Feeds to Follow This Week: The City’s Chocolate Masters

To stay on top of some of the city’s best chocolate, we keep an eye on these Instagram accounts.

In the spirit of fostering both virtual and real-life exploration, we’re expanding our “Feeds We’re Following” feature to bring you accounts you can follow for inspiration every week—whether that’s to make a meal, find a specialty grocer or have a fun night out.

This week, our favorite chocolate-dipped accounts.

Michael Laiskonis

Old school chocolate butter cookies into the oven. Recipe testing in the #ICEChocolateLab.

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He spent eight years as the executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin before joining the Institute of Culinary Education as their creative director, where he’s also been heading up their Chocolate Lab. Through exploring small-batch bean-to-bar chocolate, he’s attempting to demystify and educate on the incredible process that brings us our favorite snack. His Instagram feed is full of history, beautiful chocolate and delicious meals—what more could you want?

Confectionery

The East Village home of New Paltz chocolate shop Lagusta’s Luscious (and baker Sweet Maresa’s) is the place to go for yuzu creams, rosemary sea salt caramels, and ginger and cumin truffles. If the names of those alone don’t perk you up, fear not: There are also the pictured peanut butter-caramel bars and sea salt almond bark.

Raaka Chocolate

For a great look at the whole process, from bean to bar, you have to follow Raaka. At their Red Hook factory, they make their unroasted chocolates in incredible flavors—the coconut milk bar is an actual dream, and they’re always pushing the envelope (see their current Apple Pie flavor).

Chocolate Noise

Journalist Megan Giller has been exploring the art of American craft chocolate for her forthcoming book. On Instagram, she shows off her trips—both flavor-wise and in visits to different makers around the country. It’s a great way to get acquainted with all the different craft bars being made and figure out which you want to try next.

Nunu Chocolates

Chill out: Cool off with our Frozen Hot Chocolate. ☀️❄️?

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These lovely local chocolatiers combine beer and chocolate like few others, especially in their combination café and tap room in Park Slope. From the beautiful chocolates, to the coffee and brews, to collaborations with other great makers like People’s Pops, it’s a feed you’ll want to keep up with.

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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.