Friday Favorite: Escazu Artisan Chocolates
We have a problem. We love Escazu Chocolates. No, that isn’t the problem. We love buying Escazu Chocolates for people who proactively recommend us to potential clients and others who do nice deeds. No, that isn’t the problem either. Many times we eat the “presents” before we can get them mailed or delivered across town to their intended recipients. THAT is the problem!
I recently confessed this to chocolatier and co-owner, Danielle Centeno, when I went back to Escazu to “replenish” (then straight to the Post Office, do not pass GO, do not collect $200). She laughed and sweetly suggested that I consider allowing them to ship our gifts. Well…nah, that would take all of the fun out of it!
I have seen Escazu bars in grocery stores in several states for quite some time now, and they are available to order online. I was absolutely delighted to find out the chocolate is made right here in Raleigh! Visiting the retail shop on Blount is aaaamaaaazing. First it is the delicious smell as soon as the door opens, then it is the absolute beauty of the display of hand-crafted artisan chocolates which makes the decision of what to actually taste nearly impossible. My favorite is the Beaufort Bar with Sea Salt, and I love the spicy hot chocolate.
Escazu gets a double favorite rating from us — a fave thing and a fave place.