Last week, The Independent
reported that there might soon be a chocolate shortage due to a drought in Africa’s Ivory Coast, where much of the world’s cocoa beans are grown. With everything from Raisinets
made into a dark chocolate version and high cacao content bars marketed as a health food, the demand for dark over milk chocolate might further drive up chocolate prices. Intellectually, I love a snappy piece of dark chocolate, but sometimes I just prefer a less cerebral, ooey-gooey piece of milk-chocolate-covered caramel—sticky fingers and all. As Oded Brenner, the head honcho behind Wonka-like Max Brenner
Chocolates once told us: “Dark chocolate with lavender is a fun trend, but in the end, I just want some milk chocolate with hazelnuts.” I couldn’t agree more.
These excellent, F&W-tested milk chocolate treats might not ward off pesky free radicals with their ultra-antioxidant powers, but they could help you save the world, one less cocoa bean at a time:
Godiva, masters of the spendy chocolate gift box, just introduced a new line of yummy candies in small, portable packaging, called Chocoiste. The almond toffee caramel bars are my favorite since they taste like grown-up Twix.