Belvedere Belgian Chocolate Shop
1936 14th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Authentic Belgian recipes are used for the from-scratch chocolate shells and centers at Belvedere Belgian Chocolate Shop, just steps from Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. All chocolates are natural, without preservatives, artificial colorings or other additives. Molded chocolates come in nearly every imaginable flavor: espresso, cinnamon, mocha, raspberry, maple, ginger, praline and more, and yes, the ever popular salt caramel. Signature items include truffles, ice cream-filled chocolates, and a line of liqueur-filled chocolate confections. In addition to the sweet treats, the shop has a smattering of tables for two, ideal for sipping a mug of real hot chocolate or Hot Chocolate Soup, a blend of chocolate and cream melted together and topped with whipped cream.
Inside Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
1749 N. Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Italian-born Vanessa Metalli Dionne sells her “sweet creations bathed in pure Venezuelan chocolate” from a Longmont ice cream shop. Desiderio chocolates are not only sweet creations but tiny works of art. Each hand-crafted piece is beautifully decorated. Some — like a bright-green turtle-shaped chocolate flavored with pistachio or the red heart-shaped dark chocolate ganache infused with fresh raspberry puree — are almost too lovely to eat. Among the more unusual but tempting selections: Coffee Coretto topped with a coffee bean, Sea Salt Caramel with a touch of natural pink sea salt, the red/yellow coated Washington Appletini, and an Asian-themed hand-painted beauty incorporating five Chinese spices. Chocoholics should simply program this one into their GPS.
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.
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