When a job at his father-in-law's Argentinean chocolate factory led him to Europe in 1969, Baruch Schaked seized the opportunity to master the craft of chocolate making. His newfound skills soon brought him stateside, where he opened a modest chocolate shop in Florida. More than four decades later, that original shop has blossomed into an interstate chain of Schakolad Chocolate Factories.
Despite the shop’s steady rise in popularity, the key to its success has remained the same. Its chocolatiers still adhere to a European-style family recipe honed over three generations, drawing on gourmet ingredients to design candies more artful and delicious than the self-portraits Van Gogh famously finger-painted with his favorite condiments. These candies include 70 types of truffles and lollipops crafted with real cocoa and without preservatives or wax. The chocolatiers also keep a rotating stash of 10 handmade gelatos on hand—popular flavors include triple-dark chocolate and toasted-coconut almond fudge—and offer several kosher, vegan, and sugar-free options.