It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Cacao may be diluted with sugar to make chocolate, but if left to its own devices it's just as raw as citrus, savory as coffee, and punchy as tobacco. This barely—and I mean barely—sweet Chocolate Bread ($3) from Dominique Ansel is a great way to experience the fresh, fruity qualities of chocolate without all the sugar.
The cavity is lined with a moderate portion of chocolate ganache, so rich in crazy chocolate flavor it's got a savory side all its own. It adds a touch of creaminess and sweetness to the yeasty bread, preventing the whole thing from being too weirdly savory. A crown of cacao nibs makes this a can't-miss treat for hardcore chocolate lovers who want something a little less sweet.
In the mood for a more traditional, pastry-like bite? As it turns out, that cavity is the perfect size for a thick slice of banana. Stuff in a chunk of the ripe tropical fruit for a cheater's pastry cream that sweetens the bread up nicely.