We’ve celebrated National Vodka Day and National Cheeseburger Day, but National Chocolate Day might just be our favorite holiday of all. Do we really need to explain why?
In honor of the greatest day of the year, we taste tested confections from independent chocolate brands around the country. We started off with ganaches from Bond Street Chocolate, just a fifteen minute walk from our office in New York, and ended with sea salt caramels from Fran’s Chocolate all the way in Washington! Testing all these delicious chocolates, like a bacon bar and fleur de sel turtles, was a tough job, but our entire staff rallied together--and even stayed late on a Friday--to get the job done. Read our reviews of the best independent chocolate in the gallery below, just try not to drool on your keyboard. (Photo by Isa Wipfli, makeup by Tina Turnbow, styling by Skye Stewart-Short, hair by Raphael Portet, model - Zazoe @ One)
happy national chocolate day!
celebrate with a taste test of our fave indie brands.
photo by isa wipfli
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: 70% Dark Chocolate from Papua New GuineaREACTION: It starts off smooth but then has this tangy flavor--which is a good thing. It’s basically chocolate for adults.. -- Rebecca Willa Davis, Online Executive EditorREACTION: I like that it’s not too sweet. -- Evan Campisi, Art Director
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Bourbon GanacheREACTION: I can’t really believe how much it tastes like bourbon. It’s delicious. I could eat one million of these. -- Steff Yotka, Associate Web EditorTYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Spicy CaramelREACTION: For real spicy. -- Josh Madden, Men’s Content and Marketing Director
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: BrigaderoREACTION: It tastes like a chocolate volcano cake, but bite sized. -- Christian Lavery, Men’s Associate Web EditorREACTION: Gooey on the outside, crunchy on the inside--and the center tastes like this cool twist on chocolate. -- Rebecca Willa Davis
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Dark Fleur de Sel TurtlesREACTION: This is like one ooey, gooey, chewy piece of heaven. That’s all I can really say, because my mouth is full. -- Liza DarwinREACTION: Outstanding. -- Chris Segedy, Art DirectorREACTION: I never thought salt on chocolate would be good, but this is the move. -- Josh Madden
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Bacon Chocolate BarREACTION: This one is weird--weird like I can’t stop eating it. -- Christian LaveryREACTION: It doesn’t really taste like bacon, there’s just a smoky essence. I like the smoked sea salt flavor. -- Marissa Smith, Fashion AssistantTYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Popcorn Chocolate BarREACTION: People always think that they’re a genius for mixing M&Ms into their bag of popcorn at the movies, but this is genius. Mmmmmm. -- Rebecca Willa Davis
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Phillippines White ChocolateREACTION: It tastes like Easter. -- Josh MaddenREACTION: I don’t really like white chocolate, but this is the one. -- Christian LaveryTYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Licorice Chocolate BarREACTION: It didn’t need to happen, but I’m glad that it did. It’s good. -- Josh Madden
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Salted CaramelsREACTION: This one is my favorite. It tastes like wedding cake. -- Josh MaddenREACTION: Mmmmm. Oh my gosh. This is so good. -- Beth Garrabrant, Bookings Director
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Dark Chocolate Gelt with Nibs REACTION: I don’t know if you’ve ever had gelt, but this is a million times better. -- Rebecca Willa Davis
TYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Black and White TruffleREACTION: This one tasted like a really fancy Oreo that literally melted in my mouth. Best. Thing. Ever. -- Liza Darwin, Senior Web EditorTYPE OF CHOCOLATE: Lavender CaramelREACTION: It tastes like I’m in a fancy perfume bottle filled with caramel and cocoa powder. I feel like I just went to the opera in France. -- Jackie Yaeger, Newsletter Editor