After blissful days filled with wine tasting and Michelin starred meals, it’s all too easy to take a pass on dessert. We’re here to tell you — don’t do it! From cookies and pastries, to artisanal chocolate, let your inner sweet tooth run the show and indulge. You can thank us later.
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Napa Valley Dessert Map
Anette’s Chocolates Napa Valley
More than just chocolate, Anette’s creates sweets you didn’t think existed like Chardonnay Wine Brittle and Chocolate Cabernet Wine Sauce, not to mention chocolate truffles blended with brandy and port. Master Chocolatier, Brent Madsen, is constantly creating so be sure to ask about what’s new. anettes.com
Pastries, tarts, cookies and macarons every color of the rainbow are waiting at chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. We’re partial to the OhOh, a chocolate sponge cake with Chantilly cream and a dark chocolate shell. There’s often a line well out the door, but it moves quickly. thomaskeller.com
Almost to pretty to eat. Almost. Chris Kollar spent 25 years working in kitchens across the country before launching Kollar Chocolates in Yountville. Now he creates bonbons in flavors like Sunflower Seed Praline, Fennel Pollen, and Matcha Yuzu. The Poppy Saffron Bars might not be as colorful as the bonbons, but they sure are tasty. kollarchocolates.com
The Model Bakery
There’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Rads. We suggest you try one of each. You can share, though you may not want to. Fun fact: the St. Helena location has been a bakery since 1908, and the original brick ovens are still working their magic. If they haven’t run out of English Muffins when you stop by, you might consider picking up a few of those as well. Oprah has a habit of raving about them. themodelbakery.com
Salted chocolate peanut butter pie, red wine red velvet cupcakes, and funfetti cakes topped with oodles of sprinkles! Now that we have your attention, stop wasting time and get over to Monday Bakery. In addition to sweets, there’s coffee, tea, kombucha, and even wellness drinks on the menu. mondaybakery.com
From peanut butter cups and toffee, to barks and even S’mores, this family run chocolate shop offers gooey goodness at every turn. Who says it has to be Christmas to enjoy peppermint hot chocolate? You’ll find it here year-round. The milk chocolate caramel with Fleur de Sel makes a great gift, if you don’t eat it first. woodhousechocolate.com
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