I’m Coo-Coo For Cocoa Nibs
Connecticut Chocolate Trail
Years ago when I was shaping what CTMQ was to become and seeking out all the cultural and historic “trails” that I felt would be worthy and interesting to complete, I made the decision to exclude any purely commercial trails. Not that there are many, but the ones I am thinking of are just kind of silly to “complete” in the way I try to do for the stuff on this site.
But then the state came out with this chocolate trail thing and while I have no idea how this “trail” came together, it’s CHOCOLATE. I don’t know if the businesses pay to be part of the trail, but since it does slightly change every year, I suspect that may be the case? I have no idea.
As ctvisit.com says, “there is a world of chocolate that can be found right here in Connecticut. Believe it or not, our state is home to many world-renowned chocolatiers and local chocolate artisans who create an experience that is decadent and rich in flavor.”
I’ve learned that some of our chocolate shops are nothing more than “repackagers.” In other words, they just get chocolate from somewhere else and repackage it. or others that get blocks of it from elsewhere and melt it down and … I’m sure it’s all murky. I care about that stuff and all, but… it’s not like I expect Connecticut chocolatiers to be processing raw cacao beans or something.
So as I criss-cross the state chasing down slightly boring this and somewhat boring that, I’ve now another enticement to drag my wife along with me. And for that, I’m completely behind the Connecticut Chocolate Trail.
The CT Chocolate Trail is a fickle beast. It changes every year; shops close and new shops open. I’ll continue to do my best to keep up with it. It appears the state edits the trail each new year, and so shall I. (Last update January 2019)
The Sweet Spots:
Links take you to my visits
Noteworthy Chocolates, Bethel
Munson’s Chocolates, Bolton
Bridgewater Chocolates Store, Brookfield & West Hartford
Truffle Shots, Essex
Isabelle et Vincent, Fairfield
Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates, Goshen
Mystic Sweets, Groton (Mystic)
The Village Chocolatier, Guilford
Divine Treasures, Manchester
Thompson Brands, Meriden
Tschudin Chocolates & Confections, Middletown
Castle Hill Chocolate, Newtown
Chocolate Shell, Old Lyme
Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Ridgefield
Sweet Cioccolata, Wallingford
Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti, Westport
Closed But Visited:
Removed from Trail:
Hillside Sweet Shoppe, East Haddam, June 2016 (Removed from Trail, 2017)