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Vosges Haut-Chocolat founder and chocolatier Katrina Markoff (who studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris) churns out inspired chocolate creations with ingredients sourced from around the globe. Based out of Chicago, Manhattanites can also indulge in this miniature world of chocolates, fused with indigenous spices, flowers, roots, herbs, and liqueurs, right here in her SoHo (132 Spring St.) boutique. Don't miss the Mo’s Bacon bar, which melds dark or milk chocolate with finely chopped bacon and wood-smoked salt. vosgeschocolate.comContinue to 2 of 3 below.
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Chocoholics make way for MarieBelle for some mouthwatering memories, another SoHo chocolate shop (484 Broome St.), which debuted in 2012, and comes helmed by a female chocolatier (in this case, Maribel Lieberman). Her miniature masterpieces include signature ganache squares, touting artful designs as impressive as the flavors. Or, try chocolate bars like caramelized almond bark. There's also a selection of imported chocolates on hand, plus a small café serving chocolate-inspired drinks and treats. Tip: The shop's Aztec hot chocolate comes Oprah-approved. mariebelle.comContinue to 3 of 3 below.
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La Maison du Chocolat
This "house of chocolate" comes imported from France with a quintet of chocolate shops right here in Manhattan (10 Columbus Circle; 1018 Madison Ave.; 1 W. 58th St.; 63 Wall St.; and 30 Rockefeller Center). Filled with classic and rich flavors, La Maison du Chocolat's vast collection spans ganaches infused with spices, fruit, and herbs; truffles brimming with raspberry pulp, orange zest, caramel and salt, and more; and many more transporting flavors. lamaisonduchocolat.us