Artisanal Sweet Treats
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, with chocolate being on the top of my list. So when I think gifts, I think sweet. And although I can be completely satisfied with some plain old chocolate chips from the baking aisle of the market, this time of year, something a bit more fanciful and special seems in order to give to friends and family. Here are a handful of places that make some of the best chocolaty, sugary, carmely, marshmallowy stuff I can think of having or giving, any day of the year.
Batter is a boutique bakery specializing in unique, handcrafted baked goods. All of our sweets are made using premium ingredients and fresh, seasonal flavors. Baked in small batches, our sophisticated yet simple treats will satisfy everything from an afternoon sweet tooth to an elegant event.
Robert Ludlow is the mad genius behind Fleurir Chocolates- not mad as in angry, but mad as in wildly creative and remarkably disorganized. After graduating valedictorian with Le Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia, Robert followed his heart to central Virginia to be with his one true love- the most intelligent, beautiful, charming, and charismatic woman in the world, Ashley Hubbard, during her final year in college (it sounds like he wrote it thus far, right?). And after spending a couple of years as a cuisine chef, Robert was ready for better hours and a stable work environment. Consequently, Robert found a job at one of the best artisan chocolate shops in the nation, Gearhart's Fine Chocolates, where he mastered his craft under the guidance of Tim Gearhart. After a peculiar stint in Charleston, SC, Robert and his now almost wife headed to DC (well, we technically live in Arlington... the dogs need a backyard) to make the finest gosh darn artisan chocolates not only in DC, but in THE WORLD!
Mast Brothers roast their own cacao beans, and create amazing, intense, small batch, hand made, highly crafted chocolate. You can get an assortment of ten chocolates online, for the oh so serious chocolate aficionado. Impressive not only in flavor but presentation as well. All are hand wrapped, labeled, and dated.