It is Monday and I only want to talk about a chocolate bar.
Maverick Chocolate Co is one of only two bean-to-bar chocolate shops in Ohio, and stands as a family owned and operated, craft chocolate shop in Findlay Market, where the entire process is done in house, from cacao bean to chocolate bar. And yet it was only six months into their business that they had an award winner on their hands. The Fahrenheit 513 bar won the 2015 Good Food Award and it was precisely the bar I sought out a few weeks ago.
First, let me start off by saying, when you walk into Maverick, the smell of chocolate hits you like a magic school bus. I don’t know why I was surprised, but when I opened the door, it was yummy. Then my visit focused on the mission at hand, the chocolate. This is some serious chocolate. What I tried is not for the faint of heart. I was there for the Fahrenheit bar, but I also sampled the Prohibition bar. Both are so serious.
The Prohibition bar is milk chocolate made with Kentucky bourbon and sea salt, all of which you can taste. It sort of knocked me back a step, and since I am not a huge bourbon lover, or even a bourbon liker, it wasn’t for me. But when I moved on to the Fahrenheit bar, I was in.
Now the Fahrenheit bar is also not your momma’s chocolate bar. This is a dark chocolate bar made with chilies and spices and seventy percent cacao from Peru. One thing I want to say about this bar is that you definitely experience some heat. It comes on afterwards, stays for a second, but then finishes with a fruity, slightly bitter, dark chocolate bite. The other thing I’d like to say is that I didn’t want to polish off the whole bar in one sitting. One square was satisfying enough to settle a sweet craving post meal. Because of this, this chocolate is truly like a delicatessen, something to be saved and savored. I’ve been knocking it out, bit by bit, which is awesome.
So if you are a serious chocolate lover, and I’m not talking about someone who just likes sweets, you should make your way to Maverick in Findlay, if for no other reason than to experience a family’s passion and commitment to taking a chance on something that they love. That part alone makes it exciting.