From Willy Wonka–esque chocolate factories to churro shops with chocolate fountains, the upcoming year will be an incredible one for the cacao-obsessed. As elaborate specialized programs continue to trend in restaurants across the country—we’re looking at you, sake somms—chocolatiers and artisans are also opening destination-worthy shops and pushing the boundaries of what you can do with chocolate (albeit, perhaps snorting chocolate like cocaine is taking things a little too far). Here, the places to visit, the chocolate to eat and the cookbook to memorize so you can have the best chocolate year of your life.
With big projects like pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini’s 20 Degrees American Chocolate and Coffee Roasters on the horizon for 2017, more and more amazing chocolate makers are opening state-of-the-art shops and extravagant factories. With their doors now open to the public, your childhood dream of boating down a chocolate river might actually come true. Get out the map and start planning your road trip; these are the places that we can’t wait to visit.
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Olive & Sinclair Factory, Nashville – Now Open
Olive & Sinclair, a bean-to-bar chocolate company based in Tennessee, recently moved into a former 1890s grocery store, a completely renovated factory space that has all of the original antique fixtures—plus, a newly opened storefront. In the store, you can watch their refurbished 1900s mélangers grind cacao beans; you can also try new products, like the pickled cherry cordials from their brand-new Seersucker Confections line. Every Saturday, Olive & Sinclair offers tours of the factory space complete with a bean-to-bar tasting of roasted and unroasted beans, bourbon barrel–aged beans and cacao that has been smoked with Benton’s country hams. oliveandsinclair.com