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If you love chocolate, you will love this story. In advance of International Chocolate Day (9/13) we’ve found the best cities for chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Dessert

You can never go wrong with chocolate for dessert.

Yes, there is actual a company that did the grueling research to come up with the rankings. Lawn Love looked at 190 of the biggest cities across the United States for this report.

Chocolate is pretty amazing. It’s good on its own, with cheese, fruit, even bacon. It’s even made into savory sauces like mole. Health experts also say dark chocolate has compounds that are good for us.  We just have to eat it in moderation.

When it came to creating this list, researchers took into consideration a number of factors. They include the number of chocolate factories, the presence of local chocolatiers and dessert shops. In addition, they looked at sweet entertainment. Things like museums, theme parks, tours and chocolate or dessert events.

Chocolate lovers are in for disappointment if a trip to Sioux Falls, SD is on the list. That city ranked dead last when it came to best cities for chocolate lovers. Also making the bittersweet list are Columbus, GA and Mesquite, TX. Chocolate is just not their jam.

To see the full ranking, click here.

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Norman Love Confections makes deserts that are almost too pretty to eat. These truffles are just one example.

Spoiler alert only one Florida city made the top ten list. Bet you can guess which one. Even though Southwest Florida is home to award winning Norman Love Confections, no city in our region ranked. That’s because we don’t fit the research parameters of biggest 190 cities. If they had a secondary ranking, I’m sure Fort Myers or Naples would make an appearance.

One more thing for dessert lovers. If you like a little seasonal pumpkin spice with your chocolate, there are some good recipes here.

Here are the top ten best cities for chocolate lovers.