Husband-and-wife team Maria Fernanda and Alvaro Elias didn't find a place in New York where they could buy their beloved chocolate of their native Venezuela; so they started their own Venezuelan chocolatier, Tu Chocolate. We recently sampled five of their bars and, for the most part, genuinely liked what we tasted.
The chocolate itself is excellent: rich in flavor; slow and smooth to melt on the tongue. So it's not too much of a surprise that our favorite bars were the simplest. Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt ($5) had plenty of each, and the ample salt against the rich chocolate made for a memorably good bite; Dark Chocolate with Pecans, Hazelnuts and Toffee Almonds ($5) was much the same. While we didn't dislike the Dark Chocolate with Ginger, Sesame Seeds and Green Tea ($5), we found its taste much more ginger than either sesame or green tea. And the curry in the Dark Chocolate with Cashews, Curry and Pepper ($5) was a little jarring against the rest of it.
The most fun might be the option to customize your own ($6). Choose your base (73.5% dark chocolate, 41% milk, or white) and add up to four toppings—nuts, spices, seeds, and the like. Dark chocolate with pretzels, coffee beans, hazelnuts and sea salt? Don't mind if we do...
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