Unwrap NW Illinois’ Sweet Adventure | The Blackhawk Chocolate Trail
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
We’re calling all chocoholics! The Blackhawk Chocolate Trail is a delight for your taste buds and is in the heart of Northwest Illinois’ counties of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside. This self-guided tour is more than just a list of candy shops; it’s a fun trip through cute towns, supporting small businesses, and–of course, lots of delicious treats. The trail offers something for every chocolate lover, from hand-crafted truffles to whimsical candies and classic ice cream. Indulge in the decadent, dark chocolate sweets at Colonial Flowers in Rochelle, or savor the playful flavors of The Little Chocolatier in Sterling.
Unwrap a World of Chocolate, County by County
The Chocolate Trail region is conveniently located from the east, west, north, or south. It is less than 90 minutes from Chicagoland and has access from I-80, I-88, US 20, and I-39. While in the area, take a journey on the sweet side and experience a chocolate escape in real-time in Northwest Illinois. From candy stores and gift shops to cafes and bakeries, there are plenty of locations to choose from.
Some tasty highlights
This was hard. Picking just a few of our chocolate businesses to highlight is not something we want to do again. Alright. Let’s begin.
Baker Street is a cafe, coffee roaster, and bakery in historic downtown Dixon. Its sweet treats are known far and wide. Baker Street also serves freshly roasted organic and fair trade coffee, fresh soups, and sandwiches. Need a cake for a special event? Baker Street bakes custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, retirements, and more.
Hazel’s Cafe makes you want to cozy up in a booth and unwind—the perfect relaxing spot in downtown Oregon. You’ll find breakfast, lunch, juice drinks, teas, and gourmet coffee blends among the chocolates, nuts, caramels, and other familiar favorites.
The Hickory Hideaway Cabins in Shannon offers cozy cabins and Chocolate Indulgences packages for those spending a night or two in Northwest Illinois. During a cabin booking, guests can request a chocolate specialty, like gourmet chocolate Smores, to be created and enjoyed over a campfire.
In Fulton, Krumpets Bakery & Cafe offers all kinds of decadent pastries, the favorites of which are chocolate-inspired. Their coffees and hot chocolate temper the chocoholic’s fix when paired with eclairs, cakes, and cookie bars. The restaurant serves tasty lunches to fuel your chocolate trail adventures.
Beyond the Bites
There’s more to the Blackhawk Chocolate Trail than chocolate. Every stop along the way is a chance to learn more about what makes Northwest Illinois unique. Explore Oregon’s historic streets, marvel at the natural beauty of White Pines Forest State Park, or take in Dixon’s lively arts scene. You can try craft beers and wines from the area, look around in cute shops, and find secret gems you wouldn’t usually find on a map.
Plan Your Sweet Escape
The Blackhawk Chocolate Trail is perfect for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or even a more extended adventure. The official website provides detailed information on participating businesses, suggested itineraries, and special events. Whether traveling solo, with friends, or with family, the trail offers a fun and memorable experience for all ages.
So, what are you waiting for? Lace-up your walking shoes, grab your sweet tooth, and embark on a delicious adventure on the Blackhawk Chocolate Trail. You’ll be whisked away to a world of pure chocolate bliss, with charming towns and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.