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In the 1920s, Chicago was the candy capital of America and produced forty percent of America's candy. It is home to popular products such as Snickers, Milk Duds, Red Vines and Wrigley's Gum. Today, the new trend in the candy industry is gourmet chocolates, and Chicago's own Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a leader of the pack.
Chocolatier Katrina Markoff founded Vosges Haut-Chocolat in 1998 after graduating from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris. Katrina’s passion for creating new and exciting flavors has been so successful, her chocolates now ship all over the world.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat's specialty is their truffles, with each one aiming to tell a different story through an infusion of flavors. The Exotic Truffle Collection features a taste palette from locations around the world. Travel to Budapest with a combination of Hungarian paprika and dark chocolate. Then on to Australia with macadamia nut, coconut, and dark milk chocolate. There are new destinations and flavors to be discovered with every bite.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Boutique in Lincoln Park is located right next to the Armitage stop on the Brown line. Here you find truffles, chocolate bars, marshmallows and more on display. Take your time to explore the boutique as each store is curated to represent the flavors and inspirations behind the Vosges brand. My first choice is always the bacon and smoked salt caramels. You won’t be disappointed.
The first truffle Katrina ever made combined curry and sweet coconut milk. You can find it in store, although you’ll have to ask the friendly staff to point it out as there are a few more variations available today. To explore Vosges Haut-Chocolat in just 12 minutes, watch the following video.