Chocolate! A Visit with Three of Connecticut's Artisan Chocolatiers
A Visit with Three of Connecticut’s Unique, Artisan Chocolatiers
It's no secret that Connecticut is home to a wealth of intimately produced food products, ranging from fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables to artisanal productions like jams, cheeses, and more. However, what might surprise is the incredible range of world-class chocolates that are also produced here. From the confluence of European and American influence at Bridgewater Chocolate, to the family owned and operated history at Fascia’s, to the unique, single-cow origin chocolates of Thorncrest Farm, Connecticut’s chocolatiers are worthy of attention.
A State of Craftsmanship
While the famous chocolatiers of northern Europe are usually the ones that come to mind when we think of great chocolate, there is nothing about that region that specifically sets it apart for chocolate production. “They have to import their cocoa beans, too,” says John Fascia. “What makes chocolate delicious is the work that goes into those beans once they arrive.” Whether European-inspired, locally historic, or artistically unique, these Connecticut chocolatiers have in common a delicious product, made possible by their shared dedication to the craft of chocolate making.