My first stop was Christopher Elbow, located on McGee Street. Elbow has been crafting his unique and delicious creations here for many years now, and is essentially top of mind when it comes to luxury and gourmet chocolate in the Kansas City area. And it’s not hard to see why. Stepping into the sleek retail space, the eye is immediately drawn to the minimalist counter displaying the beautifully and intricately colored chocolates, caramels and a variety of other eye-catching goodies.
The presentation is pristine, and clearly just as well thought out as what is contained inside. I ordered a Raspberry Chocolate as well as a Lavender Caramel simply because it was too pretty to pass up. The Lavender Caramel was very good, the lavender was stronger than I expected it to be, but blended well with the smooth richness of the caramel. But of course, it is Chocolate Day and it was no surprise to me that I preferred the Raspberry Chocolate.
What really set it apart was the way the raspberry filling was layered with the truffle, chocolate-y goodness on the inside. Instead of being completely mixed together, the layering seemed to make the tartness of the raspberry shine more and work together better with the sweetness of the chocolate.
Christopher Elbow also has a variety of ‘drinking chocolates‘ that I’ve been dying to try, but didn’t feel that a 90-something degree July day was the right time.
Next I headed to Bizz and Weezy Confections, another favorite of mine as I used to work kitty-corner to their corner spot at 18th and Baltimore. Relatively new to the scene, this cute little shop in the heart of the Crossroads arts action offers not only a wide variety of both classic and uniquely flavored caramels and truffles, but also lunch and breakfast items, smoothies, specialty items such as pastries, turtles and candied bacon, as well as Kaldi’s coffee. You can see how it would be easy to become a regular here if you work and/or live in the near vicinity. (Bonus, they offer a punch card for drinks and have the best summer coffee deal in town: just $1 for an iced coffee. Seriously. One. Dollar.)
I got a Peanut Butter Truffle for my boyfriend and a Raspberry Truffle for myself, to make it an even comparison with Elbow’s. Anthony thoroughly enjoyed his, and I mine. Here, the flavors were more mixed than layered, which is how I came to notice the difference it creates. The chocolate here is very good, but I have to say the effect of the layering in the Christopher Elbow sample gave it the edge. (Both spots were similar in pricing, spending around $5.50 for two pieces.)
I’m just #blessed to have two incredibly good chocolatiers mere blocks from home. What’s your favorite chocolate stop in KC?