Chocolate South: Handcrafted Treats with a Southern Flair

Now open in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood, Chocolate South offers a selection of handcrafted chocolate indulgences using the finest ingredients.

Architect by career and chocolatier by passion, owner Amy Stankus has been perfecting her chocolates since 2004. A native of Mississippi who has called Atlanta home since the mid-1980s, Amy infuses her southern heritage into both the chocolates and the boutique.

Each chocolate takes days to make and is truly a piece of art. There is great attention to detail, from the shimmering shell of the Green Tea with Mint bonbon to the alligator print of the Mississippi Mud.Southern Gardens chocolatesTea Time chocolates

Taste is most important and here Amy excels too. She selects special tempered Valrhona chocolate for each of her creations and uses organic cream in the ganache. These give the chocolates a delicately crisp shell and a luxuriously rich inside.

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Try the Peach Tea – locally-produced Georgia Peaches Tea from Just Add Honey is infused into cream and blended with dark chocolate and surrounded with a dark chocolate shell. Or try the Honey Ginger – ginger-infused cream is mixed with local honey, dark chocolate and crystallized ginger bits in a dark chocolate shell that resembles a gemstone.

The selection of chocolates will grow over the coming months. Amy plans a line of chocolates inspired by southern celebrities, including Elvis, Dolly Parton and Ted Turner.

There is savory in addition to the sweet. Amy makes vegan muffins, pimento cheese sandwiches and egg and olive salad sandwiches, which she sells at the shop.Chocolate South

There is also picked okra, cheese straws, loose tea and greeting cards, all made by people whom Amy knows. And there’s art on display too — beautiful wooden bowls made by Amy’s husband Roman, and coming soon to the walls, paintings from local artists.

Chocolate South: a one-of-a-kind chocolate boutique and much more.

Chocolate South, 1050 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318