Delysia Chocolates photo by Thompson Poole Photography

Making chocolate is a true craft—and lucky for us Texans, there are plenty of masters living and working in the state. We’re highlighting just 10 notable shops in celebration of National Chocolate Day (Oct. 28), but make no mistake—there are dozens more we absolutely adore. Whether you’re into truffles, bark, dipped fruit, or just simple chocolate bars, these shrines to sweetness stand out. 

Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico

Located in Hico’s picturesque downtown area, Wiseman House Chocolates serves up a dozen different kind of truffles in addition to chocolate-pecan caramel clusters, sipping chocolate, chocolate-covered gummy bears, and toffee, all crafted by chocolatier Kevin Wenzel. True cocoa obsessives might enjoy taking one of the shop’s classes.ico

Delysia Chocolatier in Austin

Nicole Patel develops fun and unique flavor combinations and fillings in her chocolate creations. From the adventurous—cricket bark and a pepperoni-and-mushroom truffle—to the more traditional—bourbon pecan truffles and cayenne drinking chocolate—there are so many flavors to discover. The shop holds complimentary chocolate tastings on the weekends.

Tejas Chocolate Craftory in Tomball

Chocolate and barbecue make an unlikely yet delicious pairing at this restaurant and chocolate shop. Taste the Craftory’s delicious bean-to-bar creations and rotating selection of truffles and sit down for a lunch of brisket, pulled pork, and ribs Tuesday-Saturday. You can also sample the chocolate in the mole barbecue sauce.

Dr. Sue’s Chocolate in Grapevine

The chocolate at this shop is just what the doctor ordered—really. Chocolatier and physician Sue Williams gives a healthier twist on the sweet treat by only using dark chocolate and combining it with fruits, nuts, and oils to create barks and truffles that have more nutritional value. Popular picks include the cherry-pecan bark and the blueberry-ancho chile bark.

CocoaModa in Calvert

This chocolate shop brings a bit of European sophistication to the small town of Calvert. English chef Ken Wilkinson’s creations include many of flavors of truffles, from anisette to Cornish ice cream to crème brulee, marzipan, and dark chocolate-covered citrus peels.

Dude, Sweet in Dallas 

Chef Catherine Clapner can add chocolate to anything and make it instantly better—some of her more interesting products include chocolate granola, chocolate-infused balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and chocolate “salami.” The simple and chic packaging make everything in the store excellent for gifting.

Candies by Vletas in Abilene 

Open for more the 100 years, this shop, started by two Greek immigrant brothers, has truly stood the test of time. Candies by Vletas’ selections include various milk, dark, and white chocolate confections ranging from hand-dipped Oreos to fudge.

Chocolat in Fredericksburg

Best known for making liquid-filled chocolates using an age-old French technique rarely practiced in the United States, Quintessential Chocolates and its Fredericksburg storefront Chocolat are truly worth a visit for a one-of-a-kind experience. Try one of the thin chocolate shells filled with spirits, wine, or fruit nectar.

Cocoa & Cardamom in Houston

For a taste of the world without leaving the Lone Star State, stop by Cocoa & Cardamom for sweet delights with international zest. The chocolates range in flavor from Szechuan peppercorn to garam masala to lychee basil. Stop by their shop to load up a box full of wanderlust-inducing bon-bons, and snack on drinking chocolates, coffee, and gelato.

La India in Laredo

This spice shop and cafe has been known for its Mexican hot chocolate since the 1920s. Among the various herbs and mixtures, you’ll still find the legendary hot chocolate mix. Take it home and enjoy it from the comfort of your couch on a chilly day.

From the November 2017 issue

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