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Linni Kral is a writer, editor, activist, and friend living in Brooklyn, with past lives in Boston, L.A., and Chicago. Her writing has been featured in the Atlantic & Atlas Obscura, among others. She’s happiest in the company of cows, books, and groceries.

A Grana Grand Tour


Grana is made all over the world. Though the style originated in Italy, it has since sprung up anywhere Italians have made their home.

Leading the Whey


These drinks offer a surprisingly refreshing twist on an age-old combo.

Destination Dairies


These off the beaten path creameries—from Connecticut, to Tennessee, to California and beyond—are totally worth the trip.

A Different Kind of Cocoa Butter


Remember those whackable chocolate oranges? Imagine that, spread on a pancake. Such is this recipe, which launches your chocolate-orange memories.

When Chocolate Is Actually Good For You


The Aztecs and Mayans thought it made their soldiers stronger for battle. Dominican friars in the 16th century were so enamored with the stuff, they made allowances for it during fasting. Nowadays, marathon runners chug chocolate milk to replenish after races and scientists (who may or may not have more important things to do) conduct […]

Great 28 Pairings: CBD Drinks


These are stressful times. We can no longer look to pure hedonism to guide our snacking decisions—now, a mandate for calm and wellness directs our selections. So much, in fact, that a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana is all over grocery stores. That’s right, we’re talking about cannabidiol, alias CBD—darling of the anxious masses, whose star […]

Bean to Bar: How a pulpy white pod becomes dark, velvety chocolate


Illustrations by Beatriz Gutierrez  1. The Theobroma cacao tree grows year-round, clustered on either side of the equator. Its flowers are pollinated by flies called midges; 5 to 7 months later, football-shaped pods appear. 2. These large pods sprout directly from the trunk and range in color from purplish brick to French’s mustard yellow. Like […]

Farms & Fermentaries


You know that bumper sticker “No Farms, No Food”? Well, the same goes for cacao. We simply wouldn’t have chocolate if it weren’t for farmers, so we can’t talk about chocolate without shining a light on a few of the equatorial operations behind your favorite bars. FARMS AKESSON’S ORGANIC/SOMIA PLANTATION Location: Sambirano Valley, Madagascar Farmer: […]

Magic Beans: Your guide to all things chocolate


Photographed by Nina Gallant Styled by Sunny Ricks Illustrated by Beatriz Gutierrez Chocolate breeds intensity. Its devotees speak of it as if summoning the dark arts— “death by chocolate,” devil’s food and molten lava cakes, the word “sinful” often thrown in. Some say the darker the better, and this mysterious allure no doubt bolsters its […]

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