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Five Chocolate Treats to Gift Your Valentine in Seattle

Seattle may be a city known for coffee, but we're not too shabby on the chocolate front, either. We play host to an annual Chocolate Salon, as well as the Northwest Chocolate Festival. And why not? Seattle has a bounty of chocolate makers, including the only organic, fair trade, fair-for-life certified bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America: Theo Chocolate. With all the chocolate options around the city, Seattle's becoming a bit of a chocolopolis. Here are 5 top choices to meet your Valentine's Day needs. More

Taste Test: Chocolate Easter Bunnies

This was by far one of the most violent taste tests we've had at Serious Eats world headquarters—we butchered off ears, cottontails, and hind legs, trying not to think too hard about former fluffy pets or Thumper. But hey, we needed to find the best of the hippity-hoppity chocolate Easter rabbits (and carving matzo wouldn't have been as fun). More

The Best Artisanal Chocolate Bars

...and patties, nuggets, balls, and bites. Mixed box from Garrison Chocolates. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] No offense to Snickers and Nestle Crunch, but in a perfect world, we'd trick-or-treat and be handed these hand-made chocolates. Inspired by classic Halloween candies, these chocolatiers from all over the country have stepped it up with fancy ganaches, fruit pâtes, pumpkin puree, and (kids, close your eyes) scotch. Ordering these might require a little more effort than hopping into a CVS, but they're pretty special. Check out the five chocolatiers, after the jump.... More

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