For the Love of Chocolate – A Guide to Oregon’s Specialty Chocolate Makers
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, no doubt chocolate is on your mind. This year, why not head to a specialty artisan chocolate store? Oregon is chock-full of such artisan chocolatiers who are intent on dipping, rolling and sprinkling their way into your good graces. From Portland to Ashland, here are chocolate shops that are putting Oregon on the map with their tasty treats.
Euphoria Chocolate Company
Eugene-based Euphoria makes high-quality, European-style truffles with a local twist. Their Oregon Wine Truffles are blended with local wines—Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet—and rich chocolate. Also on the menu are classic truffles, chocolate bars, even malt balls.
Three Eugene Locations:
6 W. 17th, 541.343.9223
532 Valley River Center, 541.343.3995
4090 Stewart Rd., 541.344.4605
JaCiva’s Chocolates and Pastries
Swiss-American Master Chef Jack Elmer and his wife, Iva, opened the doors to their Southeast Portland pastry and chocolate shop nearly 20 years ago. Today, they continue to make the finest European chocolate, truffles, candies, cakes and other sweet recipes.
4733 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Lillie Belle Farms, Jacksonville
Just a few years, Jeff Shepherd was selling four truffle flavors out of the back of his car at Southern Oregon farmers’ markets. Today, he has a two-acre berry farm and an impressive product line that includes Jamaican Spiced Caramel, Bing Cherry Ganache, marionberry bon bons, Madagascar Vanilla Bean ganache and so much more.
888.899.2022 or 541.664.2815, www.lilliebellefarms.com
In Portland-based Moonstruck’s case, you should judge a package by its wrapping. Inside the red satin Valentine boxes you’ll find handcrafted candies (Caramel Pecan Praline Hearts, Wild Huckleberry Truffle, Honey Vanilla Caramel) that are impressively decadent. Available at specialty shops all over Oregon, online, and at these Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés:
608 S.W. Alder St., Portland 503.241.0955
526 N.W. 23rd Ave., Portland 503.542.3400
45 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503.697.7097
11705 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton Town Square 503.352.0835
Cary’s of Oregon, Grants Pass
Located in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, Cary’s specializes in gourmet English Toffee in six different flavors. Pick up a Sweetheart Pack, which includes three individually wrapped flavors (milk chocolate/almond, dark chocolate/almond and dark chocolate/espresso) packed in their very own Valentines box.
Dagoba Organic Chocolate, Ashland
This Southern Oregon company takes organic cacao beans from Latin American and the Caribbean and turns them into unforgettable chocolate bars, drinking chocolates, baking essentials and specialty items.
541.482.2001 or 800.393.6075, www.dagobachocolate.com
Goody’s Chocolate, Bend
Goody’s handmade, preservative- and paraffin-free chocolates created in the Central Oregon city of Bend are available online and at these three charming locations:
957 N.W. Wall St., Bend, 541.389.5185
2680 Highway 20, Bend, 541.388.6965
57100 Mall Dr., Sunriver, 541.593.2155