Jenn here, and in case you haven’t heard, it’s hard to be a woman some days. If there’s one thing that unites us, rewards us, inspires us… it’s surely our love for chocolate! We’ve been charmed by boyfriends with it, made late-night runs for it, some of us even have secret stashes of it. That’s why our entire team is dying to visit Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company in the historic neighborhood of Inman Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Owner Kristen Hard is a chocolatier-turned-chocolate maker, and she’s on the short list of Americans who are making artisanal “bean-to-bar” chocolate — yes, that’s short for cacao bean to chocolate bar. Which means that Kristen is involved in the entire process of making chocolate, from carefully sourcing her own cocoa beans to tempering the final product. Almost entirely self-taught, Kristen is quickly becoming known for her Southern-inspired chocolate creations — a mint julep truffle, a maple candied pecan chocolate bar, a chocolate salami, even a Georgia peanut and hickory smoked sea salt chocolate bar! Oh, and she only makes dark chocolate. A girl by our own heart. We’ll take one of each, please.