I can understand why so many people love chocolate. After all, the botanical name of the chocolate plant is Theobramba cacao, which means “Food of the Gods.” Personally, I'd rather have chips and salsa, but if it's chocolate you crave, there are many places in the greater Phoenix area where you can satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are spots around town where you can buy chocolate products for your lover, your sweetheart, your best friend, your children, or even yourself!
Where To Buy Chocolate in the Phoenix Area
Cerreta Candy Company
The only store is in Glendale, Arizona, but you can also order online. The Cerreta Candy Company is a family owned business, founded almost 30 years ago, by Jim Cerreta, Sr. who learned candy making in his father-in-law’s factory in Ohio. Jim passed the trade to his entire family. You can take a free tour of Cerreta's!
Chocolade van Brugge
Opened in December 2013, Chocolade van Brugge is the exclusive chocolatier in North America to import handcrafted chocolates directly from the award winning chocolatier Willaert Francis in Belgium. Offers more than more than 60 different handcrafted chocolate confections, chocolate bars, marzipan, cookies and chocolate figurines. Indoor or outdoor seating at the cafe. Scottsdale.
At Chocofin, we are proud to offer our own small batch craft chocolate. We start with the finest organically grown cocoa beans from around the world. We sort, roast, winnow, grind and conch in-house. This produces an intensely flavorful chocolate. Only a little organic sugar is added....Everything is made from scratch in our shop in Fountain HIlls. With large windows and bistro tables the shop offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy our chocolates in."
One retail location in Phoenix, or order online. "Today we still use the same 48-year-old family recipe to create the world’s best brownies. Each batch is handcrafted from Callebaut dark Belgian chocolate, premium Grade AA butter, farm fresh eggs, fluffy cake flour - and a dash of magic!"
Fuzziwig's Candy Factory
"Over 400 varieties of candy, hard-to-find specialty toys and plush animals thoughtfully organized and displayed to create an enjoyable shopping experience." And yes, chocolate! Located at: Arizona Mills in Tempe, Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, Chandler Fashion Center, Superstition Springs in Mesa, and Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix.
"Godiva's history began more than seventy-five years ago in Brussels, Belgium when master chocolatier Joseph Draps founded a chocolate company that was named in honor of the legend of Lady Godiva." Godiva Chocolates has two local stores: Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Chandler Fashion Center. Godiva Chocolates are also sold at other fine stores, like Macy's, A.J.'s Fine Foods, Saks, Dillards and Neiman Marcus.
"Born and raised in Switzerland Gerald is no stranger to chocolate.... Gerald has always incorporated chocolate into his pastries and cakes; now with the opening of Le Napoleon the new shop has a dedicated room just for the creation of his chocolate confections." North Phoenix.
Rayners' Chococlate and Coffee Shop
"We use Belgian chocolate to create exquisite filled bon bons from the traditional (strawberry, praline) to the adventurous (lime basil, goat cheese). We also make gorgeous chocolate high heels: what's better than a beautiful shoe made of chocolate?" Glendale.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
"Individual stores prepare a variety of caramel and candy apples, fudge and chocolate dipped items in full view of the customer using traditional cooking utensils such as copper kettles on gas-fired stoves and marble slab cooling tables." There are seven locations in the Phoenix area: Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, Anthem, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe.
See's has stores in Glendale, Peoria, Mesa, East Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale in the major malls. They also have locations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Sweeties Candy of Arizona
Sweeties has only one store, and it is located in Chandler. No online ordering. Large quantities and small. More than just chocolate, they carry nostalgia candies, too, if they are still manufactured.
A family-owned small-batch craft chocolate maker and an artisan chocolatier. "At Zak's we roast cocoa beans ethically sourced from different regions and make our own single origin and house blend chocolate to use in bars, truffles and other yummy confections. Everything is done by hand, from sorting cocoa beans to wrapping our bars." Scottsdale.
Next Page >> Chocolate Festivals and Events
All locations and offerings are subject to change without notice. All quotations were found at the business' web site.
On the previous page you found my list of great places to buy chocolate in the Phoenix area. We also have, several times per year, events that feature chocolate.
During the month of February, there's always a special focus on flowers and love...and chocolate! This is, of course, in honor of Valentine's Day. Here are a few local festivals held each February that you and your favorite chocolate lovers won't want to miss.
Glendale Chocolate Affaire
A free event. Glendale Chocolate Affaire is a festival of both chocolate and romance with vendors, activities and live entertainment for the entire family. The Glendale Chocolate Affaire showcases a variety of national and local chocolates with over three-dozen chocolate vendors on-site. See pictures of the Glendale Chocolate Affaire.
Chocolate and Wine Experience
Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights include local chocolatiers, local wineries, chocolate fountain, wine tasting, wine glass etching and more.
The Culinary Festival of Chocolates, Confections & Fine Art
At the Carefree Desert Gardens in Carefree, AZ. Creative confections, chocolate creations and a variety of delicious delectables throughout the gardens, with a large variety of fine art and crafts also available for purchase directly from the artist. Live entertainment. Spring.
Chiles and Chocolate Festival
At the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, entertainment. Admission fee to the Garden is required. November.
Chocolate Day Trip
Just in case you'd like to make a entire day trip out of your love of chocolate, the Verde Canyon Railroad offers a Valentine's Chocolate Lovers’ Train.
In addition to the regular amenities, passengers are invited to indulge themselves on chocolate treats. The Verde Canyon Railroad is about a two-hour drive from many points in Greater Phoenix.
Just remember....anything tastes better dipped in chocolate.
All offerings are subject to change without notice.
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