Killer chocolate

chocolate_garden_trufflesYeah, I’m hooked. What of it?

Here are my favorite chocolate sources; should anyone feel it appropriate to send me a box as thanks for sharing them, feel free….


Killer handmade truffles (pictured above)
The Chocolate Garden
To rock your world, try: Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Love

Killer liquid filled chocolates (thin shells)
Quintessential Chocolates, Inc.
To rock your world, try: Sam Houston Bourbon and
Carlschafen Ruby Port

Killer mixed chocolates
Candinas Chocolatier
To rock your world: Take a chance. They change up the flavors all the time; order a 25-piece box and revel in joy.

Killer caramels (not chocolate, but tasty nonetheless)
Fran’s Chocolates
To rock your world try: Gray Salt Caramels. Dark or milk chocolate. Divine.


Got suggestions of your own? Add ‘em below. I’m always game for experimentation.

Please refrain from listing store hours or including marketing language so I don’t inadvertently turn into a big chocolate billboard. Thanks!

Valerie February 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Cinda, I don’t have any chocolates to add but I am going to try some of yours. I love chocolate and these sound delish. (found you on the Thesis forum)

Rosemarie Cook Bristol February 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Legacy Chocolates (

Menomonie, Wisconsin !!! :)
632 South Broadway
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751-2457

Saint Paul, Minnesota
2042 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104-5744

Sacha March 28, 2009 at 10:35 am

Have you tried John & Kira’s chocolates?

Loyal Locavore March 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm

You really must try Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier in Madison, WI–divine!

Liz McMaster April 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm

She doesn’t yet have a website, but her store is a fantastic chocolate adventure Duffy’s Confections in Astoria, OR. I think shes’ going to be at


PortCitySally April 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

Deans Sweets in Portland Maine makes a mean truffle. I tried the ginger flavor the other day and it was really yummy- though my favorites are the ones with a little fire, like the cayenne flavored ones.

roe May 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

Try the fabulous toffee at Hollingworth Candies on State Street in historic downtown Lockport, IL

Emily Bell June 7, 2009 at 8:10 am

A must visit when in Vienna – I’ve also ordered; they shipped to a friend here in the U.S.

Sacher Confiserie

Teacher's Trunk June 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Although we follow you on Twitter for business purposes, we take a little time to acknowledge the importance of chocolate in our own lives! Ever tried ‘Chocolate by the Bald Man’ in NYC? Best ever!
We are considering attending your seminar in Atlanta in July for more info on the 3/50 project…Absolutely LOVE this idea, especially these days. Is there a registration process for your Atlanta speaking engagement? We look forward to hearing more…any advice, tips, etc you can offer is greatly appreciated!

Attendance at the Atlanta seminar is free of charge, but you must have a market badge to enter. Please visit for information. Hope to see you there!

Erin Grover June 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Cowgirl Chocolates
P.O. Box 8961
Moscow, Idaho 83843
or Cowgirl
Wonderful Spicy Huckleberry etc..

Eileen Gordon June 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm

You MUST try Woodhouse Chocolates in Napa Valley. Positively the best I’ve ever had. They ship beautifully.

Nancy Wood June 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm

You really must try Roscar Chocolates from beautiful, historic Bastrop, Texas…they are the BEST…

Rebecca July 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

Hi there Cinda,

Great to meet another chocolate lover AND advocate for a healthy community (business or otherwise!).

Check out Alma chocolates in Portland, OR if you ever get a chance or for a simple, easy to find option: Dagoba new moon bar (74% cacao) is awesome!

Thanks for the great posts ,

mindy October 14, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Please take a peek at MY website: flour girl desserts company

Some chocolate, some not, but “it’s all good.” I might even be coerced into sending ya some samples.

Small business owners rule, and hopefully they will someday be BIG business owners!

becky November 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I highly recommend the chocolate truffles from Lorrie at Coco Moon in wonderful Downtown Brainerd Mn!

Lisa November 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm

You should check out Gearhart’s, handmade in Charlottesville, Va. They also just opened a store in Richmond, Va. My favorite chocolates in the world, with interesting, subtle flavors mixed in (like zinfandel, or chiles, or ginger, etc.)

Love what you’ve made with the 3/50 Project.

Lisa November 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

When driving our kids to camp we discovered Marie’s Candies in West Liberty, Ohio. Located inside an historic old train depot, they give free samples. My favorite: the assorted darks. My husband’s favorite: raspberry caramel. Definitely bricks and mortar I would miss if they disappeared. I entered your website because of my interest in — while not what I expected I will share it with others and hope both 350 projects achieve their ends, bringing a better world all the way around. Thank you.

Becky George November 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Richardson Choclates in Deerfield, Mass-wowzer!! If you visit here I will be sure you get a box of your very own!

Kathy Roach January 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Compliments of my mother-in-law, my family and I just tried the buttery popcorn toffee from Poco Dolce located in San Francisco 94107. Wow! Those are fantastic. Try ‘em.

Janet Robles January 21, 2010 at 1:29 am

Here’s two recommendations for you:

First, Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates in Kansas City, MO. Amazing little works of art.

Second, Rogue Chocolatier made in Minneapolis, MN. As owner/creator Colin Gasko describes it, he “source the finest cacao and cleans, roasts, winnows, grinds, refines, conches, tempers, molds, and packages it” himself.

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