BEST CHOCOLATE - 2008
Legacy Chocolates - CLOSED
Like coffee, beer, and cheese, chocolate is something we can consume so often we forget how truly luxurious it can be. Thankfully, Legacy is a great reminder that chocolate can be infinitely more complex, varied, and satisfying than what you get for 75 cents in a vending machine. Legacy imports the Criollo cocoa bean from South America, an ancient bean cultivated for nearly 3,000 years. The result is that each truffle made at Legacy is both complex and deceptively simple. When you buy your truffles you can even choose the intensity of the cocoa you prefer, ranging from 41 to 99 percent (the typical candy bar averages about 10 percent). Flavors include raspberry, mint, almond, and espresso. If you're feeling adventurous, get the spicy chili truffle, which leaves a little kick on the palate and warms the stomach. Or try the Dirty Old Man truffle, which tastes of brandy. At $10 for six truffles, Legacy is affordable, too. And we're not going to lie: You may be tempted to lick the leftover cocoa powder from the wrapper when the chocolates are gone.