If you don’t believe chocolate has surpassed its meager status of simple staple dessert and become a decadent pop culture phenomenon, consider the following idioms: “death by chocolate,” “everything’s better with chocolate” and “chocolate addiction.” Entire careers now revolve around the art of creating and decorating with chocolate, and whole festivals are devoted to the celebration and indulgence of it.
People show their love for one another by giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day because, let’s face it, it’s a gift almost anyone can enjoy. Consider giving your sweetie a chocolate-covered treat this Valentine’s Day from one of these specialty chocolate companies in Detroit–it’s the perfect way to show you care.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Truan’s Candies is a family-owned business located in Detroit and Dearborn Heights (22200 Ford Road), Michigan that has been selling chocolate treats since 1929. Customers visit for the delicious chocolate and return for the friendly service and homey atmosphere. Must-haves from this shop include chocolate covered cherry cordials and chocolate pecan marshmallows.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gayle’s Chocolates has been in business since 1979 and is located in Royal Oak, Michigan–an area that attracts many people because of its abundance of unique shops. Gayle’s fits right in with its unique concoctions. This is a store that’s not afraid to cover things in chocolate; shoppers can find pretzels, Oreos and even potato chips coated in the shops signature handmade chocolate. Party throwers can even order chocolate piñatas, hollowed out chocolate shells that can be filled with candy (or even more chocolate). For less daring chocolate lovers, Gayle’s offers truffles, boxed assortments and candy bars.
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Hours: Contact Pete’s Chocolate Company for monthly schedule
Pete’s Chocolate Company is independently owned by Pete, who learned how to make chocolate from a chocolatier in Mexico. Pete moves his company around and sells chocolate treats at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale and Midtown Detroit. Call Pete to plan your next party or event, or be sure to order one of his specialty chocolate-covered treats next time you’re at the market. Must-haves include French style chocolate truffles, dark chocolate with Leroux Polish blackberry brandy, or white chocolate with Grand Marnier bitter orange liqueur.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Drizzled Cafe Gourmet is a popular chocolate store that serves homemade chocolate treats, premium ice cream and specialty drinks. Favorites include drizzled Oreos, house-made cappuccino truffles, chocolate covered cherries, cashew clusters and mocha mouse cups. For those who like their chocolate cold, there are plenty of chocolate ice cream flavors and toppings to choose from, including Mackinac Island Fudge Ice Cream–a vanilla ice cream laced with pieces of Mackinac Island fudge and covered in thick fudge sauce.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Champagne Chocolates has been in business for more than 20 years and specializes in hand crafted chocolates, toffees and truffles. This store is extra special because it is owned by a woman who understands what women crave; her Champagne chocolates will make the perfect gift for the lady in your life on Valentine’s day. Shoppers can even personalize the boxes the chocolates come in by adding type styles, customized logos and stamps.
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