Chocolate Tour of Albuquerque

I grew up on See’s Candy, and the occasional Almond Joy. Waxy bunnies in April. Gold foil coins in December. That was pretty much the extent of my experience with chocolate. But now local chocolate is following in the trend of small volume local coffee roasters and micro brewers in defining the taste of a region. Artisanal chocolate makers are creating truffles that combine imported cocao with local ingredient combinations unique to northern New Mexico. This past January, I had the assignment from Local Flavor to photograph 4 of Albuquerque’s chocolatiers. From the landmark Candy Lady in Old Town Albuquerque to Theobroma in the eastern foothills, from the east-side Chocolate Cartel location to the Choco Canyon delicacies in an incubator kitchen in southern Albuquerque, each chocolatier had a distinct personality and aesthetic that created surprisingly different but uniformly tasty treats. Of course, one can’t go in to an assignment like this without being prepared to sample. I’d like to think that knowing the flavor helps capture the visual essence of a truffle…

Chocolate Cartel photograph by Gabriella Marks

Chocolate Cartel

Chocolate Cartel photograph by Gabriella Marks

Chocolate Cartel

Chocolate Cartel photograph by Gabriella Marks

Chocolate Cartel

Chococanyon Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Chococanyon Chocolate

Chococanyon Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Chococanyon Chocolate

Choco Canyon by Gabriella Marks

Choco Canyon Chocolate

Theobromo Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Theobromo Chocolate

Theobromo Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Theobromo Chocolate

Theobromo Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Theobromo Chocolate

Candy Lady Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Candy Lady Chocolate

Candy Lady Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Candy Lady Chocolate

Candy Lady Chocolate by Gabriella Marks

Candy Lady Chocolate