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Dancing Lion Chocolate

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917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
+1 603-625-4043
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic
Description: I first encountered the True Soul of chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I...
I first encountered the True Soul of chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I have sought her subtle nuances, studied her moods, struggled to understand her complex temper. She is a most difficult mistress; coquettish and proud, quick to anger, open only to the most patient of overtures.I’ve learned to prepare her in the ancient ways of the Maya and in the gleaming kitchens of the finest Parisian chocolatiers. I have studied her at ecole Chocolat in Vancouver and at the prestigious Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in the Rhone Valley of France. I am proud to count among my friends some of the finest chocolatiers from Montreal to Melbourne to Guatemala.Chocolate is my passion. I will never master her–who can master one so willful and tempestuous? But I will continue to woo her and to craft a small bit of her soul into each truffle and bonbon I create.For chocolate is art. And as art she is magnificent.
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best hot chocolate anywhere

This is the best hot chocolate we've ever had. They have 2 varieties that are both exceptional Mayan Heat and Creamy Dark. I like the spicy richness of the Mayan heat and the rest of my family likes the creamy smoothness of the Creamy Dark.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Ptravisharker2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This is the best hot chocolate we've ever had. They have 2 varieties that are both exceptional Mayan Heat and Creamy Dark. I like the spicy richness of the Mayan heat and the rest of my family likes the creamy smoothness of the Creamy Dark.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I gave Dancing Lion Chocolates to my most discerning customers on my gift list because they are truly a work of art. Not inexpensive, but deliciously and beautifully different. They even have vegan chocolate and all of their offerings are almost too lovely to ruin by biting into them!

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Thank ilovemaine572
Derry, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

I happened upon this place by accident. You would not expect this type of boutique shop in Manchester. I thought it was a typical chocolate shop but it is a bit more than that. They sell small batch chocolate depending on the ingredients at the time. The owner is very happy to explain their concept and what is in the... More 

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Wells, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

We've stopped in here several times over the last month. The drinking chocolate is something you must experience to understand. It is a wholly different experience than your grandmother's hot chocolate. Paired with the various unique and delicious pastry, cheeses, and truffles makes for a wonderful time. Try the service for two, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank DI_Vacationers
Near Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My visit was unpleasant to say the least. The chocolate was overly hyped up and overly expensive. The Dancing Lion might make it on Rodeo Drive or some such place where money is no object for most of the people, but come on ... in Manchester New Hampshire? I went once and will NOT be back.

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Thank foodster
DLC_Chocolatier, Owner at Dancing Lion Chocolate, responded to this review

Dear Foodster, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience at Dancing Lion Chocolate--we try very hard to ensure every customer enjoys their time with us. You didn't mention specifically what you didn't enjoy, other than to say that our chocolate was "hyped up and overly expensive." You also didn't mention that you actually tried our chocolate so that... More 

Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Wow. World class chocolates in Manchester NH. The chocolate here is as good as the best chocolate I've had in Santa Barbara, Berkeley and Seattle. The store was recommended by cousins while we were in town for a family reunion. We arrived and one of the customers gave us a preview since the shop was understaffed at that moment. We... More 

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Hillsborough, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We had such a great visit to Dancing Lion Chocolate! The owner taught us all about chocolate in a fun and interesting way. Rich is passionate about chocolate and his passion rubbed off on us too. His products are very high quality and will make excellent gifts. We plan to go back again soon.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Once you taste the creations from this master chocolatier you'll never go back to plain old chocolate. Taste combinations are truly creative and sublimes. This tiny corner of Manchester is well worthy he trip. Hopefully, you will meet the owner, his passion for his work is infectious.

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Thank Flounce_around
Manchester, New Hampshire
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Because of the prices, I only buy here for Christmas gifts. The recipients of said gifts are always thrilled. The chocolates are all painstakingly handmade, artistically beautiful, and exceptional on the palate. This is definitely a special occasion product. They have a few tables inside where you can enjoy lunch or a cup of steamy hot cocoa. The staff is... More 

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Thank 333DDD
Manchester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Amazing place the owner is very passionate about his process And his chocolate worth a visit after dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +1 603-625-4043

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 7
  • Cuisine: Cafe, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

I first encountered the True Soul of chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I have sought her subtle nuances, studied her moods, struggled to understand her complex temper. She is a most difficult mistress; coquettish and proud, quick to anger, open only to the most patient of overtures.I’ve learned to prepare her in the ancient ways of the Maya and in the gleaming kitchens of the finest Parisian chocolatiers. I have studied her at ecole Chocolat in Vancouver and at the prestigious Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in the Rhone Valley of France. I am proud to count among my friends some of the finest chocolatiers from Montreal to Melbourne to Guatemala.Chocolate is my passion. I will never master her–who can master one so willful and tempestuous? But I will continue to woo her and to craft a small bit of her soul into each truffle and bonbon I create.For chocolate is art. And as art she is magnificent.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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