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Find Your Neighborhood Chocolaterie Before the Weekend

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Photo by Manny Rodriguez

The South is in the midst of a chocolate renaissance. Local chocolatiers, like Dan and Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate, start from scratch, roasting cacao beans and creating their own blends of craft chocolate bars and confections. The Rattigans source their chocolate from small farmers, then roast, crack, winnow, grind, conche and temper chocolate in small batches in their factory in Asheville. Similar stories of bean-to-bar production are taking place around the South. With this much creative chocolatiering, why would you ever buy chocolate from a grocery store brand again? We combed the South, and found eight chocolatiers offering a creation perfect for your Valentine.

Asheville.NC

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French Broad Chocolates.

French Broad Chocolate

A small-batch bean-to-bar factory open for tours and tastings located in downtown Asheville. The chocolate is available for sale and is used in the bakeshop for the pasteries and confections at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge21 Buxton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina Website

Charleston.SC

Bitte Chocolate

Michael Hoffman creates small-batch high-quality handmade chocolate bars in milk and dark chocolate in the first bean-to-bar maker in Charleston. Multiple Locations. Website

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier

Third generation French chocolatier Christophe Paume showcases picture-perfect French macarons beside hand-painted, stunning truffles in his downtown Charleston shop. Beautiful heart-shaped chocolate-filled boxes will bedazzle your sweetie and satisfy their sweet tooth. 90 Society Street, Charleston, South Carolina Website

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Photo by Manny Rodriguez

Dallas.TX

Dude Sweet Chocolate

Unique flavors abound at Dude, Sweet Chocolate where they concoct, manufacture, distribute, and retail dark chocolate inspired creations both sweet and savory. Look for their gift boxes to give your sweetheart a variety of their toffees, fudges and Crack in a Box chocolate bark or try to catch one of their limited-edition Valentine’s Day chocolate Hearts. (Multiple Locations) 108 West 8th Street, Sweet #102, Dallas, Texas Website

Moneta.VA

Stacy’s Sweet Spot

Chocolatier Stacy Noland’s 3,000 square-foot production space and dessert café offers chocolate classes and tastings as well as pasteries and, of course, chocolates made with local products. Delight your valentine with their award-winning Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle or Vanilla Bluegrass Truffles made with fresh blueberries and lemongrass. 1035 Mercantile Street, Moneta, Virginia Website

Memphis.TN

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Phillip Ashley Chocolates Design Studio Boutique

Phillip Ashley Rix is known for the avante garde flavors he uses in his chocolates, like barbeque, inspired by Memphis’s dry-rubbed pork and ribs. For Valentine’s Day, Rix is offering a gift box of chocolates reminiscent of the Necco Sweethearts but with flavors like bourbon pecan and caramel macchiato. 798 Cooper Street, Memphis, Tennessee Website

Nashville.TN

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Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Specializing in small-batch, single origin cocoa beans, this bean-to-bar chocolate maker marries traditional methods with European technique and classic Southern flavors. Send your sweetie a box of their award-winning Duck Fat Caramels, Smoked Nib Brittle infused with Benton’s Bacon or a log of their Chocuterie for a Valentine’s Day they will never forget. 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee Website

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Videri Chocolate Factory

Raleigh.NC

Videri Chocolate Factory

A bean-to-bar chocolate factory offering dark and milk chocolate bars as well as caramels and ganache bonbons. Tour the factory and watch chocolate being processed, then sip coffee as you shop for organic and vegan chocolates in their retail shop. 327 West Davie Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Website