Sometimes, the best solution to whatever problem you’re facing is slow down, have some chocolate, and think it over.
Chocolate is one of my favorite things in the entire world and we’re so lucky that people here in Columbus take chocolate-making very seriously. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the total art that is making a chocolate treat from scratch.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a sweet treat to enjoy on your evening commute, these Columbus chocolate experts have you covered.
Schmidt’s Fudge Haus
Located in Historic German Village, you’ll find some of the best fudge ever at Schmidt’s Fudge Haus. In addition to their creamy, old-world fudge, you’ll also find gourmet chocolates, vegan chocolates, chocolate buckeyes, and more.
They use all kinds of high-end ingredients in their fudge, like rich Belgian chocolate, roasted pecans, walnuts, almonds, creamy caramel, smooth peanut butter, and fluffy marshmallows.
Location: 220 East Kossuth St, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Website: Schmidt’s Fudge Haus
Pure Imagination Chocolatier
The chocolate truffles at Pure Imagination are like little works of art. This charming little shop is located in Grandview Heights. It was founded back in 1998 by Master Chocolatier Daniel Cooper.
An assortment of truffles from Pure Imagination really is one of the best gifts ever, just in case you happen to need some chocolates in order to celebrate an upcoming holiday or something.
Location: 1205 Grandview Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Website: Pure Imagination Chocolatier
Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe
It’s impossible to talk about chocolate in Columbus without mentioning the iconic Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe. You can gain a whole new sense of appreciation for the candy you’re eating when you visit Anthony-Thomas for a factory tour, where you’ll see exactly how your favorite chocolates are made from scratch.
In addition to chocolate assortments and holiday/gift boxes, you can also find some of the city’s most delicious chocolate-covered strawberries (seasonally).
Location: Various locations around Columbus
Website: Anthony-Thomas Chocolates
Winans Chocolates + Coffees
Winans is one of the most underrated spots in town. It’s kind of a one-stop shop for both coffee and chocolate, which just so happen to be my two favorite food groups. There’s something that feels luxurious about Winans chocolates.
You can pop in and grab handfuls of each chocolate whenever you’d like, but you can also order assortment boxes for special occasions as well.
Location: 897 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: Winans Chocolates + Coffee
Eagle Family Candy
For four generations, the Eagle Family Candy Company has been serving delicious chocolate to Columbus. While they make a variety of chocolates, they’re most well known for their buckeye candies and chocolate-covered strawberries.
You can swing into nearby Crimson Cup for some local coffee to go with your local sweets and make a whole afternoon out of it.
Location: 4590 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Website: Eagle Family Candy Company (Facebook)
At the risk of showing my age, it feels like Chocolate Cafe just opened. It’s hard to believe they’ve actually been creating some of the most enjoyable bites of chocolate in this city for about 16 years.
The cafe serves up breakfast and lunch, but we’re all here right now to talk about chocolate so let’s get into it. At Chocolate Cafe, visitors will find it fully stocked with chocolate candies including truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels, and chocolate and caramel turtles.
Location: Brewery District and Grandview
Website: Chocolate Cafe