Named as the best chocolate shop in Baltimore, the Velvet Chocolatier is the best place to pick up some gourmet, all-natural chocolates for your Valentine this year. The owner, Ruthie, hand-makes each item, and it shows — the shop has even gotten a shout-out from Oprah!
You can choose between numerous flavors of truffles — cinnamon is the most popular — as well as bark, bite-sized chocolate sandwiches, and chocolate hearts. Other unique offerings include the dark chocolate caramel cup and velvet crunch, a combination of hazelnut chocolate and crunch caramel that you can use for topping ice cream or another dessert. There’s also chocolate-covered potato chips, apples, and almonds.
Ruthie received culinary training in both America and Europe. She believes chocolate should be pure, and all of her creations are made with no preservatives, liquors, or added sugar. Each order is presented beautifully in a paper box, making it the perfect gift for your chocolate-loving special someone.
The shop is a short drive away in Stevenson, and is open Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday 9 to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also order chocolate online.