Every chocolate shop has its own unique quality, making it endearing to different clientele. Here are five diverse selections where you can find the best chocolate in Minnesota. More great purveyors of candy and chocolate are highlighted in Best Candy Shops And Confectioners In The Twin Cities.
3501 County Road 42 W.
Burnsville, MN 55306
Candy sellers since 1909 from a large store on the corner of Lake and Hennepin and confectioners since 1955 with a candy kitchen at 38th and Cedar Avenue, Abdallah knows chocolate. Choose from over 200 chocolates at the Abdullah retail store in Burnsville or go online to order a tasty treat to be shipped to your sweetheart. A better idea is to go to the store and sample every mouth-watering sample before you buy. Even better, take advantage of the plain-wrap box specials each month in order to get more for your money. The imperfects are about $8 per box.
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Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau
579 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Imagine visiting the Chocolate Chateau on Cathedral Hill, originally designed by a German architect in 1888, where you can relax with a wine, coffee, ice cream or a chocolate martini and then be able to select from a copious collection of chocolates imported from the most renowned chocolatiers. Dr. Chocolate provides an incomparable chocolate shop featuring Butter creams, Trinidads, Mint Meltaways, pecan caramel chocolate Pixies, Persimmon Peach White House chocolate from Oregon or Recchiuti from San Francisco. The store is complete with all flavors and kinds of chocolates, some of which are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, organic or vegan. The four-story chateau was renovated in 1996 to accommodate educational or retail space and is now available to rent for special events. While Dr. Chocolate’s is one store in this huge edifice, it is a worthy destination when searching for the best chocolates in Minnesota.
St. Croix Chocolate Co.
261 Parker St.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
“We’re committed to making beautiful chocolates that delight our customers,” say owners Robyn Dochterman and Deidre Pope. Robyn creates all 32 flavors with chocolate from Belgium, Switzerland and Venezuela. She makes the truffle centers using fresh organic Crystal Ball Dairy cream and butter from Osceola, Wisconsin. She uses real vanilla beans, pure fruit, natural flavorings as well as honey from their own honeybees. Perhaps that is why City Pages named St. Croix Chocolate the Best Chocolate in the Twin Cities. The “Taste of Chocolate” regional dessert competition in Bloomington, Minn. awarded these chocolatiers the Best Chocolate Confection and the People’s Choice award.
Sugar Sugar Candy
3803 Grand Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Owner and candyologist Joni will explain how a particular chocolate is made, how the taste of chocolate varies from region to region, why the particular candy you selected is unique or what is the origin of that candy. Samples go along with each explanation. This is a cute little boutique dedicated to candy.
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Jim’s Apple Farm
20430 Johnson Memorial Drive
Jordan, MN 55352
Look for the big yellow barn off MN Highway 169 out of Shakopee on the way to Jordan. Some are reminded of a giant lemon drop when they see the building. Whatever it may be, Jim’s may have every variety of chocolate bar in existence in the U.S. such as the Mallo Cup, Willy Wonka or Idaho Spud. It also has the Canadian Coffee Crisp Bar, European Mars Bar, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Bounty, Milka, Cadbury, Yorkies, Flakes, Haribo, Lindt and Ritter Sport. Bring cash because credit cards are not honored.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.