National foodie days are a great reminder to eat some of the things that we have maybe forgot about, and an excuse to even splurge on some sinful desires that our personal trainer has deprived us of. National Dessert Day is a time to reflect on all of the delicious desserts we have eaten over the course of our lives. I grew up in New York City where we were surrounded by Italian bakeries, cannolis, 7 layer cookies, and so much more. Now I live in Asheville, and dessert is just about everywhere you look. And I’m looking!
We have made a list of places to go for some great dessert in the Asheville area:
Sweets for the sweet of course, so J.Lo had to stop by Kilwin’s Chocolates in Hendersonville North Carolina to get some! It’s the perfect spot to satisfy any sweet tooth. Here she is pictured with several of the great employees at this location. Kilwin’s also has a location in Downtown Asheville NC.
Chocolate is becoming one of the great things Asheville is known for. Along with the foodie and restaurant scene exploding in the area; snacks, desserts and chocolates come right along with it.
We did some research online, and did you know that there is a “Chocolate Academy” you can attend? There is not one in Asheville yet, but hopefully one day. And did you know that there is a chef named Jacques Torres in NYC who is also known as Mr. Chocolate? I need to meet this man!
So much of life revolves around chocolate when you think about it. We have chocolate bars, chocolate truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate ice cream, chocolate icing, chocolate beer, chocolate coffee, chocolate cake, chocolate pie, chocolate cookies, chocolate breads, chocolate chips, chocolate brownies, chocolate martinis and much more! We recently purchased a fondue pot and cannot wait to pick up some local chocolate to melt and enjoy.
When you come to Asheville, we want you to be welcomed by chocolate and then surrounded by it. You know you do too. So we put this list together so you can visit all of these incredible places in the Asheville area. As a matter of fact, we recommend a chocolate tour if you may, where you go to each stop and come to your own conclusion, choosing your favorites spots, if you even can. Chocolate is kinda created equal around here to some extent. All of these places are so good!
The Chocolate Lab – this is the newest spot in town, and definitely worth a visit. They have a fine line of truffles and are the only ones in town that do a beer truffle. One of the things we noticed is that they have a Hot Chocolate Bar with many toppings where you can do it yourself, and have a good creative time. They also have a cafe area where you can spend some time with family, friends, or work on your computer.
The Chocolate Fetish – this place is the chocolate landmark of Asheville North Carolina and has been here since 1986. Lots of pre-wrapped chocolate options here for you to grab & go! You can pass by their location in the Haywood Park Hotel and see them through the glass, in their chocolate factory working away.
Chocolate Gems – this is a wonderful sweet spot in downtown Asheville where you can find the whole family making chocolate, working away in front of you, right behind the counter. They also have a gelato stand for your yummy enjoyment. We love the custom chocolates that they create around all of the holidays and special occasion days such as Valentines Day.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge – this spot speaks for itself and has grown tremendously in recent times. Their investment years ago in online sales is now paying off in the long run, with orders coming in from all around the country. You will notice their spot downtown when you see a long line of tourists near Pack Square waiting to get in and give their chocolate a try. Lots of desserts here. The liquid truffle is our favorite.
Kilwin’s Chocolates – this dessert oasis has a huge selection of treats from chocolate to candy, caramels, fudge, ice cream and more. The smell when you walk into this place is something amazingly delicious. And then you get to watch the crew make sweets right in front of you. They have several shops in the area including downtown Asheville, Black Mountain, and Hendersonville NC.
You can visit four out of five of these choices while in downtown Asheville, all within walking distance of each other. The only one off the beaten path is The Chocolate Lab in the north Asheville / Woodfin area, and it is well worth the 8 minute drive from downtown. Whether you live in Asheville, or come to Asheville to visit; it is highly recommended that you Get Your Chocolate On!
So while browsing Twitter the other day, Maria Aponte tweeted that Catawba Beer was going to have a Brew & Chocolate tasting the next day. I was immediately interested. I love beer, chocolate not so much. But I went, and I listened and learned about the percentages of cocoa and other ingredients that are used to create this piece of chocolate. Educational, plus we got to drink beer, and pair them with these delicious chocolates on deck.
Here is Shelton, the Manager at Catawba Beer in Biltmore Village, Asheville NC; and also Jaden, one of the owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
Chocolate and Beer, and in Asheville of all places! How could you go wrong?! You can’t!!!