14 Great Chocolatiers and Chocolate Shops in Philadelphia
All the best makers and sweets shops to seek out in Philly, whether you're looking to wow your favorite chocolate lover or treat your own sweet tooth.
Back in Philadelphia’s industrial heyday, the city dominated chocolate making, with companies turning out sweets like Wilbur Buds and iconic gifts like Whitman’s Samplers in Philadelphia facilities. Luckily, Philly’s chocolate-making legacy is still going strong, with more than a dozen excellent makers in and around the city turning out chocolate bonbons, bars, truffles, and buttercreams for when you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with something a little fancier than a Peanut Chew. Here are some of the best chocolatiers and chocolate shops in Philadelphia.
Shane Confectionery, Old City
First, brothers Eric and Ryan Berley brought back the old-school ice cream parlor with Franklin Fountain. Next, they built a Best of Philly-winning homage to Victorian-era and artisanal candy right next door. Pick up a heart-shaped box of handmade buttercreams or try out their complex dark or milk chocolate bars, made from beans processed in house — or get them delivered same-day via Caviar.
Mueller’s Chocolate Company, Market East
The chocolatier near Reading Terminal Market’s 12th and Filbert entrance makes all manner of turtles, clusters, and barks — but they’re best known for their unique chocolate oddities. Think anatomically correct chocolate hearts, brains, livers, and kidneys (perfect for the goth or medical professional in your life) and the chocolate-covered onion (perfect for someone you don’t actually like very much).
Lore’s Chocolates, Washington Square West
Find all manner of chocolates in all kinds of Philly-centric shapes — Liberty Bell, LOVE statue, Independence Hall — at Lore’s 7th Street shop. The company shares its owners and its production facility with that of Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, the city’s most iconic candy.
Aurora Grace, Queen Village
Aurora Wold, pastry chef with Michelin-starred cred from her New York days, is the city’s newest chocolate maker. Hit up her cafe and sweets shop at 5th and South for luscious bonbons and bars hand-painted in kaleidoscopic colors.
John & Kira’s, Various locations
This chocolatier, headquartered in Feltonville, was one of the original new wave chocolate makers in Philly when it launched back in 2002 with locally-sourced flavors and partnerships with urban farms. Now, they’re known for bonbons painted like bees, ladybugs, and flowers as well as a variety of filled chocolates and (our favorite) Spanish figs filled with whiskey ganache. Get them at spots like Di Bruno Bros., Green Aisle Grocery, and the Rittenhouse Square farmers’ market on Saturday mornings.
Classic Cake, Center City and Cherry Hill
The long-running Jersey sweets shop expanded into Philly with a shiny new store last year. In addition to all that baked goodness, pastry chef Robert Bennett and his crew keep a case stocked with chocolate confections, too.
Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, Midtown Village
Marcie Turney isn’t just a chef and restaurateur — she’s a chocolatier, too. Get her beautifully decorated bonbons infused with flavors like Gaucho (smoked pimenton, cinnamon, and hazelnut), Bollywood (Madras curry with coconut and cashew), and French Farmer (elderflower-Champagne) at Verde, the 13th Street boutique Turney owns with her wife and business partner Valerie Safran.
Éclat Chocolate, West Chester
Master chocolatier Chris Curtin spent decades training with top chocolatiers in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Japan before opening his own Chester County business. Now, they’re making Best of Philly-worthy chocolates from single-origin, small-batch Peruvian beans or the finest European couverture — get them in Éclat’s West Chester shop or at spots in the city like Di Bruno Bros. and Riverwards Produce.
Chocodiem, Old City
Belgian-born scientist-turned-chocolatier Jean-Paul Hepp makes his chocolates in New Jersey, but you can buy treats like truffles (with wine, prosecco, or liquor-based fillings), sea salt caramel truffles, and cacao nib chocolate bark at their new stand in the Bourse.
Aux Petits Delices, Wayne
Pastry chef Marqessa Gesualdi took over the Lancaster Avenue bakery from longtime owners Patrick and Nina Gauthron in 2017, but she’s serving the same quality French-style sweets — including handmade chocolates in flavors like Earl Grey, passionfruit, pear, and chai.
John Lerro Candies, South Philly
Back when the original John Lerro — grandfather to its third-generation owner — started making candy, it was in a small shop on South Broad Street. Today, their chocolates are made to order just outside the city in Darby, but the shop still stands, selling buttercreams, chocolate-covered graham crackers and potato chips, and even chocolate letters, numbers, and airplanes.
Duffy’s Fine Chocolates, Haddonfield and Gloucester City
This South Jersey candy company has been in business since 1922, with the fourth generation of Duffy family chocolatiers at its helm. They make just about everything chocolate — bars, nut and fruit clusters, enrobed pretzels, barks, bonbons, and more — for sale at their factory shop and an outpost on Haddonfield’s main drag.
Mecha Artisan Chocolate, Haddon Township
This startup from pastry chef Melissa Crandley specializes in dark chocolate confections, with bonbons, bars, and even a chocolate bark studded with Pop Rocks. Get Mecha goodies at spots like Cake Life Bake Shop and Occasionette in Philly or on select dates at the Collingswood, Burlington County, and Yardley farmers’ markets.
Good Good Chocolates, Various locations
This chocolate concern run by pastry chef couple Lisa and Brian Schoenbeck is so new, they’re in hardly any physical stores yet — they’ve been specializing in sweets for weddings and corporate clients — but they’ve been stocking goodies like their hand-painted s’mores bonbons, their dark chocolate Philly Bar (made with caramel beer ganache, salty pretzel, and peanut butter crunch), and Bon Bon Bars in flavors like salty roasted white chocolate, brownie bits, and hazelnut crunch at flower and gift shop Vault & Vine in East Falls.