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Chocolate Cartel

“No shortcuts," says Master Chocolatier Scott Van Rixel. And he means it. A rigorous work ethic is the guiding principal behind the confections made at Chocolate Cartel, which Van Rixel co-owns with his brother, Tim. "We try to do everything as old-school and authentic as we can." Most of what Chocolate Cartel produces is European-style truffles, flourless chocolate cakes, chocolate-covered nuts, bars, even made-from-scratch gelato—all roasted, rolled, dipped and packed by hand. But tucked in there is a Mayan drinking chocolate based on an ancient formula. With freshly ground almonds, cinnamon and red chile, "It's what the king would drink," Van Rixel says.