Current (Food) Obsession: jcoco 'Couture Chocolate'

The dieting gods graced me with an exquisite gift: The ability to take or leave chocolate. That’s right, I said it, I can take it or leave it. Chocolate just isn’t something I worship…or crave or need or lust after. We’ll, until now…

I recently discovered a chic new line of all natural American chocolate bars that I’m absolutely crazy about. Wait–“couture” chocolate bars? Is there really such a thing? Bien sûr que oui! (Most definitely!)

The vibrant packaging really pops–it’s sleek and stylish and I almost didn’t want to tear it open. But I did, ever so gently, peel away the elegant copper foil. The chocolate itself is luxurious and the flavors are fresh and fun to eat. They come in five varieties: Edamame Sea Salt (there’s a slight touch of soy sauce!) Veracruz orange (white chocolate balanced by citrus), Noble Dark (intense, sans the bitterness), Black Fig Pistachio (crunchy and chewy), and Vanuatu Origin Milk Chocolate (simple and smooth). I sampled them all and they are really, really good. My fave is the Edamame Sea Salt because of that sweet and salty Asian twist.

The bars taste amazing and even look pretty but the very best part: Each purchase triggers a donation to a local food bank, and you’ll be helping someone who would otherwise go hungry. Here on the east coast it’s Food bank For New York City. The company plans to establish community giving partnerships in all major markets where jcoco products are sold.

Style, sensibility, charity…and chocolate. It’s a match made in heaven!

~Janene Mascarella

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Janene Mascarella is a freelance lifestyle journalist. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, CNN Money, Newsday, Self, Glamour, Health, Cosmopolitan, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, American Baby, BabyTalk, Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, AARP Bulletin, American Way and many more. She is the beauty editor of BELLA Magazine.

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