10 Sweet Spots For Chocolate in Rhode Island
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
La Maison du Coco
Nestled on the gourmet-food end of Bellevue Avenue in Newport, La Maison du Coco offers French-inspired goodies that mark the meaning of deliciousness. For those in the know, the shop offers many tea-infused treats. "It's our little secret here in RI," said owner Michele De Luca-Verley. She infuses chocolate tartlets, truffles, and a host of other mouth-watering delights with different flavors of tea. Formerly in the fashion industry, De Luca-Verley fittingly offers a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collection. Options are constantly changing, perfect for the delectably curious guest. Visitors even flock to the shop for hot chocolate during the summer.
28 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-845-2626.
Federal Hill, Providence
The flourless chocolate hazelnut torte at Pastiche is a must for chocolate lovers. Served with rasberry sauce and whipped cream, the torte is fudgy and decadent, perfect for die-hard chocolate enthusiasts. For events with children, Pastiche's chocolate layer cake is a definite crowd-pleaser. More sophisticated visitors might appreciate the chocolate mousse. In the past year, Pastiche began starting making its own chocolate bars, with about 64% cacao--with options including cherries, orange peel, expresso beans, and salted beans. And don't forget those dark chocolate cream cheese brownies... Check out a video here.
92 Spruce Street, Providence. 401-861-5190. Closed Mondays.
The Duck and Bunny
Fox Point, Providence
The Duck and Bunny combines one's love of chocolate and cupcakes to offer an incredible range of offerings. Try their moist mocha cupcakes or their chocolate salted caramel cupcakes, both popular items. There are almost too many options--chocolate cupcakes with a caramel center, chocolate cream cheese cupcakes, and chocolate cupcake filled with peanut butter cups are just several of the options. Vegans, take note of their popular double chocolate cake filled with berries, complete with a vegan dark chocolate glaze.
312 Wickenden Street, Providence. 401-270-3300.
While you may be lured to XO Cafe for its farm-to-table cuisine, you will need to stay for the desserts. XO Cafe offers molten chocolate cake and "A Study In Chocolate, a beautiful array of delicate morsels of yumminess." Located just downtown, you might decide to take a walk down the block for a digestion session at the park. Perfect for a romantic evening date, this gem is a must-visit local secret.
125 North Main Street, Providence. 401-273-9090.
Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Visiting Newport? Make your destination Destination: Chocolate. Chocolate novices and connoisseurs will delight in this sweet little shop -- it offers a distinctive and memorable experience, says owner Martha Grogan. Destination: Chocolate features a range of options, from their bags of chocolate-covered raisins to handmade artisan truffles. "Children are fascinated by the whimsy of the children's department, a full-sized glass house, which the young ones enter in order to shop for their own special treats," Grogan said. Watch out for the gummy snakes though! Photo: Destination: Chocolate.
15 Bowen's Wharf, Newport. 401-847-1223.
Don't miss the chocolate goodies at Sweet Twist. The store offers chocolate, candy, jewelry and gifts. Over the past three years they have transitioned into a more full-service gift store, but they still offer delicious fudge, beautiful chocolate covered oreos, and those dipped pretzels. They also offer seasonally flavored fudge, such as pumpkin cheesecake fudge and eggnog. For the chocolate fanatic, don't miss the dipped potato chips and chocolate covered popcorn.
5707 Post Road, East Greenwich. 401-885-7579.
If you're looking for a luxurious experience, try Garrison Confections, the only chocolate company in the nation that changes its bon bon flavors four times a year, said owner Andrew Shotts. GoLocalProv has already written about this little chocolate factory store, but we can't help but mention it again. The shop's toffee has won many awards and the shop has been recognized too many times to count by Food & Wine, the New York Times, and others. For good reason. Order year-round online, or call for factory store hours, which expand during the holidays.
72 Ledge Street, Central Falls. 401-725-0790.
The Cheesecake Factory
There's nothing like a melt-in-your-mouth morsel of Oreo® Dream Extreme Cheesecake. It's also warming to know that The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America for every slice of this cheesecake that they manage to sell. Cheese was never so good. But there are a lot of chocolate-y options at The Cheesecake Factory--this palace of deliciousness challenges most visitors to sacrifice their stomachs.
Providence Place, Providence. 401-270-4010.
Indulge yourself at Sweet Indulgence. This one shop sweet shop caters to those with a sweet tooth, offering chocolates as well as gourmet cupcakes, cake, and coffee. Heading into the fall, Sweet Indulgence offers many kinds of chocolate covered apples, plus chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate covered potato chips and other delightful confections. The family-owned, family-run business is known for its spectacular confection tables.
905 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. 401-228-7719.
Hunt down a chocolate bar (or two) from Chocolateville. Named for the nickname granted to Central Falls, this chocolate is Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance Certified, plus, they sell throughout Rhode Island. Locations that sell the bars include AAA Southern New England in Cranston, Providence, Warwick, Hamden and Boston; Navigant Credit Union in Central Falls and Pawtucket; and Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls. For the latest outlets and also how to order online, go here.
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