As if you need a reason to eat chocolate, today is World Chocolate Day! This observance occurs around the globe each year on July 7 — but more valuable information is where you should celebrate the day. Fortunately for South Florida residents, the area not only boasts some of the most enviable beaches but chocolate too. Check out our top five places to celebrate World Chocolate Day in South Florida and indulge your sweet tooth. We know we will!
If the chocolatiers at Castronovo Chocolate Factory are one thing, it’s detailed. A true bean-to-bar chocolate shop, the team is involved in every step of the chocolate-making process, from cultivating and fermenting beans to when they are sold to customers in the Stuart, Fla. shop. A seven-time winner of the International Chocolate Awards, Castronovo Chocolate Factory sells a variety of high-quality, small-batch chocolates in a variety of tempting flavors — making the shop a perfect destination for International Chocolate Day!
If you go: Castronovo Chocolate Factory is located at 555 Colorado Ave., Stuart, Fla., 34994. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
When the mother-son duo opened Miami Beach Chocolates in 2009, they sought out to provide customers with finest quality products and unmatched service. Now, seven years later, the pair owns one of the most highly regarding sweets shops in the area. To craft the hand-made desserts, the Miami Beach Chocolates team adds no preservatives, no extenders, and no additives, ensuring that every piece of chocolate isn’t just delicious, but made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Stop by the shop and choose from a variety of decadent treats including clusters, truffles, cookies and more.
If you go: Miami Beach Chocolates in located at 456 W. 41st St., Miami Beach. Fla., 33140. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm. Closed Saturdays.
Key Largo is home to more than just diving and fishing — the legendary town is home to one of the most popular chocolate shops in the state. Owner Kristie Thomas sailed (literally!) to the Florida Keys via her very own 41-foot Morgan ketch where she instantly fell in love with what the area had to offer. From here, alongside her husband, Kristie started making chocolate treats, key lime pie and rum cakes in her own home, eventually renting out a commercial kitchen as demand grew. Key Largo Chocolates now offers everything a chocolate lover’s heart could desire, from truffles and key lime pie to toffee, bark, fudge and more.
If you go: Key Largo Chocolates is located at 100470 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Fla., 33037. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm.
Located in West Palm Beach, Fla., Oh My Chocolates sells more than 70 delicious varieties of confections. By combining only the finest and freshest ingredients, the team works to create handmade chocolates you won’t soon forget. Offerings include a myriad of truffles from classic flavors to those a little offbeat (think champagne and grand marnier), to chocolate bark to homemade gelato.
If you go: Oh My Chocolates is located at 335 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, Fla., 33401. They are open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm.
When Paul Hoffman purchased a small candy shop in 1975, his goal was to open a business that combined his two loves — homemade chocolate and spending time with family members. Now more than 40 years later, Hoffman’s Chocolate has become a South Florida staple for sugary treats and more with four chocolate and ice cream shops.
If you go: Hoffman’s Chocolate has 11 shops located in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Greenacres, Hollywood, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Stuart, and Weston. Hours vary and can be found on their official website.