February is almost upon us, and though this month is most famous for Valentine’s Day, it also brings National Chocolate Lovers Month! Celebrate the tastiest month of the year by visiting these chocolate shops near Algonquin.
Since 1920, Morkes has offered an array of treats made with gourmet chocolate and pure butter.
The store’s first location was on 26th Street and Trumbull in Chicago. The business was established after William Morkes Sr. left his job at Nabisco. During World War II, his son served in the military, and when he returned, he used his veteran’s status to obtain rationed sugar. Thus, Morkes became the sweetest business in the area.
Today, there are several locations, and Morkes continues to offer friendly service as well as hands-on candy making classes.
The chocolatiers offer a variety of goodies, including sponge candy, a confection made with molasses and caramelized sugar and covered in milk or dark chocolate.
Mellie’s Chocolate & Company
Melanie Hiser held several jobs in the restaurant industry before she opened Mellie’s Chocolate & Company. Today, Hiser and her staff love witnessing the joy that customers get when they lay eyes on the store’s display of sweets.
Melanie uses quality cacao from the Ivory Coast, and her Mint Meltaways are a local favorite. These milk chocolate treats are infused with peppermint oil and topped with drizzled chocolate.
H. Teller Archibald opened Fannie May in 1920, and within fifteen years, there were nearly four dozen stores throughout Illinois and surrounding states.
During World War II, the company didn’t alter its recipes for fear of sacrificing flavor. This resulted in early closing hours since the chocolate would run out on a regular basis.
In 1946, Fannie May began offering its most popular treat: the Pixie. This treat consists of buttery smooth caramel and pecans, covered with milk or dark chocolate.
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