At the Grand Lake farmers' market Saturday I ran across a local chocolatier I'd never heard of: Barlovento Chocolates of Berkeley.
What can I say: they're really good! I tried the Meyer lemon, mint, raspberry and honey cardamom flavors, and they were all spot on: creamy chocolate ganache in a thin chocolate shell, infused with the essence of their featured ingredient. Often I find that herbal confections have a harsh note, but these captured the true flavor of the herb (the mint tastes like fresh mint, not mint flavoring) without any bitterness.
I also bought some fleur de sel caramels, and they're excellent as well, although I think I prefer the Recchuitti version with the salt under the chocolate to the ones with the salt on top. They also make some bars and truffles.
In addition to several farmers' markets they also sell they're product at Lulu Rae in Oakland.
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