ABOVE: Featured image via @oliveandsinclair on Instagram

 

By Allie Myszka

I strive to eat healthy most of the time.

I get in my fruits and veggies, limit my sugar intake, and drink water like it’s my job. But my weakness?

Chocolate.

Lucky for me (and for you, too, if chocolate is your vice), Nashville has tons of local spots where you can find artisan, handmade chocolate goodies. Read on for the best places to get your chocolate cravings satisfied — at least until tomorrow.

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Olive and Sinclair (photo via @oliveandsinclair on Instagram)
1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville

Nashville may not have its own Willy Wonka, but it does have a chocolate factory. In fact, Nashville has the only chocolate factory in the state of Tennessee, Olive and Sinclair. With their careful mix of traditional prep methods and modern technology, Olive and Sinclair makes delicious and rich chocolate bars and other sweet confections that you’ll find all around Middle Tennessee and the Southeast.

Want to know how raw cacao beans become chocolate bars?

You’re in luck — Olive and Sinclair offers weekend tours of their factory for just $5.

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Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company (photo via @nashville_chocolate_and_nut on Instagram)
4231 Harding Pike, Nashville

Chocolate in the shape of a guitar — what could be more “Music City”?

This woman-owned shop adds a unique design to their signature chocolate guitars to make them both delicious and beautiful. Since opening nearly a decade ago, Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company has expanded to make gourmet snacks and treats that they sell out of their Harding Pike storefront
in Belle Meade.

 

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Colts Chocolates (photo via @coltschocolate on Instagram)
609 Overton Street, Nashville

Another woman-owned chocolate company, Colts Chocolates is run by Mackenzie Colt, a former star on the beloved show “Hee Haw.” Her treats have made their way into country stars and international political figures alike, but Colts Chocolates still runs a charming retail store in downtown Nashville, staying true to the city where it planted its roots in 1984. It’s tucked away from the busy streets of the urban Gulch area, but certainly worth the adventure.

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Tempered Café and Chocolate (photo via @temperednashville on Instagram)
1201 5th Avenue North, Nashville

Nothing says “me time” like handmade truffles and a perfectly paired glass of local wine.

Fortunately, Tempered Café and Chocolate in Germantown has both in abundance! With nearly two dozen varieties of truffles, you’re sure to find something to satisfy even the most unique chocolate lover’s tastes. This small, quaint café also offers breakfast, sampling slates, coffee, and more.

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Goo Goo Cluster Store (photo via @googooclusters on Instagram)
116 Third Avenue South, Nashville

If you like your chocolate with a side of nostalgia, the Goo Goo Cluster Store is the perfect stop for you.

Goo Goo Clusters were first made right here in Nashville more than a century ago, and the downtown shop and dessert bar is a wonderfully sugary ode to one of the South’s favorite sweet treats. Browse around the colorful retail store, or have a seat at the dessert bar and enjoy a Goo Goo inspired creation.

The downtown shop is less than a block from the bustling honky tonk scene on Broadway, and offers regular classes and tastings who want to delve deeper into the Goo Goo Cluster experience.

Where’s your favorite chocolate spot in Nashville?

Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.