Saturday, February 11, 2012

I dream chocolate

My  favorite treat  in life: CHOCOLATE. I dream about it, I've had it in every possible presentation and I'm always on the look for something new and incredible tasty.  Since Valentine's day is coming up, here are the most original, creative, and delicious sweets on the planet. All made right here in the US.   

Photograph by Stephen Lewis

{ 1, 7 } Xocolatl de David
Portland, OR
David Briggs likes to walk between savory and sweet, with dark chocolate- covered Marcona almonds with pimenton and fleur de sel or a bar made with brown butter. Almonds, $12 for 4 oz.; bar, $9;
{ 2, 4 } Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
Kristen Hard celebrates her Dixie roots with single-origin beans handcrafted with, say, candied Florida citrus or Georgia peanuts. Truffle, $25 for ten; bar, $9;

{ 3 } Eclat Chocolate
West Chester, PA
According to chef Eric Ripert, the selection from master chocolatier Christopher Curtin is possibly the world's best--especially the Fortunato No. 4 truffles. Truffles, $12 for four; caramels, $10 for four;

{ 5, 8 } Askinosie
Springfield, MO
Beautiful packaging doesn't upstage the beans--the primary focus of this outfit's output--whether they take the form of bar, nib, powder, or spread. Bars, $9;

{ 6, 11, 14 } Ococoa
Los Angeles
Diana Malouf works out of her father's commercial kitchen to fashion her take on peanut butter cups using less traditional contents, like cashews and apricots or sunflower honey. $22 for nine;

{ 9, 13 } Nunu Chocolates
Brooklyn, NY
Andy Laird and Justine Pringle put a single-origin chocolate they love to excellent use as a shell for outstanding caramel fillings and ganaches infused with local beer or smoky chile. $8 for four;

{ 10 } Cocanu
Portland, OR
Sebastian Cisneros is a storyteller of sorts, thoroughly scouting his chocolates (the more obscure, the better) and blending them with "secret" ingredients such as coffee, Pop Rocks, or Fernet-Branca. Bar, $5;

{ 12 } Cacao Prieto
Brooklyn, NY
Using cacao beans from his family's farm in the Dominican Republic, Dan Preston performs feats of alchemy that result in bonbons like the Green Demon, filled with anise liqueur. $12 for four;

Article via bon appetit, by Charlotte Druckman


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