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Chocolate-Covered Malt Balls
For lovers of malt sweets, there's nothing quite as luxuriant (yet, reasonably priced) in the chocolate world as Askinosie's chocolate-covered malt balls. The Springfield, Missouri-based bean-to-ball brand utilizes hand-ladled, melted single-origin...
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Chocolate-Covered Ginger
Made in Brooklyn (and available for fast delivery in NYC) Jacques Torres' chocolate-covered ginger is the snack to nibble on even when you think you can't eat another bite. The slab of candied ginger and dark chocolate combination is rich, but spicy...
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Five Wondrous New Chocolates
It seems like many of us are on an unending quest to discover new types of chocolate. The applications of cocoa are almost endless and we are frequently stunned to see new ways it's utilized—especially in trusty old chocolate bar form. The following...
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Chocolate Love Tonic
Bottlers of everyday wellness, Urban Moonshine makes organic digestive bitters and herbal tonics using ingredients from local, small farms. One of their more interesting offerings is a Chocolate Love Tonic, for those who might want a healthy libido...
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Crunchmallows
We have lots of crushes on chocolate, but our deep romance with these New York-made Crunchmallows chocolate confections ($29) is as strong as it was when we first wrote about them 10 years ago. Crunchy toffee topped with a marshmallow and dipped in...
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CH25: Corinne Joachim Sanon
Even in a town filled with bright structures, Les Chocolateries Askanya stands out. Haitian-American businesswoman Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s summer home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti into a chocolate factory and had it painted like...
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Corinne Joachim Sanon
Even in a town filled with bright structures, Les Chocolateries Askanya stands out. Haitian-American businesswoman Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s summer home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti into a chocolate factory and had it painted like...
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Four Great Euro Chocolates
While there's nothing wrong with defaulting to your favorite chocolates, a world of innovation and exemplary ingredients exists if you're willing to explore. On a recent trip to Manhattan's The Meadow—where they stock 500 types of chocolate—we...
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Cacao Beans from Big Tree Farms
Chocolate lovers know that there's nothing quite like a tasty cocoa bean. The only thing that could make them better: if they came pre-shelled. And that's exactly the case with Big Tree Farms' Cacao Beans. Yes, they offer up plenty of all-natural...
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Creative Combinations from Compartés Chocolate
There's no such thing as too much chocolate. Though single origin bars are an excellent taste experience in the nuances of cocao from place to place, there's something to be said for the inventive and unexpected. Los Angeles-based Compartés Chocolate...
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CH Editions: Dandelion + Snarkitecture Break Bar
This year we paired SF's Dandelion Chocolate with NYC design studio Snarkitecture to create a chocolate bar that would play to their talents. The resulting Break Bar is made from 70% Belize beans, and is formed in Snarkitecture's signature broken slab...
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Chocolate Skateboards + DQM + Mast Brothers
Since its humble beginnings as a sister company to Mike Carroll and Rick Howard's Girl Skateboards, Chocolate has grown into one of the more influential brands in skateboarding's surrounding culture. Now 20 years later, with legends like Gino Iannucci...
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Jackson Pollock Chocolates
Chocolate and art might be two of life's most enduring superfluous pleasures, and Mexican design group Unelefante marries the two impeccably. The Pollock Chocolates come in a set of three bars of 54% Colombian cacao, handpainted with Jackson Pollock...
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Doisy & Dam Chocolate
It doesn't take much to convince us to eat more chocolate, but London's Doisy & Dam have taken the already heart-healthy treat and chocked it full of some of the most powerful superfoods on the planet. Starting out with a 74% organic dark chocolate...
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Omnom Chocolate
Many dream of opening a restaurant, or starting their own culinary-centric company, but few have the experience or knowledge to do so. This was not the case for Kjartan Gíslason, a chef-turned-chocolatier and co-owner of Omnom Chocolate; Iceland...
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East Van Roasters
Just a short walk from Vancouver, BC's historic Gastown neighborhood lies East Van Roasters. Situated in the city's Downtown Eastside neighborhood, the airy facility fills the surrounding blocks with a nutty, toasted scent. The recently opened non...
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BETA5 Chocolate
When CH was in Vancouver, BC for TED week, a friend's recommendation resulted in a pitstop at the BETA5 chocolate and pastry shop. While it's a bit out of the way in an industrial area, the line stretched out the door and we managed to nab some of...
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Colt's Bolts
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Peanut Cocoa Butter
From all-natural peanut butter cups to almond butter spreads, we're always on the lookout for a tasty iteration on the classic American staple. Our most recent discovery is Peanut Cocoa butter from Big Spoon Roasters. Made in North Carolina from...
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Honest Chocolate
Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk make Honest Chocolate right in the back of their Cape Town shop, dutifully stirring, molding and wrapping it all by hand. The duo's raw, organic cacao confections have become quite legendary both in town and abroad...
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Cradled by a striking 360-degree panorama of a horseshoe-shaped mountain range and the sparkling sea, Cape Town is one of the most majestic metropolises on Earth. South Africa's Mother City has historically been a harbor destination, beginning with...
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CH Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers
This time of year, showering friends, family, colleagues and your favorite bodega owner with thoughtful gifts is a congenial way to show your appreciation. More than simply a token stocking stuffer, the below items culled from the Cool Hunting gift...
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Soma Chocolatemaker
There's something about cold weather and comfort food that go hand-in-hand and any excuse to enjoy more chocolate is a welcome one, so it was a pleasure to indulge in some of the best from Toronto's SOMA Chocolatemaker. Opting for small-batch production...
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