Friday, November 7, 2008

Celebrate Chocolate!

Chopping the Chocolate Slabs
In case you haven't heard, this weekend is the 11th Annual Chocolate Show. I haven't been to the Chocolate Show in a couple of years so I can't speak to how ample the sampling will be at this year's show. But times are tight and if you don't feel like you can spare the $28 for a one day ticket, here are some of our favorite chocolate recs in the city...

Intense Chocolate Experience:
If you love sinfully dark chocolate you're sure to find a tasty treat at the newly opened Pure Dark in the village. They sell chocolate hand cut from an enormous slab for $2.75 an ounce. Or you can make your own chocolate mix out of cacao nibs, dried fruits and nuts.

Pure Dark Slabs

Chocolate Froyo:
I'm partial to plain fro-yo myself, but I have to say that the chocolate from Bloomies' Forty Carrots is pretty darn good. If you're lucky, they might have peanut butter as well. Mmm. Fro-yo peanut butter cup.

Chocolate, Plain and Peanut Butter Fro-yo

Chocolate Doughnut:
If you are looking for a killer chocolate doughnut look no further than the Doughnut Plant on the Lower East Side. Their Valrhona Chocolate Glazed Doughnut is to die for. At $2.25 to $3.00 per doughnut, these beauties don't come cheap, but they are well worth it.

Blackout Doughnuts from the Doughnut Plant

Chocolate Dipped Piggy:
Chocolate + Bacon = AMAZING. And the best place to get it is definitely Roni Sue's in the Essex Market where Ms. Rhonda Kave deep fries her bacon reducing it down to crispy strips ready for dipping in milk or dark chocolate. $9.50 for a quarter pound it works out to about $1.25-$1.50 per choco covered bacon strip. Not too shabby or too pricy.

Pig Candy

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich:
Rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between buttery dark chocolate chip cookies. Need I say more? Oh, yeah, this huge chipwichesque treat will only set you back $5.

Jacques Torres Cookie Sandwich

Chocolate Soda:
The world needs more ice cream sodas. Thankfully the Chocolate Room in Park Slope is doing their part with the Snow Mint Chocolate Float, Natural Snow Mint Soda with a scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with fresh whipped cream. Yum. $7, a bit pricey but a nice way to cap off a good evening. I also highly recommend their chocolate fondue for 2 for $14. It features 60% Belgian chocolate with fresh fruit, pound cake, and homemade marshmallows.

Chocolate Mint Soda!

Chocolate Treats for Giving (and Keeping):
These espresso pots de creme from Three Tarts are tasty and functional; their $8.60 price tag buys you both the dessert and the ceramic cup and saucer. Perfect for a hostess gift or a romantic date night at home.

3 Tarts Pots de Creme

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Pure Dark
350 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

Forty Carrots @ Bloomingdales
1000 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10022

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

Roni-Sue's Chocolates
120 Essex St
New York, NY 10002

Jacques Torres
66 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Chocolate Room
86 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Three Tarts
164 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Where do you go for your chocolate fix?


Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish I was going to be on the east coast anytime soon! Thanks for the roundup!

Susie said...

I love the idea of that Pig Candy. That is a PMS dream!!