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 they see one. They 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?
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory 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.
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 in 2016 they made a fireman’s boot that benefitted the firefighters who did so much work to save our forests. Exquisite chocolate and great causes.
Hands down—French Broad Chocolates in downtown Asheville is the best, and the lines are worth the wait! So many spectacular chocolate yummies that it’s hard to choose 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!
I am torn between Chocolate Fetish and French Broad Chocolates. 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.
Van’s Chocolates in Hendersonville is my go-to spot for local chocolate—they even have sugar-free varieties! It makes the perfect gift for anyone. This year, it was included in the Christmas baskets we made for the teachers.
My favorite local chocolate shoppe is the Chocolate Fetish on Haywood Road in Downtown Asheville. They have been making handmade artisanal treats in Asheville since 1986. Their homemade truffles and dark chocolate nonpareils will always put a smile on my wife’s face.
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!
Steeplechase Olde English Toffee on Pigeon Street in Waynesville is THE best!
The best chocolate shops in Hendersonville are Van’s Chocolates and Kilwin’s on Main Street, but we cannot forget the Barry Callebaut chocolate factory out on Chimney Rock Road.
I love, love, love to shop at Well-Bred Bakery in Weaverville for their giant chocolate eclairs! It’s the ultimate sweet for your sweetie. Beautiful, huge, and yummy!
Appalachian Java & Cafe tempts me daily with their chocolate-covered strawberries and delightful homemade chocolate cupcakes of various favors. Yum yum!
One thing about living in Asheville are the options for wonderful foods! Since 1986, chocolate lovers have enjoyed the signature products from The Chocolate Fetish. The owners use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also bring their passion for fine food and world travel to create these artisan chocolates. The Chocolate Fetish offers a variety of pre-packaged valentine gift boxes, or you can pick your favorites and build your own. We would highly recommend these chocolates for your valentine!
Looking for the sweetest indulgence to say “I love you” or to pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day? Van’s Chocolates in Hendersonville is the perfect way to recognize your special someone. Their handcrafted tiny treats are made in small batches to ensure their superior level of quality. My favorites are the almond toffees and sea salt caramels. Try a time-tested tradition such as truffles or brittles, or venture into something a little daring and devious, like meltaways or creams. Either way, prepare yourself to be pampered!
Have a Taste for the Best? Live Near the Best Chocolate Shops in WNC!
True chocolate lovers know quality! And we would bet that discerning eye extends to more than the bean-to-bar item in your hand. Find your top-quality dream home near one of the local chocolate shops mentioned in this post!
- Appalachian Java & Cafe – Search homes in Burnsville.
- The Chocolate Fetish – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.
- Dillsboro Chocolate Factory – Search homes in Waynesville.
- French Broad Chocolates – Search homes in Downtown Asheville. | Search homes in North Asheville.
- Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop – Search homes in Waynesville.
- Karen Donatelli Cake Designs – Search homes in Downtown Asheville.
- Kilwin’s – Search homes in Hendersonville.
- Steeplechase Olde English Toffee – Search homes in Waynesville.
- Van’s Chocolates – Search homes in Hendersonville.
- Well-Bred Bakery – Search homes in Weaverville.
3 Responses to “Agents Answer: Where are the Best Local Chocolate Shops in WNC?”
The Chocolate Lab of Asheville makes hand dipped chocolates and truffles including a whole line of beer, wine and cocktail truffles. Woman owned small business at 2 Weaverville Road in North Asheville. If you haven’t tried it you are missing out on some of the best chocolates in Asheville.
Thanks, Lisa! We’ve definitely been hearing good things!
Thank you Ann for the compliment! Karen Donatelli Bakery & Cafe appreciates you for mentioning us in your review. Our Chocolate Raspberry Cake is our best seller and is adorned with beautiful chocolate dipped strawberries! This is truly edible art that is decadent and beautiful!