Local-ity: Salazon Chocolate

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Made in Maryland. Who knew those words could be so sweet – and salty? Guess the folks at Salazon Chocolate Company knew it. See, they’re not only local – with their production in Eldersburg, MD – they are also the first dark chocolate company to base their bars on salt.

Founded in 2009, they’re pretty new on the market – but Salazon Chocolate is a force to acknowledge in the world of candy bars. Their bars are all made from 100% organic, Rainforest Alliance–certified beans in small batches in the USA, and hand-sprinkled with natural, solar-evaporated sea salt.

And prepare yourself for when you actually peel the wrapper off the bar. It’s not scored into little squares. The molded chocolate bars depict a scene from the exotic land where their ingredients are sourced. It’s stunning, and not at all what you expect.

Salazon, which is Spanish for “salted,” currently offers four sweet-salty, delicious flavors. The bar with the white wrapper is their signature organic dark chocolate with sea salt. The blue wrapper is organic dark chocolate with sea salt with cracked black pepper. Our favorites… the yellow wrapper, boasting organic dark chocolate with sea salt with turbinado sugar and the green wrapper: organic dark chocolate with sea salt and crushed organic coffee.

To make this local company an even bigger winner: all the bars are vegan, gluten-free and kosher. Oh – and did we mention, they’re practically addictive?

You can buy Salazon Chocolate online at the Vegan Store. Or visit their website to find a store near you that carries this inventive and tasty treat. We’ve gotten ours at both Roots and Whole Foods recently. And we’re planning to get more asap.

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