In our travels to locate America's best chocolate, we found ourselves in Omaha, Nebraska. Scattered throughout Omaha, we visited three unique chocolate shops each with its own artistic temperament. Our last shop was just outside of town.
Farther out in the Papillion suburb, Chocolaterie Stam is one of very few US storefronts offering the delectables of a fourth-generation Dutch master chocolatier. The flavors and shapes here are more traditional, reminiscent of classic French cuisine, deeply defined by adhering masterfully to the basic techniques, using the highest quality ingredients with a confident distrust of fads.
The classic flavors are comfortably present here, all made with a delicious, expertly refined, velvety chocolate filled with heavenly, buttery cream or ganache centers. The subtly rich cream base was divine in its pure form, but we also loved it accented with both cherry and marzipan. The other basic center, a gorgeous ganache, was weighty and innately satisfying. The shop carries gelato, coffees and seasonal gifts. Her prices are reflective of the high-end offerings, but not outrageous.