This is a chocolate shop that I’ve enjoyed for a long time. For many years it was a member of the Schakolad chain, but more recently they’ve gone independent.



We like their spicy chocolates and we like their truffles. Truffles here cost about a dollar each (a box of 24 runs $30.00 I believe), and are well worth the trouble. I tried a dark chocolate truffle as a comparison piece. A di Amano chocolate starts out modestly and has flavors that build and then linger, it seems, forever. I like that, as it reminds me of the best hard cheeses.

di Amano Chocolate
1100 Hammond Road NE
Suite 430-A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(770) 730-9770

It’s in a strip mall, a little north of the intersection of Peachtree Industrial and Holcomb Bridge Road, on the left as you’re traveling north. It isn’t open at the hours I normally commute home, but it is open around noon or so. I’ve seen this place for about a year, and wanted to go there. I haven’t really had an opportunity until now, and was really glad I did.

Walk inside and step towards the back, and you can see ladies dressed in blue ‘lab coats’ and hair nets working with the chocolates on conveyor belts. There are stacks of bags of chocolate, each the size of a peat moss bag at the local home improvement store. Inside the store portion, there is a glass case full of exotic truffles. I took home 5. My daughter had 2, my wife the rest, and I had bites of a couple of the chocolates. Rich. Delicious. Worth the effort of arriving when they are open.

Think you haven’t eaten them? If you’ve purchased chocolates at a high end department store in this town (or perhaps a chocolate bar at a sporting goods store), you probably have.

Maggie Lyon Chocolatiers
6000 Peachtree Industrial # B
Norcross, GA 30071-1374
(770) 446-1299

Not too sweet, a touch of bitter flavors, a fantastic aroma.

Olive and Sinclair’s Southern Artisan batch made chocolates are a delight. If watching how this chocolate is made appeals to you, a nice little video is on the Olive and Sinclair site.