If it's chocolate you crave, there are many places in the greater Phoenix area where you can satisfy your sweet tooth. The botanical name of the chocolate plant is Theobramba cacao, which means “Food of the Gods.” Here are spots around town where you can buy chocolate products for your lover, your sweetheart, your best friend, your children, or even yourself.
And if simply buying chocolate isn't enough to satisfy your craving, 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.
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.
Chiles and Chocolate Festival
This November event is held at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. It features chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, and entertainment. Admission fee to the Garden is required.
This baker has one retail location in Phoenix, or you can order online. They use a secret family recipe to make their award-winning brownies from scratch using Callebaut dark Belgian chocolate. You can easily customize your order online from their selection of brownies and then enjoy free shipping.
The only store is in Glendale, Arizona, but you can also order online. The Cerreta Candy Company is a family-owned business with four generations of the Cerreta family involved in making candy. You can take a free tour of Cerreta or indulge in a VIP tour with extra goodies including building your own chocolate pizza. You can find Arizona-themed chocolates in western shapes or scenic-labeled bars.
Chocofin specializes in making small-batch craft chocolate from organically-grown cocoa beans. Chocolatiers Louis and Denise Mirabella make it all from scratch in their shop in Fountain Hills and they supply world-class resorts with their intensely flavorful chocolate. If you want this level of artisanal work in your chocolate, visit their shop where you can also enjoy coffee and gelato.
Tony and Pat Rayner hail from England and Seattle respectively and put their talents to work in their mom-and-pop pastry and chocolate shop. They use Belgian chocolate and create bon bons with both traditional and adventurous fillings. They also make a lovely chocolate high heel shoe in dark or white chocolate. But if you want to wait for dessert, you can enjoy some savories for lunch, including a Cornish pasty or a Scotch egg.
This family-owned small-batch craft chocolate maker and artisan chocolatier has won multiple awards. You can visit their factory/retail shop in Scottsdale and see how chocolate is made from sorting and roasting the cocoa beans to wrapping the bars. Their beans are ethically sourced and they make single origin and house blend chocolate, crafting it into bars and truffles.
If your visit to Phoenix takes you to the Paradise Valley Mall, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with over 400 varieties of candy and chocolate at Fuzziwig's. The kids may also enjoy the specialty toys and plush animals available. They are also located at Arizona Mills in Tempe, Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, Chandler Fashion Center, and Superstition Springs in Mesa.
Godiva makes decadent chocolates. If they have the taste that you crave, you can find local stores at 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.
This chain store can be found in seven locations in the Phoenix area. Satisfy your craving for fudge and chocolate-dipped items, watching as they are made.
See's is a large chain and 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 is a large family-owned store in Chandler dedicated to the love of new and classic candy. If you have a hankering for Mexican candy or a type you had as a child, check here.