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Chocolate

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    10 Best Bakeries and Candy Shops to Score Special Halloween Treats

    We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are all about helping guide our readers to the very best eats, and come Halloween-time that includes making sure you and your little ones are armed with great trick-or-treating jokes. Food and drink-related ones, at that: Q: Why did the ghost go into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Crepes Etc.'s Crepe Cake: Layers and Layers of Delicate Flavors

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. It should be no surp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Draft Pick: Schlafly's Milk Chocolate Stout

    Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it. Initially touted as nutritious beer in the early 20th Century, milk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Best Places to Get Hot Chocolate in St. Louis

    Coffee isn't the only thing to warm you up. Usually we go straight for the booze, but sometimes you just need to satisfy that sweet tooth. It's the perfect time for hot chocolate, and there are better offerings around the city than Swiss Miss with fake marshmallows. See also: Underrated/Overrated: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Leftover Halloween Candy? Here's How to Deal

    It's been an entire week since Halloween, and all the telltale signs of the passing holiday remain. Some stringy cotton cobwebs still stick to surfaces all over town, sad Jack-O-Lanterns droop on the neighbor's porch and that bowl of bite-sized candy bars sits on the counter, pecked at slowly for we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Jilly's Cupcakes Unveils Ice Cream Bar Plans

    Jilly's Cupcakes (8509 Delmar Boulevard, Ladue; 314-993-5455) made a big announcement last week. That delicious ice cream you've seen around town at Schnucks will soon have its very own place. Owner Jill Segal and her team are hurrying to have the office space next door to the cupcake bar redone in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Lafayette Square: The Food Lover's Guide to One of St. Louis' Tastiest 'Hoods

    View Lafayette Square in a larger map St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Bissinger's Hosts "Spirited Chocolate" Vodka and Chocolate Pairing

    Chocolate and vodka may not be an obvious pairing, but here at Gut Check International Headquarters, we partake of both liberally. So naturally, when Bissinger's (32 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-7750) announced a Pearl vodka and chocolate confection pairing, we said HELL YES BRING IT ON. Actually, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Coffee Cartel's Julia Mager: Featured Barista of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Julia Mager of Coffee Cartel. Below is a Q&A with Mager, followed by her recipe for a white-chocolate mocha. This week, we took the word "bar" in Girl Walks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    5 Best Easter Candies of All Time

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Baileys' Chocolate Bar's Laura Therina: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Laura Therina of Baileys' Chocolate Bar. Below is a Q&A with Therina, followed by the recipe for the Mexican Chocolate Martini.With the most romantic day of the year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 11.26-12.02

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Family Style Food: Karen made cranberry cocoa cream tart. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly shared chocolate-stuffed croissants. Every Little Thing: Stacy made macaroni and cheese cups with leftover ham. Iron Stef: Right in time for holiday shopp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Askinosie Chocolate Wins International Chocolate Awards, Entered In World Finals

    In June Gut Check spoke with Askinosie Chocolate founder Shawn Askinosie after the Springfield-based company won its fifth silver Sofi Award from the National Association of Specialty Food Trade for its Dark Milk Chocolate Black Licorice CollaBARation Bar. Last week Askinosie announced it won thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    The Five Best Places for Cupcakes in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Traditional Candies at St. Louis Sweet Shop Landmark Merbs Candies

    Merbs Candies (4000 South Grand; 314-832-7117) has been a St. Louis favorite since 1921. This old-fashioned candy shop handcrafts all its chocolates, hard candies, candied apples and a variety of other specialties throughout the year. While all the delightful sweets are whipped up at the original lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    The Ten Best Dessert Spots in St. Louis

    Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Best and Worst Easter Candy Countdown: Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs, Best

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Best and Worst Easter Candy Countdown: Marshmallow Peeps, Worst

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of Easter baskets piled high with pastel-colored foodstuffs, chocolate shaped like baby animals, and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. So we remember well the Sunday morning ritual of sorting the bounty of candy bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    How to Make a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Without a Strawberry

    Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    The St. Louis Food Lover's Gift Guide: Edible Stocking Stuffers

    With a little planning and a couple of cocktails the holidays can go down smoother than a pint of spiked egg nog. Gut Check's assembled a series of guides to help find the perfect present for the food lover in your life while maintaining sanity and investing in your community... and, okay, maybe pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #9: Mangia Italiano's The Grinch

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Askinosie's New Chocolate Drink to Benefit Filipino School

    courtesy Askinosie ChocolatePresenting a package of Tableya or 232 school lunches.The do-gooding tendencies of ‚ÄčAskinosie Chocolate are as much a part of the company as the chocolate itself. Owner and proprietor Shawn Askinosie has long made it a point to share the Springfield- ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Companion Breaded Bliss

    Robin WheelerCompanion Breaded Bliss​Dr. Atkins just rolled over in his grave. Which was probably pretty easy, since it's still coated in bacon grease. Companion recently collaborated with Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate to make a carb-lover's dream: chocolate-covered bread. That's right. Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Battle Pain au Chocolat: La Bonne Bouchée vs. Saint Louis Bread Co.

    ​The French are known for making love, not war, but their other specialty is making pastries. From buttery croissants to crusty baguettes to sweet treats of all sizes, shapes and flavors, French bakers are le chat's meow. Though the U.S. has little hope at besting the French at their own g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Battle Molasses Puffs: Merbs Candies vs. Bissinger's

    ​The Aussies have the Violet Crumble, and the Brits have Crunchie bars, but if we Yanks want a molasses puff, mass-market candy bars aren't an option. To get the chocolate-covered honeycomb candy, we either shop gourmet or do without. Generally speaking, molasses puffs are made by mixing hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Mayans, Beer Chocolate: What a Combo!

    Deborah Hylandwhat could possibly go better with an exhibition of Mayan art and artifacts than Mayan-inspired chocolates by Kakao? How 'bout Kakao's Mayan-inspired chocolates paired with beer from Maplewood neighbor Schlafly?​To celebrate its exhibition, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Askinosie Chocolate Goes to Tanzania, Gets Noticed by Oprah

    Askinosie ChocolateShawn Askinosie (left) teaches a Tanzanian farmer how to roast cocoa beans.​When Riverfront Times visited the Askinosie Chocolate factory in Springfield last winter, founder and proprietor Shawn Askinosie promised he would take members of the Cocoa Honors program at the fact ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Hot Chocolate at Bittersweet Bakery, Kakao and Rue Lafayette

    We are contemplating the meager Christmas decorations we have managed to get up this year, which must be taken down and packed away again. This task will be made easier by the fact that most of the boxes still lie about the living room. We started the month with twinkly eyes and big plans. We would ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2008
  • Dining

    November 21, 2007

    Palmer Santa Claus Solid Milk Chocolate Flavored

    $2.00
    Walgreens
    3631 Gravois Avenue

  • Dining

    October 31, 2007

    Battle Cupcake!

    Ian binges on cupcakes from Jilly's and the Cupcakery -- and lives to write about it.

  • Dining

    August 29, 2007

    The Chocolate Cure

    Sick and tired of the heat, Ian heads to Bissinger’s.

  • Dining

    July 4, 2007

    Feel Good Chocolate Diet

    $24.99
    Golden Grocer Natural Foods
    335 North Euclid Avenue

  • Dining

    February 7, 2007

    Barbie Milk Chocolate Flavored Shapes

    $1.99
    Schnucks
    8867 Ladue Road
    Ladue

  • Dining

    May 24, 2006

    How Sweet It Is

    Jennifer's is a thick slice of Midwestern paradise

  • Dining

    March 16, 2005

    The Back Burner

    Restaurant August is a super-fancy bummer

  • Dining

    February 2, 2005

    Chantico

    Starbucks, 521 Olive Street, 314-231-2150

  • Dining

    November 24, 2004

    Hot Chocolate

    Bailey's Chocolate Bar is naughty -- in a nice way

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Chocolate

    The Chocolate Bar

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Dining

    August 20, 2003

    Godiva Chocolate Martini

    The Cheesecake Factory, 1062 St. Louis Galleria, 314-721-0505

  • Dining

    January 29, 2003

    El Moro

    Chocolate Bar, 1915 Park Avenue, 314-421-2626

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Dining

    September 11, 2002

    Window Under Washington

    What you see is not always what you get at the beautiful Washington Avenue Bistro

  • Dining

    February 27, 2002

    Sweet Relief

    Innovative restaurateur Blake Brokaw provides just desserts at his newest establishment

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Cookies

    Dad's Cookie Co.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Candy

    Crown Candy Kitchen

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