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.
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.
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.
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).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
(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:
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.