Chocolate cravings and sweet tooth indulgences are inevitable the closer we get to trick-or-treating season. Instead of dipping into your Halloween candy, treat yourself to handcrafted and locally made chocolate and candy treats from these nearby shops.
Chocolate and art combine at Arlington’s contemporary chocolate shop. With candies that are too pretty to eat, take home a box of brightly colored bonbons or indulge with everyday sweets, like caramels and turtles. 1025 N. Fillmore St., Ste. H, Arlington
Freshness is the key for Cocoa Vienna. With over 60 varieties of handmade truffles, ganaches, chocolate-covered treats, and thousands of molds, you can pick the best confection that fits your mood and occasion. 120 Church St. NE, Ste. 100, Vienna
If you’re looking to stock up your late-night snack drawer, pick up some natural chocolates at Fleurir. The beautiful contemporary designs on the truffles come in 16 different flavors, but make sure you don’t overlook the shop’s wine bars, which are perfect for a weekend tasting. 110 S. Payne St., Alexandria
A staple in NoVA for the past three years, River-Sea works with small farms in South America and Asia to import cacao beans for its unique flavors. Whether you are looking for seasonal finds (hello, pumpkin spice bomb!) or want to stock up on chocolate bars for the holiday, you’ll be able to fill your shopping needs while helping small businesses throughout the world. 4520 Daly Dr., Ste. 100, Chantilly
Handmade is the name of the game at this sweets shop. With around 70 percent of their chocolate treats made at the store, you can expect the freshest caramels, turtles, barks, and truffles every time you walk through the door. 3111 Valley Ave., Ste. 110, Winchester
This Fredericksburg confection store is everything your candy-loving heart could ever dream of. When you first walk in, you’ll realize just how much candy the shop has, barrels, cases, and containers with sweet treats spread throughout the store. With candy, jelly beans, fudge, and taffy, you might have trouble picking what to bring home. 211 William St., Fredericksburg
Did you know that chocolate heaven was hiding in Sterling? With a case full of premium and gourmet, hand-crafted desserts, treat yourself with some special sweets, like chocolate-covered almonds, fudge meltaways, and orange chocolate truffles. Plus, the shop offers free samples to help you find your favorite delectables. 22446 Davis Dr., Ste. 174, Sterling
Your inner child is sure to come out when you walk through the doors of Sweet Society. The candy boutique is making all of your sweet dreams come true with chocolate- and caramel-covered nutter butters, candy apples, chocolate-covered marshmallows, and much more. 15100 Potomac Town Pl., Ste. 100, Woodbridge
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