Long gone are the days when hot cocoa was simply a way to pacify a sugar-deprived child on a frigid winter day. The hot refreshment has graduated to adulthood, and it's now easy to find hot chocolate in so many varieties that practically any taste can be satisfied. With another cold front on the wa ... More >>
Oh, the humble cupcake. Long a presence in church basements and family picnics, the simple mini-cake frosting recipe has gone upscale in recent years. It's easy to make a mediocre one, but the bakeries below prove that making a great one is a culinary work of art. The key is to find the proper bal ... More >>
Spring has never tasted so sweet. In recent weeks, pastry chef John Kraus of Patisserie 46 has rolled out an impressive choc-stravaganza ranging from chocolates and confections to bars and bouches--a sweet tsunami that's been months in the making. In July 2010, Kraus and his wife, Dawn, opened ... More >>
The combination of chocolate and red wine often sets similar qualities against one-anotherPairing wine and food is often a puzzle, and the question of what wine goes best with chocolate seems to come up fairly often. For some, chocolate and red wine are both so delightful that any combination ... More >>
Chocolat Céleste via FacebookCustom chocolates and custom cakes make great bedfellows. We were more than a little sad when Chocolat Celeste owner Mary Leonard announced last year that her famed chocolate shop was closing. But Leonard was undeterred by the havoc the Central Corridor light rail co ... More >>
The singular bittersweet chocolate cookie from Rustica.February 14 came and went so quickly. The heart-shaped bonbon box is already empty. The chocolate cake devoured. Now where should we turn to get our chocolate fix? Who do you think makes the best chocolate dessert in town? This one's my ... More >>
Craig LassigSweets for your sweetie at Patisserie 46. Sure, a lot of places in town do great chocolate desserts, but if you were looking to crown a local king of the sweet substance, you might consider Patisserie 46's chef-owner John Kraus, who happens to be a past winner of the freaking Food ... More >>
Rogue ChocolatierMaster chocolatier and his creations move out east in springThis might come as a shocking news to local chocolate lovers: Rogue Chocolatier and its sole proprietor, Colin Gasko, plans to move the whole operation to central Massachusetts in April, according to the Heavy Table. ... More >>
Cafe LatteCelebrate with a big sliceIf you haven't heard, today is officially Chocolate Cake Day--and that's all the excuse you need to celebrate with a little sweet, cakey cocoa consumption. We don't recommend tackling an entire cake on your own, but there's no harm in jumping on the bandwag ... More >>
Rogue Chocolatier70% cacao, 100% deliciousIf you enjoy high-quality chocolate that's made locally, here's your opportunity to stock up on the best of the best. To celebrate winning the Good Food Award, Rogue Chocolatier is offering free shipping on all web orders over $20 for the remainder of ... More >>
BT McElrathPrinted truffles spell out your feelings.A classic romantic rookie mistake: Assuming that all chocolate is created equal in the eyes of your cocoa-obsessed valentine. Before you run out and buy a bag of pink and red foil-wrapped Hershey's kisses, think about your lover's personality an ... More >>
chocomize.comSidle up to the barLike to mix and match? Well, we hope you have a lot of free time on your hands, because custom chocolate bar companies offer billions of flavor combinations for you to sift through. Yes, we said billion. Categories like fruits, spices, nuts, confections, and even ... More >>
A natural aphrodisiac?There's less than three weeks until Valentine's Day and if you've taken even a cursory stroll through OpenTable.com, you'll find pickings are getting slim if your go-to plan is a dinner date. Luckily that 21-day buffer leaves plenty of time for you to plan a DIY dinner - ... More >>
Lisa GulyaRuby Moon chocolate trufflesFrazzled by the holiday hubbub? A little chocolate cookery could help soothe those frayed nerves. Three chefs share their tips for cooking with chocolate, plus a recipe for mole sauce.
A.J. OlmscheidNot for the snowbound: hot chocolates worth the tripThe snow emergencies may have ended, but it is still the season for hot chocolate. So after all the snowbound days this week, where are the hot chocolates worth leaving the house for? We checked St. Paul coffee shops Kopplin's ... More >>
Lisa GulyaIf only chocolate truffles really grew on treesAs if the Minnesota History Center's "Chocolate" exhibit doesn't provide enough excuses to indulge this fall, the Hot Dish is here to tempt you with locally made seasonal chocolates. We tested our sweet tooth against pumpkin truffles fr ... More >>
Liz PotasekThis pumpkin could be beer or cheesecake or something equally delicious.The season of pumpkin is upon us: that magical time just before Halloween through Thanksgiving when pumpkins are baked, pureed, and served up in a variety of forms. Our search for pumpkin-flavored edibles at local ... More >>
Monica WrightGorging encouragedSure, you can visit Chocolate: The Exhibition and leave the Minnesota History Center's gift shop with a cocoa-colored magnet or pencil. Or you could get into the freakin' spirit of things and indulge in one of these top five delectable (and totally local) chocol ... More >>
Sit on a sweet!Sure, the Ben Franklin exhibit was thorough and the traveling Vatican display was lavish, but the Minnesota History Center has really piqued our interest with its upcoming exhibit devoted entirely to chocolate.
Decadent treats situated at 46th and Grand
www.tcho.comEarly on, San Francisco established itself as a hotbed of American-made gourmet chocolate, raising up the likes of Ghirardelli, Guittard, and Scharffen Berger. The city's latest entrant into the market, TCHO--pronounced "choh," as it's the phonetic spelling of the first syllable o ... More >>
There's more than just free cones to recommend Ben & Jerry's this week. Have you seen any of their new spring flavors?
Chocolate cake can bring back memories or inspire new ones. Check out what two local takes on a classic can do.
It's time to bring on some hot chocolate. Check out two Mexican spots have to offer.
Both shops offer delicious perspective on sweets
A cup of whipping cream? A can coconut milk? Survive today's dismal temps with the world's most caloric hot chocolate.
You can't keep giving those cute, mini-jars of Ames honey or Kitchen Window gift certificates year after year. Check out these cool, new, gift ideas.
See who comes out tops in a showdown between a reliable gelato and a new kid on the block.
Facebooking library geeks are screaming for ice cream flavors Li-Berry Pie, Gooey Decimal System, and more!
More often than not, criollo cacao is a mixture of genetic strains.
Rogue Chocolatier's new Venezuelan Rio Caribe bar now available.
Making truffles is easy, just don't go trying to yak on the phone at the same time.
Will there be a single peanut butter product left? Doesn't seem like it.
Made in Minnesota, but with Scandinavian roots -- and it goes well with red wine!
Unlimited wine and chocolate samples come to town this weekend. Do you have your golden ticket?
Colin Gasko has started a business that some would call insane—making chocolate from raw, unprocessed beans
Take time to stop and eat the chocolate
Brian McElrath's Zinfandel-Balsamic Vinegar Truffle is so potent and rich it seems almost meaty.