Chocolate Lovers’ Delight

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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Chocolate is a tempter. Indulgent, smooth, delicious. Fulfill your sweet cocoa desires with a visit to a Virginia chocolatier or an upcoming event.


 Chocolate Artisans

The Ultimate Chocolate Experience by Chocolate Spike

The Ultimate Chocolate Experience by Chocolate Spike

Arlington – Artisan Confections – Specializing in high-quality, hand-made chocolates that are elegant in both design and flavor.

Lynchburg—CAO Artisan Chocolates – These skilled artisans craft their specialty chocolates from bean to bar.

Blacksburg – Chocolate Spike – Artistic chocolate endeavors by by Genie Ranck, producer of exciting creations.

Charlottesville – Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates – An artisanal chocolate shop in Historic Downtown Charlottesville that specializes in handmade confections of uncompromising quality.

Dayton – Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe – Homemade in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley: old fashioned creme fudge, chocolate creme truffles, and “sugar free” chocolates, just to name a few.

Glass House Winery

Glass House Winery

Free Union – Glass House Winery – You read right. A winery that not only excels at wine making, but also makes their own in-house chocolates. Win-win.

Lexington – Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co. – Offering a wide assortment of chocolates in dark, bittersweet, milk and white. Also featuring turtles — hand poured caramel over fresh pecans topped with milk chocolate; butter cremes, hand rolled truffles … the list goes on!

Louisa – Cooper Vineyards – Drink your chocolate! Noche Chocolate is a Virginia Norton dessert wine infused with chocolate. It’s also an award-winning wine (2012 Silver Virginia Governor’s Cup and others).

Richmond – Chocolates by Kelly – See chocolatiers make world-class chocolates right before your eyes. Take a class, buy a gift, try something new and exciting, or taste a treat that’ll make you feel like a kid again!

Richmond – Gearhart’s Fine Chocolate – Voted one of Chocolatier Magazine’s “Top 20 Artisan Chocolatiers” in the U.S., Tim Gearhart combines Single-Bean Venezuelan Chocolates, fine local and exotic ingredients, and passionate craftsmanship to create chocolates of unparalleled depth and complexity.

Virginia Beach – The Royal Chocolate – Indulge from cases filled with store made chocolates using Belgian Chocolate – truffles, creams, caramels, chocolate and caramel coated pretzels, not to mention the famous chocolate covered apples!


Chocolate Events

Saturday, February 11 – Winchester – Chocolate Escape – Fourteen participating downtown restaurants are offering a $3 chocolate sampling menu while and over 50 retailers have chocolate themed deals and offers available.

Saturday, February 4th– Sunday, February 5th—Fairfax—Chocolate Lovers Festival—25th annual chocolate festival has a Chocolate Challenge, Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, tastings, historic tours, and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Chocolate and Wine

February 4 – Oak Grove – A Taste of Wine & Chocolate at Ingleside Vineyards – Indulge in the finest Ingleside wines with an elegant chocolate experience. Reservations required.

February 11, 12, & 13 – Stanley – Valentine Chocolate and Wine at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard – Join in the chocolate fondue and wine! Get a plate of dipping goodies and a glass of wine for $15.

February 11 – Purcellville – Breaux Vineyards’ Chocolate & Cabernet Tasting – Hand-rolled truffles and imported chocolate are paired with four flights of Breaux cabernets and Breauxmance, their signature sparkling wine. $35 per person; reservations suggested.

February 11 – Floyd – Valentine’s Weekend Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Chateau Morrisette –  Chateau Morrisette’s wine expert Brian Smyth inteprets wine & chocolate pairings from local chocolatiers with guests. $48 per person; reservations and pre-payment required.

February 11-12—Stafford—Sinfully Sweet: Perfectly Paired Desserts & Wine at Potomac Point Winery—Enjoy the ambiance of the Coyote Wine Cave while you nibble on four decadent desserts paired with Potomac Point wines. $33 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.

Where do you find your favorite chocolate? Leave a comment to tell us!

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Vicki Ballowe

Didn’t know if you were aware of the Chocklate Lovers Festival in Fairfax City, Virginia. Feb. 6 & 7. Contact the City of Fairfax.

Stephanie Keener

We have a WONDERFUL chocolatier in Downtown Lynchburg: Cao Artisan Chocolates.