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Alice Medrich, chocolatier, author and creator of the “American” chocolate truffle, was instrumental in bringing awareness of artisan chocolate to the United States. In 1973 she promoted the appreciation of dark chocolate, attention to cocoa percentages and awareness of quality chocolate. She opened a chocolate and dessert store in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976 and called in Cocola. (She made up the name to sound like a child speaking French. She sold what developed into a chain of seven Cocolat stores in 1989.)
When her new chocolate company needed a name, Sara Meyer and her husband, Corey, decided to connect it to his maternal grandmother — Faigele/Faigy/Fay, meaning little bird in Yiddish — and her love of chocolate. Both are memorialized in the name they came up with: Little Bird. While Fay usually kept several boxes of random chocolate open at any given time in her home, Little Bird’s Curious Confections prefers its proprietary Belgian, sustainable chocolate and natural ingredients to produce its Fire Bites and Fire Barks, all with candied jalepeños.
Be sure all ingredients are as cold as possible before you begin. We hear that one of the kosher companies makes mock Kahlua, but that has not made it to the South Side of Chicago.
I happened into a chocolate shop, L’Atelier du Chocolat de Bayonne in Paris in 2016 with my husband. As we were tasting and browsing, I randomly picked up a company brochure. In my high school French, I slowly deciphered this astonishing statement:
If you are counting the days to Passover, perhaps you have also started hunting for nostalgia-laced Barton’s Almond Kisses. You may look forward to chewing them slowly to squeeze out the sugary, chocolate nuttiness. Save the iconic tin to store your leftover macaroons and matzo brickle. Think back, if you are of a certain age, to your visits to local Barton’s stores to select your favorite bon bon amidst the mid-century décor.