Halletts Chocolates has opened a new location in downtown Spokane.
It’s the second retail shop for the longtime Spokane candy and chocolate company, which also operates a store near its north Spokane production facility and headquarters.
The new downtown shop opened Monday – just in time for Valentine’s Day – and features espresso drinks using coffee from Cravens and Doma coffee roasters. There’s free wifi, too – and, of course, chocolates.
Halletts is known for its Huckleberry Bliss, a buttercream-filled chocolate featuring house-made butter cream. “It’s a local favorite,” said Halletts employee Mirak Kazanjian, noting the company also makes its own caramel in-house.
“Our most popular is salted caramel with gray sea salt,” he said. But, “we have all sorts of different flavors and textures and styles. We have nuts, no nuts, jelly sticks, fudge. We have chocolate-covered cherries. Those are pretty popular around this time.”
The habanero caramel is “an enjoyable spicy,” he said. “It’s just packed with that habanero flavor.”
Look, also, for truffles, super turtles, peanut butter crunch, almond toffee crunch, molded chocolates and chocolate bars.
Valentine’s Day gift boxes can be customized and range in price from about $5.95 to $47.75. Chocolates are sold by weight, and – pro tip – the nutty ones weigh more. Halletts offers dark and milk chocolates.
Valentine’s Day is one of the company’s busiest times, along with Easter and Christmas.
Halletts opened its production facility in 1973, Kazanjian said.
The chocolate company used to have a second location in the Riverwalk Plaza, which has since closed. The new spot features eight tables and is done in the company’s signature colors: purple, gray and taupe.
Halletts opened the downtown shop to offer customers a more central location. “We just wanted to make Halletts more accessible,” Kazanjian said. “We feel like we fit in well with the neighborhood. We’re a local specialty shop. Our chocolates are very high quality. That’s kind of what Spokane thrives on.”