I remember hearing the talk about it first, whenever my family was in Asheville. People were always shocked when we told them we hadn’t been yet. I remember the adults saying yes to an evening trip there, and being so surprised at the tiny, almost tucked away location but a long busy line wrapped around the block. Now I’ve moved to Asheville, and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge has moved to a larger Pack Square location. Often there’s still a line of people outside the door, because it’s still the place everyone talks about.
One of the many charms the place possesses is versatility. I’ve been there by myself, with my girlfriends, with my parents and siblings, on a date, for meetings, with young children, and with practically everyone who’s ever visited me from any other town. I like to show it off. It can be an outing all it’s own, but it’s almost impossible to not stop by if you’re downtown already. A tummy full of dinner still makes room for desserts like these.
It’s a friendly place, because everyone’s happier inside it. Wooden tables, tall windows, and brick walls make you feel special. The space is comfortable and welcoming, even when it’s bustling with people. I have honestly never been there without running into someone I know, and I love places like that. That says something about it’s pull on us. Chocolate seems to touch the hearts of many as it is, but great chocolate in every form simply reaches all the people.
I’ve made a list of some of my favorite items on the menu, but to be honest I’ve never been disappointed with my chocolate-consuming experience.
For the first-timer: Liquid Truffle sipping chocolate.
This is not chocolate you can get just anywhere. The decadent treat is small and rich and unique, it’s an experience offered that you should not decline. It comes in many flavors - I’ve always gotten milk chocolate because I’m simple like that, but salted caramel comes with high praises.
For the dairy-challenged (or someone who claims to “not like chocolate” whatever that means): Toasted Coconut ice cream!
I cannot rave about this enough. It’s special to find vegan ice cream, but this house-made yummyness shames all the other kinds I’ve tried. My friends with dairy-accepting tummies even love this.
For the sweet tooth: Chocolate Creme Brûlée.
Usually they have another creative flavor of this classic dessert, but it’s hard to beat the basics. They do this well, let me tell you.
For the indecisive, on-the-go, or the gift-giver: 6 pack of artisan truffles.
There are many to choose from, and they come in the cutest little box, perfect for travelling, gifting, or treating yourself. Get a sampling of many kinds so you get to taste multiple creative flavors!
I’m the girl that chooses the fruity candy and the vanilla cupcake, and here I am spending my money and time on chocolate because that’s just the kind of place the French Broad Chocolate Lounge is. Indulgence is necessary every now and then. Or once a week. This is a judgement-free zone always.
Jess is a junior at UNC Asheville majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in Dance. She runs around leading Younglife at Asheville High School, working as student staff for BunCo Younglife, interning at Asheville Folk, and choreographing dance with student group Asheville in Motion. When she has a spare minute she spends it chasing the sunset and continuing her search for the best guac in town.