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Artisanal chocolate ups its game
Jeffery Cross

Artisanal chocolate ups its game

The number of chocolatiers in the West boggles the mind, and chocolate just keeps getting better, from fair trade, organic, and single-origin beans to bonbons emblazoned in jewel tones. Here’s a taste of the new class:

  • Madre Chocolate, Honolulu. Meet the perfect chocolate. The Triple Cacao Bar extracts every possible flavor and texture from a cocoa bean: the fruity pulp, crunchy nibs, and satiny chocolate. madrechocolate.com
  • Cadeaux Chocolates, Seattle. Each gemlike truffle is filled with beautifully textured ganache. The caramels are dreamy too. cadeauxchocolates.com
  • Chocolot, Ogden, UT. The company works wonders with the cacao nib, especially in its Orange Nib Bar. sweetchocolot.com
  • Au Coeur Des Chocolats, San Francisco. These airbrushed truffles are (almost) too pretty to eat. heartofchocolates.com
  • Michael Mischer, Oakland. We love his single-origin bars studded with toffee and salt. michaelmischerchocolates.com
  • Xocolatl de David, Portland (pictured). We’re obsessing over the Raleigh bars (like a gourmet Snickers). xocolatldedavid.com
  • Seth Ellis Chocolatier, Boulder, CO. Organic, handcrafted truffles with silky smooth ganache astound; try the raspberry. sethellischocolatier.com

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