In Kansas City, there’s no shortage of opinions, especially when it comes to Christopher Elbow Chocolates. You may remember a little post about Glacé, possibly one of the yummiest ice cream joints in the midwest. Well, the guy that created this fantastic ice cream experience started off in artisan chocolates. And we just had to visit, obviously.
Of course, the plan was to simple eat one or two of the chocolates at the store and take the rest home to savor over the coming week—but we really shouldn’t have given ourselves that much credit. We ate them ALL. And it was the best.
Though you can already tell the chocolates are pretty fantastic (just look at the pictures!), you may be wondering a little more about the man behind the chocolate machine. Not only is he a Kansas City legend, but he is pretty well known around the world for his chocolate and ice cream creations. He started in the restaurant business, heading up a local KC restaurant, and then moved to Las Vegas to participate in a few of the biggest restaurants, including Delmonico Steakhouse (an Emeril Lagasse creation) and the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
After returning to Kansas City to work at the American Restaurant, he discovered a passion for chocolate making, after sending out little chocolates as a dessert option and receiving MANY compliments (and fans and stalkers). He decided to start his own company shortly after and the chocolates took off! He now has a location in San Francisco as well as Kansas City, and a couple locations for Glacé Artisan Ice Cream in the KC metro area.
Now, on to the chocolate.
We decided to get a few different kinds of chocolates so that we could get a good idea of the flavor profiles Elbow liked. In different interviews, he’s said that he doesn’t like to push the limit, or create something “of the moment,” so most of his flavors were more traditional than some of the ice cream flavors he puts out in Glacé. Despite that, we enjoyed ever single flavor we bought–these chocolates were some of the best we’ve ever had.
We wanted to try the Rosemary caramel specifically because it is such a unique chocolate flavor, and we weren’t disappointed at all. The flavor was so strong with a hint of sweetness, and was really a perfect caramel flavor. The Lime Vanilla caramel was similar. There was so much lime packed into such a little package!
If you are interested in visiting Elbow Chocolates (which you TOTALLY should be), you can also get drinking chocolate, which we skipped because it was summertime.
Christopher Elbow Chocolates (1819 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108 // 816.842.1300)