When that craving hits, there is no substitution. This is my secret chocolate file for the Upper Valley: Pure, Rich, Intense and no talking, no typing, no distraction period...allowed...as you take that first bite.
Brigadeiro: Hanover Main Street. I dislike walking up or down stairs to a store, silly and lazy; however, for Brigadeiro, a magnet-force takes hold and suddenly I enter. This is such a unique spot that features chocolate. The name is Brazilian and refers to a national treat made of sugar, butter, milk and chocolate, say no more! The store will do the rest. Besides the chocolates, there are luxurious choices and muffin concoctions with secret liquid middles that burst on the first bite. Click here
Staying in Hanover and around the corner, Market Table's Turtle Bar. I first tasted one of these at their Norwich locale a few years ago. I don't know which is the best part: the overly buttered crust bed, the caramel middle or the chocolate-like mirror on top. Well, it doesn't matter because each bite will meld these three together sublimely, with something minor from the nut family. Note to self: Don't write about chocolate on an empty stomach. Click here
Piecemeal Pies and its giant sea-salted chocolate chip cookie. This is the coolest new eatery/Take-Out in downtown White River Junction. It shares a space with the beloved Tuckerbox. Everything is new and fresh and its content delicious, but that cookie kicks it up yet another splashy notch. For one, it's large and the amount of sea salt over the top of it all draws out the chips inside for chewing and tasting ecstasy. click here
Remaining with chocolate chip cookies, you may already know her- Susan Zak- the most amazing cook from the Norwich Farmers' Market. Everything for sale on her table is sublime with a French twist. Fortunately, her cookie dough is available frozen at Dan and Whit's in Norwich. Her company name is Bakewell.
John Kelly Chocolates from California. Just opening the web page welcome for this chocolate master evokes the infamous Pavlov. Look at that thick flow of caramel exuding itself with thick glee. Walnut caramel clusters with Mediterranean sea salt, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with Hawaiian Alaea sea salt, semi sweet chocolate truffle fudge bar and so many more. All I can say is Thank Heavens for the Woodstock Farmers' Market as they have a nook in their back shelves with several of the selections. Even the chocolate and peanut butter combination is elegance without the usual overload of too much peanut butter in such a duet. And if you live (sadly) far away from the market, there is the web store to save you. Click here
If it is altogether too hot for all of this, there is always Morano Gelato (lucky Hanover!) with its perfect cacao creations.
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