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Cacao Atlanta, Georgia
The first female bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the country, Kristen Hard’s creations are truly made from scratch, starting with raw cocoa beans sourced from South America and the Caribbean. In 2012, Hard introduced her line of Southern-inspired truffles, including Bourbon Espresso, Cola Truffle, and Lavender Blueberry.
Staff pick: Try Hard’s sweet-and-spicy Valentine’s Day truffle collection. cacaoatlanta.com