Food Emporium has an often-underrated chocolate selection. In fact, they have an entire chocolate shop on the Upper East Side. But here are a couple bars I got when stopping by in Union Square:
I had never tried Chocolate Santander, but I was more than pleasantly surprised -- it was really great! Richly chocolatey, but with interesting notes. I'm bad at distinguishing Colombian chocolate, but now I am convinced that this is what Colombian chocolate is supposed to taste like.
I had tried Chuao once before, and I was disappointed. But that surprised me, and it had been a while, so I gave them another shot. This almost never works for me. I am pretty consistent. But guys: I totally loved this bar! One of the few things that goes well with chocolate is bread, because bread is an amazing substance that goes with literally everything. And the sea salt was very light -- just enough to make it a salty/sweet addictive situation, where you sort of tear through it ravenously as if it were M&Ms or something. But without the regret!
Bottom Line: Two really great chocolate bars from an underrated chocolate supplier. If you want to shove an entire dark chocolate bar down your throat and never look back, Chuao Salted Chocolate Crunch has to be among my top recommendations. Santander is just a really good quality bar that you similarly will not regret.