Dark chocolate—it’s one treat I can’t pass up. A few years ago on a press trip we were tasting chocolate at a chocolate shop. I was skipping the milk chocolate and going right for the dark. One of my fellow travel writers said, “Even if I never meet you again, I will always connect you with dark chocolate.” Yep, that’s me. I’ve tasted a lot of Midwest chocolate over the past few years, and am sharing with you 11 of my favorites, in no particular order, plus two from beyond the Midwest.
When you walk into Lagomarcino’s in Moline, Illinois, you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. Many of the furnishings in the ice cream parlor and candy store are originals from when the store opened in the early 20th century. The furnishings are the only things that are original. The third generation of the founding family keeps recipes as original as possible in this old-fashioned ice cream parlor.