July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day, but why limit your love of chocolate when there are so many options? Whether you prefer milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, or something else, Wichita is a great place for chocoholics of all sorts. Here are some great places to indulge in a delectable chocolate!
Cero’s has offered Wichita some of the highest quality gourmet candy available since 1885. When Peter “Candy Pete” Cero started his candy-making business, he often traveled the world visiting other chocolate shops to keep up with the candy industry. In the 1960’s, Cero encountered truffles for the first time while on a trip to Europe. He was determined to figure out how to make them, and sure enough, he did. This made Cero’s Candies of Wichita, Kansas one of the first places in the U.S. to make and sell truffles!
For 130 years, Cero’s has intentionally kept business small, in order to ensure that it is producing only the highest quality candies possible. Many of the original recipes have been passed down, and new ones have been added. At Cero’s, you’ll find a variety of unique and delicious chocolates that can be purchased individually or packaged for gifting options. Cero’s is located at 3429 E. Douglas. Stop in and check it out, and if you’re lucky, you might just get to watch the staff make candy!
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates
Bradley Fair’s Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates offers elegant, hand-crafted artisan chocolates. Chocolates at Cocoa Dolce are made with careful attention to ingredients, taste, texture and finish. You can try a chocolate or two, or order a whole collection!
Collections range in size from a three-piece sample box all the way up the Cocoa Dolce Collection, which features 36 pieces milk, dark, and white chocolates filled with premium Belgium chocolate, cream, butter, and ganache.
Cocoa Dolce offers some unique flavors, infusing tea and wine-infused into some of their chocolates. You’ll also find authentic Italian gelato, a complete coffee bar and a limited wine and beer selection with suggested chocolate pairings at Cocoa Dolce.
The Farris Wheel
Located at 21st and Webb, the Farris Wheel will make you feel like a kid in a candy store! Featuring gourmet chocolates from Asher's Chocolates, Abdallah Candies, and Bedre Chocolates, the Farris Wheel has over 100 types of chocolates listed on its website.
In addition to an abundance of chocolate candies, the Farris Wheel has cinnamon candies, licorice, gum, jawbreakers, jellybeans, lollipops, taffy, toffee and more!
Nifty Nut House
Nifty Nut House has been family owned in Wichita for three generations. This candy store offers over 3,000 candy products. Pretty impressive, right?
Nifty Nuthouse has lots of milk and dark chocolate treats, as well as almost any kind of nut you can imagine. Those nuts are available raw, roasted salted, and roasted unsalted, giving you near-endless options.
Featuring fresh fudge made in-house and almost every candy under the sun, the Nifty Nut House is worth a visit. It’s located at 537 N. St. Francis.
Death By Chocolate
Though it isn't going on this season, we'd be amiss if we didn't mention Wichita's chocolatiest signature event, Exploration Place's Death By Chocolate.This fundraiser is one of the biggest annual events the museum offers. Featuring over 30 local chefs, bakeries, restaurants and chocolatiers, this event allows guests to sample unlimited amounts of chocolatey goodness from the best Wichita has to offer. Proceeds from Death By Chocolate benefit Exploration Place's STEM-based programs and exhibits.
Exclusive event opportunities, such as chocolate and wine pairings, are available with VIP packages. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the event. The 11th Death Dy Chocolate fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2017. Ticket information will be available at a later date.