Slideshow: SE Staff Picks: Our Favorite Chocolate Things

Meiji's Kinoko No Yama
Meiji's Kinoko No Yama
"One of my favorite chocolate snacks is Meiji's Kinoko No Yama, a Japanese mushroom-shaped snack with a chocolate mushroom cap and a biscuit stem. The chocolate and biscuit parts on their own aren't that special, but in mushroom form they complement each other just right. As Raphael said in his review of Kinoko No Yama from 2008, "there's something about the chocolate's density that offsets the cracker stem perfectly." —Robyn Lee
Ritter Sport bar with cornflakes
Ritter Sport bar with cornflakes
"When it comes to chocolate, my fix every now and again is a Ritter Sport bar with cornflakes. Of course I like how it tastes or I wouldn't eat it, but I also love that it's square and that it's subdivided into smaller squares. There's something satisfying about the SNAP that happens when you break off part of the grid." —Adam Kuban
Chocolate with beer
Chocolate with beer
"This is important: your Valentine's Day chocolate experience is not complete without beer! Pair chocolate truffles with intense stouts like Goose Island's Bourbon County or Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel. Try anything caramel-filled with doppelbock, and definitely experiment with sour fruit beers, too. Here are more tips." —Maggie Hoffman

TCHO's Chocolate-covered nibs
TCHO's Chocolate-covered nibs
"Chocolate overconsumption isn't high on my list of vices—in fact, it could disappear from my life entirely and I wouldn't notice the difference. But I recently put back a box of TCHO's chocolate-covered nibs in about three days flat. They taste almost like chocolate-covered espresso beans, but smaller and with just a little crunch; I find them the perfect ratio of good dark chocolate to potent, caffeine-punch nib action. (Or maybe I just like the high I get after eating a handful.)" —Carey Jones
Oregon Kiss from Sahagun Chocolates
Oregon Kiss from Sahagun Chocolates
"Oregon hazelnuts, milk chocolate and a smidgen of fleur de sel sealed in a dark chocolate shell. What could be bad?" —Ed Levine
Chocolate Lava-Volcano-Molten Whatever Cakes
Chocolate Lava-Volcano-Molten Whatever Cakes
"Most people in this office have probably heard me say that I adore Chocolove's Almond with Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate bar. But for a homemade chocolate indulgence there is nothing better, for me, than a chocolate lava-volcano-molten whatever ridiculous melty name you want to call it cake. There are a bunch of doctored-up versions on the interwebs but I most like the simplest version baked in ramekins, topped with vanilla ice cream of course." —Erin Adamo

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from Cook's Illustrated
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from Cook's Illustrated
"I'm not really that into chocolate (traumatic experience at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania as a child —don't ask), which is why it's particularly weird that I really love the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from Cook's Illustrated (see the video here). My old roommate Yvonne developed this recipe, so that pretty much makes her a genius. Dense dark chocolate base with a milk chocolate and white chocolate mousse layer on top. I don't even like chocolate, but I like this. Thanks Yvonne." —J. Kenji Lopez-Alt