By Yasmene Warren
Chocolate fiends just found their match made in heaven, and it’s located in the thriving Park Avenue area of downtown Winter Park. We’re talking about AJ Chocolate House, and its offerings are giving big-name chocolatiers a run for their money. Let’s check it out!
What is AJ Chocolate House?
Located on South Park Avenue in Winter Park, AJ Chocolate House is a European fine chocolates shop.
It originated in Lithuania and first opened in 2002 by Algimantas “AJ” Jablonskas. He later went on to open 25 more locations across Europe! AJ’s son, Edwin Jablonskas and his wife Katherine recently took it upon themselves to open the first location in the United States where it now calls the city of Winter Park home.
The legacy behind these chocolates is unmatched as this shop specializes in hand making chocolate according to the finest Belgian traditions.
More than just a chocolate shop, AJ’s hosts fun events throughout the month like wine tasting and ladies nights, and you can also make reservations to celebrate special occasions!
You can indulge in the sweet luxury yourself Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More than Just Chocolate
If you’re coming to dine at a chocolate shop, it’s already clear what kinds of treats you’re in the mood for. Because AJ Chocolate House is no ordinary confectionery, you’re sure to have a ball in chocolate paradise.
AJ Chocolate House offers 150 varieties of creamy, handmade Belgian chocolate, ice cream, coffee, wine, cakes, and more!
From dark chocolate cream-filled roses and lubeck marzipan, to royal truffle with roasted hazelnuts and cayenne creme tower, there’s more than just your everyday chocolate bar at AJ’s.
If you'd like a little more than just a bite of chocolate, you can also try a slice of hazelnut creme cake, blueberry custard pie, mascarpone cheesecake with pistachios, and so much more!
Then, for something a little colder, grab a fresh scoop of ice cream including decadent flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint, mango, coconut, and white chocolate. You can also order fruit lemonade, flavored water, soft drinks, and hot chocolate to quench your thirst after all of these delicious treats.
Walking into AJ Chocolate House offers a little slice of European confectionery excellence as you’re welcomed with smooth jazz music enveloped by the scent of fresh, handmade chocolate. The red, gold, and wooden decor include subtle touches of elegance with classy murals and each chocolate served on a silver platter.
Peruse the sugary galore of sweet delights, and relax yourself on any of the shop’s plush seating areas as you enjoy the fruits of nearly 22 years worth of chocolatey labor.
Gift Boxes and Takeaways
Perfect for the holidays, AJ Chocolate House also crafts gift boxes with their delicious chocolates for those who have a chocolate lover on their list. Some of these also come with wine pairings, with the option to purchase this separately as well.
With the ritzy yet historic spirit of the city of Winter Park, AJ Chocolate House couldn’t have chosen a better place to call home in America. The Orlando dessert scene is reaching new tiers, and this place is giving candy shops a run for their money. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, or you’re simply in the area looking for something new and fresh, AJ Chocolate House is definitely one place you’ll want to keep on your radar.
Park Avenue lies in the heart of Winter Park near Rollins College, and it’s well known for its variety of unique restaurants, shops, boutiques, and more. This district is full of historical artifacts and is home to museums like the Winter Park History Museum and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
Winter Park’s Park Avenue District is a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Orlando, yet it maintains a bevy of entertaining things to do to keep its patrons pleased. Some of our favorite businesses include Farm & Haus, Boca, and Prato. If you’re a fan of the Winter Park area and are in search of a new place to call home, our team would love to help you!
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