South Park Magazine

January 24, 2014

Sweet Spot

Forget flowers. These three premier Charlotte chocolate shops are offering the sweetest locally made gifts for the romantic season.

barCHOCOLATE This European-style chocolate shop in uptown’s 7th Street market is brimming with decadent cocoa-phile creations. The salted caramel bon-bons are crowd favorite, while the ghost chili versions offer a spicy-meet-sweet kick. For a local twist on these hand crafted confections, try the Bee Pollen Pralines made with pollen from Berry’s Apiary in Indian Trail. www.barchocolateclt.com

petit philippe At this sleek Myers Park wine and chocolate tasting room, there’s something to tempt you on every shelf. From bold pinot noirs and ports to rich chocolates by pastry chef Casey Hickey, the shop is perfect for satisfying a luxury palate. And if flavors like crème brulee and strawberry balsamic weren’t tempting enough, these chocolates feature intricate—and gorgeous—designs. www.petitphilippe.com

The Secret Chocolatier This family of chocolate makers launched their candies in 2008 at local farmers markets and has since grown to two local shops. All of their treats are tasty, but for an exotic twist for your sweet tooth, try the tea truffles. In flavors like jasmine green tea and chai tea, these luxe and creamy offerings the ultimate indulgence. www.thesecretchocolatier.com

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