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 alcohol or smoking. 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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1001 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you’re of the opinion that the best chocolates come from Europe, then Teuscher is the place for you. The chocolates here are imported from Switzerland. The signature chocolates here are champagne truffles. Frankly, nothing says celebration like chocolate infused with champagne. These make a perfect gift to take to a dinner party. If you stop in, make sure you get a cup of hot cocoa, made with melted chocolates. It’s rich, but you’ll love every sip.
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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