Chocolate Shops in Asheville, NC

By Laura Hill on November 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm EST
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As aficionados know, there’s chocolate, and then there’s chocolate: The kind some swear is better than – well, you know. And fortunately, available right here in Asheville.

Indian Kulfi, Dragon’s Sigh, Ancient Pleasures, Canela Picante and Masala Chai may sound like exotic treasures – and they are. All are unique chocolate truffle flavors you’d be hard-pressed to find in an ordinary sweet shop, but are right at home in Asheville’s finest chocolate shops.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is just that, a quiet retreat where chocolate lovers can relax with coffee, wine and an assortment of fine chocolates and pastries, courtesy of owners Dan and Jael Rattigan.

The Rattigans learned their art in Costa Rica, opened their “sacred space for chocophiles” in Asheville in 2007 and are nationally acclaimed for their chocolates, passionately conjured up from locally sourced fruit, honey, maple syrup, berries, nuts, butter and other ingredients – just about everything but the cacao itself.

Chocolate Fetish

On Haywood Street, The Chocolate Fetish has tempted visitors with hand-crafted, small-batch chocolates, made without vegetable oil or preservatives, since 1986.

Proprietors Sue and Bill Foley and daughter Elizabeth say “it takes a village” to produce their unique chocolates, which include their trademarked America’s Best Truffles and Ecstasy Truffles.

Bill and Sue lived for years in Brussels, Belgium, and have visited and been inspired by Europe’s finest chocolate shops. Elizabeth studied at the French Pastry School with chocolatier Jean-Pierre Wybauw.

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