(credit: peteschocolate.com)

(credit: peteschocolate.com)

Chocolates are molded, drizzled, formed and rolled into edible creations that are coveted and savored, sometimes becoming part of a lasting memory. The art of making fine chocolate is usually passed from person to person, resulting in a collection of complex tastes that involves more than just ingredients; it requires a passion for the craft. Many chocolatiers in Detroit have been around for generations, and joining them in this time-honored tradition is a new crop of favorites that add to the evolving small-business landscape of the city.

Pete’s Chocolate Co.
City Bird
460 W. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-9146

Pete’s Chocolate Co. features handmade truffles made in Detroit. The owner learned guarded secrets from a chocolatier while living in Mexico. This specialty treat is decked out in sugar, spice and everything nice. Pete’s has been known to incorporate a unique blend of ingredients which are transformed into a surprising collection of flavors. Different varieties of dark, milk or white chocolate truffles are always available, with an evolving roster of special flavors created on a limited basis. Pete’s Chocolate is available at many stores in the Detroit area, including City Bird.

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Mindo Chocolate Makers
11061 Trinkle Road
Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 660-5636

This is the chocolate for connoisseurs. The chocolate from Mindo Chocolate Makers is made from cacao beans on site. The beans are cultivated, dried and roasted in Mindo, Equador, where the proprietors also own a cafe, then sent to the chocolatier in Michigan, where artisan chocolates are created by hand. Mindo Chocolate Makers makes small batches of high-quality chocolate products including cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate and chocolate bars featuring flavors such as blueberry and orange. Try the divine Mexican chocolate or the hot chocolate sticks for a rich treat.

Champagne Chocolatés
54 Cherry St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 468-1170

Champagne Chocolates focuses on hand-crafted chocolates. The shop is stocked with an array of chocolate bark, toffee, chewy clusters and melt-in-your-mouth truffles. Try a chocolate lollipop or fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate. Also made on site are orange peels and bacon pieces slathered in chocolate. Boxed chocolates are painstakingly decorated and are so pretty that it may take a second to convince yourself to take a bite… but just a second.

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Detroit Chocolat
13923 Lakeside Circle
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 566-8620

Detroit Chocolat is a family-owned business that has been around for almost a century. The shop contains an endless assortment of delectable treats. Bite into an over-the-top candy bar, homemade fudge or try just about anything imaginable, dipped in chocolate of course. Detroit Chocolate specializes in liqueur truffles, solid chocolates and a variety of butter creams and nuts covered in both dark and milk chocolate.

Corden’s Candy Carousel
26300 Michigan Ave.
Inkster, MI 48141
(313) 565-2505

Corden’s Candy Carousel is magic. The chocolates and other tempting sweets are all crafted by hand on site. There are molded chocolates, boxed chocolates and clusters. Everything from sea salt caramels to rum cherries are lined up behind the glass, giving customers the opportunity to gaze at the different chocolates before making the final selection. The house specialty is the chocolate turtles, and they do not disappoint. This chocolatier has been in operation since 1918 and has become a family favorite for many in the area.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.