North Georgia's Finest Chocolates

Paul T. Hoffman, Chocolatier, has worked since 1975 to deliver incredible candies, chocolates and sweets for all to enjoy. While visiting our shop, have fun watching the chocolates being made using the finest ingredients. Make sure you pick up a souvenir of our historic town, the DAHLONEGA CHOCOLATE GOLD BAR, made from rich milk or dark chocolate, golden raisins, and Georgia Pecans, created at Paul Thomas Chocolates.

Paul Thomas Chocolates is not just a candy store; it is an experience, as well as an opportunity to understand the complexity of chocolate and its creation. The notable success achieved by Paul is wholly attributable to his passion for fine chocolate making and for sharing this passion through creating a unique, satisfying adventure for the customer: an experience which opens all of one's senses upon entering the door to this inviting establishment.

Sights, sounds, and smells: The aroma of a warming mixture of cacao-based chocolate and fresh sweet cream; the sight of the waterfall of warm, smooth chocolate cascading down on various fruits, nuts, and caramel; soft truffle centers being dipped in a large vat of milk or dark chocolate; and the sound of friendly banter with customers as people are drawn towards the conveyor assembly, fondly referred to as our "Lucy machine" based on the classic episode from the "I Love Lucy" television show.

These sights, sounds, and smells are surpassed only by the delectable taste of the products. Paul uses only the finest ingredients, carefully sought out from all over the world, for his delicacies. One thing is for sure: when you walk out of the shop you are smiling, knowing that North Georgia is truly a "sweeter" place with Paul Thomas Chocolates here!


Lori originally came from the medical field. She also had experience running a Christmas gift shop prior to Paul Thomas Chocolates. Lori and her husband Paul moved from Florida to Dahlonega with the intention of retiring. Retirement was cut short when they saw a need for a local chocolatier in the town they fell in love with. Lori makes sure that the day to day running of the business is taken care of and that all of the Paul Thomas Chocolates clients are happy with their products and service.

When Lori is not running the business she is enjoying life in Dahlonega. She also has 1 children and 2 grandchildren that she likes spending time with.

  • All
  • Austin
  • Jessie
  • Lori
  • Paul
  • Paul has been a Candy maker and perfecting his craft as a Chocolatier for over 40 years.


  • Lori has made the transition from the medical field to running the day to day business aspects.


  • Austin is the assistant candy maker and is on track to be head candy maker in the upcoming near future.


  • Jessie is our new assistant manager with a great love for Chocolate

    Jessie Massey

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