As if the holiday season wasn't filled with enough glee, December 13 marks National Cocoa Day! To celebrate enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth Philly treats from some of our favorite confectioneries.
From the Rittenhouse Farmers Market to the new brick-and-mortar in Society Hill, Aurora Grace Chocolates brings an artisan flair to the Philly chocolate scene. Owner Aurora Wold's Michelin-starred menu includes favorites like the pecan praline and the vanilla caramel bonbon, which is adorned with a dusting of black, red, and gold coloring. 571 S. 5th St., auroragracechocolates.com
John & Kira’s Les Petit and Enchanted Garden chocolates are as sweet as they are adorable. The infamous Lucky Holiday Ladybugs feature a raspberry and mint ganache that will have you coming back for more. 163 W. Wyoming Ave., 800.747.4808, johnandkiras.com
Dive into Philly’s history at the oldest candy store in the country, open since 1863. Shane Confectionery’s historic chocolate machine and hundred-year-old butter-cream recipe is reason enough to visit the Old City store. 110 Market St., 215.922.1048, shanecandies.com
After generations in the chocolate business, the Walter family are chocolate experts. Get in touch with your city pride and enjoy Lore’s “LOVE” treats in classic flavors like dark chocolate, vanilla caramel, and vanilla butter-cream. 34 S. 7th St., 215.627.3233, loreschocolates.com
Marcia Blaine's intricate, swirling designs and unique flavors are bite-sized pieces of art. Try the cardamom, sesame, and fig infused Moroccan Chocolate for a fresh take on sweet treat. 108 S. 13th St., 215.546.8700, marcieblaine.com
Photography by: Photography courtesy of: Jason Varney )Marcie Blaine),