In the pantheon of things that go well with chocolate, there’s some major players: raspberry, nuts, (shudder) orange. But in my pantheon, which is the better of the pantheons, I have the ultimate short list. Keep in mind, these pairings are for dark chocolate, because….unless you’re eating an American candy bar, there’s no call to ever eat milk chocolate. And white chocolate? It’s like red “licorice”: it’s not a thing. I mean…it’s its own thing, but it sure as hell isn’t chocolate. In any case, here’s my top 5: Raspberry. Nuts (any kind at all, save for the bastard step child of nuts: The Hazelnut. He’s out). Salt. Preferably coarse, crunchy salt, like Maldon. Peanut butter BECAUSE. Coconut. yep, coconut. It’s becoming clear to me that many of my favorite candy types and flavors (licorice, pates de fruit, hard candies) are polarizing-many folk just don’t dig ’em. Coconut might be tops on the Haters’ list. Why, I’ll never know, but for those of us who love it, I present to you Chocolate Coconut Buttons. A friend of ours from the wilds of the Pacific Northwest graciously sent these our way. They’re smallish little discs of quality dark chocolate, with toasted coconut dispersed throughout. This isn’t the moist coconut we all know and love in a Mounds bar- it’s barely noticeable as far as texture goes. There’s a slight bit of crunch, but for the most part, the only way you’d know there was coconut in these would be from the taste. The delicious, somewhat subtle, yet extremely…aromatic taste. There’s a strong presence of coconut in these-like an all over integration of taste and smell. At the same time, it’s not even close to overwhelming, and somehow feels subtle. Demure, even. Which makes you want another, as there’s nothing not to like about these. Interesting, dispersed delicious coconut engulfed by dark, deep delicious chocolate. Need I continue? These aren’t the easiest thing to find, but find them I did. And now you can too, by going all clicky clicky on the link below. Thanks Kathleen!