Can you feel it in the air?
It’s that magical moment that comes along just once a year, beckoning you to surprise your special someone with a beautiful bouquet and decadent dessert. It’s true that Valentine’s Day is for lovers—chocolate lovers! And true chocolate lovers know that a heart-shaped box of cheap chocolates from the gas station just won’t do to set the mood.
At Beverly-Hanks, our agents know a good dessert when we see one. And our ladies are not only top real estate professionals, but topnotch when it comes to finding the best chocolate. If you’re still struggling to find your special someone the best sweet surprise in town, they are here to help.
We asked them: Where are the best local chocolate shops in Western North Carolina?
“The Chocolate Bear in downtown Waynesville has an extensive selection of premier, gourmet chocolates handmade with artisan craftsmanship by hand-picked chocolatiers. And friendly staff offering great customer service.
“If you are looking for a sweet treat, Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop is also a must visit. There, you’ll find handcrafted pastries, yummy fresh pies that taste amazing, gorgeous cakes, and cookies that you will love.”
“Hands down—French Broad Chocolate Lounge in downtown Asheville is the best, and the lines are worth the wait! So many spectacular chocolate yummies that it’s hard to chose a favorite, but don’t be afraid to branch out from just chocolate. Their carrot cake is amazing, and so is their ice cream!”
“Van’s Chocolates in Hendersonville is a small, family owned company that only uses the highest quality ingredients in their hand-rolled recipes from their grandmother. Their truffles are handmade in small batches using the finest American chocolate. No preservatives or oils are added. They do not skip on quality for profitability. LOVE EM! LOVE EM!”
“The Chocolate Fetish on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville has long been my favorite for chocolates. They have a wide variety of truffles and fanciful creations such as decorated high heel shoes and cowboy boots. The proceeds of one of their boxes of chocolates benefits Helpmate Domestic Violence Services, and they recently made a fireman’s boot that benefitted the firefighters who did so much work last fall to save our forests. Exquisite chocolate and great causes.”
“The Chocolate Fetish easily rivals the decadence and gorgeous flavors of French Broad everyone boasts about….EXCEPT THEY ARE THE ORIGINAL fabulous chocolate creators in Asheville! And still my favorite!!”
“I am torn between Chocolate Fetish and French Broad Chocolate Shop. But to get the whole bite, you really need to experience what Karen Donatelli Cake Designs can do with chocolate, Chambord, and berries in the most divine chocolate cake in this WORLD.”
“Steeplechase Olde English Toffee on Pigeon Street in Waynesville is THE best!”
“A natural go-to for amazing chocolate is the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. However, it can get busy fast, so finding a moment to be romantic can be challenging. My family and I enjoy sneaking into Well-Bred Bakery on Main Street in Weaverville. They have everything from cheesecake to truffles. Our favorite is the Mountain Eclair to share (it really is mountain size). If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, head up to North Main Street and grab a sweet crepe from Creperie and Cafe. The Presley makes for a fun treat (Nutella, bacon, and bananas)! Of course, we get these to go and head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Craggy picnic grounds has tables to share and a nice walk to take in the mountain air.”
“If you are in the mood for some really good chocolate, drop by Van’s Chocolates in Hendersonville. Family owned, the chocolatier makes the chocolate delights by hand and uses only the best ingredients. The Cashew Clusters are my favorite, although the Nut and Chewy Assortments can’t be beat. It’s all good!”