3312 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Colorado Springs, 719-749-6176
Also: 116 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs
This Colorado Springs-born confectioner creates chocolates from raw, organic ingredients: Raw coconut oil, honey, cacao powder and vanilla extract. Owner Jacquie Mosher said that demand is high for treats free of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, soy, or GMOs.
Bestsellers among a slew of flavors include 80 percent Salty Double Dark hearts, made with Peruvian cocoa, and sprinkled with mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt. Doubters have been won over by the Rawlo (with a cacao butter-maple syrup “caramel” filling) and the Elvis Style Cup, with almond-cashew butter and bananas.
The Grinning Coconut truffle quite literally melts in your mouth. The coconut, honey and almond filling tastes like a Mounds bar, yet it isn’t so sweet that it rattles your fillings.
For the holidays, Mosher and company are packing special gift boxes with seasonal flavors including Colorado White Chocolate Cherry and a truffle filled with pistachio butter, orange and cranberries.
John Lehndorff hosts Radio Nibbles on KGNU (88.5 FM), and blogs about food at johnlehndorff.wordpress.com.