10 Best Chocolate Shops in New Hampshire

Who doesn’t love rich, decadent chocolate? Its taste and texture is sinfully delicious. Whether you buy chocolates as gifts, keep them on hand for your own sweet treat or enjoy picking up a spur of the moment dessert, you’ll love these chocolate shops in New Hampshire. Each is known for their distinct service and—more importantly, of course—their delectable chocolates. Here are our favorite chocolate shops in the state. 

Byrne & Carlson, Portsmouth, NH

A stroll down Portsmouth’s State Street leads chocolate lovers to Byrne & Carlson, where they’ll find an assortment worthy of royalty. All chocolates—and the other confections created here—are made in small batches, using only the finest ingredients. Byrne & Carlson prides themselves on their artisanal production of chocolates, and imports some of the best chocolate from around the world with which they create their mini-masterpieces.

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Dancing Lion Chocolate, Manchester, NH

Featuring “chocolate as art,” the chocolate at Dancing Lion Chocolate is sourced from small cacao farmers. All the products are created in-house, using only local and artisanal ingredients. Choose from exquisite chocolate creations, including assortments, bars and drinking chocolate. Once you’ve tried the drinking chocolate, you’ll never make simple hot cocoa again!

Vicuna Chocolate, Peterborough, NH

For authentic bean to bar chocolate, visit Vicuna Chocolate. Creating exceptional chocolate using only cacao and pure cane sugar, you’ll be treated to what chocolate aficionados deem the real thing. Using beans ethically sourced from both Central and South America—namely Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Guatemala—the owners are supporting farmers while treating those in New Hampshire to something rare and amazing. 

Sanborn’s Candies, Hampton, NH

Family owned and operated since 1957, Sandborn’s Candies was voted the “Seacoast Best Candy Shop.” One step inside the building, and chocolate lovers ascend into a dream world of dark and milk chocolate bliss. Buy assortments, nut clusters, nonpareils and more. You’ll be indulging by the time you’re back in your car!

The Chocolatier, Exeter, NH

Handcrafted chocolates abound at The Chocolatier. A charming shop beloved by locals, even chocolate seekers from distant communities travel to Exeter exclusively to shop here. A perfect place for buying thoughtful gifts, the employees will gift wrap all chocolate and confection purchases in seasonally-themed wrapping paper. A gift of chocolate from The Chocolatier is well-received, as most recipients understand the quality behind the wrapping.

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Kellerhaus, Laconia, NH

Known for their fudge, turtles and chocolate bark, Kellerhaus is a beloved chocolate shop that sees a booming business when the tourists come to town. Using premium products and recipes dating back to 1906, all their fudge and chocolates are created in-house. Pick up a box of assorted chocolates or simply pick up a box—and create your own assortment.

Bavarian Chocolate Haus, North Conway, NH

A visit to Bavarian Chocolate Haus in North Conway is nearly akin to entering an old-fashioned European chocolate shop. The atmosphere is nearly as appealing as the exceptional chocolates they make. Choose from countless options, but be sure to pick up a jar of their homemade chocolate sauce that turns ice cream into an exquisite dessert.

Van Otis Chocolates, Manchester, NH

Creating fine chocolates since 1935, Van Otis Chocolates boasts a 20,000-square-foot showroom that displays their exquisite creations. The finest white, dark and milk chocolate comprise their countless confections. Whether it’s assorted chocolates, nut clusters, chocolate dipped strawberries or seasonal candies you love, you’ll find them all—and more—at this chocolate store.

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My Brigadeiro, Hanover, NH

Brigadeiros are handcrafted chocolate truffle balls beloved the world over. My Brigadeiro is the only official creator of these chocolate delicacies in the Granite State. Made from local New Hampshire and Vermont ingredients, you’ll want to try every kind available when you visit the shop.

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Winnipesaukee Chocolates, Wolfeboro, NH

At Winnipesaukee Chocolates, you’ll find homemade chocolate bars created from the finest ingredients available. Choose from a variety of combinations featuring coffee, tea, spices, fried fruit and toasted nuts. The owner/operators mix, mold and wrap each delightful chocolate bar by hand, and they donate 10 percent of their proceeds toward the preservation of New Hampshire’s beloved Lake Winnipesaukee.

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