Satisfy your chocolate craving, Utah-style
A box of artisan chocolates by Ogden based Chocolot. (SARAH WELLIVER/Standard-Examiner)

Satisfy your chocolate craving, Utah-style

Story by MATILYN MORTENSEN • Photos by SARAH WELLIVER • Standard-Examiner staff

Whether you want something simple to satisfy a chocolate craving or a more adventurous test of your sweet tooth, Utah has plenty of local options.

Ruth Kendrick is a chocolatier and the owner of Chocolot in Ogden. Kendrick creates unique European-style chocolates with colorful designs.

The shells of her chocolates are thin — she uses a mold to create them — and filled with a ganache, similar to a truffle, Kendrick said.

Kendrick then adds some whimsy to her sweets by airbrushing delicate and elaborate cocoa butter designs onto the chocolates.

“Everybody says ‘They’re too pretty to eat,’ and I say, ‘But they’re too delicious not to,’ ” Kendrick said.

There’s a lot that goes into the texture and consistency of a chocolate. Some ingredients give the taster a waxy taste and feel. Others create a melty, silky effect.

Kendrick has seen old chocolate recipes that call for paraffin wax, but she is quick to explain today’s so-called waxy texture doesn’t actually come from wax.

Truffles with flavors including banana, Belgian cocoa, and turtle with mango puree are a few of the chocolate concoctions created by Utah based Food of the Gods Chocolatier. (SARAH WELLIVER/Standard-Examiner)

One type of chocolate isn’t necessarily better than another, Kendrick said. The important thing is choosing the kind that will best fulfill the purpose of the project.

For instance, the kind of chocolate Kendrick uses to make her European-style chocolates would not work for hand-dipped chocolates because it is too thin.

Chocolate experts also say beans harvested from specific areas can lend various flavors.

Cary Black, a chocolatier and the owner of Food of the Gods Chocolatier in Kaysville, said a unique aspect of his creations is his use of single-sourced chocolate. That means he uses only cocoa beans harvested from a specific place.

Chocolate from Madagascar has traces of red fruit and citrus in the flavor. Ecuadorian chocolate has a more earthy flavor, and Peruvian chocolate carries a flowery flavor.

“I just love Madagascar chocolate,” Black said. “I like all the others, but that one’s probably my favorite, and I use it the most.”

Black strives to combine unique ingredients and make chocolates that are more than just a sweet treat.

“We try to not just satisfy a sweet tooth,” Black said. “We make an experience.”

Here are some of the places to find local chocolates throughout Utah:

Amano Chocolate

Chocolate, candy, snacks and Vegan premium dark chocolates.

Location: Orem

Where to buy: Harmon’s grocery stores

Amber Lyn Chocolates

Specializes in sugar free chocolates, truffles and candy. 

Location: Sandy

Where to buy: Amber Lyn's factory location at 9075 South in Sandy, various retailers and the store's website. 

Beartooth Bites

Chocolate, candy, snacks and gourmet fudge in a variety of flavors.

Location: West Valley City

Where to buy: Harmon’s grocery stores

Bluebird Candy

Producing gourmet hand-dipped candies and chocolates in Logan since 1914.

Location: Logan

Where to buy: Their downtown Logan store and online

Chocolot

Small-batch toffees and truffles with pretty designs.

Location: Ogden

Where to buy: The Queen Bee in Ogden and Simply Eden in Ogden Valley

Food of the Gods Chocolatier

Handmade specialty chocolates.

Location: Kaysville

Where to buy: Available at The Queen Bee in Ogden and Studio K in Kaysville

Idle Isle Candy

A Brigham City institution since 1921, this candymaker offers a large variety of old-fashioned fudge, nut brittles and chocolates.

Location: Brigham City

Where to buy: Available at select Northern Utah grocery stores, The Queen Bee in Ogden and the business’s original candy shop in downtown Brigham City

Little Red Hen Candy Co.

Making handmade candies and chocolates for a handful of specialty shops.

Location: Orem

Where to buy: Morgan Drug & Gift and Front Street Gifts in Morgan; Whisperwood & Co. in Bountiful; Island Splash Soda in Pleasant View

Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates and Ice Cream

Maker of boxed gift chocolates and other treats.

Location: North Salt Lake

Where to buy: Available at multiple store locations, including Bountiful, Layton, North Ogden and North Salt Lake

Solstice Chocolate

Makers of artisan chocolate from “bean-to-bar.” Products include drinking chocolate, nibs and bars.

Location: Salt Lake City

Where to buy: Harmon’s grocery stores and The Queen Bee in Ogden

Sweet Candy Company

One of Utah’s oldest businesses, Sweet’s has been peddling saltwater taffy, chocolate, cinnamon bears and more since 1900.

Location: Salt Lake City

Where to buy: Candy available at company’s factory store in Salt Lake City, select grocery stores or online

The Chocolate Conspiracy

Chocolate bars sweetened with local honey. Products are free of refined sugar, diary and artificial ingredients.

Location: Salt Lake City

Where to buy: Harmon’s, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, New World Distillery in Ogden Valley, The Queen Bee in Ogden

Matilyn Mortensen can be reached at mmortensen@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @MatilynKay.