Wisconsin May 29, 2019
The Divine Wisconsin Chocolate Shop That Serves Up Some Of The Most Heavenly Sweets In The Country
Right in the middle of Madison, just on the north east end of the isthmus, there’s a chocolate shop that celebrated its first 15 years in 2019. One of the first spots in the state that was part of a new chocolate revolution, Gail Ambrosius chocolates combines centuries of chocolatiering history and techniques with modern knowledge about sustainability, chocolate origins and sourcing to create some truly delectable treats. Acknowledged as one of the best chocolate shops in the country, this gem of a locally-owned spot is now a Madison-area staple and your taste buds won’t forget a visit here.
Owner Gail Ambrosius fell in love with chocolate in Paris, but real life and practicality had her pursuing other dreams. But when she lost her job at the age of 44, she decided it was time to chase her dream. Fifteen years alter, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier has a devoted following and a number of awards, locally and nationally, to her name.
Above all else, the chocolate is the star here. With her rural background, Gail Ambrosius was particularly interested in knowing where the cacao she was using came from as well as sourcing it ethically. Today, she buys directly from farmers in countries like Ecuador. Her single-source chocolates highlight the nuances of flavor that comes from different countries and growing regions.
Though you'll find something everyone will like here, the place is known for its dark chocolate, Gail's favorite. Though it can sometimes be more bitter, it's also not been "watered down" with a ton of sugar or milk fat. Dark chocolate lets the flavor of the cacao bean shine.
With big new digs a few years ago, Gail Ambrosius created her own little chocolate fantasy. In the winter, find fresh hot chocolate that definitely didn't come from a powder and the promise of some delicious treats you won't be able to resist.
Not too concerned with what's trendy or popular at the moment, Gail Ambrosius Chocolates believe that great chocolate, well made, will always be popular. The menu here features melt-in-your-mouth caramels covered in chocolate, divine truffles and classic flavors. The seasonal menu is where their creativity and knowledge of chocolate shines.
With its focus on fair trade and as an anchor member of their community, it's not surprising to learn that one of the more trendy things Gail Ambrosius has done is include local breweries in her creation process. Madison is chock full of some of the best beer in the country, so a marriage of the two seems only natural.
From beer and chocolate pairings that can happen all in one bite to these Pecan Smokies that use Ale Asylum wort, this place knows how to bring in the flavors of Wisconsin beer and combine them in a way that doesn't feel contrived, but natural.
With tables and cases chock full of chocolates almost too pretty to taste and a menu full of unique, interesting and oh-so-delicious, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier is a dream come true. Far from the flash of Willy Wonka, this is a place that thrives on being reliable and sensible and doesn't bend to trends. Serving up stellar chocolates with a rich, deep flavor, ethically sourced and with some of the best essence in the world, Gail Ambrosius is perfect for Madison.
Whether you're getting a present for your sweetie or a treat for yourself, you're going to want to stop in here. From corporate gifts to wedding displays, Gail Ambrosius is prepared to bring a little sweet into your life and you won't be able to go back to mass-produced chocolate again.
Address: 2083 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI, 53704.
You can find out more about these scrumptious treats and even order some online
on their website here.
Find more pictures and learn about in-store events through
their Facebook page.
Wisconsin is actually home to a number of amazing chocolate and sweet shops. Gail Ambrosius was one of the first in the new generation of gourmet chocolate shops, but
check out this road trip to some Wisconsin chocolate shops that have been around since the turn of the last century.