Bon bons and chocolate bars are the call at the Cacao Prieto pop-up inside the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory, but you can't leave without a few chocolate letters, made with 66 percent couvertures. They make excellent little gifts, $.50 apiece; spell out what you desire, but call ahead because they often run out of popular letters!
As for bon bons ($2 each), the Smoke is otherworldly. It's a commanding flavor that does the name justice, in-your-face aggressive with haunting background notes; it's my favorite of the bunch. For something milder and pleasing, Honey-Caramel and fruit-and-nut parings like Pistachio-Apricot are solid bets. A Coconut bon bon, with muddled flavors, was the only letdown in the group. I had the Conquistador bon bon with cacao rum and madeira wine on my list, but alas, they were sold out. Until next time!
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.