photograph by Dhanraj Emanuel

When customers taste their first piece of Black Mountain Chocolate, owner Brent Peters likes to watch their faces. As 70 percent pure dark chocolate melts in their mouths, the taste evolves with natural flavors — cherry, nuts, sometimes even tobacco — eliciting expressions of surprise and delight. “It never gets old,” Peters says.

Picture windows provide a peek into the “visible factory,” where cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic become chocolate bars and gelato, espresso brownies and salted caramel tarts.

From March to November, visitors can take a tour or try a guided tasting. Peters thrives on discovery, too, experimenting with truffle flavors like wildflower-honey and lavender-chamomile. “I get to come in here and play with my food,” he says. “I’m always trying to match things up and see what new combinations I can discover.”

Black Mountain Chocolate
732 Trade Street Northwest
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 293-4698

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Katie King is the assistant editor at Our State.