As far as indulgences go, chocolate is – at least comparatively – a pretty good one. Sure, you can overdo it, but it’s not quite as damaging as other obsessions! And let’s face it, it just tastes good. If you’re looking to get your chocolate fix at any time of year, here are some of the best places in Orange County that you can visit.
Schimd’s Fine Chocolates
99 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
The great thing about Schmid’s is that it feels very much like a European chocolatier. It’s a cozy place where the cases are stocked with all of favorites you’d expect to find in any box of chocolates: buttercream, caramels, fruit flavors, etc. Schimd’s also has chocolates that fit right into the vibe in San Clemente with chocolates decorated like Hawaiian shirts and surfboards. In addition to gift boxes, you can get a box (charged by weight) like the one pictured where you pick all of the contents. Whether you’re giving these handmade chocolates as a gift or keeping them for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
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1500 E Village Way
Orange, CA 92865
Since 1921, this family operated chocolatier has been one of the go-to spots to visit for gifts, or if you just want some little chocolate treats for yourself. From candies to chocolates, See’s Candies sells their delicious options either by piece or by the box. Best sellers include their assorted milk-chocolate boxes which range in how many pieces each box offers, as well as their brittle, dark chocolate boxes, and custom mix boxes.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
7777 Edinger Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Huntington Beach’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers premium chocolates and other confections, as well as gift baskets for those to have a liking for chocolate. From boxed chocolate boxes including nut and caramel chocolates to assorted chocolate boxes, truffles and more, there certainly is no shortage of options here.
Christopher Michael Chocolatier
2346 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
One way a chocolatier can set himself apart is to have flavors that can’t be found everywhere else. Christopher Michael has some unique flavors among its products including a lime-pomegranate (pictured) and a lavender caramel, along with seasonal favorites. This place uses chocolate from Venezuela to make all of its products by hand in the store. The result is a deliciously creamy treat that melts in your mouth. If getting your chocolate fix isn’t enough, you can also get some delicious ice cream made right in the store too.
26941 Cabot Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
If chocolate is on your mind, but a trip to France is not in the budget, you can head to Laguna Hills for chocolates prepared by someone who learned her craft in France. Expect nothing but smooth European-style chocolates here. While you can get the chocolates anytime, Luisa specializes in making chocolates for special occasions. Contact her to provide chocolates for your wedding, Bar Mitzvah or any occasion when you want to provide great chocolate for your guests.
302-B Marine Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662
Chocolates don’t always have to come in a nice gift box. It can also cover something else delicious, like pretzels and nuts. Too Sweet has a variety of chocolate products that you can share with others, but might just want to keep for yourself. After all, it’s hard to share something as delicious as rich peanut butter cups or chocolate-covered marshmallows. Plus, Too Sweet is in one of the most beautiful locations in Orange County: Balboa Island. Chocolate and a desirable location is a tough combination to beat.
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