Take a trip to Europe without a passport by visiting Chocolaterie Stam
Amsterdam is home to the Stam family, who have made chocolate true to old-world Dutch traditions since 1913. While the company has expanded to the U.S., the Glen Ellyn location at 530 Pennsylvania Ave. is the only store in the Chicago area (331 248-4800).
Best sellers are the signature bon bons — which translates from the French as “good good.” Iowa beehives provide the honey for that variety. Two-toned mocha sticks, medallions and licorice are other favorites. The multi-colored tulips are sweet on the eyes as well as the palette. They can be filled with mousse, gelato, fresh fruit or candies and make a gift for many occasions.
In addition to its creamy, rich chocolate, the elegant European store serves coffees and lattes in flavors from caramel to praline. Gelato, made on site, is always fresh and tasty. Try the forest berry, orange mascarpone or whiskey cream.
Chocolates can be shipped worldwide to treat sweets-loving out-of-towners, too.Edit Module