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Birmingham’s Best Eats: Choice chocolates – best 5 treats for serious chocoholics


Yum Brownies Dark Chocolate Chocolate

Yum Brownies offers a dark chocolate sensation
that’s fudgier when cold. Photo by Shaun Chavis.

By Shaun Chavis

Birmingham's Best EatsWhen you need chocolate that delivers — and I mean that in a liberating sense, as in, you need chocolate that makes torments vanish and brings bliss to your soul — these are Birmingham’s best fixes.

(My standard: Most candy-aisle fare and cocoas made from packets of powder rate as non-chocolate.)

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Yum Brownies Dark Chocolate Chocolate

Studded with chunks of extra-bittersweet Callebaut chocolate. Find these treats at Pepper Place Saturday Market on select weekends, or e-mail eatyumbrownies@gmail.com.

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Edgewood Creamery Extreme Chocolate milkshake

The ice cream is a blend of dark and white chocolates, and it makes a shake with an old-fashioned, rich taste.

  • $4.50 regular, $5.50 large
  • Where to find: Edgewood Creamery, 936 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, 35209 [map], (205) 874-1999, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Also available at Mountain Brook Creamery, 2715 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, 35223 [map], (205) 870-0092. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Avo & Dram Derby Sundae

What sends you is the warm ganache made with Callebaut chocolate over boozy bourbon ice cream. Heady stuff, this!

  • $8
  • Where to find: Avo & Dram, 2721 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, 35233 [map], (205) 871-8212, 4-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 4 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Sunday.

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Askinosie Davao Dark Milk Chocolate Bar + Fleur de Sel

This splurge is meant for stashing: It’s a 62-percent cacao single-origin milk chocolate bar from Askinosie.

  • $7.99
  • Where to find: V. Richards, 3916 Clairmont Ave., Forest Park, 35222 [map], (205) 591-7000, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week

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Iz Café Chocolate Mousse Bomb

A mound of ethereal espresso chocolate mousse on top of devil’s food cake, dipped in ganache.

  • $4 for large, $10.80 for a dozen minis
  • Where to find: Iz Café, 2518 Rocky Ridge Road, Vestavia Hills, 35243, (205) 979-7570; Iz Cafe Too Bakery and Market (Iz Cafe Altadena), 4700 Cahaba River Road, Birmingham, 35243, (205) 262-9733; hours for both locations: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

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Shaun ChavisShaun Chavis (@shaunchavis) is the co-founder of Birmingham’s Foodie Book Club, and a food journalist whose work has appeared in “Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing,” eGullet and Friends Journal. In the fall, she will teach a course on food and literature at Samford University’s Samford After Sundown.

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