The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Readers, upstate: Govatos’ Chocolate (800 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-4082; 4105 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-5324)
Readers, downstate: Candy Kitchen (1 S. Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9200; 21 Lighthouse Plaza, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9334)
Critics, upstate: Govatos’ Chocolate is so synonymous with chocolate in Delaware, Karibjanian wonders, “Is there anywhere but Govatos?” Crunchy to chewy, delicate to devilish, Govatos’ candy is bliss. With famous delights like truffles filled with butter pecan, Irish cream or tiramisu, non pareils, and chocolate-covered pretzels, it’s no wonder they’ve been at it for 115 years. (800 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-4082; 4105 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-5324)
Critics, downstate: Along with the great candy we all know about at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Klaus and Roberta Wuttke are known for taking custom orders at their Lewes shop. Chocolate-coated wine bottles (BYOB) are perhaps their most popular item, and chocolate shot glasses are certainly unique. For bridal showers, the Wuttkes fashion chocolate teapots, teacups and saucers that hold mints. The big sellers, of course, are the caramel apples. The caramel is made from scratch with heavy cream from nearby Lewes Dairy. The Wuttkes sell about 100 caramel apples a week during summer. (135 Second St., Lewes, 645-5528; 36484 Seaside Outlet Drive, No. 1510, Rehoboth Beach, 227-0422)