Best dishes countdown #5: K'ul Chocolate


Last December marked one of the biggest scandals in the food world. Brooklyn chocolatiers Mast Brothers were essentially exposed as frauds. Their wildly popular "bean-to-bar" chocolate was in fact not the specially sourced and meticulously crafted treat they had advertised. In reality, it was a more ordinary product produced by melting down industrial chocolate and turning it into bars.

The artisanal and handcrafted set were outraged — mostly because they felt duped by a story that was untrue, swindled by a lot of smoke, mirrors, big old Brooklynesque beards, and steampunk design. 

We tell you this story because it makes the story of our own local K'ul chocolate that much more appealing. If a couple of Brooklyn hipsters could build an empire on a pack of lies, then why isn't everyone in Minnesota beating a path to K'ul chocolate, where they're doing their bean-to-bar chocolate totally legit? 

K'ul is a real deal bean-to-bar operation, and if you need proof, call them up and beg for a tour. The showroom and factory are both situated in an unassuming Seward neighborhood storefront, the same place where you can walk in and get a made-to-order bar (see above) incorporating your choice of ingredients. 

The chocolate is all the things you want out of your fancy chocolate: sourced from farms with sustainable practices, made with high cacao percentages, enhanced with crunchy seeds and nuts and various tart and sweet dried fruits. 

K'ul was initially marketed as an energy bar, but once Kelsey found that it functioned just as well as a superior chocolate, he introduced a second line of packaging so it would appeal to chocoholics who just want a luxury bar. 

So grab the package that best suits your sensibilities. Health nut or chocolate fiend? K'ul works either way — with no added fraud. 

Read more about K'ul here. 

K'ul Chocolate 
2211 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis 

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