Chocolate for Grown-Ups

It’s always fun to shop for chocolate. At Chocolate South, chocolatier Amy Stankus raises it to a new level. Her creative assortment varies daily since everything is made scratch on-site every day using premium Valrhona chocolate, local dairy cream and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. During the holiday season, peppermint bark and other seasonal morsels are nestled alongside Southern-themed candies like Georgia peanut bark, caramels with sea salt, her award-winning Key lime bonbon and Mississippi mud bites that are routinely available. Equally tempting are the bonbons, truffles and other delights made with dark, milk and white chocolates then filled with honey ginger, salted butter caramel or another inspired ganache. Solid chocolates shaped into fleur de lis and other designs are offered plain or flavored with peppermint, almond, anise, cardamon or lemon. Step into this boutique and you may feel as giddy as a kid eyeing all the temptations, but the sophisticated flavors are very grown-up indeed.

1050 Marietta St. NW, 404-815-8859,

Hope S. Philbrick