Condor Chocolates

As if there was not enough reason to visit Athens, Georgia, brothers and business partners, Nick and Peter Dale recently opened a chocolate shop in the historic Five Points neighborhood that's a must-see. It's called Condor Chocolates and it's a homage to the birthplace of their mother. 

Peter and Nick's mom is from Ecuador and they have visited the country countless times over the years. Their ties to this region has given them a strong appreciation for the flavor and quality of Ecuadorian chocolate, which Peter describes as "sometimes a bit spicy but rounded out by notes of fruit and citrus." At Condor, the brothers showcase producers that are growing the country's traditional cacao variety called nacional. Inside the shop you'll find all sorts of tasty concoctions including bars, truffles, hot cocoa, sipping chocolates, gelato and more...

The few times I've had a chance to visit, I've ordered the popular truffles. The dark chocolate with sea salt has my heart but I'm a fan of the Bourbon, the Caramel and the Honey Lavendar. I'm sure I'd be a fan of more, I just keep ordering the same ones because they're so good...

The shop is open and bright and you can watch the chocolate making process from the counter. Plus, they have a few select gifts you can buy, many from Ecuador. A chocolate shop sounds fun no matter what but this one is quite special- not only for the owners attention to providing quality produced chocolate, but for caring about the visitor experience and sharing it all via stellar interior design and product packaging. (The package patterns were sourced from local artist David Hale and fabric engineer, Susan Hable) Condor Chocolates is well worth a visit next time you're in Athens, just click here to learn more. 

 

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