For some people, Valentine’s Day love reaches its loveliest heights when something sweet is involved – preferably something decadently sweet. With that in mind, it’s time to reveal our list of the best chocolate and candy shops in Delaware – where, as always, your shopping spree comes tax-free!
This family-run candymaker has been an institution at the Delaware beaches since 1937, when it began selling handcrafted salt-water taffy, creamy fudges and chocolates. Now 20 stores strong, the Candy Kitchen empire stretches from Rehoboth to Ocean City, Md., to Virginia Beach, Va. Delaware locations: Del. 1 and State Road, Fenwick Island, (302) 539-6805; Del. 1 and Westway Drive, Bethany Beach, (302) 537-7655; 123 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, (302) 539-8525; 100 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, (302) 537-1733; 102 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-7195; 1 S. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-9200; 260 Ocean Outlets, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-5858; 18627 Del. 1, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 645-4769. Call (800) 603-8343 to order by phone.
This boutique shop is known for its custom-designed “candy buffets” for birthday parties and other special events. 2C W Main St., Middletown, DE, (302) 803-0909.
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Featuring customized and personalized homemade chocolates, a full line of fresh roasted nuts, snack mixes, old fashioned and hard-to-find novelty candy. 2211 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE, (302) 654-9171.
Featuring handmade chocolates and fudge; sugar- and salt-free chocolates; and sugar-free, low-carb cheesecake. 1218 Old Cooches Bridge Road, Newark DE, (302) 690-4715.
The Newark-area location of this national chain is especially noteworthy for all that surrounds it: the 150-plus stores of tax-free, upscale Christiana Mall, which includes such retailers as Nordstrom, Apple, Microsoft, and such restaurants as Cheesecake Factory. 715 Christiana Mall, Newark, DE, (302) 737-2545.
A substantial share of this downtown Wilmington chocolatier's charm lies in the cozy, old-world feel of its store, which also includes a well-regarded family restaurant. The Govatos family has been selling their creations since 1894, and are known for their nicely crafted assortments of butter creams, almond bark, truffles, and more. Two Delaware locations: 800 N. Market St., Wilmington, (302) 652-4082; 4105 Concord Pike, Talleyville, (302) 478-5324.
This Rehoboth Beach landmark is revered for its old-fashioned caramel corn, “amazing” chocolate (“some of the best truffles ever made”), salted caramels, fudge, and of course, saltwater taffy. 9 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. (302) 227-2870.
Seaside Country Store
Since 1969, “The Most Unusual Store on the Shore” has supplemented its broad gift selection with fresh-made fudge (the vanilla is especially buzz-worthy), old-school novelty candy treats, gourmet food and cheese spreads. 1208 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE, (302) 539-6110.NOTE: Open seasonally (March 13-Sunday after Thanksgiving)
You’ll find more than 60 flavors of salt water taffy here, along with fudge, handmade truffles, and a gummy bar with over 40 varieties. Also known for offering 80 flavors of licorice and imported candies from around the world. 60 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE, (302) 226-3994.
Sugar Bee Boutique
Sugar Bee’s location in the heart of artsy, quaint downtown Milford elevates its appeal, making it an ideal pit stop on a pleasant afternoon stroll. 40 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE, (302) 491-4049.