Impressive samples from ChocoArt
ChocoArt's Jesus, Joseph and Mary
Fleur de Xocoatl
Gnosis Raw Chocolate
The vegan, gluten-free, organic, raw, refined-sugar free, soy free chocolate (made on recycled paper and printed with vegetable ink) proves that sweets don't have to be bad for you or less than fully indulgent. Their line is packed with healthy fruits and medicinal herbs, blended in flavor combinations that are bright and lovely. "Gnosis products celebrate health, exquisite flavor, and integrity... Made with respect for the origins of cacao, the well-being of our society, and Earth’s natural majesty."
The company was founded and runs out of Long Island City, and for the rest of November is donating 5% of online sales to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.
More chocolate, please.
Gnosis Cocao Nibs
Éclat's Good and Evil
Grenada Chocolate Company
Chef Maria Luisa Rodriguez
Chef Maria Luisa Rodriguez' Jazz Brownies
Fast forward years later and I'm standing outside the Chocolate Show event space and a friendly face in broken English asks me if I can help get him inside, as he has to work the table at Kallari chocolate. He's the one on the right, here.
In the years between these two meetings, Kallari moved on up to being sold at Whole Foods and a few other stops around the city. They're one of the few cooperatives in the world that is 100% owned, produced, and marketed by members—in this case, 850 indigenous Kichwa families in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Their rare, single-sourced beans are incredibly fresh when they go from farm to store shelf within 4 months, making for a very soft, barely-bitter dark chocolate with incredible flavor notes. Go to their website to feel even better about eating too much of a good thing.