Chocolatiers “Beyond Compare”

Published on September 25, 2014
Written by Becky Rogers

The Appalachians are sprinkled with wonderful chocolatiers and candy shops. Of the many worthy businesses, two companies stand out as “beyond compare.”

Ruth Hunt Candy Company

The first is the renowned Ruth Hunt Candy Company of Mt. Sterling, KY. In 1921, Ruth Tharpe Hunt began selling confections to her friends and family that she had previously reserved for her weekly bridge club. The process went so well that she opened a small candy store in her home. She paid strict attention to detail and made each piece of candy with the finest ingredients.

Still located in Mt. Sterling, the company now offers 70 kinds of candy. A second location operates in Lexington. The Blue Monday Cream Pie chocolate bar is one of the favorites. Other popular candies are the bourbon chocolates and a big selection of equine products (sold at the Kentucky Derby). Celebrating 92 years in business, the Ruth Hunt Candy Company is a Kentucky landmark!

Stop by Ruth’s factory to experience the sights and the smells of her delicious concoctions or shop online.

French Broad Chocolate CompanyTruffles of every sort are fresh and on display in the Chocolate Lounge.

Simply Appalachian’s second choice of “beyond compare” chocolatiers in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a “bean-to-bar” business called the French Broad Chocolate Company located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Established in 2007 by Dan and Jael Rattigan, the company brings a natural and creative chocolate experience to its customers.

Complete with a chocolate lounge, factory, and tasting room, this chocolate company has impacted Asheville and the surrounding areas in a big way. They are building a big local business of not only chocolate bars, truffles and brownies, but also chocolate drinks. They also offer chocolate bars from around the world.

For a unique experience, visit the chocolate lounge, but expect to stand in line. Shop online to create your own special assortment. The company also offers catering and special event pieces (like wedding favors) that will make your event particularly memorable.