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Cakespy: Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

Coating your candy canes in a rich robe of chocolate raises the bar for the classic holiday sweet, imparting both a delicious flavor contrast and adding a festive visual appeal. They're a sweet party favor, an easy way to make your hot chocolate more awesome, and--bonus--they're really easy and quick to prepare. More

Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

Coating your candy canes in a rich robe of chocolate raises the bar for the classic holiday sweet, imparting both a delicious flavor contrast and adding a festive visual appeal. They're a sweet party favor, an easy way to make your hot chocolate more awesome, and--bonus--they're really easy and quick to prepare. More

Cakespy: Chocolate Covered Potato Kisses

Turns out, potato is a surprisingly versatile candy filling, working very well with a variety of flavors and textures and making for a texture that is surprisingly creamy. This recipe for Potato Kisses is rich with sweetened coconut. And of course, like so many things, it's even better with a rich coating of dark chocolate. More

Rosemary Truffles

Chocolate truffles are incredibly easy to make and can be flavored with just about anything. This recipe combines a rosemary and orange-infused ganache with 66% chocolate. The truffles have a nice earthy flavor from the herb, a bright citrus finish, and a rich chocolate to support the combination. 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 p√Ętes, 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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