The North West Chocolate Fest

When it comes to premium chocolate, Seattle’s NW Chocolate Festival might be one of the most impressive festivals in the country. People come from all over the world to display their wares, and consumers come from all over the US to taste them. There are as many...

Woodblock Chocolates

I’m betting that when it comes to fine chocolate you’re looking for the best of the best, the most exclusive artisan creations you can lay hands on. Am I right? How about chocolate so exclusive that you can’t have any? I’m at Cacao, a retail...

Stepping into Fran's

Soft jazz plays as I step into the Fran’s Chocolates store in downtown Seattle. The staff is dressed in snappy black suits with classy high collars. They’re friendly and happy, as if working in a chocolate shop is all they’ve ever wanted to do. And...

A Day at the Chocolate Factory

You know what the best part is about being in a chocolate factory? You’re in a chocolate factory. This is where the chocolate gets made. That’s the stuff of  childhood fantasy, of dreams coming alive. They make chocolate! Theo Chocolate – named for...

What about Valrhona

Valrhona Le Noir Extra Amer 85% & 71% (and Valrhona Alpaco 66%) Hunting up the dark at Trader Joe’s? You’ll notice TJ’s stocks enough dark chocolate to befuddle the wisest among us. I’ve stood in the chocolate section for long minutes on...
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