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Local, homemade chocolate at Jan's in Lauderdale by the Beach

LETTUCEINLOVE | Jan 31, 201507:07 AM

I have to give a shout out to Jan's Homemade Candies and strongly recommend them to my fellow Chowhounds.

This is a destination shop, kind of in the middle of your getting from here to there. Jan and Bob the owners are always there from 8 am to 8 pm. They make practically everything from scratch. Have a specialty item in mind? They can make it for you. I challenge you to find a more perfectly balanced chocolate.

When you walk in you will be overwhelmed by the intoxicating aroma of chocolate, not sugar. Start chatting with Jan and she will undoubtedly hand you sample after sample. While there I sampled salted caramel fudge, dark chocolate peanut butter cup, chocolate ganache, a not-to-be-missed habanero dark chocolate bar and their best seller- the good for you bar with organic blueberry, pepita, and a slew of other fruits and nuts. Both of the bars will be sold at Whole Foods soon... each piece I tried was better than the next. Not a single piece left a cloying, sweet aftertaste that you get with most chocolate these days. Her chocolate is perfectly sweet, as are her fillings. Jan and Bob are true artisans.

I purchased the dark chocolate covered marzipan (my favorite of all the candies) which was perfectly rich and smooth, the toffee and graham cracker. I could have purchased the whole store, but seriously held back.

All I can say is, my mother owned a homemade chocolate shoppe back in the day, and this is literally the only store that can compare to my mom's. Jan's won best chocolate store in South Fla. 2014 (I think that was the year) and just got written up in Paula Deen's magazine this month. You don't find stores or products like this too often these days. It's simply a special place.

http://www.janscandies.com/index.php

Jan's Homemade Candies
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