West U denizens know that there are sweet things happening within the walls of The Chocolate Bar. At its Rice Village location, the decadent business continues its commitment to all-things-chocolate in the form of ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies and chocolate-covered novelties.
Inside, the cheerful-and-eclectically-decorated space feels like a step into Willy Wonka’s factory. Purple patterned walls mix with dessert-filled display cases, ice-cream freezers, candy jars and towering cake stands. Along with the shelves lined with assorted chocolate oddities, there's also a traditional candy counter filled with by-the-piece treats, like chocolate-dipped slices of fruit and bonbons. There's even a stunning trompe l'oeil "pizza" that's so realistic, you can almost smell the pepperoni—except it's made entirely of multicolored chocolate.
The Chocolate Bar is open seven days a week. Stop in the Rice Village location on Thursday nights when the shop features live music and swing dancing.