Best chocolates

Taste the best cocoa confections in NYC.

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  • Barcelona bar from Vosges Haut-Chocolat

  • Coconut truffles from Kee's Chocolates

  • Hazelnut-toasted-corn chocolate from Oriol Balaguer

  • Dark-chocolate-almond bark from Mondel Chocolates

  • Dark-chocolate bar with Stumptown coffee from Mast Brothers Chocolate

  • Davao 77 percent dark chocolate bar from Askinosie Chocolate

  • Down the Hatch truffles from Roni-Sue's Chocolates

  • Peanut butter cup from Bouchon Bakery

  • 78 percent Ecuador cacao bar from Fine & Raw Chocolate

  • Southampton tea truffles from Bespoke Chocolates

Barcelona bar from Vosges Haut-Chocolat

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Barcelona bar from Vosges Haut-Chocolat (milk chocolate with smoked almonds and sea salt)
Milk chocolate (deepened with a touch of the dark stuff) combines with hickory-smoked almonds and gray sea salt in a smooth, buttery bar with faint mineral notes. 132 Spring St between Greene and Wooster Sts (212-625-2929, vosgeschocolate.com). $7.50.

Coconut truffles from Kee's Chocolates
Dark chocolate (64 to 72 percent cacao from the high-end French purveyor Noel) is infused with coconut juice and rolled in toasted shreds of the fruit; the resulting truffle, balancing depth and lightness, is a standout among Kee's Asian and tropical offerings. 80 Thompson St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-334-3284, keeschocolates.com). Each $2.45.

Hazelnut-toasted-corn chocolate from Oriol Balaguer
This elegant milk-chocolate confection boasts mellow nuttiness and a gentle crunch from toasted corn. It's an uncomplicated pleasure from a dessert innovator whose edgier chocolates play with exotic flavors like olive oil and saffron. Borne Confections, 485 Park Ave between 58th and 59th Sts (212-755-5150, borneconfections.com). Each $2.45.

Dark-chocolate-almond bark from Mondel Chocolates
An old-school confectionery, Katharine Hepburn's go-to candy shop, wows with treats like this simple, crunchy indulgence, paved with whole almonds. 2913 Broadway between 113th and 114th Sts (212-864-2111, mondelchocolates.com). $25.99/lb.

Dark-chocolate bar with Stumptown coffee from Mast Brothers Chocolate
"Bean to bar" takes on new meaning in this pairing of Madagascar cacao with coffee from java geek darling Stumptown. The coffee is front and center, contributing acid, an agreeable char and crunch from crushed beans. 105A North 3rd St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-2625, mastbrotherschocolate.com). $7.

Davao 77 percent dark chocolate bar from Askinosie Chocolate
Askinosie tracks its cacao from field (in places like Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines) to factory in order to ensure fair trade and responsible sourcing. The happy result is this intense, slow-melting chocolate with smoky, fruity notes (and the farmer's photo on every bar). Askinosie Chocolate (askinosie.com) at Blue Apron Foods, 814 Union St at Seventh Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-230-3180). $7.95.

Down the Hatch truffles from Roni-Sue's Chocolates
Spice and cocoa experimenter Rhonda (Roni-Sue) Kave accents dark-chocolate-covered crunchy toffee with roasted New Mexico chilies. Wait for the slow burn, which kicks in after the sweet and salty overture. Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St at Delancey St (212-260-0421, roni-sue.com). Each $2.

Peanut butter cup from Bouchon Bakery
This grown-up spin on a childhood treat is less sugary and more rich, salty and peanutty than the ones in the orange wrapper. A cup of Michel Cluizel chocolate (a mix of milk and dark) is stuffed with house-made peanut butter ganache—but if you taste something pleasingly familiar, it's the Skippy Natural that Bouchon uses as a base. Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-9363, bouchonbakery.com). $5.75.

78 percent Ecuador cacao bar from Fine & Raw Chocolate
Ground cacao beans—sweetened lightly with agave and roasted at low temperature—produce an austere, intense chocolate with a nubbly texture and surprising herbal and citrus notes. (fineandraw.com); available at Grab, 438 Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-369-7595, grabspecialtyfoods.com). $8.95.

Southampton tea truffles from Bespoke Chocolates
Cream and apricot-infused black Ceylon tea take the lead when you pop this unexpectedly light Caribbean dark chocolate. Fruit flavors step up toward the refreshing finish. 6 Extra Pl off E 1st St between Bowery and Second Ave (212-260-7103, bespokechocolates.com). Each $2.25.

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