We love our chocolate in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
You can satisfy your need for chocolate with an incredible selection of cakes, cookies, ice cream, pies, drinks, and other cocoa-inspired dishes and desserts.
Throw the diet out the window and allow yourself to indulge in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Here are 15 chocolate treats you will love.
1. Brick Oven S'More - Fork in the Alley & Fork in the Market
Lots of places serve brick oven pizzas and sandwiches, but a brick oven s'more?! Now you have our attention! Check out Fork in the Alley in Crystal Spring or Fork in the Market in the City Market Building to enjoy their unique classic on this campfire classic. The s'more is prepared in the wood fired oven and then topped with chocolate sauce. If you're feeling extra fancy, add peanut butter!
The house-made mud pie at Mac and Bob’s Restaurant in Salem combines two of our favorite things - coffee and chocolate! The pie consists of an Oreo cookie crust that’s filled with layers of vanilla and coffee ice cream, which is then topped with a rich, chocolate fudge sauce, chopped walnuts, and whipped cream.
“Cremeux” is the French word for “creamy,” which perfectly describes this chocolate dessert at The River and Rail. It’s an amazing dark chocolate pudding topped with caramel ice cream, cocoa krispies and honey-roasted hazelnuts. C’est bon!
While it may already be available at your own local grocery store, there’s something special about making a visit to the original Homestead Creamery location in Franklin County. This quaint country market and ice cream shop is the epitome of Southern charm in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Order a couple scoops of the Creamery’s rich, creamy, chocolate ice cream and grab a seat in one of the rocking chairs on the front porch for a relaxing Blue Ridge Day.
Chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing, chocolate ganache, and chocolate chips? No wonder Cupcake Cottage calls this creation the Chocolate Explosion! It’s one of many fantastic flavors at this local bakery, which also specializes in catering for major events such as parties and weddings.
We’ll let you be the judge of whether this cake lives up to its name, but you certainly feel the love when taking a bite of the Better than Sex Cake at Evie's Bistro and Bakery (formerly Wildflour Market & Bakery). It’s a rich, decadent dessert featuring devil’s food cake that has chocolate chips and pecans baked into it, and then topped with a chocolate caramel ganache.
Warm up with a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate at Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje - a popular new restaurant in Downtown Roanoke. The hot chocolate is made in-house and topped with agave whipped cream & a dusting of cayenne pepper.
With a variety of chocolate treats from around the world, chocolatepaper is a spot where you can find the perfect gift or indulge in your own love of chocolate. Items include a vast selection of truffles, clusters, candy, bark, caramels, chocolate-covered potato chips and much more.
The Blue Cow Patty ice cream at this local shop has all your favorite things! It's dark chocolate ice cream with oreos, butterfinger, and chocolate chips! If you're feeling extra #rich, opt for two scoops and combine it with the chocolate brownie ice cream. They should call that the Willy Wonka!
Champloo Dessert is bring the innovative concept of hand-crafted rolled ice cream to Virginia’s Blue Ridge with its new shop in Downtown Salem. The base uses milk from Homestead Creamery, a local dairy, and there are a variety of flavors, including Cookies n’ Cream, which is even better when topped with a cookie and chocolate syrup.
Leave room for dessert as part of your Italian feast at Fortunato. Many opt for the cannoli or zeppole, but for those craving chocolate, the budino is a terrific choice. It’s a warm chocolate pudding topped with dulce de leche gelato and polenta granola - the perfect way to end your meal.
If you're eating at a brewery's craft kitchen, it'd only make sense that they'd come up with a wonderful combination of chocolate and beer! The "Jack's Java Espresso Brownie" at Three Notch'd in Downtown Roanoke features a beer brownie that's topped with espresso ice cream and coffee caramel. Of course, it also pairs well with the Jack's Java Espresso Stout.
The Hub Restaurant is known for its delicious pies that are made fresh daily, and the homemade chocolate pie is one of the signature options that’s always available, unless you’re too late because they’ve already sold out for the day! It’s a flaky pie crust topped with a tasty combination of chocolate and whipped cream.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time in Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar, a classic shop that features a 1936 Bastian Blessing Soda Fountain. While you can’t go wrong with any of the chocolate options on the menu at Pop’s, we suggest the Rocky Road ice cream sundae. It’s two scoops of Homestead Creamery chocolate ice cream, marshmallow cream, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream topped with Spanish peanuts and a cherry.
15. Chocolates - Baylee’s Best Chocolates
Pretzel pops, s’mores, caramels, chocolates, and hand-crafted truffles are all available at Baylee’s Best Chocolates! Truffle options include Cafe Au Lait, with its subtle coffee flavor, and L’Orange, for the classic combination of orange and dark chocolate. Baylee’s also features an impressive collection of European style truffles, with flavors like Champagne, Fig & Cognac, and Berry Chambord.
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