About Us

The Monte Family would like to thank everyone for your support, kind words and well wishes during these challenging times. We have needed to reduce our hours but both stores are still open for in-person, curbside pickup and online shopping. We hope you are all well and we look forward to a happy and healthy 2021.

Welcome to the home of Vermont's most mouthwatering chocolates, fudge, truffles and buttercrunch made fresh in our candy kitchen. The Village Peddler and Chocolatorium are located at 261 Old Mill Road in East Arlington, VT. Once an old wagon shed, our historic building in East Arlington now houses an array of Vermont specialty foods such as maple syrup and maple candy; cheddar cheese and crackers; homemade preserves and jelly; honey; and sugar free candy.

We invite you to visit us and discover Cocoa, the world's largest chocolate teddy bear, along with a large selection of cuddly teddy bears, collectible artist bears, pottery and country gifts, bath and body lotions, and taste tempting gift baskets. Also visit our Chocolatorium and explore the world of chocolate. Here you will learn about where chocolate comes from and how it is made. Join us for regularly scheduled tastings and demonstrations.

We also invite you to visit our other store, The Village Chocolate Shoppe, located at 471 Main Street in Bennington VT. While there, you can meet Benny, the chocolate Moose. Benny was made in honor of Moosefest 2005. Also you can meet his wife Molly who was made in honor of Moosefest 2009. Benny and Molly are each 100 pounds of chocolate.

Don't forget to join us for our many special events throughout the year at both stores. We were able to have some fantastic events online since March 2020 and we plan to offer more events in the coming months. We are not sure what our Funtastic Friday events will look like moving forward so please stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.

- The Monte Family

Visit Our Stores

The Village Peddler's current business hours are Monday-Sunday 11am to 5pm Eastern Time. The Village Peddler storefront location is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from January 1 through June 1.

You may contact us by phone at 802-375-6037 or by email at

Our mailing address is PO Box 156, 261 Old Mill Road, East Arlington, VT 05252.

Our second location, The Village Chocolate Shoppe, is located at 471 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont. By phone: 802-447-3789. The Village Chocolate Shoppe's current business hours are Monday-Saturday 11am to 6pm Eastern Time and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. The Village Chocolate Shoppe is closed on Sundays from January 1 through June 1. There are special extended store hours around the holidays.

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