If you’re hoping to sample something sweet during your trip to Durango, you’re in luck! Animas Chocolate Company in Durango, CO, is the perfect place to sample some incredible handcrafted chocolates. Whether you’re grabbing a box to take with you or sampling at the chocolate bar, this is shop is a must-see!
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Visit the Animas Chocolate Company in Durango

A Little Backstory

Carley Snider, the head chocolatier and co-owner of Animas Chocolate Company, stumbled into chocolate-making. One day, she was exploring the Animas River banks some 30 miles from civilization. Carley happened upon a weathered leather recipe book containing what appeared to be old family recipes for truffles and chocolates. It is quite fitting that Carley would find a book of lost recipes on a river originally named The River of Lost Souls. This unique discovery helped her conjure the inspiration for the chocolate shop, and the rest was history.

Sample the Goods

Animas Chocolate Company tempts you with many different award-winning interpretations of chocolate. Each box is full of famous flavors like Snakebite (rich dark chocolate with chili encased in white chocolate), Miner’s Malt Truffle (milk chocolate malt center), and Cinnamon Swirl Pass. Their chocolate bars are also a local favorite. They produce several delicious flavors in this chocolate factory, such as:

  • Milk chocolate
  • Milk chocolate almond
  • 55% chili
  • 63% hazelnut
  • 71% dark
  • 71% peppermint
  • 71% almond

Their gourmet chocolates create bold impressions with flavors including:

  • Chili
  • Sea salt
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Espresso-infused 72% Belgian chocolate

Even the bottom of the river gets a tribute! They craft these chocolates for function and not fashion, ready for you to indulge. Four flavors of River Bottom chocolate are available:

  • Dark chocolate salted toffee
  • Milk chocolate salted toffee
  • Dark chocolate espresso
  • 55% dark chocolate with chili

Try Their Hot Chocolate
Come watch the chocolate-making process in the chocolate factory then delight in a mug of their Smelter’s hot chocolate. They make it with three kinds of delectable chocolate, cinnamon, and peppermint. Or, sip a cup of local Desert Sun coffee as you shop

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