Americans’ love affair with chocolate is no secret: The average adult consumes 11.7 pounds of the sweet stuff every year. While candy bars are easy to find in convenience stores and vending machines, many shops throughout the country offer more luxurious alternatives. Chocolate lovers can stop by Brooklyn’s Mast Brothers for free tastes of delicious bean-to-bar chocolate, or sample truffles made with exotic ingredients at Chicago’s Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Whether you’re looking for your favorite chocolate treat, or want to temot your taste buds with something new and exciting, these spots are stocked with irresistible confections that will satisfy your cravings. Here are our picks for America’s best chocolate shops.
by Emily Wasserman