Although Valentine’s Day is in February, chocolate is far from a once-a-year obsession in the City of Roses. For many Portland locals, gourmet chocolate is a lifelong pursuit.
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.
Ranked among the best chocolates in America by Bon Appetit, Xocolatl de David 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. Alma Chocolates, known for their beautiful chocolate icons covered with edible gold, offers a large selection of handmade bonbons, caramels and toffees. They’ve even created drinkable versions of their most cherished treats, including the spicy Thai peanut butter cup.
Portland’s Best Bakeries
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Portland’s Best Pies
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Doughnut Shops in Portland
Voodoo is just one of many doughnut purveyors in Portland serving zany creations, gourmet flavors and gluten-free goodies.
Soft Serve Ice Cream in Portland
Portland’s devotion to ice cream has produced some of the nation’s top scoop shops, featuring both traditional and dairy-free options.
Since 2003, Portland's Voodoo Doughnut has sold millions of wacky, sugary snacks — and the 24-hour Old Town landmark still attracts lines all hours of the day.
Portland Candy Makers and Chocolatiers
These seven Portland candy artisans craft unique sweets, be they creamy cacao confections, rainbow-colored candies or salty-sweet treats.
Batch PDX dreams up gourmet twists on the classic candy bars of your childhood — expect Joyful Almonds filled with coconut ganache and Twicks Bars layered with caramel and buttery shortbread.
Unusual flavors also abound at Cocanu, 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 uses ethically sourced Peruvian cacao beans to create bright, bitter bars ranging from 70-80% chocolate. Try them all at Cup & Bar, a factory and tasting room that Ranger shares with Trailhead Coffee Roasters on 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.
No conversation about chocolate in Portland is complete without mentioning the world-class chocolate proprietors at Cacao. The downtown storefront is known for its incredible selection of craft chocolates from the Northwest and beyond, as well as their decadent drinking chocolate, perfect on a cold winter day. Chocolate lovers can also stock up at The Meadow, a specialty shop stocked with more than 700 chocolate bars from around the world, as well as local favorites like Alma, Cocanu, Woodblock and Xocolatl de David.