Attention Chocoholics! The next time you have a sugar craving, stop by one of these five chocolate shops in NYC. You won’t be disappointed. By Carly Petrone
111 N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Fans of Mast Brothers can not only pick up their favorite chocolate bars at their Brooklyn-based chocolate factory, but they can alao take a tour of the facility every day from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for just $10. Get a first-hand look at what Rick and Michael Mast started back in 2007. They’re known for breaking the rules when it comes to creating flavors. They’ve got everything from Olive Oil, Sheep Milk, and “Smoke” to an entire chocolate collection dedicated to herbs. Intrigued? They also have a booth at the Canal Street Market in case you can’t make it to Brooklyn.
100 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017
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What goes better with chocolate than coffee? The folks over at 2beans are serving up piping hot gourmet illy coffee along with their chocolates. Grab a seat by the fireplace and enjoy a wide range of goodies from around the world. This shop definitely goes beyond the traditional – discover new combinations, like chocolate with chili pepper — or stay completely organic by biting into 100% dark chocolate. You’ll certainly find something you like, since 2beans carries more than 50 brands of chocolates from over 18 countries.
Not only are Jacques Torres’ chocolates amazingly decadent, but they’ll make you feel like a kid again. Snack on Milk Chocolate Covered Cheerios or sip on some of the richest hot chocolate you’ll probably ever taste. Those looking for something with a kick can enjoy their “Wicked” collection of chocolate bars and drinking chocolate, which uses a blend of ancho and chipotle chilies to add some serious heat to a perfectly sweet base of chocolate. Tourists and residents alike can celebrate the Big Apple with one of their NY Collections, which offers caramelized peanuts to chocolate-covered ginger and more.
It’s hard to go to Max Brenner and not orderthe Chocolate Pizza. It’s covered in milk and white chocolate chunks and topped with your choice of ingredients like crunchy hazelnut bits, melted peanut butter, and roasted marshmallows. If you’re more of a purist, you can have a seat at the chocolate bar and enjoy fondue for two, a decadent milkshake, or chocolate peanut buttery “Choc”tail. On your way out, make sure to stock up on chocolate bricks, colorful bonbons, chocolate thins and wafers at their chocolate shop.
484 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
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If you’re strolling through SoHo then make sure to stop by Mariebelle. This shop uses only the finest selection of Criollo cacao beans to create their chocolates, giving them a reddish hue as well as the flavor of caramel, vanilla, and tobacco. Add in exotic and natural ingredients like European butter, English lavender, Tahitian vanilla, Florida lemons, Japanese matcha tea, and Puerto Rican rum, and you’ve got yourself some chocolates to remember.