Woodblock Chocolate

Portland's micro-chocolatiers with a knack for DIY innovation

A few years ago in the DIY paradise of Portland, Oregon, Jessica and Charley Wheelock began cultivating an idea. If home brewers and coffee roasters were dotting the national food scene with successful independent businesses, why were there so few independent artisanal chocolate makers? The two cobbled together repurposed coffee and grain equipment together with information culled from the Internet, starting Woodblock Chocolate a little …

Pique Mi Madre

Small batch Puerto Rican hot sauce packs heat in a great-looking bottle

Hand-picked, prepared and packaged in the mountain town of Coamo, Puerto Rico, Pique Mi Madre is the best-looking hot sauce we’ve also enjoyed tasting. The family-owned company uses only the choicest habanero peppers to give Mi Madre its kick, nicely balanced by a short list of preservative-free ingredients grown locally in the lush mountainous environment. The clear glass bottle displays the large peppers and fresh …

CC Made

Artisanal caramels from California with distinct salt flavors

Wanting to share her distinctly flavored caramel products with a broader audience, CC Made founder Cassandra Chen teamed up with her cousin, Emily Hou, to create their line of artisanal caramels. Once reserved for lucky family members, the California-based product is now sold in gourmet food stores all over the state. Offered in three variations—Bitter Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla and Himalayan Pink Salt—the caramel confections …