Kansas City has a hankering for barbecue, but it also has a craving for chocolate.
By JILLWENDHOLT SILVA
The Kansas City Star
At the squishy center is the iconic Russell Stover Candies: The company sells 60 percent of all heart-shaped boxes of chocolate in the United States.
If you continue to build a box, youd want to add confections from niche artisanal chocolate makers that call Kansas City home, such as Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates, Annedores Fine Chocolates and Andres Confiserie Suisse.
And if youre willing to skip the box altogether, include a few delectable bars from regional players Patric Chocolate and Askinosie Chocolate, both recently named repeat winners of the prestigious Good Food Awards honoring artisanal food and drink producers.
Our chocolate collage was inspired by the work of California-based photographer Julie Lee, although fruits and vegetables are her primary focus. Check out her work at julieskitchen.me.