Local Gourmet Chocolate in NH and VT

nh and vt chocolate shops

I didn’t know there were so many local chocolate makers in New Hampshire and Vermont. Take a day trip and enjoy some or all of these great chocolate locations.  There are two chocolate and martini itineraries put out by the NH tourism with the best routes and more information.  This tour places pairs a chocolate and martini location so you just have to choose which pair to go to, whereas this itinterary is a cross the state road trip with stops and directions.  The car’s warm and ready to go.

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I couldn’t quite fit all the chocolate shops on the map, but I got most of them so you can see their general location and how far away they are from each other and which you might want to group together if you were to do a road trip.

Chocolatiers of New Hampshire

My Brigadeiro in Hanover, NH

My Brigadeiro is home to a Brazilian sweet which is a mix of a chocolate and fudge.  They receive lots of wonderful ratings on Yelp and with high quality ingredients and a range of flavors, it’s no wonder.

Burdick Chocolates in Walpole.

When I browsed their site I immediately got the feeling I’d be eating a touch of elegance, from their presentation to the beautiful detail work on the cute chocolate mice.  You can pick your favorites to try by looking at their flavors here.  Their flavors definitely intrigued me: apricot, honey caramel, or almond chamomile.  Though by far my favorite are all the cute animals like the lemon ganache penguin, or the cherry ganache mouse.  Ratings are great for both the café and the chocolates.  People especially rave about their hot chocolate (white or milk).

Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, NH.

NH Magazine called their Sambirano chocolate bar sublime with hints of cherries and blueberries.  Yum!  Another touch is that their bars have unique designs on them as well.  Looking at their Facebook page is inspiring too white chocolate nougat with blood orange and macadamia nut and finished with dark chocolate. Oh my!  They have a picture of their bon bons and I’ve never seen chocolate so colorful!

Van Otis Chocolates in Manchester, NH. 

Rated NH’s best chocolatier 15 years running according to NH Magazine.  What an honor. They’ve been in business in Manchester since Evangeline Otis started making chocolates in her apartment in 1935 and it has steadily grown since then.  I’d feel like I was purchasing a piece of history if I bought chocolate here. They have a wide variety of gifts: truffles, candies, famous Swiss fudge, liquor cordials and pet treats.  You can even have a factory tour or take a truffle making class. The strawberry truffle sounds good to me!

Vicuna in Peterborough, NH.

This is a bean to bar chocolate factory like Lake Champlain, but they specialize in organic and fair trade dark chocolate bars.  They do all the work on site in their factory.  Sounds like an amazing experience to try at their café and their hot chocolate was voted one of the best in New Hampshire!  Find out more here.

Kellerhaus Chocolates and Ice Cream in Laconia, NH.

The oldest candy maker in NH, making chocolates since 1906!  They have a wide selection of candies and chocolates that people enjoyed.  The gift shop and sundae bar are popular.    This seems like a great family friendly place to go to.

Bavarian Chocolate Haus in North Conway Village, NH.

They are made and sold on site.  People say the smell of the chocolate making is wonderful.  They sell dark, milk, and white chocolates.  The Bailey’s Irish Cream truffle sounds good, as does the crème de menthe.  Check out their website for more, including a full list of truffle flavors.

KRM Chocolates in Salem, NH.

These chocolates are made with wine (most local) and fruit fillings.  Peach wine and peaches in milk chocolate.  How about strawberry wine and strawberries in dark chocolate? Sounds yummy.  I love creative fruity flavors.

Bryne and Carlson Chocolatier and Confectioner in Portsmouth, NH.

Bryne and Carlson has beautifully presented chocolate.  The Dulcey chocolate looks cool: white chocolate with milk chocolate pearls.  They even make exotic chocolate.  Be daring and try spicy chipotle pepper, smoky palet chocolate, violet and mint, or orange cherry flavors. Hm.  Sounds like an adventure. I’ll try a nibble.  Reviewers on their Facebook page say their chocolate is the best they’ve ever eaten – wow – that’s a high bar!

Chocolatiers of Vermont

Daily Chocolate in Vergennes, VT.

All you dark chocolate lovers out there, this is the place for you.  They have a lot of bark chocolate too.  One review said the white chocolate lemon lavender with almonds was amazing.  So a trip here is definitely worth it for some exquisite flavors.  It’s tucked away off the street a bit but well worth the find, if only for the experience of seeing and smelling chocolate made right in front of you!

Liz Lovely in Waitsfield, VT.

Anyone with food allergies will be celebrating when they hear that Liz Lovely specializes in gluten free and vegan treats and ships them across the country.  Wahoo!  Reviewers loved the mint cookies and the cowgirl truffles.  Sounds wonderful. As a side note she gained publicity by her impressive showing on Shark Tank.

Mother Myrick’s Confectionary in Manchester, VT. 

Mother Myrick’s buttercrunch and the lulu lemon care are a must have as most reviewer comment on the amazing taste of both.  So wander on over and enjoy the experience.  They truffles look delicious.

Lake Champlain Chocolates in Burlington.

At Lake Champlain Chocolates  you can get at King Arthur in Norwich.  They have a massive chocolate selection: bars, fruit and nut, caramels, and truffles.  They even have fair trade chocolate bars too.  You can also have a factory tour for free too.  People enjoy tasting their products at their lovely café and don’t mind paying a little extra to do so.

The Vermont Truffle Company of Rutland, VT.

The Vermont Truffle Company specializes in providing handcrafted truffles from local ingredients.  People really like the Vermont Maple truffle but the crème brulee one really calls to me.  Their flavors are a nice mix of unique and traditional to satisfy all tastes.

Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe.

On Laughing Moon Chocolates Facebook page I love that you can see their product in production.   White chocolate raspberry sounds delicious!  I want one.  They also do their best to use sustainable packaging from their ribbon to their cellophane.

Have fun exploring the sweetness our wonderful region has to offer.

What’s your favorite gourmet chocolate shop?

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