This weekend while in northern Michigan, my son and I stopped into the Grocer's Daughter, a local chocolate shop. I immediately felt at home among the gorgeously displayed truffles and chocolate-inspired decorations, including two my nine-year-old son noticed: a "molinillo" for making Mexican hot chocolate and cacao pods used as business card holders.
The chocolate samples we tasted were delicious. Originally just planning on buying a coffee, I left with a green bag full of treats, including the Mimi Bar, which features cacao nibs and one of my all-time favorite spices: ginger.
Based on my experience in the store, I was prepared to be awed as I peeled open the environmentally-friendly paper wrapper, which proudly states that the chocolate is "handcrafted and Michigan made. Locally sourced and fairly traded." My first impression was visual: the chocolate bar truly is a thing of beauty with ginger, cacao nibs and salt artistically layered on top.
Of course, nobody buys chocolate to look at it, so I eagerly took a bite. Fortunately, the taste lived up to the visual appeal. The Mimi Bar features a deep, dark, robust chocolate that begs to be savored. The candied ginger adds a burst of spicy flavor. (In fact, I could have used more ginger.) I didn't really taste the cacao nibs but they likely added to the chocolate bar's texture.
If you ever find yourself near northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, I'd definitely make time for a trip to the Grocer's Daughter Chocolate shop. If you're there at the right time, you can even take a chocolate-making class. If not, delicious, artisanal chocolates like the Mimi bar can be purchased online.