Truffles, Bars & Chips: All Things Chocolate in the Motor City

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | April 7, 2015
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Easter Sunday has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean cravings for chocolate have fallen by the wayside. That is probably a phenomenon that will never stop, so thankfully for chocoholics everywhere, Metro Detroit candy shops keep shelves stocked and stomachs happy.

Personally, I am more of a fan of the heavenly combination that is chocolate and peanut butter, as opposed to pure chocolate, but chocolate shops can oblige everyone’s tastes. Please join us on this literary tour of Metro Detroit’s finest chocolate shops, and as an added bonus, we’ll look at some establishments featuring chocolate chip goodies. Don’t worry; a piece of candy or two won’t kill your figure.

Gayle’s Chocolates, 417 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, has made more than 4,000 chocolate designs. Truffles were one of the first items Gayle ever created, and now customers can choose from assortmentschocolate barsDIY boxes (pick your own chocolate combinations) and so much more. Don’t forget about unique shapes like chocolate shoes or animals. Gayle’s has been operating since 1979 and the chocolates are handmade.

Champagne Chocolates, 65 Macomb Place, Suite. E., Mount Clemens, produces hand-crafted chocolates daily. It has been in business for two decades and creates delicious assorted chocolatestruffles and toffees. That isn’t it; don’t forget about the clusters and barks or sugar-free chocolates. If you’re looking to personalize chocolates for a wedding, look no further than Champagne, as it provides custom chocolates for such an occasion. You can even make your own truffles at a chocolate party!

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Detroit Chocolat, 48091 Hayes Rd., Shelby Twp., has recipes and products that date back four generations, and it continues to produce high-quality chocolates. The store loves to celebrate the culture, tradition and the people of Detroit. Cornerless chocolat bars, such as potato chip and milk chocolate or Belgian dark chocolate are some of the interesting creations at Detroit Chocolat. There are also cupstersboxed chocolates and more.

Chocolates by Renee, 118 E. Main St., Northville, is another option for high-quality, handmade chocolates. There are a great variety of chocolates, from caramels to truffles and nougats to toffee. Specialty items, such as chocolate pretzels, cookies or sports-shaped chocolates are available as well.  Chocolates by Renee can even make chocolate bars with your corporate logo on them! This store can provide chocolate products for all occasions: weddings, showers, parties, etc.

Now that you’re acquainted with a few of the quality chocolate shops in Metro Detroit, here is another option. If you’re not a huge fan of chocolates, but like it in light moderation, perhaps desserts featuring chocolate chips are more of your taste. Here are a couple of places to consider:

Sister Pie bakes out of the Hannah House Kitchen, 4750 Woodward Ave., in Detroit, but it is currently building its soon-to-be-opened bakery in Detroit’s West Village. The gluten-free Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, made with coconut oil, buckwheat flower, bittersweet chocolate and Plugra butter, were voted as Hour Magazine’s “Best Cookie” in 2014. Get them at these locations.

Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes has locations in both Oak Park and West Bloomfield and creates some of Metro Detroit’s greatest cheesecakes. It also makes the “Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie,” baked fresh with ground chocolate and chocolate chips. Patrons can order an individual cookie, half dozen or full dozen.

Treat Dreams, 22965 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, features ice cream flavors that rotate weekly, but this week, and often other times, a dark chocolate chocolate chip flavor is available. Treat Dreams also makes chocolate chip cookies, and it also uses local ingredients and local vendors to make its products!

Sorella’s Homemade Baked Goods, 31236 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, has a menu filled with delicious chocolate chip items. From the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Dynasty Cake to muffins to cookies, it has it all. Not to mention a great selection of other baked goods, fruit specialties and more.

If this isn’t enough chocolate to get you through the spring, then you may indeed be a chocoholic. It wouldn’t be advised to try every single one of these places in the near future, but it is definitely recommended to try one, or two, or three.