Denise Castronovo, creator of Castronovo Chocolates, set up shop in Stuart, Florida in 2013 to make her chocolate, and her journey has been one filled with praise and accolades. She is in fact the only U.S. female chocolate maker to have ever been honored at the International Chocolate Awards, taking home awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Castronovo’s chocolate has won over 26 awards ― the Sierra Nevada chocolate alone has won eight awards, including the prestigious gold metal in the International Chocolate Awards World Finals. The chocolate is unique because it’s made largely with heirloom varieties of cocoa beans. Castronovo credits this to her location ― Florida has given her access to a host of heirloom varieties she otherwise wouldn’t have because of its closeness to Latin America.
You don’t have to take a trip to Florida to get your hands on this sweet stuff, just check out their website. But you can only get a taste of their fast-selling chocolate chip cookies ― made with their chocolate, of course ― on site. And some cookies are worth traveling for.
H/T Food Republic