When people think Vermont, they generally think of maple syrup as the best Vermont made product. We’re not here to agree or disagree, by any means. However, Vermont is home to a thriving community of chocolatiers making indulgent truffles, decadent bars and innovative sweets, like Tavernier Chocolates’ chocolate charcuterie or Laughing Moon Chocolates’ goat cheese truffles.
You’ve probably tasted Birnn’s Chocolates of Vermont truffles without realizing; among Vermont’s chocolate giants, Birnn’s sells truffles wholesale to retailers around the state.
Find your way around Vermont’s chocolate scene via our chocolate trail. Check out the map below and pick a few spots to snag a treat or two as you explore the state.
Check out the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing's Chocolate Trail and plan an entire trip around hitting the sweet spots, or pick one or two and stop along your way.
Head chocolatier Erle LaBounty began making chocolates at 16. Now operating Farmhouse Chocolates in Bristol, he and co-owner Eliza La Rocca make and sell small-batch chocolates, truffles and caramels. Visit their shop to taste.
Burke Mountain Confectionery
Tom and Nancy Taylor’s passion for living the sweet life in Vermont shows in their acclaimed truffles, made with the flavors of the Northeast Kingdom – “nothing complicated, everything delicious and pure.”
The Vermont Truffle Company
Old-world craftsmanship combines with modern technology for truffles that delight and inspire. Cheesecake truffle, anyone?
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Among Vermont’s biggest chocolate makers, Lake Champlain Chocolates offers gourmet truffles, bars and creatively crafted treats with a Vermont twist. Sample varieties like Maple Crunch, Green Mountain or Honey Caramel. Find a place to purchase.
Laughing Moon Chocolates
In a cozy shop in Stowe village, Laughing Moon Chocolates crafts its handmade delights and showcases its technique, even offering workshops for those who want to make their own. Sit on the front porch with drinking chocolate or browse one-of-a-kind treats.
Mother Myrick’s Confectionery
Mother Myrick’s buttercrunch is famed statewide. Find out why for yourself, and while you’re there, sample truffles, linzertorte and Mother’s delectable fudge.
Like a taste of Europe in downtown Burlington, NU Chocolat prides itself on Swiss-trained chocolatiers making rich ganache truffles, signature blonde chocolate, and crystalized ginger among other decadent delicacies.
Rabble Rouser Chocolate and Craft Co.
Take your treats with a side of sweet justice – Rabble Rouser’s finely crafted chocolate comes with a focus on equality and sustainability.
Generations-deep chocolate-making experience goes into the signature offerings from Snowflake Chocolates, with stops in Jericho and South Burlington. On tap: Vermont Micro Brew Sweets Collection, among other unique offerings.
Sweet on Vermont
A classic Vermont chocolate-maker, Sweet on Vermont produces truffles, bars and handmade artisan chocolates shipped the world over. Pick some up.
Sweet Seasons Farm
St. Johnsbury’s Sweet Seasons Farm confections go back to basics, using organic cacao beans, hand-roasted and salted nuts and offering vegan and dairy-free dark chocolate. Valentine’s Day pop-up shop runs Feb. 8 through Feb. 15.
Swirling together sweet and savory, Tavernier Chocolates thinks outside the chocolate box with such offerings as chocolate salami, spruce needle mini bars and black garlic and lava salt bonbons. Tavernier Chocolates is not to be missed. Visit their Brattleboro shop, or find a store here.
In an old wagon shed in Arlington, meet Cocoa, the world’s largest chocolate teddy bear, and check out a chocolate-making demonstration before sampling the sweet stuff.
Champlain Islands Candy Lab
Unique sweets, including wasabi peanuts in dark chocolate, chocolate pearls and gummy candies, await at Champlain Island Chocolate Lab, where owners take pride in featuring local flavors and inspiration.
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates crafts truffles, bars, gummy candy and other sweet treats in a completely nut-free facility, spreading the joy of chocolate. Take some of their products home with you.