Candies and chocolate are far from a once-a-year obsession in the City of Roses. For many Portland locals, gourmet sweets are a lifelong pursuit. Read on for our highlights of Portland-made sweets and treat that are sure to sweeten your visit.
Portland is home to Voodoo Doughnut, a 24-hour doughnut shop that offers legal wedding ceremonies (in addition to a crazy selection of doughnuts). It also boasts the Guinness Book of World Records’ title for “World’s Largest Box of Doughnuts.”
Portland Candy Makers
Jacobsen Salt Co.
Famous for harvesting salt straight from the Pacific Ocean, the Jacobsen Salt Company also offers a line of “Salty” sweets. Find their classic licorice and caramels infused with signature salts in shops throughout Portland, as well as online.
Rose City Sweets
Rose City Sweets has been hand-crafting confections since 2012, offering classics like rocky road bark, butter toffee and salted caramels. They also offer creative twists like robin’s nests with malted mini-eggs, rainbow glittered bonbons and spectacular ChocoMallows. Find them at downtown’s Crafty Wonderland or Tender Loving Empire.
Founded in 2006, The Meadow is a testament to founder Mark Bitterman’s diverse tastes and passions. These include artisan salts, chocolates (from the creamiest white to the bitterest dark), cocktail bitters and freshly cut flowers. Browse the international “chocolate library” at either of The Meadow’s Portland locations. And visit their website to learn more about chocolate (even “how to eat a chocolate bar”). They stock Xocolatl de David, ranked among the best chocolates in America by Bon Appetit, which expertly balances sweet and savory with nougaty bacon caramel bars and melt-in-your-mouth truffle bars in flavors like coconut lemongrass and Earl Grey tea.
Longtime local favorite Moonstruck Chocolate first launched their line of handcrafted confections in 1993. Today, they’re best known for their artisan truffles, from adorable animal-shaped sweets to boozy creations laced with Bull Run bourbon or Widmer Hefeweizen.
Portland-sourced ingredients also shine at Missionary Chocolates, where dairy-free vegan truffles come in flavors like local lavender and Jacobsen Pinot Noir salted caramel.
Unusual flavors also abound at cloudforest, a company best known for bags of super-sugary candied cacao nibs (known as “Craque,”) and Moonwalk bars laced with Pop Rocks.
Taste your way around the world with Woodblock Chocolate, which crafts single-origin bars sourced from Madagascar, Peru and Trinidad, each with its own unique taste.
Another single-origin shop, Ranger Chocolate Co. uses ethically sourced Peruvian cacao beans to create bright, bitter bars ranging from 70-80% chocolate. Try them all at their factory and tasting room in Portland’s hip Central Eastside.
Creo Chocolate also lets visitors get up close and personal with the bean-to-bar process, accessibly displaying (and explaining) every step of the process in their inviting Northeast Portland cafe.
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