Bridgewater Chocolate, West Hartford
Start exploring in the Hartford area where shopping feels luxurious at Bridgewater Chocolate. This West Hartford boutique features preservative free, gluten-free options, made by hand in the Brookfield factory.
“We want your experience in our store to be magical,” says manager Sarah Hill, pointing out Bridgewater's unique 3D designs, such as the chocolate dreidel that debuted for Hanukkah. “You should enjoy the experience, from purchasing it to consuming it.”
Divine Treasures, Manchester
Travel a few miles and end up at Divine Treasures in Manchester, opened six years ago by Diane Wagemann, who once lived in Belgium.
“I truly missed the quality chocolate that was in Europe that I didn't find here in the U.S.,” Wagemann says, noting that she uses beans from Peru, processed the old fashioned way with no trans fats or high fructose corn syrup. “It's organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and then we have a sugar-free line. We get people who are driving by and they went on the Chocolate Trail and knew that we were right off I-84.”
Looking for a molded chocolate in the shape of Connecticut? Or, how about a UConn Husky bar? Take a trip to Munson's Chocolates, a family-owned chain with 10 locations in Connecticut, including the Bolton headquarters, Farmington and Glastonbury.
Thompson Chocolate, Meriden
Head to Meriden for a classic experience at Thompson Chocolate, open since 1879. “It's all about local businesses and letting people know we're here,” says sales and marketing director Michael Besso.
Tschudin Chocolates & Confections, Middletown