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17 Best Chocolate Shops in New Jersey

by Jamie Corter
Best Chocolate Shops in NJ

As a little girl, I was always envious of the golden ticket winners in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” What kid wouldn’t want to explore a real-life Candyland? Personally, I’d skip the Fizzy Lifting drinks in favor of a classic Wonka chocolate bar any day, but that’s just me. While this Wonka Wonderland is sadly fictional, there is an abundance of chocolate shops right here in New Jersey that will make you feel like a golden ticket winner. Whether your shopping for a special occasion or just looking to satiate your need for sweets, these confectionary connoisseurs are sure to have a chocolate creation you’ll love. If you want to feel like a kid in a candy store again, here is our list (in no particular order) of the best chocolate shops to visit in New Jersey. 

1. Matisse Chocolatier – Englewood

Whether you’re a milk or dark chocolate fan, Matisse Chocolatier in Englewood offers a variety of homemade confections that will make your mouth water. Family owned and operated since 1994, this cherished chocolatier is known for its gourmet favors and platters for special occasions. Customers from all over the state come to try their garden-fresh, chocolate-dipped strawberries and incredibly designed chocolate baskets.

With thousands of molds at their disposal, they specialize in creating personalized chocolate lollipops, mini sculptures, and much more. Unlike other chocolate shops on this list, Matisse Chocolatier has its own private party room. Guests of all ages can come to celebrate a special occasion by experiencing the art of chocolate-making

2. Vesta Chocolate – Montclair

At this Montclair chocolate shop, each sweet creation is filled with 100 percent love—among other delectable fillings. Husband-and-wife team Roger and Julia Rodriguez opened this bean-to-bonbon chocolate factory and cafe in January 2020. With their combined knowledge of the food and chocolate industry, the Rodriguez’s have perfected their chocolate-making process. Their secret step? Roasting their organic cocoa beans in small batches to ensure each nib brings out its best flavors.

While this is a tedious process, Roger’s sixth sense about cacao helps him create this rich chocolate. This unique artisanal chocolate-making house uses French techniques to craft delicious bonbons, baked goods, and more. These Instagrammable desserts definitely make this chocolate shop one of the best in New Jersey!

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Valentine’s Day bonbons from Vesta Chocolate in Montclair, NJ / Photo via @vestachocolate

3. Lee Sims – Jersey City

While the storefront may be tiny, the confections offered at this Jersey City chocolate shop are larger than life! Nestled between a florist and a pharmacy, Lee Sims has been satisfying customers’ sweet tooths for more than 70 years. In the 1940s, this fun-sized store opened as a soda shop and candy establishment. Not long after, it turned into the chocolate boutique it is today. Owned and managed by the fourth generation of the family, Lee Sims specializes in extravagant holiday baskets, pyramids, and boxes.

Guests can enjoy classic candies such as chewies, creams, jellies, and more, all dipped in their premium, velvety chocolate. With approximately 150,000 pounds of chocolate being sold each year, it’s no wonder this JC chocolate shop has become so famous. Stop by every Monday through Saturday to experience their spectacular window displays and pick up a delicious treat from their sweet-natured staff. 

4. Lepore’s Chocolate – Hoboken

If Frank Sinatra was once a returning customer at your chocolate shop, you know you’re creating something special. Lepore’s Chocolate, a Hoboken chocolate hotspot, has been serving locals and celebrities alike since 1980. The easygoing candy man behind these scrumptious confections is Mario Lepore, a New Jersey resident who learned the art of chocolate making in Europe during college. Upon returning to Hoboken, he worked in the unsatisfying travel agency business before opening Lepore’s Chocolates at the age of 27.

Unlike other known mass-chocolatiers, all the sweet morsels sold at Lepore’s Chocolates are made on-premise and with only the best ingredients. Mario can mold hundreds of chocolates in one day if need be, but one of his favorite things to make is his famous chocolate sculptures. Around Thanksgiving, Lepore’s Chocolate is known for its massive chocolate turkeys that can take more than eight hours to create. The time, effort, and love that Mario puts into each piece of chocolate are what make his confections sweeter than the rest!

5. 2 Chicks with Chocolate – Metuchen

Calling all chocolate lovers: 2 Chicks with Chocolate in Metuchen is here to satisfy your sweet treat cravings! Barbara and Elyissia Wassung are the chicks—a mother-daughter duo— who founded this chocolate wonderland more than 10 years ago. At 2 Chicks with Chocolate, each artisanal confection is handcrafted with only the finest ingredients. If you’re looking for basic chocolate, you won’t find it here; the flavors featured on their menu are truly original.

Everyday staples include peanut butter and jelly, passion fruit caramel, and cookie butter. If you’re longing for a boozy bonbon, 2 Chicks with Chocolate offers a variety of alcohol-infused sweets with flavors such as Jameson cold-brew caramel and scotch on the rocks. Additionally, customers can find a “hemp collection” on their website that is composed of teas and chocolate infused with CBD oil

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50-piece custom chocolate gift box from 2 Chicks With Chocolate / Photo via @2chickswithchocolate

6. Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe – Red Bank

If you find yourself down the Shore, dust off those sandy toes and stop by the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe. Owned by Amy Berry Healy, this candy kitchen celebrated its 20 year anniversary last year. Growing up, Berry Healy lived with health-conscious parents, so desserts like chocolate were rarely in the house. Her rebellious sweet tooth led her to work at another New Jersey candy creator, where she learned the art of chocolate making from the store’s manager. A few years after graduating from college, Berry Healy opened the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe with the help of her family.

Today, she continues to turn out delicious chocolate creations.  Among her most popular treats is the Red Bank Twist, a pretzel dipped in handmade caramel, peanut butter, and chocolate. Pop into the Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe today for some tasty sweet treats like no other.

7. Chocolate Fantasia – Lyndhurst

Chocolate is said to have magical properties and at Chocolate Fantasia, they believe it. Since 1983, this family-owned chocolate shop has been working its magic to create charming confection. Their menu boasts a wide variety of classic chocolate treats, but they’re best known for their chocolate-dipped fruits and cheesecake.

During these cold winter months, snuggle up with one of Chocolate Fantasia’s heavenly hot chocolate bombs. Their unique flavors such as dark chocolate raspberry, salted caramel, and Nutella are sure to keep you warm. For our “Star Wars” fans, they even have an adorable Baby Yoda hot cocoa bomb that is so good, it’ll have you surrender to the dark side.

8. Sciascia Confections – Stockton

Tom Sciascia, owner of Sciascia Confections in Stockton, is truly an artist. No seriously, he actually went to school for graphic design. While he started out his career in medical illustration, Sciascia has been creating elegant chocolates for more than 20 years. After 9/11, Sciascia realized he was destined to create art for a different palate and opened his own chocolate shop soon after. As a perfectionist, he carefully crafts each and every truffle and confection by hand from start to finish. The ingredients used in these sweet treats are all-natural, and his chocolate comes from a variety of sustainable and responsibly sourced manufacturers from France, Switzerland, and Belgium.

Sciascia is known for experimenting with new flavors, constantly infusing different chocolates with a variety of fruits, spices, and herbs. With unique flavors comes one of a kind names at Sciascia Confections. Customers will definitely giggle as they bite into a Monkey’s Uncle, Romeo & Juliet, or Peppermint Patty Loves Chuck. Additionally, Sciascia bakes delicious French macaroons and delicate, pastel macarons for those interested in a different type of sweet treat. 

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The “Twilight” inspired Bella and Edward bonbon at Sciascia Confections, NJ / Photo via @sciasciaconfections

9. Al Richards Chocolates – Bayonne

More than 40 years ago, brothers Alfred and Richard Stancampiano’s dreamt of opening their own chocolate shop. That vision became a reality when they won big in Atlantic City. With their prize money, the brothers bought their first chocolate enrobing machine and Al Richards Chocolates was born soon after. Although famous for its high-quality chocolate concoctions, this sweets institution also strives to be a complete gift-giving facility.

When guests walk into their Bayonne retail store, their eyes will be drawn to the brother’s beautifully assembled, unique gift bundles that line the shop’s walls. The duo spends a lot of time looking for one of a kind packaging; everything from funky wicker baskets to sleek ceramic containers have held the sweet and smooth confections of Al Richards Chocolates. Named by “USA Today” as the best chocolate shop in New Jersey.

10. Enjou Chocolat – Morristown

As Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” But at Enjou Chocolat, you know exactly what you’re going to get! Serving the greater Morristown area for more than 30 years, this quirky confections shop was born from owner Wendy Taffet’s dream of making the world’s finest chocolate. Enjou Chocolate is known for its assortment of molded chocolate treats and extravagant holiday collections.

Skip the boring store-bought gifts for Valentine’s Day and wow your significant other with one of Taffet’s delicious edible chocolate heart boxes or intricate chocolate stiletto heel sculptures instead. For our Garden State lovers, pick up some New Jersey-shaped milk and dark chocolate pieces that can even be customized with your town’s zip code.

11. Dolce Federica – Montclair

You don’t have to travel to Sicily to experience delicious, handcrafted Italian chocolates; just visit Dolce Federica in Montclair.  ​This small-batch, artisanal chocolate shop is owned by Federica Heiman, a New Jersey mom born in Italy. Each elegant creation is made with high-quality European chocolate and fresh ingredients. Find intoxicating flavors such as her best-selling limoncello, Italian grappa liqueur, and Meyer lemon olive oil.

If you’re looking to spice up your Valentine’s Day, consider purchasing Dolce Federica’s unique yet racy Kamasutra dark chocolate figures; they truly are the sexiest chocolates in town! Whether shopping for your significant other or yourself, the chocolates sold at this sweet storefront are like enjoying little pieces of art.

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Assorted chocolates from Dolce Federica in Montclair, NJ / Photo via @dolcefederica_montclair

12. David Bradey Chocolatier – Windsor

David Bradley Chocolatier, located in Windsor, is by all definitions a chocolate-lovers paradise.  Started by Bob and Marcy Hicks, and Bob’s mother Alma, this contemporary chocolate factory has been churning out fun, flavorful confections since 1977. With a wide selection of handmade goodies to choose from, curating your own chocolate box is no cake-walk. Guests can’t go wrong with classic treats such as chocolate covered pretzels, chewy caramels, or chocolate peanut butter cups. But if your fondness for sweets won’t be satisfied with something simple, check out their chocolate-covered bacon, honeycomb, or double-dipped chocolate chip cookies.

Also, try your hand at chocolate making yourself by taking home one of David Bradley Chocolatier’s DIY Chocolate Making Kits. These bundles supply you with all the ingredients you need to make delicious chocolate bark from the comfort of your own kitchen.

13. Robinson’s Chocolates – Skillman

It was a special moment shared between a grandfather and his grand-daughters that sparked the idea for this New Jersey chocolate shop. James K. Robinson, founder of Robinson’s Chocolates in Skillman, started in the candy business in 1928 as an apprentice for the Whitman Company. While visiting his son one day, Robinson thought it would be fun to show his granddaughters what he did for a living by teaching them to make a local favorite, Irish Cinnamon Potatoes. Amidst all the laughter, he said, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have your own candy store?” And the next day, the father-son duo went looking at potential locations.

Since officially opening in 1978, Robinson’s Chocolates has been a hit with locals. Customers can choose from more than 100 different selections that range from creams, caramels, nuts, fruits, and novelties such as pretzels, graham crackers, and Oreos. If you’re lucky, you may even visit on a day when the machine is running and can actually see the homemade chocolate come off the conveyor belt. With a chocolate recipe almost 100 years old, you have to come try these time-honored confections!

14. Mecha Chocolate – Haddonfield

Indulge your chocolate cravings by sampling the eccentric sweets available at Mecha Chocolate. Chef and chocolatier Melissa Crandley and her husband, Charles, are the faces behind this modern-day chocolate factory, where small batches mean high-quality confections.

These artisanal hand-dipped ganaches and caramels are made from fair trade, sustainability sourced, and organic ingredients; Melissa is even known to collaborate with local farmers, coffee roasters, distilleries, and brewers to create one-of-a-kind treats. Their unique flavor palate includes savory options such as peanut butter pretzel, floral-inspired sweets like lavender-vanilla, and even alcoholic anomalies such as smoked bacon stout.

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Chocolatier’s Choice Box at Mecha in Haddonfield, NJ / Photo via @mechachocolate

15. Duffy’s Fine Chocolates – Haddonfield

Established in 1922, Duffy’s Fine Chocolates is the oldest chocolate shop on our list! Founded by Charles J. Duffy and his wife, Elizabeth, this candy company first started in their family home; the confections were made in their basement and then sold from their enclosed front porch. Almost 100 years and four generations later, it is now operated by Charles’ great-granddaughter, Barbara Hall, her daughter, Michelle, and son-in-law, Eric.

Their famous chocolate boxes are filled with an assortment of sweets enrobed in a variety of their delicious milk and dark chocolates. Guests can also find trendy treats such as chocolate covered Oreos, potato chips, and pretzels on the menu.

16. Bromilow Chocolates – Woodland Park

Feel like a kid in a candy store when you visit Bromilow Chocolates in Woodland Park. Since 1958, this quaint chocolate shop has been crafting delicate truffles, molded masterpieces, and other mouthwatering sweet treats.  Let the heavenly aroma of Bromilow’s iconic chocolate guide you to their famous candy case where most confections can be purchased by the pound.

Looking to personalize your sweets? With more than 200 molds to choose from, Bromilow’s promises there is a unique piece of chocolate just for you! This vintage candy kitchen also offers festive treats for every special occasion and is open every day of the week.

17. Coco Jolie – Englewood

The vibrantly colored bonbons crafted at Coco Jolie in Englewood are almost too pretty to eat! Owned by Miriam Gitelman, this sweet shop is like the Tiffany & Co. of the chocolate world. Inside every delicately wrapped box sits an array of chocolates that resemble precious jewels—each providing a thought-provoking experience. These mini masterpieces use only the finest natural ingredients, including fair trade, organic, and non-GMO chocolate.

The menu features classic flavors such as dark chocolate ganache and sea salt caramel. But if you want to experience the unexpected, try some of their more adventurous concoctions. Their chipotle caramel ganache is sure to spice up any occasion while their strawberry lemonade will hit the spot on a hot summer day. Whether in a bonbon or a bar, the artisanal sweets handcrafted at Coco Jolie make it one of the best chocolate shops in New Jersey.

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An assortment of bonbons from Coco Jolie in Englewood, NJ / Photo via @cocojoliechocolates

Which of these chocolate shops do you think is the best in New Jersey? Let us know in the comments below.

Main photo from @mechachocolate

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17 comments

Alida Zweidler-McKay February 11, 2021 - 3:10 am

Coco Jolie is amazing! The flavors are so full and delicious, and the chocolates are beautiful. They are definitely worthy of a special occasion.

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Sandy Gola February 11, 2021 - 6:32 pm

Sorry, you missed the best. You must try Genevieve’s in Garfield, since 1944. genevieveschocolates.com

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Angela February 12, 2021 - 11:53 am

Genevieves in Garfield. By far the best should have been on this list !

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Paul Calendrillo February 12, 2021 - 1:09 pm

How can Genevieve Chocolate in Garfield not be on this list!!!

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Donna February 12, 2021 - 1:12 pm

You missed Genevieves in Garfield.

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Susan February 12, 2021 - 1:13 pm

Genevieve’s in Garfield has been making excellent homemade chocolate for more than 50 years. They definitely deserve to be on this list!

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Peter Tani February 12, 2021 - 1:27 pm

Hey, you forgot Genevieve’s in Garfield. It should definitely should be on the list!

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Geri Garcia February 12, 2021 - 1:29 pm

You totally missed the Best candy store in NJ! Genevieves Chocolates in Garfield set the bar high for all who followed! Nestled within the small city, this store has the most delicious homemade candy you will EVER taste! It may not be located in an upscale neighborhood with a fancy name, but I dare you to find nicer people or better chocolate!

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Mary Steidl February 12, 2021 - 1:39 pm

You MUST consider Genevieve’s Chocolates in Garfield! A lovely shop nestled among neighborhood homes that has delighted generations with savory chocolate of all kinds. The truffles and seasonal treats are well worth the trip!

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Frank February 12, 2021 - 2:17 pm

I agree with Sandy and Angela u did miss the best place Genevieves over 70 years of history of the best chocolate items

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Ruth February 12, 2021 - 3:32 pm

Please check out Genevieves in Garfield N.J. on Ray st. This place is so good that people who’ve moved away still come back to town for their sweets.

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ellen mohr February 12, 2021 - 3:58 pm

You forgot the best Genevieves in Garfield.I think you need to rewrite this article or the person really doesn’t know New Jersey

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Joan Murdock February 12, 2021 - 5:59 pm

I was very surprised you didn’t include Genevieve’s Chocolate on Ray St. in Garfield, NJ. They have been in existence since 1944 and have such a following. They have always been listed as a “best” chocolate in NJ and you sure missed the boat on this one. You need to take a ride and try their chocolate and revise your list.

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Barbara February 12, 2021 - 6:28 pm

I live in NC now, but grew up in NJ. We still buy our chocolate from Genevieve’s in Garfield. Classic. They need to be added to your list! I suggest a field trip for a taste test. Bromilow’s is good too, but growing up in Garfield- no contest,Genevieve’s is the place.

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Lynn Zanca February 12, 2021 - 6:39 pm

Genevieves definitely should be on this list! Great place for chocolates in Garfield, NJ.

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Mayor Riggs February 13, 2021 - 2:32 am

Genevieves in Garfield is alright. It’s not the world beater most people here would have you believe..I think most of them have never tried anything else other than Genevieves. If you like old school samey tasting candy, I guess it’s good.

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Susan Navilio February 13, 2021 - 2:28 pm

Genevieve’s in Garfield should definitely be on the list! I grew up right around the corner, have since moved to south Jersey but still have chocolate bunnies shipped to me at Easter. They’re that good!

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