The chocolate.

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You probably did not know that today is National Milk Chocolate Day. Before you ask – No, I do not know when or if Dark or White Chocolate are celebrated! As a result, this post will not discriminate against any chocolate simply based on its color.

(I am guessing that this holiday was started by some chocolate council but who cares!)

Check out these great chocolate bars!

Christopher Elbow Chocolates – Made in Kansas City, MO

Christopher Elbow offers 17 numbered bars in the range of colors – milk, dark and white.  They offer pure chocolate bars as well as others combining chocolate with peppermint, spices, pop rocks, fruits, and/or nuts.

Shop by number or taste.

Visit them at www.elbowchocolates.com. Each bar is $7.00.

Escazu Artisan Chocolates – Made in Raleigh, NC

Created by a team of passionate chocolate artisans who “source, sort, roast, winnow and grind cacao beans to bring out the complexity of their flavors.”  Choose from 8 dark chocolate bars.

Heavenly!

Visit them at www.escazuchocolates.com. Each bar is $5.00.

Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company – Made in Nashville, TN

Take a walk on the wild side of chocolate!

Yes, they make great pure chocolate bars, but the genius of Olive and Sinclair are their creative and delicious flavors — Salt and Pepper, Coffee, and Mexican (think cinnamon and chilli) chocolate bars.

Visit them at www.oliveandsinclair.com. Each bar is $5.99.

Amano Artisan Chocolate – Orem, UT

If the number of awards they have received is any indication, this chocolate is to die for!

After a few minutes on their website, you will realize that the Amano folks take chocolate very seriously. They have tasting guides; historical and chemical information about chocolate in general; and links to additional references in case you want to become a choco-scholar.

How can you resist trying something this carefully studied and widely acclaimed?

Visit them at www.amanochocolate.com. Bars range from $6.95 – $8.95.

Now take a look at these goodies!

Vosges Chocolate – Made in Chicago, IL

With their extensive variety of carefully crafted truffles, Vosges may just become your first stop for those eccentric, picky or has-everything/wants-nothing people on your list. (Bless you if you have to buy for anyone who is all of these!)

Some of the most unusual Vosges offerings are bacon truffles (left, 16-pieces for $48), Krug Champagne truffles (middle, 12-pieces for $39), and Vegan & Gluten-free truffles in 2 flavors – coconut and acai (right, 12-pieces for $25).

All of their products are made with the highest quality ingredients (organic whenever possible).

Visit them at www.vosgeschocolate.com.

L. A. Burdick Chocolate – Made in Walpole, NH

These little morsels pack a big bite!

For over 20 years, L. A. Burdick has been making sinful chocolate creations. Among their delicious offerings are their now famous and totally adorable mice truffles (middle) available in boxes of 2, 4, 9 or 16. They also make adorable penguins and bees!

If cute is not your thing, try their assorted bonbons (left) in 1/4, 1/2 or 1-lb boxes ($16-$60) or their chocolate-covered caramels (right) in 1/4 or 1/2 lb boxes ($23-$46).

Visit them at www.burdickchocolate.com.

Compartes Chocolatier – Made in Los Angeles, CA

If how something looks has anything to do with how it tastes, then Compartes’ chocolates are absolutely delicious, because they are gorgeous. Talk about eye-candy!

Compartes has developed some delicious chocolate-covered combinations – from traditional truffle assortments (left), marzipan, marshmallows, fruit (peach, second from left; strawberry and banana, right) to sriracha caramels (second from right).

Visit them at www.compartes.com. Each bar is $8.00 and truffle boxes start at $14.00 for a 5-piece set.

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Have a sweet day!

Please let me know if you have tried any of these or know of any other wonderful US chocolate companies!

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