Chocolate, the comestible most associatede with love and romance, takes a big step forward during the Valentine season, and in St. Louis, that step leads to an entire tour. The St. Louis chocolate tour starts at Bissinger's Chocolate Factory, where visitors find out about Bissinger's 350-year-old history, artisan techniques and the chocolate-making process. Tours include a classic tour, tasting tour and chocolate and wine pairing. Reserve online.
Yes, there are more places to buy Bissinger's chocolates besides the factory. Head over to Plaza Frontenac for the Bissinger's retail outlet or Handcrafted by Bissinger's restaurant and wine bar in the Central West End.
At Kakao Chocolate, you can watch the chocolate creation process while you shop. At two locations, you'll find unusual truffles, barks and bars and imaginative creations like bacon pecan brittle, cowboy candy, marshmallow pies, sea salt caramels, pates de fruits, hot chocolate mixes, dragees and more.
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company offers free tours of the factory and retail outlet store near the Italian Hill neighborhood, where you'll see artisan chocolatiers create candy from from turn-of-the-century recipes using premium Fair Trade Certified ingredients.
Crown Candy Kitchen, the old-fashioned soda fountain with juke boxes at the booths serves house-made ice cream and candy—chocolate and otherwise—along with a mean Reuben, egg salad, grilled cheese, BLT and other sandwiches. A St. Louis landmark.
Merb's Candies, another longtime St. Louis favorite, sells snappers, molasses puffs, heavenly hash, caramels, coconut squares, pecan clusters, almond bark, chocolate pretzels, fudge squares and more at three locations.
Bailey's Chocolate Bar serves up decadent desserts, sparkling wines and innovative cocktails along with cheese boards and flatbreads. Try the "Lovers' Plate" with Champagne sorbet, chocolate inebriation, s'mores brownie, passionfruit macaron, salted chocolate mousse, tart noir, maple shortbread and red wine cheesecake.