When Tony Lore of Lore's Chocolates wanted to offer a trendier dark (72 percent cacao) chocolate, he rediscovered a stash of perfect cacao-pod molds in his shop. The result is a remarkably bright, clean piece of solid candy, its shape and the crunch of nibs (grindings of roasted cacao beans), pleasantly reminding you of where it all begins.
- Rick Nichols
Dark chocolate pods, $15.95 a pound. At Lore's Chocolates, 34 S. Seventh St. (north of Chestnut); 215-627-3233 or www.loreschocolates.com.