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Chocolate House DC

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Nestled deep in the heart of Northwest D.C. sits a hidden gem that it sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of even the most refined pallets.

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Chocolate House DC is a tasting room and boutique store with more than 300 unique chocolate bars and confections (including truffles which we will discuss later on), from local artisan chocolate makers and chocolatiers from all corners of the world.

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The shop, which was originally born in the nation’s capitol under the name Biagio Fine Chocolate nearly a decade ago, boasts the finest quality chocolate and confections, and informs customers about the detailed and meticulous process that goes into crafting some of the world’s best chocolate.

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Upon walking through the door at 1904 18th St NW, customers are immediately surrounded by uniquely packaged chocolate bars, chocolate scented candles, and sipping chocolate, among other items. At the center of the store, lies a treasure-trove of gold (in the form of assorted truffles, that is).

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Each devine treat hails from a different region of the country, and is handcrafted by renowned chocolatiers who each have set the bar for both taste and appearance. Some of the notable local chocolatiers featured by Chocolate House DC are J. Chocolatier from Capitol Hill in D.C., Harper Macaw of D.C., Artisan Confections in Arlington, Virginia, Chocotenango of D.C., and Potomac Chocolate of Woodbridge, Virginia.

Other chocolatiers from around the world that the Chocolate House DC include Edwald Notter of Switzerland, Michel Cluizel of France, Friis Holm of Denmark, and Domori Chocolate of Italy.

(Of course these names are only a small sampling of the extensive list offered by Chocolate House DC. You can find the full list here.)

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Dozens of flavors are within a moments reach. We decided to get the box of 15 assorted truffles that included the flavors of Coco Loco, Passion, Champagne, Ladybug Praline, Honey Bee, Strawberry Champagne, Fresh Mint, Red Wine, Earl Gray, Chai, Lavender Caramel, Elvis, Vanilla Almond, and Buttered Caramel.

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While the helpful staff beautifully gift-wrapped our box in silky hot-pink ribbon (you can pick the color!), we headed to the back of the store to find a rather unique but pleasant surprise.

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A cozy and dimly lit backroom showcased dozens of beautiful works of art from local artist Raman Singh on the egg-white colored walls. The oil to canvas paintings boast beautiful and vibrant colors and images, literally jumping off the walls at all who enter the room.

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(In fact, they were so beautiful, that we asked to take some down off the walls to photograph with the truffles!) See below for the outcome:

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After our colorful photoshoot, we made our way back up to the front of the store to check out the other items for sale on the meticulously stocked shelves. A particular chocolate bar caught our eye due to it’s artsy and feminine design. As we picked up the package, the delicate and smooth wrapping paper in our hands made it almost impossible to put down. As it turns out, the wrapping paper wasn’t the only beautiful aspect to this rather simple concept.

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Harper Macaw fine chocolate is the brainchild of a U.S. Marine Veteran and a Brazilian chocolatier who  directly source cocoa beans from Brazil’s Atlantic and Amazon rainforests – two of the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

Each bite of the milky, rich chocolate transports you to a tropical paradise (it has a distinct Brazilian flavor) that lingers long after consuming it. To top off this ultimate sweet treat, the chocolate is made at a local factory in D.C., and every Harper Macaw product helps restore and protect deforested and endangered rainforests in Northeast Brazil. Talk about a win-win, right?

While all of the flavors at Chocolate House DC are absolutely delicious, we strongly suggest the Strawberry Champagne, Champagne, Elvis, Buttered Caramel, and the Honey Bee.

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The Strawberry and Champagne truffle tasted exactly like fresh strawberry shortcake, while the Honey Bee truffle was almost good enough to spread on a fresh biscuit and eat as a condiment! (We didn’t of course.)

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We also suggest snagging a chocolate scented candle (that smells like freshly baked brownies!), or some chocolate covered bacon strips.

On the weekends, Chocolate House DC also offers a 2-hour hands-on Truffle Making Class that teaches participants to work with chocolate in the kitchen as well as make classic hand-rolled chocolate truffles. The Chocolate Tasting Class is a 90-minute adventure offered Friday and Saturday that explores the rich history of chocolate, the process behind manufacturing artisan and fine chocolate, as well as tasting and smelling numerous chocolate aromas and flavors.

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We are pretty sure that if heaven is a place on earth, Chocolate House DC is it. So what are you waiting for? Stop by and indulge! Tell them the East Coast Contessas sent you.

23 Comments
  1. Heather says

    These look to die for! So pretty! But, I bet they were delicious 🙂

  2. Nancy says

    Ugh, why is it always chocolate?? When I’m hungry I swear there’s chocolate on every blog, in every TV show, lol!

    Those are absolutely beautiful, though. So delicate and artistic! I’m obsessed with the idea of chai chocolate. 😀 It’s also so cool that they’re from different regions.

  3. kage2015 says

    I love the smell of walking into a chocolate store. I usually indulge in a hot chocolate and bring home some goodies.

  4. Sherryl Wilson says

    I will be visiting DC this summer. Going to have to add the Chocolate House to the must visit list. I love chocolates, especially the dressed up ones.

  5. Bintu (@recipespantry) says

    Oh man! I wish I had known about this place when I lived in the DC area! I recently moved to Michigan but I am definitely putting this on my to do list when I’m back east in May!

  6. Royalty in Reality says

    This looks like a chocolate lover’s (i.e., mine) dream! I love how they packaged your truffles and that you got the added bonus of an art show! Definitely a must visit if/when I go to DC!

    xoxo,
    Roxy

  7. Kristie says

    These look AMAZING. I adore fine chocolates and the flavors of the ones you picked sound so unique. Definitely will have to make a stop the next time I’m in DC.

    xo,
    Kristie
    Kristie’s Reverie

  8. ev's eats says

    Those chocolates are so pretty, I would have such a hard time eating them!! They look like the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day 🙂

  9. Nicole C L says

    How did I not know about this when I lived there?!?! Then again, we just discovered a bar that we walked by quite often for 3 years…

  10. Amber Hill says

    Holy cow…I must go here!! We are planning our trip to DC right before Labor Day, so I will definitely be adding this to our list of must do’s. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Karen Hopkins says

      That’s wonderful! Let us know how you like it!

  11. Annie (@anniedemm) says

    I love DC! It’s such a fun city!

  12. secretstylefile says

    These are so pretty!! Too pretty to eat!

  13. Brooke says

    Your pictures are gorgeous! If I’m ever in the area, I’ll be sure to stop by.

  14. mandabutler says

    This place looks amazing! I’ll have to remember for next time I go to DC 🙂

  15. Jaclyn says

    That place looks like my heaven! I love how vibrant their chocolates are, so cute!

  16. This store looks like heaven! I love chocolate. If I ever visit DC I’m going to have to stop here.

  17. Julie says

    These chocolate look like little artworks!

  18. Those are so beautiful… how vibrant their chocolates are!

  19. thegomamas says

    When you said chocolate house, my first thought my own,lol. ! Adore exotic chocolates, especially if it is fair trade. This shoppe sounds amazing and worth a visit!

  20. I would love to visit this place! And those chocolates are exquisite. So colorful and chic!

  21. Allison Jones says

    YUM! The chocolates looks delicious and like it’s a fun place to visit. I’ll have to check it out when I’m in D.C..

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  22. Rona Defrank says

    Hiya, This is a great website, thank you for the detailed recipe. I am a good food lover and We enjoy making chocolate cake.

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