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The South Carolina Chocolate Shop Road Trip

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If you’re a chocolate lover I bet you never thought to take a road trip based on chocolate. Or a chocolate road trip through South Carolina.

I personally have never encountered a piece of chocolate I didn’t immediately fall in love with. If you’re like me and have a weakness for chocolate, then this road trip is made for you!

Below, you’ll find seven old school chocolate shops and a great road trip that connects them all. What a great way to see some of South Carolina too!

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You’ll want to start in either Fort Mill (near Charlotte) or Hilton Head. Although the actually driving time is do-able in one day (7.5 hours) I recommend enjoying the trip over at least 2 days.

Chocolat Boutique – Fort Mill

The Chocolat Boutique is located at 1012 Market Street, Fort Mill, SC and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photo: Chocolat Boutique

Chocolat Boutique is a gourmet chocolate store with an on-site kitchen where their chocolatier and small team creates handmade truffles and confections.

They have developed their own range of chocolates as well as offering freshly made bonbons imported directly from Belgium and Switzerland.

Vaughn Russell Candy Kitchen – Greenviille

You’ll find the BEST unique and specialty chocolates at 401 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC. The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday. 

Photo: Vaughn Russell Candy

Vaughn Russell is family-owned and operated from a single location in Greenville, South Carolina. The Vaughn Russell specialty is gourmet chocolate. They offer a wide range of chocolate covered nuts, caramels, cream centers, truffles, and more, with a signature trademarked Mint Pecan.

Chocolate Reigns – Columbia

Chocolate Reigns is located at 4920 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC, and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Photo: Chocolate Reigns

Chocolate Reigns is a women owned and operated business dedicated to customer satisfaction and hospitality. The business started as a party and event planning enterprise. They specialize in fresh and delicious berries, cupcakes, and treats that will delight and please the sweetest of sweet tooth’s. All items are made with love and covered in chocolate!

Kilwins – Charleston

Kilwins is located at 59 S Market Street, Charleston, SC and is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. If you would like to add in an additional stop on your road trip, Kilwins offers another location in Myrtle Beach.

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The sweet scents of pecan pralines, fudge, waffle cones, home made caramel, corns and brittles entice market goers. You can just follow the sweet aroma to the front door.

The Chocolate Tree – Beaufort

The Chocolate Tree is located at 507 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Chocolate Tree is Beaufort’s one-stop-shop for fine chocolates and other confections made right on the premises! You can also have your candies shipped anywhere in the world.

Chocolates by the Sea – Hilton Head

Chocolates by the Sea is located at 24 Palmetto Bay Road., Hilton Head Island, SC and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chocolates by the Sea has been established as having Hilton Head Island’s finest confections. Winning awards each year, locals and visitors travel to come to taste the delectable hand dipped chocolates, signature barks, and specialty items.

Kilwins – Shelter Cove, Hilton Head

Kilwins is located in the Shelter Cove Shopping Center. The address is 112 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC. The hours are Sunday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kilwins Hilton Head offers a variety of ice cream, cased chocolates, hand paddled fudges, caramels, corns and other confectionery creations.

Are you ready to pack your bag for a chocolate lovers road trip? I am!

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