The sunshine state specializes not only in sugar white sands, but also flavorful, delectable chocolate. Eat it indoors before it melts though! Seriously, there’s a growing chocolatier scene here in Florida with hundreds of small to large shops pumping out all types of chocolate goodies. From cakes to shakes, the options are endless (and delicious).
If you’re looking for a smart way to protect a sun burn, or just spend a day away from the ocean, consider a trip to one of Florida’s top chocolate shops. We’ve narrowed down all of the state’s options to this group of 8 FloridaRentals.com award-winners. They were selected based on tasting rooms, chocolate products produced, customer reviews, previous awards, and more. Congratulations to all that made our list, and to you future Florida travelers, stop in and taste a treat at any of these choices on your next visit.
Top Chocolate Shops in Florida
About the shop: Norman Love has been producing beautiful handcrafted chocolate in Fort Myers, Florida since 2001. With an emphasis on artistry, premium ingredients, and innovative flavor combinations, the renowned chocolatier has earned significant national and international acclaim for his edible masterpieces. Norman Love Confections has been named the best premium chocolate company in the United States six times since 2006, and has been featured in USA Today, The TODAY Show, National Geographic, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, O, the Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Robb Report, and Dessert Professional, among others.
About the shop: William Dean Chocolates was founded in 2007. The company is named in honor of its founder’s father (William) and grandfather (Dean). William Dean Chocolates follows the artisan tradition of creating all of our chocolates and other confections by hand, in small batches and without preservatives. At William Dean Chocolates, we excite the eye and intrigue the palate with works of art made from only the finest ingredients. All of our chocolates are made by hand in our shop in Belleair Bluffs, Florida.
About the shop: Peterbrooke Chocolatier transforms the art of fine European chocolate making into a truly American experience by combining the very best ingredients and old world techniques with a variety of all-American treats. Traditional favorites like decadent truffles, hand-made, caramels and cherry cordials indulge even the most discerning chocolate connoisseurs. Specialties such as chocolate covered cookies, pretzels, popcorn and strawberries which are hand-dipped daily with Peterbrookes own unique blend of milk chocolate, rich decadent dark and creamy sweet white chocolates.
About the shop: When the business began in 2001, Farris was the chocolate genius while Foster was the business man extraordinaire! In 2003 Farris was called up to active duty in the United States Air Force Reserves. When his tour was over, the Air Force convinced him to stay full time. Since that time, Foster has been the sole proprietor. Foster attended chocolate school after Farris left, to ensure the best products would be produced.
The business has grown into both a retail space, as well as a venue for chocolate making events we call parties!
Foster is in the store just about every day making chocolate, running parties, and is always focused on making the shop fun and exciting! Our staff at Farris and Foster’s is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to assist customers with anything they need.
About the shop: Welcome to Orlando’s sweetest attraction, the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Come here and explore the fascinating history of the world’s best-loved confection. See how the world’s best chocolate is made. Feast your eyes on our collection of chocolate sculptures. There’s so much to see and do here — chocolate-making workshops, exhibits, interactive displays, the delicious World of Chocolate Café — and of course, FREE TASTINGS of many of the world’s gourmet chocolates.
Deliciously Different. Delightfully fun. That’s the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Come join us!
About the shop: At a glance, all chocolate-making looks the same: beans are cultivated and fermented, roasted and ground, sweetened and sold. Large-scale chocolate manufacturers have optimized this process for mass production. The unfortunate result: flat, uninspired, expressionless chocolate – the taste has been engineered out of the bar!
We salute the few, craft chocolate makers that are taking time and care with each part of the chocolate making process, releasing the full potential of the bean; those who are supporting careful farming and fermentation, the ones who ensure farmers are paid a fair wage through an ethical and sustainable supply chain, and those who skillfully grind, roast, and sweeten without diluting the bean’s essence.
We at Castronovo Chocolate are in relentless pursuit of discovering the absolute depths of the chocolate experience knowing full well we may never get there. But along the way, we can all enjoy a bar of the most flavorful chocolate you can find.
About the shop: Henry and Esther Whetstone are Florida natives and lifelong residents of northeast Florida. Henry had just returned from a stint as an Air Controller in the U.S. Air Force and a tour in Japan and was working with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Jacksonville. Esther, who flew to Japan to marry Henry, returned to St. Augustine as a first grade teacher. Together, they longed to own and operate their own business.
They studied the local retail market and quickly discovered an unsatisfied demand from the many tourists and the local residents for superior quality ice cream. Operating from their kitchen each night, Henry and Esther first opened their small ice cream store on St. George Street in the historic business district of St. Augustine in 1966. The parlor quickly developed a reputation for serving the best ice cream in town. Today, this original store is known as Tedi’s Olde Tyme Ice Cream and remains a part of the Whetstone Chocolate experience.
In 1984, a new 10,000 square foot factory was constructed on Highway 312, south of St. Augustine. More wholesale products were added and contract work expanded as Nestle’s, Hershey and M&M Mars became significant wholesale customers of Whetstone Chocolates. Although it remained small by comparison, Whetstone Chocolates became highly sought after among the giants of chocolate for its production quality, creativity and innovation.
In the early 1990’s the Whetstone Chocolate factory became a major attraction as tourists and local residents alike sought to learn more about the unique Whetstone delicacies. Daily tours, conducted at first by Virginia and later by her staff, became commonplace for tourists as well as many local families.
About the shop: At David Ramirez Chocolates, we place a high value on using the best ingredients available, sourced from across the globe. Our goal is to bring you a superior product, and create an immersive and memorable culinary experience. We approach every creation with a focus on quality and artistry. Our team is trained in the old-world style, while incorporating innovative and pioneering techniques and flavors.