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Move over, Willy Wonka! From tiny kitchens cooking up small batches to huge chocolate factories, Colorado produces first-rate bonbons and other chocolicious treats. Durango-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has spread the Colorado chocolate gospel around the country and has retail shops statewide. But artisanal chocolatiers who call the Front Range home are turning out scrumdiddlyumptious specialty chocolates.
2504 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Chocolate Lab started out with one mission: to craft the city’s best truffles. Well, they may very well have done that. But then they went above and beyond. Their truffles and chocolates are created with a combination of science and passion, each one hand-rolled and hand-dipped. They rotate over 200 incredible truffle options, including seasonal flavors. But if that’s not enough, you can try their chocolate covered marshmallows, glazed pecans in dark chocolate, salted caramels and more.
4840 West 29th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
Even in the home of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Roberta’s Chocolates has been going strong in Denver since 1995, so you know they must be something special. That special factor is personalization. This isn’t just another chocolate store, but a store that celebrates everything about the Mile High City…with chocolate. You will find chocolate boxes and truffles, of course, but you can also pick up special occasion chocolates for holidays like Easter, Halloween or Christmas. But what truly sets this place apart are their novelty chocolates, featuring special styles and shapes celebrating Denver sports teams like the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos. What better way to watch kickoff than with a chocolate helmet or horse head chocolate sucker?
201 University Blvd. #118
Denver, CO 80206
6770 W. 52nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
Enstrom Candies is justifiably famous for its rich, buttery toffee found in Enstrom storefronts and, during cooler fall and winter seasons, at local mall kiosks. But their hand-rolled or hand-dipped candies – truffles and nut-filled or other centers bathed in Guittard milk or dark chocolate – are top-drawer, too. No big surprise considering that this family-owned company is now run by the third generation. Here the emphasis is on the tried and true traditionals. Pick and choose from among smooth creams, fresh-roasted nut clusters, and chews. Plus the green and chocolate layered mint meltaways and peppermint cookie bark are among the rare chocolates that taste as good as they look.
Inside Cayenne Kitchen
372 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Small-batch artisan chocolates are the specialty of Robin Autorino, who sells most of her wares out of Cayenne Kitchen in Longmont (we’re starting to think Longmont has become the center of Colorado’s chocolate universe). Autorino likes to experiment with flavors so you’ll find about two dozen choices in her chocolate case like PB & J (milk chocolate blended with organic peanut butter and topped with strawberry jam), Cranberry Lime, Mexican Mole, Port Wine Reduction, Orange Spice, and Pomegranate. True lovers of the cacao will drool over Pure Africa, a dark chocolate ganache made from an 85% cocoa blend.
– Written by Claire Walter & Laura Daily in 2011 and updated in 2016 by Sarah Ford