Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co.

Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co. Joy Chocolate Co.

Small batch caramel, chocolates and fudge made on site. We’re located in the historic village section of the magical town of Essex, Connecticut.  Our shop is located in a converted home dating back to the 1800’s, a historical landmark known as the “Farnham Parmelee Homestead.”

When you visit Claire will likely be in the kitchen making caramel or a variety of items from Belgium chocolate. Steve normally greets friends when they arrive and runs the register.

You’ll find a variety of candy from the US and around the world as our goal is to have something for everyone. We also offer a bespoke Guatemalan coffee with a chocolate note and in the colder months a gourmet single origin hot chocolate.

We named the shop “Joy” Chocolate Company because that’s what we want you to feel. Whether it’s the decor and atmosphere or the tinge of nostalgia at the sight of candy that reminds you of times past.

We are big dog lovers and couldn't imagine a joyful shop without something for these cherished family members---so we have treats for them too.

We look forward to seeing you in Essex!

Claire Ariyan —

“I’ve always wanted to own a magical little candy shop that makes people happy”



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Other Amenities

  • Pet friendly

5 North Main St.
Essex, CT 06426
United States

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