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Chicago Sweet Spots

Spend a day sampling locally made chocolates and candies.

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to treat yourself or someone special to chocolate. In Chicago, some of the best chocolates are locally made by chocolatiers who have perfected their craft. Spend a day (or two!) tasting your way through some of Chicago’s top sweet spots.

 

Katherine Anne Confections

Located in Logan Square, Katherine Anne Confections makes its chocolates even sweeter by using cream sourced from a herd of Jersey cows in Central Illinois and substituting corn syrup with local wildflower honey. Classic truffles, including lemon poppyseed and toasted coconut rum, are rolled and dipped by hand. Be sure to try the European-style hot chocolate topped with pillowy homemade marshmallows, named one of the best in America by Fodor’s Travel2745 W. Armitage Ave., 773-245-1630

 

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Chocolate from Vosges Haut Chocolat Chicago

Founder and chocolatier Katrina Markoff changed the chocolate game in Chicago when she first introduced her exotic Vosges Haut-Chocolat truffles made with daring ingredients like curry and wasabi. Her sweet creations quickly gained popularity, and today her original chic Lincoln Park chocolate boutique is joined by other locations on the Magnificent Mile and at O’Hare Airport, in addition to New York City. Various locations, 888-301-9866

 

Margie’s Candies

Opened in 1921, the nostalgic Margie’s Candies has remained virtually unchanged over the years, much to the delight of its many fans. Located on a busy corner in Bucktown, this family-run candy shop/soda fountain makes all of its chocolates and ice cream right in the store. Margie’s Terrapin, the shop’s version of the traditional chocolate-covered caramel and pecan “turtle,” is a favorite. Margie’s has a second location on Montrose Avenue in the North Center neighborhood. 1960 N. Western Ave., 773-384-1035; 1813 W. Montrose Ave., 773-348-0400

 

The Fudge Pot

Open since 1963, The Fudge Pot is a beloved Old Town neighborhood staple. Naturally, fudge is the chocolate foundation here. But The Fudge Pot offers so much more, including German chocolate creams, a variety of chocolate barks (in milk, white and dark chocolate) and chocolate-covered cherries. 1532 N. Wells St., 312-943-1777

 

Windy City Sweets

You will literally feel like a kid in a candy store at Windy City Sweets in Lakeview. Fudge is handmade on site, with traditional flavors like chocolate-walnut and seasonal favorites that include red velvet. One-of-a-kind offerings include salty-sweet bacon crunches in milk and dark chocolate, and chocolate-covered Twinkies. 3308 W. Broadway St., 773-477-6100

 

+ BONUS: Tasting Tours

Cocoa + Co. Chicago

Chicago Candy Tours

Prefer a guided tour of Chicago’s sweet spots? Pastry Chef Jenny Lewis leads Chicago Candy Tours, taking visitors on a stroll through the city’s candy history. The best part: sweet samples along the way. Various locations, 312-607-8939

Tastebud Tours

The Savor Historic Gold Coast & Old Town Tour offered by Tastebud Tours includes stops in Old Town at Cocoa + Co. (featuring house-made chocolate pastries, drinking chocolate and gourmet chocolates from around the globe) and More Cupcakes in the Gold Coast, where the signature cupcake is made with dark Valrhona chocolate and silky chocolate ganache. Various locations, 219-929-6648

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