Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Croix Chocolate Company’s chocolate bird bars are among the most beautiful chocolates we’ve laid eyes on. They’re made from a mold created by St. Croix Valley tile artist Laura McCaul. The chocolate is delicious, too. We love the “dark milk” 53 percent cacao flavor. [Debuting on the Hot Five]
These Calabrian figs are baked for 12 hours at a low temperature and become caramel-sweet and tender. They taste of honey and even some elusive liqueur. Wrapped in fig leaves and tied with raffia, the figs cost $16 this year, an unusually low price. [Debuting on the Hot Five]
On Dec. 15, we’ll be revealing a slate of cocktail recipes cooked up from local craft spirits after a crazy evening of mixing and shaking. Du Nord’s vodka struck all of our tasters as having a remarkably full body and strong point of view — no mere colorless, tasteless liquid, L’etoile brings a mellow, almost floral richness to your glass. [Debuting on the Hot Five]