Long Island City-based Antidote Chocolate makes ten different chocolate bars, each one combining two key flavors and named after a Greek goddess. My two current favorites are Hybris, an 84% dark bar in which the underbelly is flecked with dried mango and juniper berries. It's a touch smoky, with a faint, fruity lift; I like break it into tiny pieces and mix it into vanilla ice cream. Kakia is a sweeter 77% bar infused with cardamom and crushed coffee beans. The flavors come through heady, bold with coffee on the initial bite, and cardamom on the finish. Certainly not for a dark chocolate purist, but oh so good for an afternoon pick-me-up.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.