While I'm certainly guilty of still getting my chocolate from break room vending machines, my trip to Belgium in 2010 did help me to appreciate the art of fine chocolate, just as there are those who can appreciate a fine wine (as in, not from a box).
A couple of days ago I received an email from the social media manager at a relatively new chocolate shop in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood asking me if I would stop by and blog about it. Although I've driven through Lawrenceville innumerable times on my way to Oakland, I've never actually stopped to explore it. It's one of the city's oldest neighborhoods as well as one of the largest. While it went on a downward spiral in the later part of the 20th century, in more recent times it has been undergoing a transformation. Businesses like Christopher George's Sinful Sweets are greatly contributing to this positive turnaround.
What I liked most about Sinful Sweets is that dark chocolate was a prevalent feature, fantastic for me since dark chocolate is my favorite. George said that toffee is his most popular option (made entirely from scratch) although one of his newest creations, dark chocolate and strawberry pop rocks bark, is gaining momentum in popularity as well. Although D and I didn't dare make a purchase, George even makes more unusual creations like chocolate covered bacon, chocolate covered potato chips, and chocolate covered orange slices. He did say that he will make anything on request so I hope upon my next visit to come up with something special for him to to create.
For our take home booty, we purchased sea salt caramels (dark chocolate), a campfire chocolate bar which actually featured teddy grahams and marshmallows baked into it, a dark chocolate coconut cluster (like a macaroon), two dark chocolate covered pretzels, and a mint and a peanut butter cream, all for under $10. Although everything was heavenly, my favorites were probably the sea salt caramels, as I love the pairing of salt and sweet.
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