Chocolate may be the best culinary gift from Utah this holiday season.
USA Today recently offered a guide to the most flavorful gift from every state. The list of gifts includes foods tied to each state's culture, like maple syrup from Vermont, lobster from Maine or macadamia nuts from Hawaii.
USA Today recommended people embrace the Beehive State's chocolate.
“Utah has the highest concentration of bean-to-bar chocolate makers per capita in the USA, which means plenty of artisan chocolatiers creating lots of goodness. One to taste is Ritual Chocolate (ritualchocolate.com) out of Park City, Utah.”
See the entire list at USA Today.
Utah is home to eight artisan chocolate makers, according to the Deseret News. In fact, the increasing wish for chocolate led to the creation of Caputo's Chocolate Festival, where people can buy and taste chocolate made within the state.Comment on this story
The Beehive State's climate may be one reason artisan chocolate has ballooned here, according to Dana Brewster, a co-founder of Millcreek Cacao Roasters in Salt Lake City.
Brewster told the Deseret News that water and humidity often ruin chocolate, but dry air and less-humid conditions in Utah "leave little humidity for sugar to cling to."
Not to mention, Utah's business culture also led to an upsurge in chocolatiers.
“I think part of (chocolate’s success) is, in general, Utah has a very industrious people,” Brewster said.