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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.

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 […]

Cheesy Chocolate Overload


Several chocolate makers (and even some cheesemakers) have crafted products that highlight the love connection between the two ingredients. 

Friends in Ferment


Nibs and curds share not only an abundance of flavor, but they also share the very source of that flavor: fermentation. Which is why they get along.

Our Favorite Bars


Chocolate + cheese is a pairing made in heaven, and these bars are some of our go-tos when we’re looking for a sweet accompaniment to match with our favorite fromage.  Pump Street Oat Milk 60% Bar Cinnamon, fudge, porridge, sweet cream Origins: UK; Ecuador Pair with: Piquant cheeses (like older Pecorino, Manchego DOP, or Mahón […]

Make Your Own Bark


This recipe was designed to work with whatever you have on hand. Try including your favorite cheese pairings, or any pantry staples you love.

Hot Cocoa, Two Ways


For these two recipes, we looked to regions where cacao has been grown for centuries to see how it’s done.

Best Regions: New York


If you want to make a name for yourself, you head to New York, and the cheese industry is no exception to this rule. With the nation’s fourth largest cheese output, New York is home to 4,650 dairy farms, some of the nation’s (dare we say, the world’s?) most reputable cheese shops, and the man […]

Rising Star: Avery Jones


Photographed by Jennifer Olson When Avery Jones’s phone rang at midnight on August 2, 2019, she was in bed at the University of Edinburgh. It was lights out, but Avery wasn’t sleeping. She’d flown to Scotland just a few days prior with her high school theater group, who’d been selected to perform in the largest […]

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