Flatiron-based Chocolat Moderne, a favorite among many chocolate aficionados, has always kept a low profile. You might have seen their chocolates in Dean & Deluca's and other specialty shops, but for the best experience, go straight to the source. They're now officially open to the public seven days a week from 12-6pm.
Tucked in the 9th floor of an office building, you'll walk straight into the production facilities where you can select from a number of freshly made bonbons ($2.50 each). The flavors are seemingly endless, but I'm currently in love with the six Japanese-inspired flavors. Imagine a caramel (center) kissed with both miso and Tamari soy sauce, umami gone sweet and haunting. There's also lime and fresh shiso leaves infused into a dark chocolate ganache (right) and another caramel number with fuyu persimmons and white peach. The caramels here are silky and slow, a sure competition to the chocolates and excellent pralines. But whatever you do, finish with the sesame praline (left) crushed into a milk chocolate ganache with chili, ginger, and a secret blend of spices.
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