Never underestimate the power of good chocolate. Here in Buffalo, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of chocolatiers talent in town. Local shops are always our favorite, and these shops demonstrate why. While there are lots of big name chocolate-makers in WNY with multiple locations, here are a few hidden gems you may not have heard of but are absolutely worth adding to your must-try list.
325 Abbott Rd Buffalo / (716)-824-0228 / Website
Buffalo flats and pretzel rods and sponge candy sticks, oh my! Park Edge on Abbott always keeps it real with unique takes on the “norm”. With a decidedly chocolate-forward approach, this sweet shoppe can turn anything into an enjoyable chocolatey treat. From popcorn and suckers to nuts and “bark” – you name it, they’re doin’ it with a twist!
27 Chandler St Suite 315, Buffalo, NY 14207 / (716) 342-2011 / Website
As part of the Chandler Street revitalization, The Sweet Whisk has perfected the bon bon with the finest chocolate from France. They have a selection of original bon bons such as cookies and cream, strawberry, and peanut butter as well as gluten free and vegan options. In addition to this selection, they also offer Buffalo Boozy options. Looking for a greater selection for special events? They also offer specialty bars, dessert shots, pastry tarts and other sweet treats.
27 Chandler St, 2nd Floor Suite 205, Buffalo NY 14207 / (716) 348-8739 / Website
From chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels to breakable chocolates and chocolate bombs, Nikki’s has decadent treats covered. Plus, they offer much more, including everything from cheesecakes and cookies to cakes, trifles, and other desserts. Stop by the shop to pick up a goodie or to, order online, or hire them for catering orders!
1 Buffalo St, Hamburg NY 14075 / (716) 697-0048 / Website
Sponge candy, clusters, Buffalo shaped chocolates, Charlie Chaplins, chocolate Oreos, truffles, and chocolate covered sea salt Habaneros are just some of the interesting finds you’ll encounter at Highland House. The list of sweet treats doesn’t end with chocolate – as the name implies, they’ve got plenty on the candy front too! Find gummies in fun shapes, freeze dried candy like Milk Duds, Nerd Clusters, and Skittles, and novelty candies galore.
44 Brayton St, Suite B. Buffalo / 716) 866-3725 / Website
Bold, vibrant, and flavorful – these chocolates are anything but ordinary. This shop creates a hodgepodge of flavors including PB&J, sunflower seed, cookies & cream, spicy cherry, and more. A regular dose of chocolate is the key to happiness, especially when it’s delivered to your doorstep every month. A subscription to Blue Table Chocolates is #giftoftheyear worthy. Find these guys at the Horsefeathers Market on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm.
This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.