Decadent Sweets




Rich and creamy! In a blind taste test, our staff compared four N.H. gourmet chocolate truffles from around the state. Here’s what they thought. Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates

The truffles from Ava Marie look good and are large but the chocolate quality of the shell was not a staff favorite. With their unique bell shape and colorful drizzles, opening a box of these truffles is definitely a delight. Some of the filling flavors included dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and Bailey’s Irish Crème.

43 Grove St.

Peterborough

(603) 924-5993

avamariechocolates.com

Swan Chocolates

The only downside to these truffles is that they’re bite-size, meaning you could eat your way through a whole box in no time flat. Swan’s truffles aren’t too sweet, either, also adding to the possibility of eating several too many. With a crisp shell and just right creamy center they’re almost irresistible.

436 Daniel Webster Hwy.

Merrimack

(603) 423-5950

www.swanchocolates.com

Van Otis Chocolates

Like the truffles from Swan, the Van Otis version are also little (but not too little), round, bite-sized treats. The classic dark and milk chocolate varieties were two of the staff’s favorites. These truffles also have a nicely tempered outer shell with creamy fillings, and don’t overdo the sweetness.

341 Elm St.

Manchester

(603) 627-1611

www.vanotischocolates.com

WinnerUnbridled Chocolates

We recommend you try the charming Hunt Cap Truffles — shaped, as the name suggests, in the form of equestrian helmets. The truffles are just a portion of Unbridled Chocolates’ horse-theme collection of sweets. They have a crisp outer shell that’s not too thick or too thin, and a soft center — particularly the creamy caramel dark chocolate version.

135 Main St.

Marlborough

(603) 876-4700

www.unbridledchocolates.com

More New Hampshire ChocolatiersA Little Confection

124 1/2 N. Main St.

Concord

(603) 219-0120

www.ALittleConfection.com

Byrne and Carlson

121 State St.

Portsmouth

(888) 559-9778

www.byrneandcarlson.com

Granite State Candy Shoppe and Ice Cream

13 Warren St.

Concord

(603) 225-2591

www.nhchocolates.com

Hutchinson's Candy Inc., Elements of Taste

893 Lafayette Rd., Rte. 1

Hampton

(603) 926-3033

www.hutchinsonscandy.com

Kellerhaus

259 Endicott Street North

Weirs Beach

(603) 366-4466

www.kellerhaus.com

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

47 Main St.

Walpole

(800) 229-2419

www.burdickchocolate.com

Mainely Gourmet Chocolate Factory

55 Hanover St.

Portsmouth

(603) 433-3210

www.mainelygourmet.com

The Chocolate Bean

125 Old Nottingham Rd.

Epping

(603) 679-8721

www.thechocobean.com

The Chocolatier

27 Water St.

Exeter

(603) 772-5253

www.the-chocolatier.com

Winnipesaukee Chocolates

53 A North Main St.

Wolfeboro

(603) 569-4831

www.winnipesaukeechocolates.com

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