Michigan January 23, 2018
9 Places In Michigan For People Who Are Obsessed With Chocolate
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to start preparing for the sweetest holiday of them all! Even if you don’t have a Valentine, never fear: you can still buy chocolate for yourself! If you’ve got a hankering for all things cocoa, check out these nine wonderful places throughout Michigan.
1. Mokaya (638 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids)
This small but mighty shop in Grand Rapids is truly a chocolate-lover’s dream. As soon as you step inside, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sights and smells of sweet treats, from chocolate-dipped Oreos to homemade ice cream to chocolate chili (yes, you read that correctly!) All of Mokaya’s confections are created right on site, and its customer service is second to none.
2. Alpine Chocolate Haus (208 W Main St, Gaylord)
This locale in downtown Gaylord is simply overflowing with incredible chocolate options. From cocoa-covered fruit to malted milk balls, there’s truly something here for everyone. On warmer days, you can even enjoy mouthwatering ice cream scooped in the shop. As if that weren’t enough, Alpine Chocolate Haus has multiple locations throughout the state.
3. Schakolad (110 E Washington St, Ann Arbor)
This European-style chocolate boutique is the place to go when you want high-quality sweets prepared with the utmost care. With plentiful truffles, all sorts of gift boxes, and a variety of vegan and kosher options for all the important people in your life, Schakolad is sure to deliver when you’re hunting for Valentine’s Day treasures.
4. The Chocolate Garden (2691 Friday Rd, Coloma)
For nearly 20 years, this Coloma-based sweet shop has specialized in creating amazingly delicious truffles for customers of all ages. When you visit the Chocolate Garden, you can even take a seat at the tasting table and indulge in a few bites of the shop’s most popular flavors. What’s not to love?
5. Heilman’s Nuts and Confections (1804 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo)
Don’t let your next trip to Kalamazoo end without visiting Heilman’s Nuts and Confections which might just make your sweet tooth explode with excitement. Opt for a box of cordial cherries, enjoy chocolate-dipped pretzels, or treat your taste buds to a bit of heaven as you bite into a dark chocolate-covered Oreo. It’s tough to imagine anything better.
6. The Peanut Store (46 E 8th St, Holland)
Venture to downtown Holland for a trip to heaven at this beloved family-owned candy shop, which serves up seemingly endless chocolate options among its candy collection. From milk chocolate nonpareils to to cream truffles to the store’s famous Nutty Paddle Pop, there’s a sweet, chocolatey treat here to satisfy each and every sugary craving.
7. Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates (12020 S Leelanau Hwy, Empire)
Make your way to the delightful community of Empire for some of the most incredible chocolate you’ll ever taste. This shop offers everything from sea salt bark to chocolate-covered coffee beans -- and all of its ingredients are ethically sourced. As if you needed another excuse to buy chocolate!
8. Chocolates By Grimaldi (219 N 7th St, Grand Haven)
Ever wanted to tour a real-life chocolate factory? Embrace your inner Willy Wonka with a journey to this small but fascinating factory and shop in Grand Haven. Indulge in peppermint patties, fresh peanut butter cups, and more as you explore this one-of-a-kind destination that never fails to delight.
9. Village Chocolatier (104 Newman St, East Tawas)
This East Tawas wonderland is a true paradise for those who just can’t get enough chocolate. Munch on English toffee, taste sea salt caramel coated in chocolate, or keep it slightly healthier with a chocolate-dipped apple. No matter how many times you’ve visited, you’ll always find yourself amazed by this shop’s scope and selection.
Tell us, chocolate enthusiasts: are there any other Michigan destinations that should have been included on our list? We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!