2. Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
City: Empire, Mich.
Address: 12020 S. Leelanau H'way (M-22)
Signature Item: Chocolate chili rub
The website doesn't reveal whether founder Mimi Wheeler is really a grocer's daughter, but it makes it very clear that she loves chocolate. Wheeler also loves her home state of Michigan, and works to create chocolates that use fruits, herbs, and edible flowers grown there to keep her business sustainable. It leads to some offbeat options, sweets like pecans caramelized in maple syrup with a hint of Arbole chile and thyme. Nobody else on this list offers that sort of combination of flavors.