Chocolate! A Visit with Three of Connecticut's Artisan Chocolatiers

By Douglass Steele De Pecol / Photography By Betsy Robson | Last Updated March 01, 2017
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A Visit with Three of Connecticut’s Unique, Artisan Chocolatiers

It's no secret that Connecticut is home to a wealth of intimately produced food products, ranging from fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables to artisanal productions like jams, cheeses, and more. However, what might surprise is the incredible range of world-class chocolates that are also produced here. From the confluence of European and American influence at Bridgewater Chocolate, to the family owned and operated history at Fascia’s, to the unique, single-cow origin chocolates of Thorncrest Farm, Connecticut’s chocolatiers are worthy of attention.

A State of Craftsmanship

While the famous chocolatiers of northern Europe are usually the ones that come to mind when we think of great chocolate, there is nothing about that region that specifically sets it apart for chocolate production. “They have to import their cocoa beans, too,” says John Fascia. “What makes chocolate delicious is the work that goes into those beans once they arrive.” Whether European-inspired, locally historic, or artistically unique, these Connecticut chocolatiers have in common a delicious product, made possible by their shared dedication to the craft of chocolate making.

Bridgewater Chocolate

Bridgewater chocolates
Bridgewater Chocolate employs both European and American styles with their chocolates by utilizing American-style confections with an eye for high-quality chocolate, higher cocoa butter content, and...

Fascia’s Chocolates

John Fascia and Carmen Romeo of Fascia’s Chocolates.
From humble beginnings making chocolates in the home, Fascia’s chocolates now sells confections, produces cakes, has a full-fledged factory and two classrooms.

Thorncrest Chocolates

Thorncrest Chocolate Crew
Thorncrest's chocolates are unique in the fact that all the milk that goes into any one of the chocolates styles comes from only one member of the herd, thus the trademark process of "singlecow origin...

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