After lots of tasty testing, here is the list of the best chocolates and best chocolatiers in the USA according to the staff of America's Best Online. We have traveled the country in guilt from eating so many samples from so many great chocolate shops. Enjoy this well-researched list... oh, and enjoy the chocolates too.
Jacques Torres Chocolate
- Brooklyn, New York
Byrne & Carlson
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Verona, Wisconsin
- New York City, NY
Fran's Chocolates, Ltd. -
Confections by Michael
Recchiuti - San Francisco
Garrison Confections -
New York City
Norman Love Chocolates
Fort Myers, Florida
Donnelly Fine Chocolates
- Santa Cruz, California
XOX Truffles - San
Ah! Some Chocolates -
The Chocolate Garden
- Coloma, MI
Linda Grishman Chocolates of
- Norwalk, CT
- New York
Ah! Some Chocolates - Shavertown, PA
Mountain Chocolates - Waterbury, VT
Chocolates - Burlington, VT
Ghirardelli - San Francisco, CA
Hershey - May not be the best but its the
biggest. Great for the family.
Neuchatel Chocolates - Oxford, PA
Chocolate: The Exhibition
The Sweet Science of Chocolate!
M&M'S Chocolate Candy
Snickers.com - Candy bars with
chocolate, nougat, peanuts and caramel.
The Willy Wonka Candy Factory
Chocolate Lover Festival -
Types of chocolate
Several types of chocolate can be distinguished. Pure, unsweetened chocolate
contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate,
combining chocolate with sugar.
Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or
"White chocolate" contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa
solids. Chocolate contains alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine,
which have some physiological effects in humans, but the presence of
theobromine renders it toxic to some animals, such as dogs and cats. It has
been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Dark chocolate has been
promoted for its health benefits, as it seems to possess substantial amount
of antioxidants that reduce the formation of free radicals.
White chocolate is formed from a mixture of sugar, cocoa butter and milk
solids. Although its texture is similar to milk and dark chocolate, it does
not contain any cocoa solids. Because of this, many countries do not
consider white chocolate as chocolate at all. Although first introduced by
Hebert Candies in 1955, Mars, Incorporated was the first to produce white
chocolate within the United States. Because it does not contain any cocoa
solids, white chocolate does not contain any theobromine, meaning it can be
consumed by animals.
Dark chocolate is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. The
U.S. Government calls this "sweet chocolate", and requires a 15%
concentration of chocolate liquor. European rules specify a minimum of 35%
cocoa solids. Dark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is a rich source
of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to possess
cardioprotective properties. Dark chocolate has also been said to reduce the
possibility of a heart attack when consumed regularly in small amounts.
Semisweet chocolate is a dark chocolate with a low sugar content.
Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which some sugar, more cocoa
butter, vanilla and sometimes lecithin have been added. It has less sugar
and more liquor than semisweet chocolate, but the two are interchangeable in
Unsweetened chocolate is pure chocolate liquor, also known as bitter or
baking chocolate. It is unadulterated chocolate: the pure, ground, roasted
chocolate beans impart a strong, deep chocolate flavor.
This listing of the
Top Ten Chocolatiers and Best Chocolate in the United States is constantly being revised as we eat more and more of the great chocolates made here in America. So, If you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!