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OLIVE & SINCLAIR SOUTHERN ARTISAN CHOCOLATE Using slow-roasted and stone-ground chocolate in small batches, this Nashville chocolate company focuses on rich, full-bodied flavors and inventive add-ins. $6-$8

SEA SALT

“Speckled with flaked sea salt, this chocolate begins with its clean salinity, lending itself to the occasional satisfying crunch and burst of flavor, awakening the tongue to a citrusy, deep, dark chocolate finish.” - Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. Eidé Staff: Instead of an expected earthiness, we tasted a raisin-like, citrus flavor. The coarse grain salt was more powerful than anticipated.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE NIBS

“Studded with freshly roasted Ghana cacao nibs, our 67% cacao is transformed into a double chocolate treat sure to please and intrigue as you experience the nuance of the before and after of pure roasted cacao. The textural interplay of creamy chocolate and crunchy fruity cocoa nibs presents a more interesting take on great chocolate.” - Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. ES: More than being bitter, the chalkiness of the bar was prominent — almost like the texture of cocoa mix. But the crunch of the cocoa nibs added a fantastic texture.

SALT & PEPPER

“Classically seasoned, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper lend a toothsome mouthfeel and intriguing, familiar complexity to our 67% chocolate, adding a burst of fruit juice and a slight Southern heat to each snackable bite.” - Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. ES: The salt and pepper seemed to emphasize the sweetness of the chocolate. Savory, complex and balanced enough for another bite, this was an office favorite.

COFFEE

“The fudgy backbone of our 67% single-origin Ghana chocolate mixes and matches perfectly with the flavors of Bongo Java Roasting Co.’s. This bar gets you going with the bright and fruity flavors of the freshly-roasted ‘Barista Boy’ from Bongo Java Roasting Co., coming together with the slightly nutty dark Ghanaian chocolate.” - Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. ES: The chunks of espresso beans added a great texture to the chocolate. Deeply bitter, subtly sweet and earthy.

MEXICAN STYLE CINN-CHILI

“Explosive with floral spices, this bar introduces a granular melt and a steady progression from bright organic Ceylon cinnamon to deep, salt-driven chocolate with a subtle smoky warmth.” - Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. ES: It almost tasted like red hot bits covered in chocolate. With a gritty, cinnamon texture, the heat of the chili grows as you chew. Complex and exciting. Our Editor-in-Chief ’s favorite!

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