This time of the year chocolate is literally everywhere. Don’t waste your time getting tons of the generic stuff – here are nine chocolate bars that have their own story and will show someone you really know them.
This year we’re all about sharing an experience of thoughtful deliciousness… death by chocolate is a thing of the past!
Plus, there’s a chance to win something delicious below.
1. FOR THE LOVERS OF WILD ADVENTURES
Compartes knows wild and crazy well. This LA Chocolatier crafts flavor combinations that will make your head explode, and they look absolutely beautiful. Rosemary Olive White Chocolate, Smoked Sea Salt, Macha Green Tea with White Chocolate, Cocktail Infused Dark Chocolate, and then some. Perfect for those who love a flavor adventure and a label that doubles as a keepsake.
2. FOR THE LOVERS OF BACON
Vosges knows that bacon + chocolate will always win hearts. Love Milk Chocolate? There’s a bacon bar for you. Love Dark Chocolate? There’s a different bacon bar for you. Closing thoughts? Bacon.
3. FOR THE LOVERS OF HANDMADE / THE ETSY LIFE
Hand-scooped, bean-to-bar chocolates by Zotter have homey flavors and delicate details. Each bar is built in layers by hand with amazing ingredients. Like many of the lines we carry, the Zotter team believes in Fairtrade and sources beans from all over the world – cheers to that guiltless bite.
4. FOR THE LOVERS OF RAMEN
Weird? Yes. Delicious? You bet. This bar is perfect for that person in your life who either loves, hates, loves to hate, or hates to love ramen noodles. Started by three Californian guys who are all about savory and sweet, Komfortes, has mastered these weird, yet delightful, combinations.
5. FOR THE LOVERS OF COLLABORATIONS
Askinosie‘s line of CollaBARation bars are something truly unique. They partner with James Beard Award-winning restaurants, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Intelligentsia, Happy Hemp, and others to create beautiful, expert-driven bars. Taking a bite of one of these bars is like biting into a story – with each piece having its own tale, plastered on the front of the beautifully wrapped packaging. Need an example? CollaBARation #5 Dark Milk Chocolate, Ancho Chile & Pistachio bar with Cafe Pasqual’s certainly has a ring to it – it reads “Salt Flakes & Pistasios Play Hopscotch On The Dark Goat’s Milk Chocolate Ancho Chili Alter.”
6. FOR THE LOVERS OF A GOOD LAUGH
Hand-painted magical mushrooms from John & Kiera’s and a chill chocolate bar from Askinosi will surely make for a good laugh, and an even more delicious bite.
John & Kiera’s magical mushrooms feature a salted caramel center, with each color filled with its own caramal-y surprise. Yellow is filled with a rum-pecan caramel, red contains a caramel touched with chili, and purple features a salted caramel center. Share each shroom and experience the flavors together.
Askinosie’s most recently collaborated with Happy Hemp, a company convinced that hemp seeds will be the passport to your happiness. Described as perfectly toasted, slightly crunchy hemp seeds sprinkled on velvety Tanzania chocolate. Its name? Toasted Happy Hemp Seeds and Roasted Cocoa Beans Become Best Buds In A Chill Chocolate Bar. Need we say more?
7. FOR THE LOVERS OF HIS & HERS
We are big fans of these undoubtedly cute combos – just match any two bars for a “His and Her” set you can taste and experience together. Play it safe with Raaka’s Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and their Porter Bar made with organic hops and malt. Or, go a little crazier and try Compartes Mexican Hot Chocolate Truffles for her and Caramel & Salt Chocolates for him.
8. FOR THE LOVERS OF THE FOOD NETWORK
Bourdain and Ripert come together to build a chocolate bar that sparks plenty of conversation. Peruvian Pure Nacional beans, the rarest and finest cacao beans thought to be extinct for the last 100 years, serve as the foundation for local Chocolatier Master Christopher Curtin (ECLAT). Make a Food Network lover happy and bring them a taste of this star-powered bar – plus, some interesting convos.
9. FOR THE LOVERS OF TRADITION
Brothers Rick and Michael Mast, known as The Mast Brothers, are true to the craft and art of chocolate making, with an absolute respect for the history of chocolate. This duo is literally sailing to the Dominican Republic in search of cacao beans and to get closer with those that grow them. Each bar tells its own story of flavors, with a distinctive purpose.