BEST CHOCOLATE SHOP (1998)
Next time you're dashing over to housewares in Dayton's basement, don't take this quiet candy corner for granted--a closer look will reveal the finest selection of chocolates in the Twin Cities. Pay special attention to the Josef Schmidt truffles from San Francisco, neuhaus chocolates from Belgium, whimsical Moonstruck chocolates from Portland (the fanciful miniature ice-cream-cone truffles are to die for), local Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Minneapolis's own just truffles. And Dayton's isn't just a retail outlet--upstairs in the candy kitchen they're cooking up many of the Frango chocolates fresh, and putting together a number of remarkable seasonal specialties, such as the recently featured Easter-ham-size solid chocolate Easter bunnies. Chocolate novelties are peerless as well, from the utterly exquisite (hand-painted Jerbeau walnut fudge-filled chocolate tulips) to the exuberantly childlike and glitzy (all the toy-bright tin-foil ducks, bunnies, and lambs of your dreams).