These cocoa connoisseurs are raising the bar with from-scratch chocolate roasted south of the Mason Dixon.
Try: The Roasted Cocoa Nibs 65% dark chocolate bar ($5), with a pleasant crunch from nibs (bits of roasted beans). escazuchocolates.com
Try: The beautifully packaged 'Love Bar,' Straight Up ($8), with 75% dark chocolate sourced from the Dominican Republic. cacaoatlanta.com
Try: 65% cacao La Red Cooperative ($7). frenchbroadchocolates.com
Try: The creamy-tart Buttermilk White Chocolate ($6). oliveandsinclair.com
Try: The Upala 70% Chocolate Bar with flavor notes of raspberry and caramel ($7). potomacchocolate.com
Try: The White Chocolate Nibble Bar cocoa butter laced with nibs ($10.50). askinosie.com