Chocolate, Spice & Everything Nice: Vosges Haut Chocolat

You don’t actually have to visit the Windy City to experience sinfully delicious chocolate blended with spices you never dreamed would taste so good. After all, most people just click on their terrific Web site to order a tempting assortment of exotic, extraordinary and unusual truffles:

But a visit in person to one of Vosges Haut Chocolat’s two downtown Chicago boutiques will yield surprisingly flavorful results. Blending the finest ingredients, the owner/chocolatier, Katrina Markoff, hand picks every spice from the corners of the globe, every premium chocolate, and every flower used in these mind-bending morsels. Her mantra is “East Meets West�? and it’s perfectly evident in every box of truffles that sell for a range of prices.

Her company’s beautifully produced catalog is mailed periodically to an ever-growing worldwide list of chocoholics, including myself. She also offers membership in a Chocolate Club, where you can sign up to receive truffles by mail for three, six or thirteen months.

If truffles aren’t your thing, check out the Couture Cocoas, Caramel Toffee, Caramel Marshmallows, Candy Bars, Cakes, and even Ice Cream (coming in June). Have a wedding coming up? Consider Wedding and Party Favors. Or just buy the ingredients and “roll your own�?. And don’t leave the Web site without window shopping for their fashionable chic tees, nighties, motorcycle jackets, dresses, robes, and more.

Kindly contributed by Gil Zeimer.

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