Connecticut's Sweet Spots: CT Chocolate Trail Last Updated 11/16

They say there is nothing better than a good friend, except, perhaps a good friend with chocolate – so grab a partner, and treat the chocolate lover in your life (or yourself!) to an unforgettable tasting trip throughout the state. This Connecticut Chocolate Trail will indulge all of your senses!

Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store

With store locations in Brookfield and West Hartford, Bridgewater offers an enormous catalog of options for the sweet tooth in your family.  First established by owner and founder, Erik Landergren in 1995, Bridgewater Chocolates specializes in American-style premium hand-made chocolates such as turtles, toffees, caramels and peanut butter patties. Winner of many awards and featured and reviewed in the country's top magazines and newspapers, Bridgewater Chocolates are top-notch.  The warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with the enticing scents of gourmet chocolates make this one sweet spot to visit!

Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store
559 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT  06804
203-775-2286
and
2 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT  06107
860-570-0707

Chocolate Rain Shop

Offering fine chocolate confections that are fresh, fabulous, and fun.  Featuring a wide variety of handmade chocolates, French Macrons, Petit Fours, pastries and cupcakes at the shop. You can also customize to your specification. All our products are great for any occasion, special events, corporate gifts, party favors, easy desserts, or the holidays.

Chocolate Rain Shop
69 Wilton Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 956-6000

Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop

What happens when you get two Yale Law School graduates together in a room?  Chocolate, of course!  Tired of the corporate legal world in New York City, this sweet couple now serves a variety of homemade chocolates, ice cream and an array of candies to guests.  From humble beginnings of just a few types of chocolates, they now produce 70 varieties, including chocolate-covered pretzels, granola and marshmallow caramel.  The rear of the store, which was originally part of a bank, has 1,300 square feet of open kitchen, so customers can observe truffles being hand-rolled.

Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop
381 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
203-438-0065

Divine Treasures

For the health-conscious and eco-friendly chocoholic, Divine Treasures offers a wide variety of delectable treats using organic Belgian chocolate and the finest vegan, gluten-free ingredients. Owner Diane Blanchette-Wagemann uses recipes and traditions learned from her grandmother to create handcrafted candies with a healthful spin. Divine Treasures was the recipient of the 2011 Customer Satisfaction Award for Excellence in Customer Care, presented by Talk of the Town News, Customer Care News and Celebration Media.  Try the 10 Million Smooches (crunchy all-natural peanut butter base, caramel topping surrounded by dark chocolate), Cranberry Raindrops, Ginger Explosion, Toffee Bites, Peppermint Patsy and more, or pick up a beautifully-wrapped assorted gift box.

Divine Treasures
Parkade Plaza
404 Middle Turnpike West
Manchester, CT 06040
860-643-2552

Fascia's Chocolates

In 1964 John & Helen Fascia began making candy in their Waterbury, Connecticut home to supplement John’s work in a local factory. With three young daughters helping out, Fascia’s Chocolates became the family’s full time passion and eventually moved the business out of their home. A half a century later, the entire Fascia family still makes all products in-house and in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness possible. Connecticut Magazine's "Best Chocolates" of 2012, Fascia's produces over 100 varieties of chocolates, fudge, peanut brittle, molded novelties and much more, and chocolate lovers will be sure to find something that they will call their favorite. They also produce authentic Italian Gelato on site and house Lynne's Chocolate Cakery.   In September 2013, Fascia's opened in their current facility to offer a unique Chocolate Experience and Tour where participants learn about chocolate in a fun and informative way.  Bean to Bar, Bar to Box, Tasting, Sampling and a look behind the scenes at how it all gets done.  You can even make your very own chocolate bar.  Tours are offered on weekends throughout the year with an expanded schedule during the summer. Reservations are recommended, see the website for more information.  Fascia's also offers Kids BIrthday Parties, Group Tours & Workshops and Special Events.

Fascia's Chocolates
44 Chase River Rd.
Waterbury, CT 06704
(203) 753-0515

Grandma Josie’s

Grandma Josie’s, the sweet shop and party place with a nostalgic flair, will take you back to a simpler time. Selling candies from days gone by, Grandma Josie’s offerings include homemade peanut brittle, homemade almond pattie pies, a selection of chocolates and cones dipped in Belgian chocolate. Many of the owner’s chocolate creations are made on the premises. Grandma Josie’s is open all year, six days a week, and Sundays for special reserved gatherings.  The sweet shop also offers a light menu and specialty teas and coffees to go with all of the delicious chocolates!

Grandma Josie’s
477 Main Street
Monroe, CT 06468
(203) 590-3301

Knipschildt Chocolatier / Café Chocopoligie

Voted one of the Top Three Chocolates in the World by Gourmet Magazine, Knipschildt Chocolatier’s handcrafted specialties are in high demand. Fritz Knipschildt, Danish born and trained, uses the finest ingredients from around the world to create his chocolate masterpieces.  Each piece is made by hand, and tastes as good as it looks!  To enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the famous sweet treats, as well as taste them for yourself, take a tour through Café Chocopologie, where you can watch the confections made by hand. Then grab a seat in the dining area for a gourmet meal, finished with a five-piece chocolate sampler, bonfire s’mores, chocolate fondue, crepes or truffle beignets.

Knipschildt Chocolatier / Café Chocopoligie
12 South Main Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
203-854-4754

Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti 

Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti is an artisan chocolatier offering an eclectic collection of handmade and hand-decorated chocolates and cakes for discerning palates. Everything is gluten-free and made fresh in small batches using top-quality ingredients. In its first year in its Westport location, Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti was named Best of Westport 2015 Best Chocolate Shop in Westport, Weston & Wilton Magazine.

Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti
190 Main Street
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 293-6106

Munson's Chocolates

Founded in Manchester, Connecticut, in 1946, Munson’s began making handcrafted chocolates, creams and caramels in a tiny store behind a tailor shop. Now a third-generation family-run business and the largest chocolate manufacturer in the state, little has changed from Munson’s delicious original recipes. Visit the main store and factory in Bolton for a sneak peak at the chocolate-making process, or stop in for a treat at one of the other locations throughout the state, including Farmington, Glastonbury, Mystic, Orange, South Windsor, Westport, West Hartford, and West Simsbury.

Munson’s Chocolates
Main Store and Factory
174 Hop River Road
Bolton, CT 06043
860-649-4332
 

Thompson Brands

The story of Thompson Chocolate is in many ways the story of the American Dream. Our founder, William H. Thompson, was one of America's first chocolatiers. In 1879, he established our company, determined to produce only quality chocolate items with no artificial ingredients. With hard work and attention to detail, he succeeded. Now, over 130 years later, Thompson Chocolate continues his tradition of making delicious foil-wrapped chocolate specialties in Meriden, Connecticut. Thompson offers a range of delicious fine, foiled chocolate novelties – from the beautiful foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies that are a must-have on Easter morning to the chocolate cigars that announce a baby's joyous arrival, our chocolates have the ability to make any occasion sweeter. All our products are 100 percent natural and contain no artificial ingredients. Come shop our newly renovated store, open Mon.- Fri., 10 am to 4 pm. (Please call for our special summer hours)!

Thompson Brands
80 S Vine St.
Meriden, CT 06451
(203) 235-2541

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

Milk House Chocolates creates artisanal chocolates made in small batches one at a time with the farm’s fresh milk, cream and butter. The farm harvests its own hay and pastures its cows. This ensures the cows are fed the finest, sweetest hay and natural feeds to produce the farm's signature milk. These chocolates are for those who desire something truly special. They will melt different, taste different and feel different. Because the finest chocolates are fresh, these chocolates are created on Thorncrest Farm in its creamery and are available to you within hours or minutes from when they are made. Fresh cream, milk and butter are used, so please store your pralines and truffles in an air-tight container and a cool temperature. They are best consumed and enjoyed within 10 days.

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates
280 Town Hill Road
Goshen, CT 06756
860-309-2545

Truffle Shots

Enjoy new levels of chocolate truffle indulgence for all the senses, in flavors such as the international award-winning Caramel Beurre Noisette, Tellicherry Cardamom and Signature Dark. Other flavors include Raspberry Kiss, Fig Balsamico, Chipotle Cinnamon, Honey Habanero and more. Truffle Shots are made fresh, in small batches, with premium ingredients, and contain no preservatives. They are perfect for dinner parties, wedding favors, gift giving and even personal indulgence. Truffle Shots contain no alcohol, making them ideal for chocolate lovers of all ages. Truffle Shots are the patent-pending creation of mother-daughter chocolate lovers in Essex, Connecticut.

Truffle Shots
1 North Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 581-8351

Tschudin Chocolates & Confections

Adventurous chocolate lovers will find plenty to surprise the taste buds at Tschudin Chocolates on Middletown’s vibrant Main Street, where the sweets are handmade using exotic flavors and spices and fresh, local ingredients. Grown-ups will enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed coffee, custom-made hot chocolate and amoretti truffle, while the young (and young at heart) can take a “Wonka” tour of the candy kitchen and then taste the treats they have seen created.

Tschudin Chocolates & Confections
100 Riverview Center (Corner of Main & Court)
Middletown, CT  06457
860-759-2222