Izard Chocolate, Little Rock, AR
The Tastes: Little Rock's first chocolate making company creates bean-to-bar dark chocolates wrapped in artful papers. Nathaniel Izard buys organic and finely flavored cacao above Fair Trade standards, incorporating local ingredients as often as possible. Relying on the highest quality single-estate cacao beans, organic cane sugar, and vanilla beans, only these three ingredients are necessary to yield a masterfully flavorful chocolate experience. All passion and energies are poured into four bars—choose from Dominican Republic or Guatemalan Estate Bars, the California Almond Bar, or the Icelandic Sea Salt Bar featuring salt from Reykjavic.
The Story: Following an unforgettable cultural experience in Italy, Nathaniel Izard was inspired to deepen his culinary hobby of chocolate making in his own kitchen into a thriving entrepreneurial enterprise. After his smooth, memorable chocolate became an instant success at local farmers' markets, it was a natural transition to offer bars to a wider audience of chocolate lovers. In two short years, this chocolate newcomer has already made the pages of Garden & Gun as one of its "five boutique Southern chocolate shops we love". If you visit Little Rock, learn about the chocolate-making process, origins of beans, and tastes at Izard's stylish shop in the historic Hillcrest Neighborhood.