Oh chocolate, what a treat…what a wonderful creation!

For those among us who share a deep affinity for all things chocolate, one of the best places to visit is a chocolatier. This month, I visited a few of my favorite local makers. These products make great gifts, and the shops are a sweet and romantic getaway for a day date, so next time you’re in the market, stop by these awesome local retailers!

diAmano Chocolate

Pictured above; photo by Isadora Pennington

Mango Passionfruit Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, $4 each, $18 for 6, $36 for 12; available in dark, milk, and white chocolate.

1100 Hammond Dr. NE, Sandy Springs 30328, 770-730-9770


The Chocolaterie; photo by Nancy Rangel

The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates

A gold foil gift box contains 15 of the most popular and colorful artisan chocolates; flavors include Dark Chocolate Amaretto Kiss, Salted Dulce de Leche, Double Cappuccino, Grand Marnier Cream Caramel and Pecan Caramel Turtle.

3099 Main St., Duluth 30096, 678-585-3338




Jardi Chocolates

Forever Love—chocolate, cherry, with a cordial center—and Bleeding Love—

Jardi Chocolates; photo by Isadora Pennington

chocolate, blood orange and caramel; $11 for 4, $20 for 8, $28 for 12. This is part of a set called Silly Love Songs which includes also Burning Love—milk chocolate and chili pepper—and Flaming Love—chocolate banana foster.

3400 W. Hospital Ave. #102, Chamblee 30341, 470-240-8353


Xocoatl Small Batch Chocolate; photo by Isadora Pennington

Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Kissed Mermaids Bar—dark coconut milk chocolate with vanilla-infused sea salt and crunchy cacao nibs—$9.50.

99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta 30307, 404-604-9642



Cacao Cafe

Cacao Cafe; photo by Isadora Pennington

L to R: Antica Strawberry, Sea Salt Tequila, Cayenne Passion Fruit and Bourbon Espresso, part of the Epiphany Collection; $18 for 6, $36 for 12.

1046 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta 30306, 404-892-8202


Photo courtesy of A Cacao Affair

A Cacao Affair

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Marc de Champagne; $7 for ¼ lb., $14 for ½ lb., $26 for 1 lb.

825 Jamerson Rd. #527, Marietta 30066, 678-903-4534


Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.