What better to do with the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street in Dunedin New Zealand, than organise a jaffa roll – where numbered balls of chocolate coated with a hard sugary outer are sent flying down in a moving wall of red and orange. The fastest jaffas finish the 79% gradient street in around 15 seconds, raising money for local charities.
It’s true. Xavier Mor’s packaging does look a bit like cough drops. But Ricola’s got nothing on these chocolate beauties. Hailing from Barcelona, this ‘designer chocolate‘ is the quintessential marriage of superb chocolate making meets graphic arts.
Delectable chocolate. Such is the Mayan and Nahuatl English translation of the word Ki-xocolatl. It’s also — not coincidentally, of course — the name of a stellar bean-to-bar Mexican-based chocolate collection. The result of years of partnership between a Belgian husband and wife chocolatier team, and Mexican cocoa producers hailing from Chiapas and Tabasco, Ki’xocolatl is a solid marriage of top notch Mexican ingredients and a dash of European techniques.
It started easily enough; A musician and his wife wanted things other than typical band merchandise to sell at his gigs. The result, Nunu: handmade chocolate confections made from single origin Santander cocoa beans. While the line includes golden soft caramel butterflies and Earl Grey ganache flowers, it would appear that the chocolates best suited […]
Don’t let its looks fool you. Though it’s rocking a chocolate bar exterior, these chunks of dark goodness are made of entirely single origin coffee. Yup, the world’s first ‘coffee bar’ lets you experience java like you’ve never experienced it before.
Over the years chocolate has evolved from mass-produced baking tablets in kitchens where dark chocolate was virtually unheard of, to a distinguished product coveted for its incredible complexity. However, today’s attitude towards chocolate has not so much evolved as it has returned to its pagan roots when it was revered as a wondrous, even medicinal, ingredient. Enter Soma Chocolatemaker in Toronto’s uber-hip Distillery District where you can ‘eat, drink and worship chocolate’.
Delicaseys Chocolates boasts simple packaging, handmade labels, and natural sweets made of quality chocolates, fruits, and nuts. Together, innovative combinations of fresh flavors steep dark chocolate to produce harmonious, artisanal treats.
We’ve already posted about the ambrosial and visually impressive Bean to Bar Chocolate from Williamsburg’s finest: Mast Brothers. However, it seems that we’ve overlooked one of the forefathers to this Movement – and it’s none other than the Mad-Austrian-Chocolatier himself: Josef Zotter.
Just about everything is better with chocolate, right? Well how about ramen noodles, French toast, or lime-flavored tortilla chips? You still with us? The folks over at Komforte Chockolate who dreamed up these, um, slightly odd flavors are all about combining chocolate with familiar comfort foods to pry you out of your plain chocolate bar rut.
Whilst strolling through Greenpoint the other night, I came across a shop selling Liddabit candies. I just had to have the Beer & Pretzel Caramels and the Honeycomb Candy. The Beer & Pretzel treats are complex, with the beer adding a heartiness missing from typical salted caramels, and the Honeycomb Candy tasted much like a Crunchie bar found in the UK. Liddabit candies contain local and seasonal ingredients and you can purchase these and other heavenly sweets through their site, as well as at The Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. The PB&J candy bar is next on my list to try.
Honestly, Honest Chocolate seems more straight out of Los Angeles than South Africa. This is, after all, raw, organic, vegan chocolate. But indeed, these sweets are made by ‘a man, an apron, and a beard’, chilling in Cape Town.
From a small Madrid-based boutique chocolatier comes the fantastic ChocoLate Orgániko. Made of 100% organic chocolate sourced in the Caribbean, the brand boasts too many cool sweets to list. But, we’ll still try. There’s green anise, fleur de sel, olive oil, and Ethiopian coffee beautifully paired with rich, deep dark chocolate.
Ok, so a week’s supply of American-made Salazon organic chocolate recently arrived in my mailbox, and it’s salty-sweet taste dynamic has had my eyes rolling around my head ever since. Who would have thought that chocolate could be so tempting. I mean, really? Now, I’ll take mine with an extra strong cup of Joe, thank […]
Chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and syrup: the perfect lazy weekend breakfast. The combination of creamy morsels of sweet chocolate mixed with salty, fatty bacon topped off with sticky syrup is seriously outrageous and surprisingly addictive. And now, thanks to the cheeky folks at Vosges Haut Chocolat, you can indulge in this scrumptious delight all week long.
Artisanal designer chocolate is the new black in the foodie world. As with cupcakes and street food, it’s having its moment. The result is an abundance of cool concept chocolate boutiques and cleverly wrapped coco bars. And like many trendy designs, some of the most innovative takes on this sweet favorite are coming out of Spain. One such visionary is Pancracio.