I just braved a three-foot tall, 40 pound chocolate rabbit and a very distracting bumpy cake (among other obstacles) to bring you this blog about four chocolate shops around metro Detroit. If you have any last minute shopping to do for those Easter baskets (or at any time of year, really) they are great choices.
So whether you enjoy milk, dark or white chocolate, with nuts or without, these shops have what it all. Some even had my very favorite thing in the world … the quite tasty chocolate covered marshmallow.
There are chocolate shops all around the region, but these are the four I visited personally.
Juliet Chocolates- Romeo, Michigan
Juliet Chocolates has been around since 1979 and moved into its current location in 2000. All of the chocolate is made in the back of the store by owners Sherm and Linda Rundles. As soon as you open the door you are bathed in the scent of chocolate. I would venture to guess that is how Wonka’s Chocolate Room would have smelled in the original movie. I highly recommend the chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs or the numerous chocolate suckers.
66870 Van Dyke Road Romeo, MI 48095
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sydney Boggs Sweet Essentials- Berkley, Michigan
Syndey Boggs Sweet Essentials is a reimagining of the original Sydney Boggs chocolate shop that opened in 1936 on Woodward. The new owners, Gary Schlicker, Debbie Schlicker, and Lisa Peasley were taught the fine art of chocolatiering by working at the original Sydney Boggs factory on Woodward. After the shop closed in 2002 they began to have special requests for events. Eventually they opened their shop in Berkley and now the follow the traditions Mr. Boggs put in place so many years ago. Each piece of chocolate is done by hand. Because Easter is right around the corner they have been working on the sugar eggs, and each one has been decorated with care. If I could eat pecans, I would have gotten some of the turtles I saw in the glass case.
233 12 Mile Berkley, MI 48072
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00 – 6:00 pm
Morley Candy Makers and Sanders Candy Factory- Clinton Township, Michigan
Sanders is a hometown favorite, and while it is not an independent store, I felt it deserved a place on my list. If you have never gone out to the Morley/Sanders factory you are in for a treat. Of course, you can always go to one of the Sanders shops throughout the region, but if you come here (Monday through Friday) you could have your very own chocolate factory tour. You won’t run into any Oompa Loompa, but there is chocolate at the end of your tunnel. If you are short on time, you can pick up a pre-wrapped gift or basket. You can also pick up all of your favorite Sanders ice cream toppings, cream puffs and Chocolate Fudge Bumpy Cake.
23770 Hall Road (M-59) Clinton Township, MI 48036
(800) 682-2760 ex: 2218
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Gayle’s Chocolates- Royal Oak, Michigan
Gayle’s Chocolates has called Royal Oak home for more than 26 years, and it is a great place to check out when you are in the area. It is easy to find something for everyone at Gayle’s … a chocolate high heel, a chocolate dinosaur, the Eiffel Tower, or the real showstopper a three-foot-tall solid chocolate rabbit for Easter. You could also be the owner of the 40-pound centerpiece for a few hundred bucks. I know it would be worth it!
417 Washington Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48067
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What did I miss? What are your suggestions for finding the best chocolate in Detroit?