Forte’s Chili & Orange Spiced Chocolate

The antithesis of the orange-foil-covered whack-and-unwrap chocolate orange of holidays past. Karen Neugebauer of Forte Chocolate in Mount Vernon, WA—highest awarded chocolatier in the nation in 2013—insists that every step in her intricate process be done entirely by hand. In an attempt to do her nuanced chocolates justice, we blended her spicy Aztec chocolate directly into the base and preserved her Orange Jazz chocolate in crisp shards. Expect a chile-chocolate base with a punch of zesty, salty, orange stracciatella.