Artisanal Chocolate Meets Bar Snacks

Sipping a Sunday pre-dinner cocktail at a favorite local haunt, Stockade Tavern, the chocolate, jalapeño dipped-corn nuts bar snack captured my attention.

A delightful mix of crunch and sweetness from the corn nut, bitterness from the cacao and spice from the jalapeño made me want to bag it up and take it to the movies.

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It turns out I can buy it by the bag, by the jar even, in nearby Woodstock. Bryan Graham is the founder and chef behind the Catskill Mountains-based Fruition Chocolate Works and Confectionery. Fruition is a small batch bean to bar chocolate workshop crafting bars, truffles and sipping chocolate among other delights.

I think I’ll have to make a visit to their chocolate factory in nearby Shokan.