Born in Derry Church, Pa., just 100 yards away from the ancestral home of Milton Hershey, self-taught chef Eric Cayton believes he was destined for a life in chocolate.
is his appropriate description of the bonbons he's crafting now at his Derry Church Artisan Chocolates in Mechanicsburg. His most distinctive creations, though, are homey mini-pies ("New York" cheesecake, "Savannah" peach crisp) that come, crumbly crusts and all, inside bite-size dark chocolate cups. Next up, a series inspired by Central Pennsylvania's small family farms, from buckwheat honeypots to Amish country shoofly pie.
- Craig LaBan
Derry Church Artisan Truffles, $18 for a box of 9; www.derrychurchartisanchocolates.com or 717-602-8963.