K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Bars

Thomas Keller and Armando Manni's cacao and olive oil sweets

Neither chocolate nor olive oil may be what immediately come to mind when considering the name Thomas Keller—the globally famous chef with three Michelin stars for his NYC restaurant Per Se. And yet, after yesterday’s launch of K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Bars it’s hard to separate Keller’s vision from this exploratory yet precise project. Keller partnered with Armando Manni, a master olive oil maker and a …

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co’s Uncommon Artisanal Sweets

From bourbon nib brittle to sea salt and vinegar caramels, specialty Southern candies from Tennessee

Among the many wonders we uncovered at this year’s NYC Summer Fancy Food Show, Tennessee’s Olive & Sinclair pleased our palates for many good reasons. The chocolatiers and confectioners whip up what they refer to as “Southern artisan treats” and they do so ethically. The team utilizes organic and fair-trade cacao beans, slow roast them all in small batches and produce what they call new …

Askinosie Whiskey Dark Chocolate

Boisterous flavor wrapped in a cloth pouch

Former criminal defense lawyer Shawn Askinosie found his second career in chocolate. His family-run Askinosie Chocolate makes bean-to-bar deliciousness in Springfield, Missouri and they have consistently made some of our favorite treats (coLABoration bars and their bean-to-ball chocolate covered malt balls are just a few of them). Extremely transparent about their process, their website is worth a pitstop to learn how they direct trade with …