CRAZY FOR COCOA

October 25, 2011  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

get ready for a sugar high because in honor of our decadent color of the month (and with halloween just a week away!) we’ve whipped up a rich, dark roundup of our favorite melt-in-your-mouth chocolate treats.

1. fat witch brownies

cast a sweet spell with fat witch’s brownies: bring a tin of these chewy treats to your halloween bash this weekend and watch them pull a disappearing act. the chelsea-market bakery also offers equally irresistible flavors like red witch (made with dried cherries) and snow witch (white chocolate, brilliant!) too. fat witch brownies, $2.95 each; fatwitch.com

2. hampton popcorn co.’s chocolate peanut butter cup caramel corn

q: what’s sweet, savory and makes for the perfect (and insanely addictive) movie-night munchie? a: a cheerful striped tin of hampton popcorn company’s chocolate peanut butter cup caramel corn. it’s a crunchy combo of rich dark chocolate and peanut butter cup chunks drizzled over sweet caramel corn. 1-gallon tin, $21; hamptonpopcorn.com

3. bisous ciao dark chocolate macarons

talk about haute coco: the delicate, dark chocolate macarons at this ultra-sleek shop on manhattan’s lower east side are made with a pure 72% bitter chocolate ganache. enjoy them with a glass of milk, or better yet, a flute of bubbly. note: they also make for an incredibly sweet, chic hostess gift. bisous ciao macrons, $2.50 each; 212.260.3463

4. mariebelle’s hot chocolate and kate spade new york caramels

the next time you’re at our broome street shop in soho, pop by maribelle’s caoco bar a few doors down for a warm mug of aztec dark hot chocolate—60% pure liquid colombia caoco accented with a splash of milk. we recently teamed up with the soho chocolatier to create a special box of cha cha chocolate caramels, bedecked with custom artwork, available for purchase in our shops. dark aztec chocolate, from $6; mariebelle.com. cha cha chocolates, $48; at kate spade new york shops

5. georgetown cupcake’s chocolate2

with flavors like milk chocolate birthday cake and salted caramel, it’s hard to pick your favorite from the d.c. bakery’s mouthwatering menu, but after sampling one of everything, we think their classic chocolate2 (made with a combo of valrhona and whipped callebaut chocolate) takes the cake. chocolate2 cupcake, $2.75; georgetowncupcake.com

6. doughnut plant’s valrhona chocolate donut

for breakfast, get your day off to a sweet start with coffee and a valrhona chocolate donut from manhattan’s infamous doughnut plant. long the go-to spot to satisfy the carb cravings of hungry new yorkers, we love that their pastries are made with no trans fats, all-natural ingredients and family recipes that date back to the 1930s. valrhona chocolate donut, $2.50; doughnutplant.com

7. chocolatesays monogram chocolates

whether it’s to say ‘hello sunshine’ or a simple ‘thx!’ say it with chocolate. this greenville, nh-based chocolatier will custom-create a sweet box using letters, numbers or symbols of your choice. you may have noticed, we asked them to whip up a batch for our october ‘new arrivals’ email earlier this month. we’ve been hooked since! 8-piece box from $11.50, chocolatesays; etsy.com


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