The Best of Richmond 2015: Best Chocolate

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Whether mild or dark, Richmonder’s love their chocolate. And they know where to get it here in town. It’s For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown.

You won’t find any Willy Wonka or Oompa Loompahs, but there is chocolate as far as the eye can see.

“We have 600 different items over in our bulk candy area,” co-owner James Kinard said. “600 different jars in our chocolate cases, about 800 items.”

The store, now celebrating its 23rd anniversary, is a destination for those with a sweet tooth.

Kinard says he got the idea for the store while on a trip. He fell in love with all the great chocolate shops he saw in Europe and wanted to bring that to RVA. He’s happy the readers of Richmond Magazine still think that the store is something special.

“We really appreciate it,” he said. “We’ve been here a long time.”

Things have changed at the store over the past two decades.

“We went from when we first started as people seeing chocolate as mainly a gift. People now see chocolate as a health food and everything in between,” Kinard said. “The store does do some of its own basic dipping, but it is not a candy factory, but rather a smorgasbord of local and international candies.”

There are plenty of bacon flavored treats across the store. And where dark and foreign chocolates are now very popular, they can’t touch the top seller.

“Sea salt caramels,” Kinard said. “We sell 60 to 80 pounds a week. That compares to about a pound of everything else.”

It’s that time of year again when we team up with Richmond Magazine to feature some of the people, places and businesses that you voted “The Best of Richmond.”

For more of the Best of Richmond 2015 coverage click here.

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