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 …

BETA5 Chocolate

Vancouver-based pastry chef Adam Chandler on why his team's recipes are reaping the awards and crowds

When CH was in Vancouver, BC for TED week, a friend’s recommendation resulted in a pitstop at the BETA5 chocolate and pastry shop. While it’s a bit out of the way in an industrial area, the line stretched out the door and we managed to nab some of the cream puffs that hadn’t yet sold out. The BETA5 craze is legitimate, and it’s no wonder …

Big Picture Farms

Goat milk caramels from an artsy Vermont confectionary

Billed as a “farmstead confectionary,” Vermont’s Big Picture Farms is dedicated to recasting the sweet, velvety goodness of goat milk as candy. As founder Louisa Conrad explains, the short fatty acid chains found in goat’s milk make for a smoother taste in their caramels. Conrad runs the business with her husband Lucas Farrell, both trained artists who have since turned to goat farming, cheese-making and …