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STEPHANIE ZONIS is a Contributing Editor.

 

 

February 2007
Updated March 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Chocolate

Gourmet Chocolate Gift Favorites From America’s Artisan Chocolatiers: Part I

Page 4: Cocoa Puro & Daily Chocolate

 

This is Page 4 of a 6-page review of gourmet chocolate gift favorites. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.

 

Cocoa Puro Kakawa Cocoa BeansCocoa Puro

Everyone and his brother is making chocolate-covered cocoa nibs these days, but I think Cocoa Puro has a much better (and tastier!) idea. Their Kakawa Cocoa Beans are whole, roasted, fine-quality cacao beans, coated in three different types of chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder. The chocolatier behind these beans is fiercely insistent upon using only what he regards as top-quality products. Kakawa beans emerge from their resealable, red gift bags looking somewhat like chocolate-covered almonds, but any resemblance ends there. Bite into one, and multiple textures and flavors, all chocolate, crowd into your mouth. These beans manage to be earthy and opulent simultaneously—no mean trick! Read our full review of Cocoa Puro, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.  CocoaPuro.com

Daily Chocolate

It wasn’t so very long ago that the citizens of this great country thought that the epitome of chocolate came in a box you could purchase at any drugstore and keep for months. The fact that Daily Chocolate is thriving shows how far many Americans have come, for you’ll find no “drugstore” chocolates here. Instead, look for a walnut-almond-white rum-dried plum nougat, coated in dark chocolate and sparingly garnished with pistachios. I meant to save half for you to try, honest! Maybe you’ll have better luck keeping the Napoleon away from me; it’s a dark fudge pâté with raspberry, caramel and nuts, a multi-level piece with great visual effects and textural contrasts. Other offerings include an intriguing white chocolate-lemon-lavender-almond bark and a nicely done mint patty; both are far from ordinary. The retail boutique, at 7 Green Street in Vergennes, Vermont, is open Wednesday through Saturday except during holiday season and peak tourist season, when it is open open six days per week.  DailyChocolate.net 

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