A Very Unexpected Honor
I was blown away last night to discover (thanks for the tip, Claire!) that Kakao Chocolate has been named Best Chocolate by the Riverfront Times in their “Best Of” issue. Here’s what they said:
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This past spring Brian Pelletier dared to do what most of us only dream: When he heard Kakao Chocolate was up for sale, he promptly ditched his corporate desk job, rented space on Cherokee Street and devoted himself to mastering the art and science of chocolate-making. Using only natural ingredients — and no corn syrup! — and taking care to dip each truffle by hand, Pelletier has been experimenting with a wide range of flavors: vanilla, lavender, mint, chili pepper, Turkish coffee, sea salt, chai, rose petals, Maker’s Mark. He has learned how to make marshmallows and dragées (chocolate-coated almonds). He has explored the frontier between caramel and toffee. Most miraculously of all, he’s discovered how to make a half-inch cube of chocolate melt on the tip of your tongue and suffuse your entire body with pure joy.
This is an incredible and unexpected honor, especially because we’ve only been in business for a few months, and the RFT didn’t have a category for chocolate in the balloting. Thank you to whoever may have sent them the suggestion. And many more thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of Kakao.
To those of you just discovering Kakao (and of course to all our loyal chocolating friends!), we invite you to sample our chocolates at the Taste of St. Louis this weekend. Yes, that’s right, Kakao will be at the Taste, albeit in a small way. We’ve been invited to offer our chocolates through Cherokee Street Catering, owners of the kitchen where we make our chocolates. CSC will be selling our famous chocolate-covered caramels (with a touch of sea salt), two in a package for $3. They’ll also be selling crepes with either Nutella or a special Kakao-made hazelnut and chocolate spread — be sure to ask for Kakao!
I’ll be working at the booth on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, and will be at the Tower Grove Market on Saturday morning. Please stop by and say hello!