Never has a candy been so universally adored as chocolate. Some even crave the cocoa-based concoction that comes in all shape, sizes and flavors. Blame the bromine, which can increase heart rate and brain activity equivalent to a passionate kiss. Or the hundreds of chemicals in the cocoa bean that produce an unwavering attraction-factor to the dark brown “feel good” treat. Whatever the science, you can indulge your sweet tooth at several Greater Phoenix chocolatiers. Here’s a taste:
Wei of Chocolate
Chocolate makes everyone feel good, but Wei of Chocolate makes certain its confectionery originals are good for you, too. Wei satisfies your body, mind and soul with chocolate that’s dairy free, soy free gluten free and GMO free.
The vegan, organic, fair trade dark chocolate offerings include meditative options like Wei Gratitude, a chai spice-infused dark chocolate with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, and flower remedies to help you stop and take a break. Available at specialty boutiques and spas in Phoenix, Wei chocolates are meant to enjoy with wild abandon—and bring you to a state of candy enlightenment one decadent piece at a time.
Find them at: Mane Attraction Hair Salon and Citrine Beauty Bar in Phoenix; Designer Lashes and Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale; and Joya Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley.
Your love for chocolate is signed, sealed and delivered in creative, gourmet style by Phoenix-based XO Confections. Selections such as the Pistachio Rose, made with white chocolate ganache, pasted pistachios and a light hint of rose or the Tai spice—milk chocolate infused with Vietnamese cinnamon and Tai chili flakes—take chocolate aficionados on an artistic journey of the senses with the highest-quality ingredients.
XO uses exotic spices, herbs, teas, fresh fruits and nuts, liquor and single origin and blended chocolate from around the world to craft a delightful balance of fine chocolate flavor and visual artistry.
Chocolade van Brugge
There is no substitute for high quality, expertly sourced and crafted confections. These Belgian chocolates play with the senses in flavor and texture. My favorite was the meringue, with a snow-like crumbly sweet interior cap. It brought literal meaning to melt-in-your-mouth @chocolade.vanbrugge #icanteven #chocolate #valentine
Your search for authentic, traditional Belgian chocolates has ended on Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale. Ballotins (Belgian pralines), chocolate bowls and hot chocolate are part of the sweet lineup at this cozy European-style chocolate shop. The gourmet chocolates are imported from Bruges, where master confectioners have been perfecting the art of chocolate making for hundreds of years. Selections of the finely crafted candies include white, milk and dark chocolate varieties, which can be paired with wine during one of the many special events hosted by the chocolatier.
Visit them at 4225 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale.
Cerreta Candy Co.
Long-time Phoenicians have been savoring the indulgent confections at Arizona’s largest candy factory for decades. The company specializes in molded chocolates, like its signature French mint. But Cerreta makes a range of candy to satisfy any discerning chocolate palate.
To watch the magic unfold, visitors can take a 30-minute guided tour of the family-owned operation located in Glendale and see chocolate flow in real-time and learn some industry “secrets,” such as how cream centers end up in the middle of a luscious piece of chocolate.
Visit them at 5345 W Glendale Avenue, Glendale.