With an increasing number of fine chocolates available these days, it's often difficult to seek out a favorite. Occasionally, however, one finds superb indulgences fortuitously. Such was the case at this year's Boston Wine Expo, at which I discovered Chocolate Springs, producer of some of the most exquisite artisanal chocolates to delight my palate in recent years.
Joshua Needleman handcrafts his nearly 30 bonbon varieties using the finest, fresh, all-natural ingredients, without adding preservatives. An alumnus of The Culinary Institute of America and La Maison du Chocolat (in both Manhattan and Paris), he realized his lifelong dream when, in 2003, he opened Chocolate Springs Café in the Berkshire town of Lenox, Massachusetts. Three years later, Mr. Needleman was recognized by Saveur as one the country's top ten artisanal chocolatiers. Since then, his wares have been mentioned in TIME, Travel + Leisure, Elle Decor, and most notably, Comestiblog.
Chocolate Springs Café
55 Pittsfield Road (U.S. Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240-2122 (map)