Take 5

We asked Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak: A Journey Through
the Chocolate Underbelly of America, to name five chocolates on his
all-star list. Here’s what he said:

  1. The CF Signature Piece I was lucky enough to
    get a shipment of Candyfreak Signature pieces. A few months ago, a
    bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, called Changing Hands asked me to
    design a piece of chocolate, which was then made by Granny’s
    Chocolates in Gilbert, Arizona. They did an amazing job. The piece
    is this: a soft caramel, infused with cocoa and cinnamon, enrobed
    in dark chocolate, with Rice Krispies. It was an effort to recreate
    the now-extinct Caravelle bar, my favorite as a kid. The piece is
    mind-blowing. It tastes like you’re licking the brownie bowl when
    you eat these suckers.
  2. The Grenada Chocolate Company (60%) Bar
    Grenada grows its own cocoa organically and makes the chocolate the
    old-fashioned way.
  3. Lake Champlain Five Star Bar Any variety. Just
    insanely good.
  4. Mother Myrick’s Chocolate-Covered Butter
    Toffee
    Made by a wonderful chocolatier in southern
    Vermont.
  5. Kit Kat Dark Not as fancy, but I worship
    them.
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