For the past few weeks, we’ve been getting in the Halloween spirit by fantasizing about what treats we’d be scoring for the big night. The more we thought about it though, the more we realized that we didn’t want to share our sweets. Instead, we loaded up on haute chocolates, turned off the front porch light, and watched all the Friday the 13th movies back-to-back. These spots were where we stocked up for our no-holds-barred choco-binge.
Chocolatier Robert Ludlow and his wife Ashley Hubbard’s Georgetown boutique (a second location opens soon in Alexandria) is both tasteful and tasty. Though we can’t resist the Elvis-evoking peanut butter-banana chocolate confection, we’re really a sucker for the regional chocolate bars. Our personal favorite is the Northeast, which is shot through with shards of maple pecan toffee.
At this Gaithersburg gem, chocolatier Crisoire Reid turn out 1,000 truffles a day made with beans from her home country, the Dominican Republic. The passion fruit packs a sweet punch that’s equally fruity and floral – a perfect reminder of Caribbean getaways. A chocolate-pistachio core is rolled in pale green pistachio dust to create a nutty sensation. And the Passion of the Sea truffle coats a 54% milk chocolate ganache with a 70% dark chocolate shell, then dapples it with hearty crystals of Mediterranean sea salt.
Right now, we’re totally loving chocolatier Jason Andelman’s salted butterscotch that infuses a milk chocolate-caramel ganache with single malt Scotch and salted butter. Honestly though, any of the beautifully arted treats at this Arlington standout are sure to make your day.
This Frederick favorite features lots of classic flavors alongside a few you might not expect, like blueberry balsamic, Old Bay caramel, and cayenne pepper. We’re especially fond of their chocolately collaborations with nearby Flying Dog Brewery, which include the Gonzo truffle spiked with Imperial Porter.
Wedged between Dupont Circle and AdMo, this shop was formerly known as Biago Fine Chocolate. Despite the name change, it still stocks a globe-spanning selection of bars, truffles, and treats. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, there are usually plenty of free samples on hand to help guide your decision.