Best Chocolate in the U.S.: National Chocolates Day
You all know that every day is Chocolates Day, but today is one of several designated "Chocolate" food holidays. To celebrate, I thought I'd refer you to this article that came out in Food & Wine the other day: Best Chocolate in the U.S. F&W's editors reveal their picks for the best chocolate in the country. I've had chocolate from most of the shops, but I was pleased to find a few I still need to try. Also glad to see some San Francisco chocolatiers!
This list will also help you choose some great chocolates as holiday gifts!
What are your favorite chocolates? Make a comment below. Read the entire article HERE.
Some of the picks:
chocolatier and genius pastry chef François Payard creates outstanding
homemade chocolate confections, superb fluffy macarons and beautiful
cakes at his elegant bakeries in New York City, Las Vegas, Japan and Korea. payard.com
flagship store of this classic American chocolate company opened in 1921
in Los Angeles. Today there are more than 200 locations across the
country offering delicious chocolate candies filled with nuts, marzipan
and nougat. F&W’s Kate Krader gets nostalgic for See’s Milk Bordeaux ($24.50), candy filled with brown sugar cream and topped with crispy chocolate puffed rice. sees.com
Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti creates market-driven
confections like chocolate-dipped pear slices flavored with Key lime
juice, and homey chocolate desserts such as Quadruple Chocolate
Brownies. F&W editors also love Recchiuti’s dark chocolate-covered
burnt caramel almonds and the seasonal peppermint patties. recchiuti.com
and chocolate visionary Katrina Markoff flavors chocolates with
unexpected ingredients (curry powder, bee pollen) and packs them in boldly designed boxes.
Markoff is also a pioneer of the bacon-and-chocolate trend and now has
glamorous boutiques in Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.vosgeschocolate.com
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
chef Christopher Elbow worked at the American Restaurant in Kansas
City, Missouri, until the demand for his chocolate petits fours
convinced him to launch his own candy business in 2003. His beautiful
hand-painted chocolates come in creative flavors like bananas Foster and
caramel apple. Elbow also makes fantastic chocolate bars, including the
favorite among F&W editors, No. 6 Dark Rocks, made with dark
chocolate and popping candy.elbowchocolates.com