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The Best Chocolate Makers in the South

If you’re looking for the best local chocolate makers across the South during a road trip this summer—or just missing a taste of home—look no further. From spicy sips to decadent desserts, the South’s makers have your sweet tooth covered.


Meandering through Tennessee and looking for the best place to grab some chocolate? Whether you want fancy hot chocolate or salted mocha, the Volunteer State has something for you.

The Hot Chocolatier, Chattanooga

The Hot Chocolatier gets its name from this shop’s signature hot chocolates. Choose the Original Dark Sipping Chocolate or the “Hottie” Sipping Chocolate, which includes three types of peppers. They also sell hot chocolate mixes so you can make their drinks in the comfort of your own home. 

Olive & Sinclair, Nashville

Olive & Sinclair chocolates are a Tennessee staple. Their chocolate comes in a bar, good for sharing or savoring bite-for-bite. Choose between Candied Lemon and Sea Salt, a Coffee Crunch Bar, 75% Cacao and more.

The secret to Olive & Sinclair’s taste and many other delicious types of chocolate? Their products are only sweetened using pure brown sugar.

North Carolina

Strolling through Asheville and wanting something sweet? Or are you wanting to try chocolate with healthier alternatives? North Carolina’s favorites won’t disappoint.

French Broad Chocolates, Asheville

Located right in downtown Asheville, French Broad Chocolates offers chocolate tastings with a view. Witness the Blue Ridge Mountains while enjoying chocolates crafted from ingredients grown from their local “Asheville Grown Collection.” Flavors include Fresh Raspberry, Strawberry Balsamic, Sorghum Caramel and Lavender & Honey.

 Family & Future, Carrboro

If you’re looking for decadent pastilles crafted with 100% organic ingredients, this maker in the Raleigh-Durham area delivers. Steven Lambeth creates chocolate creations with ethically-sourced materials you can feel good about. Find his coconut and maple sugars in his chocolate as well as fair-trade cacao. Aside from the pastilles, Lambeth is known for Coconut Milk Chocolate and Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate


Texas boasts exciting, creative chocolates, because, you know, everything is bigger in the Lone Star State.

Maggie Louise Confections, Austin

Maggie Louise Confections was born from a desire to create. Each of their custom boxes of chocolates is hand-painted by a chocolatier. As their designs are made-to-order, their chocolates are an indulgence. But, their classic palette proves one of many Milton S. Hershey quotes, which states, “Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.”

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