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​8 Ways to Celebrate National Chocolate Lovers Month

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?

I love celebrating food months, but National Chocolate Lovers Month is definitely one of my favorites. And, it's fitting that it falls in February, because of a little thing called Valentine's Day.

One of the best things about chocolate is that it comes in so many forms—chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate, cakes, cookies, fudge, just plain old chocolate. One of the best things about Gwinnett? We've got #allthechocolate.

I could probably give 100 ways to celebrate this delectable holiday, but I'll (somehow) narrow it down to 8.

1. The Chocolaterie. This seems like an obvious jumping off point. If you haven't been to The Chocolaterie in Duluth, you must not love chocolate. Their gourmet truffles are to die for. They've also got chocolate bars, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate pops, DARK CHOCOLATE BLACK RASPBERRY LAVENDER ICE CREAM. I won't list all the delicious treats they're serving up, but you need to get over there and see for yourself. Psst. We've got a coupon for you.

2. Sugar Hill Bakery & Cafe. If you like sweets for breakfast, stop by Sugar Hill Bakery & Cafe for chocolate french toast. This dish consists of a toasted croissant, chocolate bread, chocolate syrup, confectionery sugar and whipped topping.

3. Jilly's Cupcakery. If cupcakes are your thing, Jilly's Cupcakery in Suwanee has a number of options, including ultimate chocolate, cookies n' cream, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie dough. On Wednesday you can get German chocolate, and on Saturday, the daily special is chocolate salted caramel.

A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands. #NationalChocolateLoversMonth

4. VSOP Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom. If you really love chocolate, I'd suggest trying something different. At VSOP Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom, you can get a bottle of dark chocolate aged dark balsamic vinegar. The reason I love this place is because you can taste everything before you purchase. And trust me, you'll want to get something.

5. Three Blind Mice. If you're looking for a great dinner and a chocolate fix, Three Blind Mice in Lilburn has got you covered. Try the TBM Brookie—a half brownie half cookie, served a la mode—or the Belgian dark chocolate mousse.

6. Peterbrooke Chocolatier. It would take a whole blog post to tell you about everything Peterbrooke Chocolatier offers, but one thing you'll love is their hand-dipped items. Enjoy oreos, graham crackers, peanut butter cups and more, all dipped in a variety of chocolates, including dark, milk and white.

7. Special Kneads & Treats. If you're not familiar with Special Kneads & Treats in Lawrenceville, it's a "non-profit specialty bake shop designed to provide special needs adults within the surrounding community a place to learn a skill and develop a sense of accountability and pride." Come here for the cheesecake—you can order death by chocolate or turtle.

8. The Baking Grounds Bakery Cafe. The Baking Grounds in Buford has all kinds of delicious, chocolate goodies. They're famous for their wedding cakes, but you can also enjoy a chocolate chunk cookie or a chocolate perfection petite four. You'll also find chocolate-dipped treats and other goodies in their case.

There you have it! Eight places you can celebrate National Chocolate Lovers Month. You know what they say; "a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands." With that in mind, I think you should visit a few of the places before the month ends. Just sayin'.

Post by Jessica Whittingslow

Self-proclaimed foodie and adventurer, Jessica loves to explore Gwinnett and all the great dining, shopping, activities and events the area has to offer. When she's not telling you guys what dishes to try or where to be, she's reading, spending time outdoors or catching up on the latest Netflix original series (who else loved Stranger Things??). She's got an Australian Shepherd that's basically her child and a husband, who always comes second to the dog (sorry, not sorry).

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