim with chocolaty goodness. They're especially known for their homemade pralines and chocolate turtles, which contain a massive amount of nuts, caramel and chocolate.

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Alaska: Sweet Chalet (Anchorage)

Anchorage, Alaska, is known for its stunning views of the aurora borealis, and Sweet Chalet is known for its similarly remarkable aurora bonbons. Each bonbon is hand-painted, so no two are alike in their beauty. The appearance of the aurora bonbons is only half of their appeal; they come in unique flavors ranging from caramelized pear with saffron to raspberry rosewater.

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Arizona: Zak's Chocolate (Scottsdale)

Zak's Chocolate is a small-batch chocolate shop located in Scottsdale, Arizona. What makes them so unique? They source all their cocoa beans from a single, ethical source and roast the beans themselves, allowing Zak's to carefully control the production of their sweets. They then turn the beans into elegantly flavored chocolates, with delicacies such as a blackberry lychee bonbons, a brownie flight and a cacao nib caramel.

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Arkansas: Kyya Chocolate (Springdale)

If you think chocolate all tastes the same around the world, Kyya Chocolate in Springdale, Arkansas, will prove you wrong. This bean-to-bar chocolate shop makes a variety of single-origin dark chocolate treats, allowing customers to taste the subtle differences between offerings from Uganda, Ecuador, Madagascar, and beyond. There's nothing artificial in this shop, just pure, beautiful flavors.

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California: Ginger Elizabeth (Sacramento)

If you want the bright flavors of California in a box of chocolates, look no further than Sacramento's Ginger Elizabeth. This shop specializes in bonbons with sunny flavors like eureka lemon and raspberry rose geranium, but the other products are equally decadent and delicious. The shop regularly releases special cakes for the holidays and has some of the best hot chocolate and macarons you could hope to find in the Golden State."

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Colorado: The Chocolate Lab (Denver)

As its name suggests, Denver's The Chocolate Lab combines the worlds of science and chocolate into one culinary experience. You're not going to find an abundance of sea salt caramels and vanilla creme chocolates here. Instead, you can get handmade truffles with unique flavors such as Humboldt fog cheese, duck fat caramel and bacon, absinthe-fennel and cornflake chili. The Chocolate Lab also features a restaurant with savory favorites like scallops, charred cauliflower and linguine - all infused with chocolate.

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Connecticut: Bridgewater Chocolate (West Hartford)

Connecticut is apparently so well known for its chocolate shops that it has a bona fide tour route for sweet confections called the Connecticut Chocolate Trail. So how does Bridgewater Chocolate in West Hartford stand apart from the crowd? Its stunning packaging, for one. But the chocolate tortels, truffles and dark chocolate-covered cherries on a milk chocolate heart are luxurious and rich.

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Delaware: Govatos Candies (Wilmington)

The Govatos family has been making chocolate since 1894, so you know they have the art of the confection down. The service at Govatos Candies in Wilmington, Delaware, is as impeccable as the chocolates, which include Champagne and butter pecan truffles, nonpareils and novelty chocolates in the shape of cameras, cowboys and giant Easter eggs.

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Florida: Castronovo Chocolate (Stuart)

Stuart, Florida, located about 80 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, is already one charming small town to visit. Its highlight, though, is Castronovo Chocolate. This bean-to-bar small-batch chocolate shop has won several gold medals at the International Chocolate Awards for its lemon oil and lemon salt-infused white chocolate, Sierra Nevada 63 percent dark chocolate and Colombia mocha milk chocolate. The service here is attentive and as world-class as the bars themselves.

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Georgia: Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate Micro-Factory (Atlanta)

You'll find the best chocolate shop in Georgia at the Krog Street Market in Atlanta. Xocolatl makes single-origin bean-to-bar chocolates that are sustainably and ethically sourced from Peru, Madagascar, Nicaragua and beyond. Their confections are presented in beautiful, simple paper, but the flavors inside are anything but basic. Xocolatl's best-selling chocolates include the Kissed Mermaids (dark coconut milk chocolate with vanilla-infused sea salt and crunchy cacao nibs sprinkled) and Go Nuts (dark chocolate with dry-roasted almonds and vanilla-infused sea salt), which are decadent and delightful.

Xocolati Small Batch Chocolate/Yelp

Hawaii: Manoa Chocolate Hawaii (Kailua)

In Hawaiian, "manoa" means deep and solid, and those are the flavors you'll find in the chocolate at bean-to-bar factory Manoa Chocolate Hawaii. All of the beans are grown in Hawaii, making this Kailua shop a true local spot. That commitment to local farm-to-chocolate production continues in their bars' flavors, which are infused with local coffee, sea salt and lavender.

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Idaho: The Chocolat Bar (Boise)

You can't really make a bad choice at Boise's The Chocolat Bar. Since 2004, this shop has been using local and organic products to allow the lusciousness of chocolate shine through. The top highlight at this shop is the Nipples of Venus truffle, which features dark chocolate ganache topped with white chocolate and Madagascar vanilla with a tiny dot of white chocolate on top. The barks are also worth traveling to Idaho for, with unique combinations like red chili pistachio and lemon lavender almond.

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Illinois: Katherine Anne Confections (Chicago)

There are a great number of incredible chocolate shops in Chicago and the rest of Illinois, but Katherine Anne Confections in the Windy City takes our top spot. You won't find flawless chocolates here, but you'll find homemade treats done absolutely right; you wish your mama could make candies like these. But just because these chocolates are reminiscent of your own hometown chocolate shop doesn't mean there aren't sparks of innovation here. Look no further than the truffles, which include classic flavors like hazelnut and citrus right next to fun flavors such as lemon poppyseed and goat cheese walnut.

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Indiana: Schimpff's Confectionery (Jeffersonville)

One of the oldest candy businesses in the country, Schimpff's Confectionary in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is half chocolate shop, half museum, which makes it a charming tourist destination on its own. Beyond the collection of candy-making history here, the chocolates are old-fashioned and scrumptious. Don't leave without picking up some caramel-covered marshmallows, which are called "mojeskas" in this part of the country.

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Iowa: Chocolaterie Stam (Des Moines)

With traditions and recipes based in the Netherlands, Chocolaterie Stam makes some of the most exquisite chocolates in the entire United States, let alone Des Moines, Iowa. You can't go wrong with any of their bonbons or truffles, which are so rich and decadent that you'll think you're truly in Europe. The corn-shaped milk chocolate with a hazelnut praline filling is the perfect nod to Iowa and is just as tasty as it looks.

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Kansas: Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates (Wichita)

Locals and tourists alike know there's only one spot to go to in Wichita, Kansas, for your chocolate needs: Cocoa Dolce. Their chocolates have beautiful designs and beautiful flavors, including a few booze-infused picks (mimosa, red zinfandel). Don't leave without trying their cheesecake, though. It's some of the best in the country. 

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Kentucky: Art Eatables (Louisville)

Art Eatables is a suitable name for this Louisville spot. Each and every confection is beautifully decorated, with hand-painted marshmallows and carefully drizzled chocolate-covered Oreos on the menu. In true Kentucky style, this place is known for a vast selection of bourbon- and moonshine-infused chocolates. Nothing can beat that in our book.

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Louisiana: Sucré (New Orleans)

At Sucré in New Orleans, everything is simultaneously decadent and delicate. The shop's signature chocolates feature playful flavors like peanut butter and jelly and German chocolate cake. The macarons, which include chocolate, almond and lavender flavors, are famous throughout Louisiana. Of course, the shop's standout offerings are sold during Carnival,which include a selection of gold, green, and purple chocolates in iconic flavors (creme brulee, Southern pecan praline, and bananas Foster).

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Maine: Black Dinah Chocolatiers (Westbrook)

The actual Black Dinah shop in Westbrook is tiny and unassuming, but don't let the small size of the storefront detour you from trying their fresh artisan chocolates. Their truffles and chocolates are picture-perfect and come in stunning flavors such as pear Champagne and brown butter (the latter is painted with a signature Maine lobster). Their sipping chocolate, which is rich and creamy, is also a must-have for those long, cold Maine winter nights.

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Maryland: SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier (Gaithersburg)

Rich. Luxurious. Decadent. Those are just a few words one can use to describe SPAGnVOLA. This Gaithersburg, Maryland, shop's signature bonbons are impeccably decorated and boast a variety of classic and innovative flavors (ginger-plum and rosemary olive oil chocolates sit next to caramels). All of the cocoa beans used in the shop's confections are from a single family estate in the Dominican Republic, ensuring only the highest quality for the handmade bars, bonbons and truffles.

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Massachusetts: Beacon Hill Chocolates (Boston)

Considered by many to be the best chocolates in America, Boston's Beacon Hill Chocolates does everything perfectly. The taste, texture, and look of their confections are world class. This Massachusetts shop's most popular offerings include inventive confections such as a caramel sushi, a red velvet brownie covered in dark chocolate and truffles in the shapes of your favorite animals. These chocolates are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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Michigan: Bon Bon Bon (Detroit)

Chocolate is supposed to be fun, and that's something Bon Bon Bon takes to heart. This Detroit shop makes open-top chocolates inspired by local cultures, using local ingredients, and packaged in recyclable boxes. Each stunning bon is handcrafted; they come in unique flavors like Bour-Bon-Bon-Bon (whiskey caramel, bourbon dark chocolate ganache and glacee orange) and coffee and donuts. In a nod to Michigan's rich music history, Bon Bon Bon also sells chocolate cassettes and records.

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Minnesota: Mademoiselle Miel (St. Paul)

You can't get fresher honey bon bons than the ones you will find at Mademoiselle Miel. The honey used in these scrumptious confections is gathered from the rooftops of St. Paul, Minnesota, itself. Get your honey bon bons however you like - smoked with scotch, in a seasonal flavor or simply as classic, pure honey - but just get them. Mademoiselle Miel's commitment to local ingredients extends to all the shop's products, which also include maple chocolate bars.

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Mississippi: Nandy's Candy (Jackson)

Nandy's Candy is a small, family-owned business and a much-beloved Jackson, Mississippi, institution. The shop is perhaps best known for chocolate-covered strawberries, which are dipped by hand as you order them. Other fun confections, such as chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate popcorn and fudge, will fulfill your chocolate cravings, no matter what form they take.

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Missouri: Christopher Elbow Chocolates (Kansas City)

Christopher Elbow Chocolates is a Kansas City, Missouri, shop that takes the phrase "artisanal chocolates" to the next level. Each and every piece of candy is painted by hand, making these more like tiny, edible pieces of art than an after-dinner treat. The creativity extends beyond looks; these chocolates come in inventive flavors such as rosemary, Japanese yuzu and calamansi lime as well as an ever-rotating list of limited-edition flavors.

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Montana: The Sweet Palace (Philipsburg)

Anytime you walk into a chocolate shop and are immediately greeted with a sample of free, homemade fudge, you know you're in for a good time. That's what you will find at The Sweet Palace in Philipsburg, Montana. The customer service here is just that good. Beyond huckleberry fudge, you'll also find homemade truffles, nut bark and creamy chocolates. If chocolate isn't your thing, The Sweet Palace also sells a bunch of nostalgic candy you forgot existed.

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Nebraska: The Cordial Cherry (Omaha)

As the name of this Omaha, Nebraska, chocolate shop suggests, The Cordial Cherry specializes in chocolate-covered cherries. The high-quality chocolate confections come in all sorts of charming shapes, such as unicorns, owls and snowmen; they're handmade and hand-decorated, so no two chocolate cherries are quite the same. Of course, this shop also offers classic things like fudge, truffles, and malted milk balls - but you really want the cherries.

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Nevada: JinJu Chocolates (Las Vegas)

Run by master chocolatier Jin Caldwerll, Las Vegas's JinJu Chocolates uses fresh, seasonal and local ingredients to craft their artisan chocolates. Highlights at this Nevada-based mom-and-pop shop include their sea salted caramels (which come in a variety of flavors, including lemon, chipotle cinnamon and espresso) and the Fortunato No. 4 Chocolate Bar, a single-origin Peruvian chocolate that contains multitudes you can only dream of.

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New Hampshire: Dancing Lion Chocolate (Manchester)

Chocolate making in general is often referred to as an art, but at Dancing Lion in Manchester, New Hampshire, they really are making art. They sell stunning chocolate sculptures that almost look like stonework. You'll also find beautiful and uniquely flavored chocolate bars such as The Blues, a beautiful blue bar with dark chocolate, blueberries and toasted pecans.

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New Jersey: Damask's Candies (Woolwich Township)

For three generations, Damask's Candies has been delighting New Jersey families in the Woolwich Township area for decades. Though the shop sells a variety of creamy chocolates, chocolate-covered caramels and other confections, Damask's Candies is best known for the chocolate-covered oyster crackers. These bite-sized treats are the perfect mix of sweet, salty, crunchy and smooth; it's a wonder more chocolate shops don't offer these. Damask's Candies is only open seasonally, so be sure to plan your trip to the Garden State accordingly.

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New Mexico: Shugarman's Little Chocolate Shop (Madrid)

Shugarman's Little Chocolate Shop is the definition of "off the beaten path." You won't find a website for this 420-square-foot shop in Madrid, New Mexico, but if you visit, you'll find an ever-rotating selection of uniquely flavored chocolates. Mixtures like dark chocolate with pink peppercorns, lavender, lemongrass and merlot salt sound crazy, but chocolatier Harvey Shugarman makes it work.

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New York: Stick With Me (New York)

You don't have to look all that hard to find a world-class chocolatier in New York, but while you're looking, don't skip over Stick With Me. Located in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, chocolatier Susanna Yoon is crafting handmade bonbons and caramels that rival desserts served at some of the most expensive restaurants in the country. The bonbons look more like hand-painted marbles and less like chocolates, with playful flavors like speculoos s'more and black and white to match.

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North Carolina: French Broad Chocolate (Asheville)

French Broad Chocolate is a must-try shop located in Asheville, North Carolina. It has chocolates that have won numerous awards at the International Chocolate Awards and Good Food Awards. The confections, which range from single-source bars to vegan lemongrass and ginger truffles, are made with local ingredients and sustainable, wholesome cacao beans.

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North Dakota: Carol Widman's Candy (Fargo)

You have George Widman to thank for the chocolate-covered potato chip, which originated at Carol Widman's Candy, a Fargo, North Dakota, mainstay. Lovingly referred to as "chippers," these homemade Red River Valley potato chips are available covered in milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white almond chocolate.

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Ohio: Esther Price Candies (Dayton)

For over 90 years, Esther Price Candies has been making the milkiest, most scrumptious chocolates in Ohio. Based out of Dayton, this local chain's chocolate-covered caramels are their most popular product, but no trip to one of their seven locations across the state would be complete without picking up a box of their Buckeyes - it's the most iconic dessert in Ohio, after all.

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Oklahoma: Glacier Confection (Tulsa)

Glacier Confection makes some of the prettiest chocolates you'll ever lay your eyes on, both in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and beyond the city limits. Each and every chocolate, from their blood orange and honey to their cookie dough-inspired confection is beautifully marbled, shiny, and oh-so-smooth. What makes this chocolatier unique is their coffeehouse, cocktail and dessert-inspired treats.

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Oregon: Alma Chocolate (Portland)

The Thai peanut butter cups at Alma Chocolate in Portlandm Oregon, are what make this shop famous, but don't discount their other offerings. Their bonbons are some of the best in the country and come in beautiful flavors such as fig and marzipan and passion fruit caramel. They also pay homage to chocolate's Latin roots by making hand-crafted chocolate icons, made with 74 percent single-estate dark chocolate and painted with 23-karat edible gold.

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One may only think of Hershey's when one thinks of Pennsylvania chocolate. But don't forget about ?clat Chocolate. This artisanal shop in West Chester has something for every kind of chocolate fan, from single-origin chocolate mendicants to gooey chocolate-coated liquid salted caramels to seasonal truffles that melt in your mouth.

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Rhode Island: Sweenor's Chocolates (Cranston)

Unlike many places on this list, Sweenor's Chocolates is shockingly affordable; a 1-pound box of assorted chocolates will only cost you $23.50. But don't take their low prices as an indication of low quality! Their versions of classic treats (chocolate-covered raisins, malted milk balls) blow your concession stand snacks out of the water. It's worth a trip to Cranston, Rhode Island, for this sweet shop.

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South Carolina: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier (Charleston)

You could spend eternity staring at the stunning chocolates at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier in Charleston, South Carolina. The luxurious treats here are all hand-painted, resulting in bold morsels that are some of the prettiest little things you'll ever lay eyes on. But, of course, you'll want to eat these chocolates in addition to looking at them. Flavors range from the standard (praline, raspberry) to the subtle (Earl Grey, lavender caramel) to the extraordinary (bleu cheese).

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South Dakota: Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates (Deadwood)

Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates is a quirky little chocolate shop that has something for everybody. This Deadwood, South Dakota, shop is known for its handmade truffles, which come in dessert- and drink-inspired flavors such as root beer float, New York cheesecake and Bailey's Irish Cream. You know you're getting a real gold nugget too, because each chocolate has to pass personal inspection before being sold.

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Tennessee: Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. (Nashville)

Olive & Sinclair isn't just Nashville's first bean-to-bar chocolate shop, it's the first such store in all of Tennessee. This small-batch shop does everything in-house, from stone-grinding their cocoa to finishing up the ethically sourced, organic confections. The results are scrumptious, of course, and include signature Tennessee items like bourbon brittle and caramels alongside duck fat caramels that simply melt in your mouth.

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Texas: Kate Weiser Chocolate (Dallas)

The best chocolates in Texas are hand-crafted by Kate Weiser in Dallas at her namesake chocolate shop. These confections are gorgeous. Her bonbons (which come in inventive flavors such as lavender apricot, yuzu,and buttery popcorn) are bright and colorful. Kate Weiser Chocolate is perhaps best known for "Carl the Snowman." Named as one of Oprah's favorite things, this hollow dark chocolate snowman is filled with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. It makes the dreamiest hot chocolate you could ever imagine.

Cristina R./Yelp

Utah: Taste Artisan Chocolate (Provo)

You'll forget you're in Provo, Utah, when you walk into Taste, which is simply and elegantly decorated in black, white and gold. Once you're in the store, you'll never want to leave. The highlight here is their chocolate and vinegar tastings. At these events, you will try seven of Taste's eight chocolate bars, sourced from Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Madagascar. If you think chocolate all tastes the same, then you'll definitely think again after a visit to this shop.

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Vermont: Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington)

Considered to be some of the very best chocolate in all of New England, Lake Champlain Chocolate is a Burlington, Vermont, staple that carries wonderfully executed gourmet chocolates. Their hot chocolate is some of the most indulgent and delicious of its kind, and that luxurious texture and flavor of chocolate extends to all their handcrafted treats.

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Virginia: Artisan Confections, Arlington

Artisan Confections out of Arlington, Virginia, makes chocolates in every color and flavor imaginable. Bright pink PB&J chocolates? Velvety purple lavender caramels? You know they have them! Beyond the presentation, these morsels are made in small batches with fresh, local ingredients, making them a truly high-quality treat.

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Washington: Theo Chocolate (Seattle)

When it comes to the organic, fair-trade chocolate market, Seattle-based Theo Chocolate is an American pioneer; they were the first chocolate shop in the U.S. to be certified as fair trade. But that does not mean their chocolates are uptight. Their bars come in playful flavors like root beer barrel, cherry almond and cinnamon horchata.

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Washington, D.C.: Harper Macaw

Harper Macaw is a true chocolate factory in the heart of Washington, D.C. When you walk through their doors, you'll find artisanal chocolate bars made with beans from three specific Brazilian cacao farms. The blended bars bring out the best flavors from each cacao bean, but what makes this shop distinctive is its more whimsical offerings, including politically-inspired bars and a grapefruit soda chocolate, complete with carbonated sugar.

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West Virginia: Holl's Chocolate (Vienna)

If you're looking for the best chocolate-covered strawberries in West Virginia, look no further than Holl's Chocolate. Their coated fruits are some of the best in the business. Beyond that, Holl's has been crafting scrumptious milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and caramel confections for over 30 years, much to the merriment of the city of Vienna.

Nevena K./Yelp

Wisconsin: Vande Walle's Candies (Appleton)

You can't go wrong with anything at Vande Walle's Candies in Appleton, Wisconsin; the chocolate is so high-quality and delicious that everything is great. This local candy shop is best known for its angelfood candies, with a light, airy center that melts in your mouth. Their truffle chocolate bars, with a classic chocolate outside and smooth, velvety interior, are also a highlight.

Maryana S./Yelp

Wyoming: Atelier Ortega (Jackson)

Chef Oscar Ortega is making some truly otherworldly chocolates at his Jackson, Wyoming, chocolate shop Atelier Ortega. His truly artisanal chocolates come in classic flavors (Tahitian vanilla, walnut) and inventive varietals (oregano and Earl Grey tea). And if these stunning chocolates don't do it for you, then consider stopping in to America's best old-school candy shops.More From The Daily Meal:The Best Food and Drink in Every State20 Reasons You Should Eat Dark Chocolate Every DayThe Most Iconic Dessert From Every State The Most Popular Candy That Debuted the Year You Were Born The Top Store-Bought Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ranked

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