Chocolate, invented by the Mayans as a hot beverage, has grown into a proverbial cult across the globe. And it makes a great hostess gift at any New Year’s party. Here in Detroit there are a few great chocolatiers everyone should visit including Gayle’s Chocolates, Chocolates by Renee, Juliet Chocolates, Morley Candy Makers and Sanders Candy Factory and Sydney Bogg’s Sweet Essentials.

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Gayle’s Chocolates

417 Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-398-0001
www.gayleschocolates.com

Not only do Gayle’s Chocolates taste GREAT, they look sensational too! (Where else can you buy full size, chocolate high heels?) Ooh-la-la.

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Chocolates by Renee

118 East Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
248-349-6362
www.chocolatesbyrenee.com

Handmade, gourmet, chocolates to die for! Terrific truffles, incredible coconut clusters and if you’re in the mood for something different, dive into the butter almond toffee. Yum.

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Juliet Chocolates

66870 Van Dyke Rd
Romeo, MI 48095
(586) 752-4335
www.julietchocolates.com

Juliet Chocolates (in Romeo, of course) is the ultimate in sweet, small town goodness.  The chocolate is made on site. The truffles and chocolate-covered caramels are sensational. The shop is quaint.  The service is fantastic.  Four stars!

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Morley Candy Makers and Sanders Candy Factory

23770 Hall Road (M-59)
Clinton Township, MI 48036
(800) 682-2760 Extension 2218
www.sanderscandy.com

Smooth and creamy, sweet and sensational.  A hometown favorite.  (And a fun field trip for school kids!)  I think they make the world’s best, foil-wrapped, Christmas and Easter chocolates.  Confection perfection.

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Sydney Bogg’s Sweet Essentials

233 12 Mile Rd
Berkley, MI  48072
(248) 398-7933
www.sydneyboggs.com

If you love “turtles” (pecan, caramel, and chocolate clusters) you’ll love Sweet Essentials. Turtles are their specialty. Their best seller.  Nobody makes them like Sweet Essentials. (I feel a binge coming on!)