Love chocolate? From handcrafted fudge to gourmet chocolate makers that go from bean to bar, this is positively the sweetest signature North Carolina road trip we’ve ever put together. Travel across North Carolina to some of the best old school chocolate shops in the state and amass a large amount of treats to bring home… what more could anyone want in a road trip? Let’s get moving…
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1. Kilwins - Wilmington
In the summer months, visitors and locals alike flock to Kilwins for their delicious ice cream, but don't forget... Kilwins makes mouthwatering fudge and other sweet treats as well! Delicious. Find it at 16 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401. The hours are Sunday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
2. Videri - Raleigh
The Videri Chocolate Factory has an exclusive chocolate counter where visitors can purchase handcrafted chocolates, chocolate bars, handmade seasonal bonbons, caramels, and other confections, and more. It's located at 327 W Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601. The retail counter is open Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3. Escazu Artisan Chocolates - Raleigh
At Escazu, they source the finest beans and then roast them, creating every step of the chocolate making process on site. The result is a beautiful variety of chocolate to choose from like bars and boxes filled with sweet creations like those seen above. Escazu Artisan Chocolates is located at 936 N Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27604 and is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
4. Matthew's Chocolates - Hillsborough
Head to this eclectic shop in Hillsborough for handcrafted truffles and gourmet chocolates of all varieties. You'll also find heavenly gelato, cupcakes and ice cream. Yum! The address is 107 N Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278. It's open six days a week: Sunday - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5. Black Mountain Chocolate - Winston Salem
This bean to bar chocolate maker has a factory tour where you can witness the process of chocolate making first hand. The location also features a bakery, gelato cafe, and a retail gift shop filled with chocolates including a long tablewith
free sample bites, so you can make sure you're buying the perfect bar for you. Find it at 732 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The hours are Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6. Van's Chocolates - Hendersonville
This delightful sweet shop may be a little off the beaten path, but it's well worth the effort to find it. Inside... is a roomy haven filled with an aroma that'll inspire you to want (or need!) one of everything. From gourmet chocolates to other assorted sweets, there's a little something for everyone here. The address is 202 Chadwick Ave., Hendersonville, NC 28792 and the hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7. Dillsboro Chocolate Factory - Dillsboro
Head to this charming little shop for homemade fudge, chocolate treats, assorted candies, handmade peanut brittle and more. It's located at 28 Church St., Dillsboro, NC 28725. The hours are Monday - Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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