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Dining & Nightlife

Maine Chocolatiers

Selecting locally-made chocolate at a candy store in Maine.

Selecting locally-made chocolate at a candy store in Maine.

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Between the lobster rolls, clam chowder and oysters, it’s easy to push dessert to the back burner. But when your sweet tooth simply can’t remain silent, there’s no better place to satisfy a chocolate craving than Maine’s many cocoa confectioneries.

Haven's Candies, which offers guided factory floor tours by appointment at their flagship facility in Westbrook. You can see how solid and filled chocolates, fudge, nut clusters or hard candies are made.

Monica's Chocolates in Lubec, where owner Monica Elliott gives free samples of her bonbons, truffles and caramels.

Len Libby Chocolatier in Scarborough, which offers factory tours so you can see how their Maine Needhams, Bangor taffy and chocolate nonpareils are made.

Wilbur’s Freeport offers a hands-on factory tour, where you’ll hear Wilbur’s history, go behind the scenes, assist in treat concocting and eat plenty of samples.

Byrne and Carlson, in Kittery and Portsmouth, is artisanal production at its best. Their method is steeped in the traditions of the elegant chocolate houses of Europe and old-fashioned seaside shops alike.

Kennebec Chocolates combines traditional recipes and the finest ingredients available to create lines of superior chocolates and fudges near the banks of Kennebec River in Augusta.

Dean’s Sweets takes full advantage of Maine’s bounty by locally sourcing ingredients. The chocolatiers use regionally harvested organic maple tapped in Madison, Maine, sea salt from coastal Marshfield for caramels, cream from nearby Smiling Hill Farm, and butter from Kate’s Homemade, churned 20 miles south in Old Orchard Beach.

Bayside Chocolate is a back to basics candy shop perched on the Atlantic Ocean in picturesque Lubec, Maine. Using only the finest ingredients and locally sourced whenever possible, Bayside chocolates are lovingly crafted in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality without the use of preservatives.

Bixby & Co. is a non-traditional indulgence. Bixby & Co. believes in guilt-free snacking and refers to their bars as “energy covered in chocolate.” Crafted with a smooth texture and just the right amount of crunch, Bixby Bars are packed with protein and fiber and are made from the highest quality ingredients around.

Black Dinah is aptly named after its neighboring mountain range and its chocolatiers find inspiration from the tiny corners of the world, the seven seas, and fresh, local ingredients. Organic herbs, flowers, fruits, coffees and teas are just a few of their staple ingredients and in 2016 the shop was recognized as a semi-finalist in the prestigious James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.