If you love chocolate as much as you love a good, old-fashioned road trip, then combining them is a total no-brainer. Here are 7 bucket-list worthy destinations designed for true chocolate aficionados.
Visit a chocolate museum in New York City, NY
What better place to start a choco lover’s road trip than with a stop at New York City’s first-ever chocolate museum? Visitors will learn about the history of chocolate (and its long journey from tree to treat), while sampling 8 premium tastings along the way. There are also fun activities for little ones, including a play chocolate shop and a chocolate artifact dig for chocophiles-in-training. The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres, 350 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
Try artisanal chocolates in Alexandria, VA
Hailed as the best artisanal chocolatemaker in the Washington D.C. area, Fleurir Chocolates takes pride in creating its chocolates from scratch and using only local ingredients. Create your own custom box, but be warned: these chocolates are almost too beautiful to eat. (Almost.) Fleurir Chocolates, 724 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Take a chocolate-making class in Chicago, IL
Chocolate making and tasting classes are offered by luxury Chicago chocolate maker, Veruca Chocolates. Learn different techniques, from tempering to truffle molding, and refuel with some of their signature, handmade bonbons before hitting the road again. Veruca Chocolates, 1332 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642
Eat flourless chocolate pudding cake in Kansas City, MO
Stop for dinner, but don’t skip dessert! Served with fresh mint ice cream, the flourless chocolate pudding cake served at Kansas City’s Bluestem Restaurant was selected by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s best chocolate cakes. Bluestem Restaurant, 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Have a hot fudge sundae at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, CA
No chocolate lover’s road trip would be complete without a stop at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, named for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, America’s oldest, continuously running chocolate factory. You can stop in at the Original Chocolate Manufactory to view vintage equipment and indulge on a famously delicious hot fudge sundae. Ghiradelli Square, 900 North Point St. San Francisco, CA 94109
Visit a Gold Rush-era candy shop in Columbia, CA
Nelson’s Columbia Candy Kitchen is a true blast from the past. Located in Columbia State Historic Park in the Sierra Foothills, this old-fashioned candy shop has an amazing assortment of handmade chocolate candies and confections. Peak through the large storefront windows to watch candy being made in copper kettles and then cooled on giant marble tables, the same way they’ve been doing it since the Gold Rush days.
Nelson’s Columbia Candy Kitchen, Columbia State Historic Park, Main Street P.O. Box 191, Columbia, California 95310
Get a take-n-bake chocolate cake in Seattle, WA
Winding down your chocolate journey and need a keepsake? Make a pit stop at Hot Cakes, the molten chocolate cakery, where take-n-bake molten chocolate cakes are available by the mason jar for easy, at-home baking.
Hot Cakes, 5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107