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Chocolate & Candy | 2013 Editors Choice Food Awards

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View the winners of the 2013 Editors Choice Food Awards — Chocolate & Candy Category.

S’MORES
Sweet Lydia’s
Lowell, Massachusetts

Lydia Blanchard takes made-from-scratch marshmallows, sandwiches them between graham crackers, and dips them in chocolate. They’re delightful, and they come in flavors such as toasted coconut, peanut butter, caramel, and peppermint chip.

Suggested Retail Price: $23 per box of 6

Where to Find It: Sweet Lydia’s Lowell; farmers’ markets in northeast Massachusetts; and online at: sweetlydias.com

S’MORES
Sweet Lydia’s
Lowell, Massachusetts

Lydia Blanchard takes made-from-scratch marshmallows, sandwiches them between graham crackers, and dips them in chocolate. They’re delightful, and they come in flavors such as toasted coconut, peanut butter, caramel, and peppermint chip.

Suggested Retail Price: $23 per box of 6

Where to Find It: Sweet Lydia’s Lowell; farmers’ markets in northeast Massachusetts; and online at: sweetlydias.com

GUM
Glee Gum
Providence, Rhode Island

Great ideas may come in tiny packages. Glee is made without preservatives, colorings, or artificial flavorings or sweeteners; and tastes great. It’s also one of the few gums that contain chicle (a natural  rubber), which supports sustainable rainforest practices.

Suggested Retail Price: about $1 per pack

Where to Find It: Natural-foods and Whole Foods stores; and online at: gleegum.com

GUM
Glee Gum
Providence, Rhode Island

Great ideas may come in tiny packages. Glee is made without preservatives, colorings, or artificial flavorings or sweeteners; and tastes great. It’s also one of the few gums that contain chicle (a natural rubber), which supports sustainable rainforest practices.

Suggested Retail Price: about $1 per pack

Where to Find It: Natural-foods and Whole Foods stores; and online at: gleegum.com

GOAT MILK CARAMELS
Big Picture Farm
Townshend, Vermont

These caramels have won just about every major specialty-food award there is. Using milk from their own goats, Louise Conrad and Lucas Farrell turn out buttery caramels with a subtle tang in flavors like maple cream, chai, and sea salt/bourbon vanilla, which they pack in handmade boxes and bags for a lovely holiday gift.

Suggested Retail Price: $25 per bag of 30; $10.99 per 3.2-ounce box

Where to Find It: Dozens of specialty and grocery stores around New England and online at: bigpicturefarm.com

GOAT MILK CARAMELS
Big Picture Farm
Townshend, Vermont

These caramels have won just about every major specialty-food award there is. Using milk from their own goats, Louise Conrad and Lucas Farrell turn out buttery caramels with a subtle tang in flavors like maple cream, chai, and sea salt/bourbon vanilla, which they pack in handmade boxes and bags for a lovely holiday gift.

Suggested Retail Price: $25 per bag of 30; $10.99 per 3.2-ounce box

Where to Find It: Dozens of specialty and grocery stores around New England and online at: bigpicturefarm.com

BALAO CHOCOLATE BAR
Rogue Chocolatier
Three Rivers, Massachusetts

To make this, the best chocolate bar we’ve ever tasted, Colin Gasko went to the best cacao grower—Vicente Norero of Camino Verde in Balao, Ecuador—who grows traditional regional varieties and carefully sorts, ferments, and dries them according to type. Then Gasko blended two of Noreno’s varieties for this bar, the world’s first single-farm chocolate blend. The outstanding result is the perfect marriage of chocolate’s spicy, floral, and fruity flavors. This is the ultimate chocophile’s reward.
Suggested Retail Price: $13 per bar

Where to Find It: Several Massachusetts specialty stores, including Provisions in Northampton and Rubiner’s in Great Barrington; and online at: roguechocolatier.com

BALAO CHOCOLATE BAR
Rogue Chocolatier
Three Rivers, Massachusetts

To make this, the best chocolate bar we’ve ever tasted, Colin Gasko went to the best cacao grower—Vicente Norero of Camino Verde in Balao, Ecuador—who grows traditional regional varieties and carefully sorts, ferments, and dries them according to type. Then Gasko blended two of Noreno’s varieties for this bar, the world’s first single-farm chocolate blend. The outstanding result is the perfect marriage of chocolate’s spicy, floral, and fruity flavors. This is the ultimate chocophile’s reward.

Suggested Retail Price: $13 per bar

Where to Find It: Several Massachusetts specialty stores, including Provisions in Northampton and Rubiner’s in Great Barrington; and online at: roguechocolatier.com

All photos/art by Michael Piazza

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