If there’s anything better than chocolate, it’s locally crafted artisan chocolate. At Gearharts Fine Chocolates, you’ll find that good things do come in small packages. After training at the Culinary Institute of America and serving as a cook in the Marine Corps, Tim Gearhart opened Gearharts in 2001. Dabbling in culinary adventures across the world, he then opened one of the only fine chocolate shops in Charlottesville.
As the famous Forrest Gump quote goes, “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” Although life is not predictable, you know exactly what you are getting when you open a box of Gearharts chocolates.
The Signature Line
With eccentric flavor combinations, Gearharts chocolates contain only the finest ingredients. From fruit-filled dark chocolate to chocolate ganache flavored with Ancho chili, the assortments at Gearharts will surprise your taste buds in the best way possible. The signature line features 16 unique chocolates, packaged in beautiful 16 or 32-piece assortment boxes.
Flavors of Gearhart
Try the Kauai for a decadent combination of dark rum, toasted coconut, white chocolate ganache, and a roasted macadamia nut wrapped in milk chocolate. The Brown Butter Caramel chocolate remains a crowd favorite. Featuring rich caramel made with browned butter, cream, and sea salt, milk chocolate then covers it. For those who like to mix their chocolate and alcohol, the Tequila Lime features aged Anejo Tequila and fresh lime fondant. Afterward, white chocolate encases the tasty creation. You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors from Gearharts’ signature line.
Although you can order chocolate online and have it show up on your doorstep, Gearharts Fine Chocolates also has a chocolate cafe in Downtown Charlottesville. With fresh pastries, cakes, cookies, brownies, coffee, and hot chocolate, they offer more than just chocolate. With private chocolate making classes, wine and chocolate tastings, group facility tours, and special events, there’s a lot going on at Gearharts’ cafe. It is also a production facility. For chocolate lovers, visiting Gearharts is almost heaven on Earth!
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