Chicago Loves Their Chocolate

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I recently returned from a trip to Chicago and could not believe how many chocolate bars I saw. I counted at least five and then stopped counting. It seems to be a “thing” out there. How do people handle their cravings?  The best part was. . .you can smell the chocolate fumes on the streets a few blocks away! It stayed in the air as an ambiance. I am so getting a craving right now.

Here are the chocolate factories you need to check out when in Chicago:

Blommer Chocolate Factory

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Blommer is a chocolate factory located in the River West area of Chicago. This was the first chocolate place I passed as I began my walk towards the Loop with my girlfriends. We all kept turning back and smelling the goodness.

Fun Facts:

Blommer is the largest integrated chocolate and cocoa manufacturer in the US.

They have a  Research & Development Team and Innovation Team.

Chocolate liquer is made and sold. Mmmm…

Vosges

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Vosges has 5 of their own locations within Chicago with their chocolate selling in many more other shops and terminals at the airport.

Fun Facts:

Bacon & Chocolate packages for eating.

Many corporate, office, wedding, gift packages that can exceed anyones’ expectations.

The Fudge Pot

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The Fudge Pot is one of a kind and reminds me of Santa’s workshop, but chocolate instead.

Fun Facts:

Order personalized lollipops.

Eat chocolate molded items –  cars, animals, instruments etc.

Chocolate at the Pen Bar at the Peninsula Hotel

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Located on the 5th floor of the Peninsula Chicago Hotel, they offer a chocolate buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings where you can pay $40 for all you can eat, including coffee, tea, cappuccino, and desserts.

Fun Facts:

It’s only $20 if you’re in the same dining area earlier than the buffet begins and want to join in.

Fannie May Fine Chocolates

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Photo by Romi (Pixabay)

Fannie May’s is another chocolate bar that gets a lot of buzz for their taste and the hand crafted chocolates.

Fun Facts:

Cheesecake samplers and Artisan petits

They offer same day delivery options in Chicago

I would have done a chocolate bar hop if I had known in advance but that means I’ll have to save it for a future trip!