Amano Artisan Chocolate won the Gold Award at the recent Seattle Chocolate Salon for the best dark chocolate and I am not surprised. This wonderfully balanced dark has a bold cocoa flavor but is smooth for the palate.
Forte Chocolates together with Wild Sweets won the Gold Award for the best milk chocolate. Both unique with unexpected flavors and interesting ingredients are creamy and satisfying without being too sweet.
One of my favorites for its innovative ingredients and packaging was the TeaRoom Chocolate Company. Tea apparently matches well with cocoa flavors.
For information about the boutique Chocolate Salon, click here: http://www.seattlechocolatesalon.com/