Chocolate makes any occasion complete but, really, any time is a good time to enjoy the sweet, dark pleasure.
Yes, it’s delightful to receive a beautiful box filled with chocolate dipped creams and caramels, melt-in-your-mouth truffles, and other cocoa-laced confections, but it’s just as satisfying to buy them for yourself. If you’re among the many who are obsessed with chocolate, don’t fight it. Give in to the dark side – or the milk or white chocolate side, whatever floats your boat. There are plenty of places in Wyoming to sate your need for the really good stuff, starting with these 9 over-the-top chocolate shops.
1. PerrBear Chocolates, 1723 Logan Avenue, Cheyenne
Drop into this quaint little chocolate shop to get your fill of hand-dipped chocolate delights. Take your pick from assorted creams, coconut clusters, cherry cordials and more. Local tip: the toffee is exquisite shards of heaven.
2. Donnells Candies, 201 East 2nd Street, Casper
This mom-n-pop chocolate shop has been a tradition in Casper since 1956. With over half a century of practice, they've become experts at making the chocolate treats you crave. This is the place you'll find seasonal specials such as heart-shaped truffles for Valentine's day or a caramel corn "nest" filled with chocolate eggs, caramel clusters, and other springtime goodies for Easter. In addition to specializing in chocolates, Donnells also has a wide selection of popcorn treats and, yes, many of them are drizzled with chocolate.
3. ATELIER ORTEGA, 150 Scott Lane, Jackson
Some artists work in paint or clay, Atelier Ortega prefers the medium of chocolate. His chocolates, truffles, and pralines are works of art, as beautiful to behold as they are delicious to devour. This master chocolatier is so talented his creations couldn't be contained in just one shop.
4. Cocolove, 55 North Glenwood Street, Jackson
In addition to the delightful little shop that bears his name, Atelier Ortega also has Cocolove, another haven for the chocolate-obsessed. Also located in Jackson, the tasty treats in this store lean more toward pastries and dessert-type confections including chocolate-dipped cheesecakes and gelato, but you can also pick up a box of Ortega's handcrafted artisan chocolates when you stop in.
5. Queen Bee Gardens, 244 East Main Street, Lovell
If you didn't guess from the shop's name, this candy company started out as a honey business. It's a family-run affair and, with the entire clan sharing a passion for candy, it was only natural that they branch out into gourmet chocolates. Try the crave-worthy English toffee and to-die-for truffles, but don't miss out on their signature specialty: chocolate-dipped honey caramels made with honey from their very own bees.
6. The Chocolate Tree, 29 East Loucks Street, Sheridan
Specializing in charming seasonal chocolates, the Chocolate Tree is an excellent place to pick up a gift to give or to keep. From truffles shaped like ladybugs and kittens to gift boxes and baskets overflowing with hand-decorated delights, you'll find way more than you came for when you visit this cozy shop.
7. The Chocolate Cellar, 113 East Ivinson Avenue, Laramie
This little candy store is everything you dream of in a chocolate shop. It's like stepping into Granny's kitchen, all sweet smells and homey atmosphere. They offer a selection of candies and gifts, but chocolate is definitely king in the Cellar. Whether you're buying for yourself or a friend, you can fill your shopping list with the likes of truffles, chocolate-dipped pretzels, creams, and toffees. Be sure to try the chocolate-covered butter caramels with a sprinkling of Fleur De Sel. It's satisfyingly salty-sweet and chocolatey.
8. Star Valley Chocolates, 468 South Washington Street, Afton
The little town of Afton is hiding a delicious secret: a delightful little chocolate shop in a charming Alpine mini-mall. It's the best place for miles around to get your fill of chocolate whatever form it takes, from cakes and cookies to ice cream and coffee drinks. Naturally, the star of the show in this shop is the handcrafted chocolate treats including peanut butter cups, caramels, cherry cordials, truffles, and heavenly homemade fudge.
9. Meeteetse Chocolatier, 1943 State Street, Meeteetse
This chocolate shop is another one tucked away in a small Wyoming town, and oh-so-worth the drive. They specialize in hand-made Belgian chocolates including truffles, but the master chocolatiers here take their love of everything chocolate to a whole new level with brownies, mousse, cakes, and creative custom desserts.
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