Bridgewater Chocolate Factory
559 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
Here’s a chocolate factory where every chocolate is handmade, even the caramel. One can easily swoon over the creamy peanut butter patties or smile while biting into the crunch of a turtle where the blend of milk chocolate and nuts come together in a single delicious bite. At Bridgewater, one will find tins of “bite-sized, chewy caramels and raisins.” The boxed offerings are designed like pretty packages just waiting to be opened for a chocolate delight.
137 Greenwood Ave.
Bethel, CT 06801
Just stepping into this shop will get most customers feeling good from the sweet aromas that swirl around the entire shop. Here, truffles rule. There’s no need to travel to Switzerland to find this delicious candy. The Hauser Chocolatier tradition holds true to the original recipes from Swiss Chef Ruedi Hauser, making what it says are “the most distinctive truffles” using fresh ingredients and special blends. Step inside this shop, inhale deeply and then head straight to the candy counter.
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174 Hop River Road
Bolton, CT 06043
Originally called “The Dandy Candy Shop,” this shop is still pretty dandy. Offering delicious morsels in every chocolate bite, here’s a chocolate shop that keeps its secrets in the family but makes its chocolates available to one and all. Founded by Ben and Josephine Munson, not even the rationing of sugar during World War II kept them from creating superb candies. The chocolate creams will melt in your mouth and warm your heart. They are simply irresistible. Everything from basket gifts of chocolate to molded specialty chocolates is found in this sweet shop.
The Little Chocolate Company
99 Mill St.
Greenwich, CT 06830
Don’t be surprised to discover that one bite of the chocolates from The Little Chocolate Company will suddenly bring childhood memories of delicious treats back into focus. Belgium born and raised, the owner remembers “how chocolate was and still is ever present on breakfast toast, as a side to a cup of coffee, in the rich hot cocoas, and in the many artisan chocolate shops that line the centuries-old streets. Chocolate is a part of daily life.” Because of this, Martine Coscia recreates the unforgettable tastes and quality of her homemade chocolates. Using organic and fresh natural ingredients, she makes some of the finest Belgian chocolate in Connecticut. One trip to this shop will have customers returning again and again for that flavor they can’t find anywhere else.
3 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Sweet Pierre’s, which is known as a “Boutique Du Choclat,” is located in a charming fairy tale-like little brick shop. Upon stepping into this “antique landmark,” all of a sudden everything is new and fresh. The scents of the most mouth-watering chocolates fill the shop and customers are helpless to escape without purchasing some of the most celebrated brands in chocolate. Here you will find chocolates made in Connecticut as well as world renowned brands.
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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.