So after the Ghiradelli tasting, Leila and I had only one thing on our minds: more chocolate. So we went to 2 Beans, where we purchased about 100 chocolate bars:
2 Beans is a phenomenal place, by the way. They have gelato and a coffee bar and just shelf after shelf of brand after brand of chocolate bars, including many of our favorites that are usually hard to find, and including some that we had never even heard of before. That is why we had to buy so many.Take a look at what goes on inside this store:
I mean, SERIOUSLY:
We started with the Mitzi Blue bar. It was a large disc of 80% chocolate with caramalized chili nibs, and with a smaller disc of 90% chocolate embedded:
It was good, but the smaller disc seemed a bit unnecessary. Leila and I are also not the biggest fans of spice, but I guess this one was really on us, since we bought the bar with the chili nibs.
We also got some Domori "velvet cremini." I am still not sure exactly what they are, but they are soft and chocolatey and creamy and sweet and delicious.
The above is white chocolate, somehow. Mint white chocolate. I actually liked it, but obviously Leila did not. She has no patience for that. But if you like white chocolate and mint, the Domori bar is highly recommended.
Similarly the Domori 100% bar was great for what it was. It was bitter, even for 100% bars, so Leila was not down, but I gobbled it up.
I think our consensus favorite, aside from the Cremini, was the Konnerup & Co. peppermint bar. It was chocolatey and refreshing, and can go along with the many, many other delicious peppermint-dark chocolate bars out there.
Bottom Line: The real bottom line here is that 2 Beans is incredible. Aside from the Meadow, which is geographically very far away, it has the best chocolate selection in NYC. Truly global in its reach, with excellent taste.